The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is encouraging the community to "Get Out and Fish" this summer.
There are 15 pond sites across Louisiana that are now fully stocked with adult-sized channel catfish - including Girard Park, where we caught up with David Mitchell.
"It's great to get the kids out the house. Get them something to do. And this right here this fishing tournament, whatever it's called again, it's a great idea. It's mainly for the family. Family and what's the word I'm looking for, sportsmanship of it," he told us.
To kick off the summer fishing season, LDWF will host a tagged catfish derby at all of their "Get Out and Fish" ponds between Saturday, June 5 and Friday, June 11.
Those who catch and report a tagged channel catfish at one of the designated ponds during the derby will receive a fishing prize pack
LDWF says that anglers 16 and older must have a Louisiana fishing license when fishing in any Louisiana public waters. Licenses are available for purchase online and are valid for more than 12 months.
For more information about the "Get Out and Fish" program and tagged catfish derby visit the LDWF website.
List of 15 community fishing sites participating in the "Get Out and Fish" program:
- 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
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