Residents have the opportunity to catch one this winter!
Residents have the opportunity to catch a rainbow trout; a beautiful fish that is non-native to Louisiana.
But interested anglers need to fish while the weather is still chilly because these beautiful gamefish will most likely not survive past early spring.
These feisty cold-water fish are stocked in the winter because they cannot survive water temperatures above 75 degrees.
Get Out and Fish For Rainbow Trout!
BREC has stocked three of its ponds in East Baton Rouge Parish with 900 lbs. of rainbow trout.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will rainbow trout in Livingston Parish, Tangipahoa Parishes, Lafayette Parish, and other parts of the state as part of its Get Out and Fish program, on Tuesday, January 15, 2019.
— Nick Gremillion WAFB (@nickgremillion1) January 15, 2019
What Bait Should I Use?
Rainbow trout are great gamefish for anglers and these stockings offer residents an opportunity to catch them in their own backyard.
These beautiful coldwater fish can be caught using both live and dead bait.
I have seen local anglers catch rainbow trout with power bait, artificial lures, spinner bait, corn kernels, and even colored mini-marshmallows.
You can also use live bait such as minnows, worms, and nightcrawlers.
Ponds Stocked With Rainbow Trout
East Baton Rouge Parish
Zachary Community Park – 300 lbs. stocked on December 18, 2018
- 20055 Old Scenic Highway, Zachary
Palomino Drive Park – 200 lbs. stocked on December 18, 2018
- 14100 Palomino Drive, Central
Howell Community Park – 400 lbs. stocked on December 18, 2018
- 5509 Winbourne Avenue, Baton Rouge
Sidney Hutchinson Park – 200 lbs. stocked on January 15, 2019
- 13750 Ball Park Rd, Walker, LA 70785
Zemurray Park – 300 lbs. stocked on January 15, 2019
- 400 S Oak St, Hammond, LA 70403
Girard Park – stocked on January 15, 2019
- 500 Girard Park Dr, Lafayette, LA 70503
Southside Regional Park – stocked on January 15, 2019
- 221 La Neuville Rd, Youngsville, LA 70592
Beauregard Parish (Lake Charles area)
Purple Heart Memorial Park Pond – stocked on January 15, 2019
- US-190, Ragley, LA 70657
Ouachita Parish (Monroe area)
Kiroli Park – stocked on January 15, 2019
- 820 Kiroli Rd, West Monroe, LA 71291
Webster Parish (Shreveport area)
Turner’s Pond – stocked on January 15, 2019
- 517 Lakeshore Dr, Minden, LA 71055
William T. Polk City Park Pond – stocked on January 15, 2019
- US-425, Vidalia, LA 71373
Grambling City Park Pond – stocked on January 15, 2019
- 2045 W Martin Luther King Jr Ave, Grambling, LA 71245
Elmore D. Mayfield Park – stocked on January 15, 2019
- 1701 Martin L King Dr, Ruston, LA 71270
Limits for Rainbow Trout
In East Baton Rouge Parish, the take-home limit for the rainbow trout is four fish per person, per day.
In all other parishes, the take-home limit is five fish per person, per day.
However, you can catch and release as many fish as you like.
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