Beginning Jan. 27, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will begin stocking 17 sites across Louisiana with adult-size rainbow trout. Parc Natchitoches Pond will be included in the distribution starting at 4 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 27.
Now is the only time of year Get Out and Fish! sites will be stocked with rainbow trout. Rainbow trout are native to rivers and lakes in western North America, yet, due to their popularity, these fish have been introduced throughout the United States through stocking efforts. When water temperatures are cool during winter months, LDWF takes advantage to stock ponds with this cold-water fish. LDWF encourages anglers to keep their catch so the rainbow trout are harvested before temperatures rise.
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:// louisianaoutdoors.com/licenses-and-permits.