Get Out and Fish!

The bank of the pond at Parc Natchitoches was filled with children and their families Saturday, October 29 as anglers of every age enjoyed a “Get Out and Fish” event sponsored by Parc Natchitoches and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF).

The state has made it extremely easy for families to enjoy fishing. Did you know that Louisianans aged 17 and under do not need a fishing license in order to put a line in the water? “No boat? No problem!” Fishing from the water’s edge is an inexpensive way to enjoy the outdoors and build family memories.

Parc Natchitoches hosts one of the 17 ponds throughout the state that are stocked by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. Saturday’s “Get Out and Fish” event was to celebrate the stocking and opening of the pond to fishing. The pond is stocked with channel catfish and actually has been in operation for a while, but the official kickoff event was delayed by the Covid pandemic.

The LDWF crew brought a trailer with examples of the state’s different kinds of aquatic life. There was also a fish weighing station, classes on knot tying, instructions on how to identify fish as well as other fun activities for the young anglers. After a morning working up an appetite, the anglers were treated to lunch and drinks.

The LDWF Community Fishing Program is a wonderful way to help families build memories and introduce children to the outdoors. Come out to Parc Natchitoches and bring the family!