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18 public fishing spots in the Baton Rouge area

The coronavirus pandemic has forced all of us to go without live music, tailgating, and many coveted sporting events.

These ‘unprecedented’ times have motivated many people to pick up a fishing pole for the first time in a long time or for the first time ever. 

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While many people think of Louisiana’s best fishing is in the salty waters of its coast, the Baton Rouge area offers plenty of public fishing ponds that are great for beginners, families, and experienced anglers. You don’t have to drive very far to catch a fish! 

Ascension, East Baton Rouge, Livingston, and Tangipahoa parishes have many fishing ponds at public parks that you can fish at year-round. The most common species in these ponds are bluegill, largemouth bass, and channel catfish.

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Some of these ponds will be stocked with rainbow trout in the winter months. Keep in mind, when fishing at any public pond you must follow all LDWF freshwater fishing regulations.

Anglers 16 years of age and older must have a basic Louisiana fishing license. For more on freshwater fishing regulations in Louisiana, click here

List of public fishing spots in the Baton Rouge Area

Ascension Parish:

East Baton Rouge Parish:

  • Burbank Park -12400 Burbank Drive, Baton Rouge, La. (Stocked with catfish by LDWF on Oct. 21) 

  • Forest Community Park – 13950 S. Harrells Ferry Road, Baton Rouge, La. 

  • Greenwood Community Park – 13350 Hwy. 19, Baker, La. 

  • Hartley/Vey Sports Park – 2615 Oak Villa Blvd., Baton Rouge, La. 

  • Hooper Road Park – 6261 Guynell Drive, Baton Rouge, La. 

  • Howell Community Park – 5509 Winbourne Avenue, Baton Rouge, La. (stocked with catfish by BREC on Oct. 7)

  • Milford Wampold Memorial Park – 901 Stanford Ave., Baton Rouge, La. 

  • North Sherwood Forest Community Park – 3140 N. Sherwood Forest Drive Baton Rouge, La. 

  • Palomino Drive Park – 14100 Palomino Drive Central, La. (stocked with catfish by BREC on Oct. 7)

  • Perkins Road Community Park – 7122 Perkins Road Baton Rouge, La. (stocked with catfish by BREC on Oct. 7)

  • Zachary Community Park – Hwy. 964, Zachary, La. 

Livingston Parish:

  • Sidney Hutchinson Park – 13750 Ball Park Rd, Walker, LA 70785 (stocked with catfish by LDWF on Oct. 21) 

Tangipahoa Parish:

  • Zemurray Park – 400 S Oak St, Hammond, LA 70403 (stocked with catfish by LDWF on Oct. 21) 

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