Take your gear, catch some catfish

As part of the Get Out and Fish! community fishing program, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is stocking its community fishing sites this month with adult-sized channel catfish. 

Grab your fishing gear, and take friends and family beginning Saturday to the newest community fishing site — Purple Heart Memorial Park in Ragley.

Others are located in  Girard Park in Lafayette, Zemurray Park in Hammond, BREC’s Burbank Park in Baton Rouge, Kiroli Park in West Monroe, Turner’s Pond in Minden and William T. Polk Park in Vidalia.

And another opens Nov. 4 at Gramblng City Park.

The department will host a kick-off event Saturday in Ragley.

The pond will be stocked with adult-size channel catfish prior to the event. Event activities include a fishing competition, open to all ages, as well as educational aquatic activities.

 Participants 16 and older must possess a valid Louisiana fishing license. Registration for the competition will be from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday at the park.

For more information about future fish stockings and the Get Out and Fish! program go to www.wlf.la.gov/get-out-and-fish-1 .

 The Get Out and Fish! program seeks to increase the number of people with access to quality fishing, to recruit new anglers to the sport of fishing and to promote outdoor activities for future generations. 

This event is hosted in conjunction with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation. The LWFF was formed to provide a means for individuals and corporations to become partners with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission in the challenge of conserving Louisiana’s wildlife and fish resources.