LDWF Catfish Derby yields 17 winners

A young angler shows off a tagged catfish during the 2021 Tagged Catfish Derby.
A young angler shows off a tagged catfish during the 2021 Tagged Catfish Derby.

A total of 17 winners reported catching a tagged channel catfish during the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ (LDWF) Get Out and Fish! catfish derby. The event ran from June 5th to June 11th. Tagged catfish were caught and reported from 11 of the 15 stocked ponds.

A total of 10 catfish were tagged at each of the 15 sites participating in the Get Out and Fish!  event. LDWF encouraged families to enjoy the freshly stocked ponds by offering prize packs for catching and reporting a tagged fish during this seven-day period.

This derby marked the end of spring catfish stockings at the Get Out and Fish! ponds. LDWF will continue to stock again in the fall as summer temperatures present challenges for stocking these fish.

LDWF stocks Get Out and Fish! ponds with adult-size channel catfish in the spring and fall, and rainbow trout in the winter, to increase your chances of bringing home a few keepers for a fish fry! For more information about the GOF ponds including directions and tips on how to catch catfish, click here.

Anglers 16 and older must possess a Louisiana fishing license when fishing in any Louisiana public waters. Licenses are available for purchase online at https://la-web.s3licensing.com/. By purchasing a fishing license, Louisiana receives matching funds from the Sport Fish Restoration Program for public fishing and boating access, fishing programs and education, and fisheries management.

A list of Get Out and Fish! Community Fishing sites include:

  • Turner’s Pond – Minden
  • Grambling City Park Pond – Grambling
  • Elmore D. Mayfield Park – Ruston
  • Kiroli Park – West Monroe
  • William T. Polk City Park Pond – Vidalia
  • Purple Heart Memorial Park Pond – Ragley
  • 1-10 Park – Jennings
  • Girard Park – Lafayette
  • Southside Regional Park – Fabacher Field – Youngsville
  • Bayou Country Sports Park – Houma
  • Zemurray Park – Hammond
  • Bogue Chitto State Park – Franklinton
  • Joe W. Brown Park – New Orleans
  • Parc Natchitoches – Natchitoches
  • Pearson Lake, Forts Randolph & Buhlow State Historic Site – Pineville
  • Sidney Hutchinson Park – Walker
  • BREC’s Burbank Park – Baton Rouge

Follow LDWF Get Out and Fish (@ldwfgetoutandfish) on Facebook and Instagram for park updates.

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