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GET OUT & FISH! Rainbow trout stocked in 21 public ponds throughout Louisiana

Residents have the opportunity to catch one this winter!

It’s That Time Of Year Again!

Louisiana residents now have the opportunity to catch a rainbow trout; a beautiful fish that is not native to our great state.

However, anglers interested in catching these beautiful gamefish need to fish while the weather is still chilly because they will not survive past early spring.

These feisty cold-water fish are stocked in the winter because they cannot survive water temperatures above 75 degrees.

Courtesy: BREC

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Get Out and Fish For Rainbow Trout!

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries stocked rainbow trout in 16 ponds throughout Louisiana on Jan. 14, 2021.  

BREC stocked rainbow trout in four public ponds throughout East Baton Rouge Parish on Dec. 17, 2020. 

Both departments stock rainbow trout to encourage families to get out and fish. 

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Courtesy: BREC

Ponds Stocked With Rainbow Trout

Greater Baton Rouge Area

Burbank Parkstocked by LDWF on Jan. 14, 2021

  • 12400 Burbank Dr, Baton Rouge

Forest Community Parkstocked by BREC on Dec. 17, 2020

  • 13900 South Harrell’s Ferry Road, Baton Rouge

Greenwood Community Parkstocked by BREC on Dec. 17, 2020

  • 13350 Scotland-Zachary Hwy, Baker

Lamar Dixon-Expo Centerstocked by Ascension Parish Government in December 2020

  • 9039 S St Landry Ave, Gonzales

North Sherwood Forest Community Parkstocked by BREC on Dec. 17, 2020

  • 3140 N Sherwood Forest Dr, Baton Rouge

Perkins Community Parkstocked by BREC on Dec. 17, 2020

  • 7122 Perkins Road, Baton Rouge

Sidney Hutchinson Parkstocked by LDWF on Jan. 14, 2021

  • 13750 Ball Park Rd, Walker

 

Courtesy: BREC

Franklinton

Bogue Chitto State Parkstocked by LDWF on Jan. 14, 2021

  • 17049 State Park Blvd, Franklinton

Grambling

Grambling City Park Pondstocked by LDWF on Jan. 14, 2021

  • 2045 W Martin Luther King Jr Ave, Grambling

Hammond

Zemurray Parkstocked by LDWF on Jan. 14, 2021

  • 2045 W Martin Luther King Jr Ave, Grambling

Houma

Bayou Country Sports Park stocked by LDWF on Jan. 14, 2021

  • 4374 LA-311, Houma

Jennings 

I-10 Parkstocked by LDWF on Jan. 14, 2021

  • 100 Rue de l’Acadie, Jennings

Lafayette 

Girard Park stocked by LDWF on Jan. 14, 2021

  • 500 Girard Park Dr, Lafayette

Minden

Turner’s Pond stocked by LDWF on Jan. 14, 2021

  • 517 Lakeshore Dr, Minden

Natchitoches

Parc Natchitoches stocked by LDWF on Jan. 14, 2021

  • 4515 University Pkwy, Natchitoches

New Orleans

Joe Brown Park stocked by LDWF on Jan. 14, 2021

  • 5601 Read Blvd, New Orleans

Pineville

Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site stocked by LDWF on Jan. 14, 2021

  • 135 Riverfront St, Pineville 

Ragley

Purple Heart Memorial Park Pond stocked by LDWF on Jan. 14, 2021

  • U.S. Hwy 190, Ragley

Ruston

Elmore D. Mayfield Park  – stocked on Jan. 14, 2021 

  • 1701 Martin L King Dr, Ruston

Vidalia 

William T. Polk City Park Pond – stocked on Jan. 14, 2021

  • US-425, Vidalia 

Youngsville

Southside Regional Park –stocked on Jan. 14, 2021 

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, spinnerbait,  corn kernels, and even colored mini-marshmallows.

You can also use live bait such as minnows, worms, and nightcrawlers.

Here’s a helpful video from LDWF on what tackle to use

More helpful videos from anglers who’ve caught rainbow trout in stocked Louisiana ponds. 

 

Exciting New Contest (In East Baton Rouge Parish ONLY!)

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, BREC will not be hosting an in-person rainbow trout fishing rodeo. However, it will be hosting a “tagged” fishing rodeo from Dec. 17, 2020 through Jan. 31, 2021.

Anglers who catch a tagged fish (as seen in the photo below) within the contest date will win a prize. 

Courtesy: BREC

There will be five tagged fish in all four of the stocked ponds. Participants are required to take a picture of their fish and a picture of the number on the tag to win.  Participants can only win one prize and each tagged fish can only be claimed once.

If you catch a tagged fish, take a photo of yourself and the tagged fish and email the photo to conservation@brec.org.

Once BREC’s Conservation staff have certified your tagged fish, they will arrange a time to pick up your prize at Palomino Road Park.

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Courtesy: BREC

Catch Limits for Rainbow Trout

In East Baton Rouge Parish, the take-home limit for the rainbow trout is four (4) fish per person, per day.

In all other areas of Louisiana, the take-home limit for the rainbow trout is five (5) fish per person, per day.

However, you can catch and release as many fish as you like.

Anglers 16 years of age and older must have a basic Louisiana fishing license when fishing for rainbow trout at public ponds. For more on freshwater fishing regulations in Louisiana, click here

More Information

BREC has more information about its annual rainbow trout stocking on its website, which is available by clicking here.  

LDWF has more information about its annual rainbow trout stocking on its website, which is available by clicking here

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