WALKER -- Anglers, get your rods and reels ready — there’s a new fish swimming at Sidney Hutchinson Park.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) stocked approximately 200 pounds of rainbow trout inside the pond at the City of Walker’s park on Tuesday, Jan. 21.

The local pond was one of seven water bodies across the state that received a total 2,300 pounds of the adult-size fish, which weigh an average of 1-2 pounds. In total, 4,400 pounds of rainbow trout have been stocked in a dozen “Get Out and Fish” community fishing ponds over the last two weeks, according to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

The “Get Out and Fish” program seeks to increase the number of people with access to quality fishing, recruit new anglers to the sport of fishing, and promote outdoor activities for future generations.

The program is held in conjunction with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation (LWFF), which was formed to allow people to join the LDWF and the LDWF Commission in conserving Louisiana’s wildlife and fish resources.

For the “Get Out and Fish” program’s fishing rodeo in November, Sidney Hutchinson Park’s pond was stocked with 600 pounds of channel catfish for young anglers, in addition to other fishing activities for the entire family.

Now, anglers are able to cast their rods for rainbow trout, a fish that is not native to Louisiana and only stocked during the cooler winter months.

“Get Out and Fish” pond stockings are funded by the Sport Fish Restoration Fund, a USFWS grant program that provides grant funds to the states, the District of Columbia, and insular areas fish and wildlife agencies for fishery projects, boating access and aquatic education.

As a reminder from the LDWF, anglers 16 and older must possess a valid Louisiana fishing license (to purchase a fishing license online, visit https://www.la.wildlifelicense.com).

For more information, contact Megan MacMenamin at mmacmenamin@wlf.la.gov or (225) 765-2375.

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