As part of the Get Out and Fish! community fishing program, Girard Park Pond was stocked with 200 pounds of adult channel catfish on Thursday, June 18. This is the eighth time the pond has been stocked in partnership with Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and Greers Ferry National Fish Hatchery in Arkansas.
Girard Park Pond met the required specifications for the Get Out and Fish! program and was selected by LDWF biologists to serve as an official site. The program at Girard Park launched with an adult and youth fishing competition when the pond was first stocked in November of 2014. To date, 2,200 pounds of adult rainbow trout and channel catfish have been stocked . Girard Park Pond will continue to be stocked with a variety fish on a regular basis for up to one year.
According to Greg Gautreaux, LCG Parks Maintenance Manager, “When the ponds were first stocked in the fall with rainbow trout, people seemed to be surprised. Since then, we’ve seen more and more people fishing around the pond. It’s nice that people can get out and fish so conveniently, even people without boats.”
The LDWF – Office of Fisheries promotes the Get Out and Fish! program in an effort to increase the number of people with access to quality fishing, to recruit new anglers to the sport of fishing and to promote outdoor activities for future generations.
City-Parish President Joey Durel urges fishing novices and experts alike to “Take advantage of this opportunity to visit Girard Park and its pond and go fishing with family and friends. It’s a free and convenient way to enjoy this beautiful public asset!”
LDWF Biologist Megan MacMenamin says Girard Park Pond was the perfect site for the program to meet the Get Out and Fish! program goals. “The number of people fishing Girard Park pond has increased since the City of Lafayette started stocking it and the response from anglers has been tremendously positive. Several anglers have told us the convenient location and good odds of catching a fish makes it the perfect location to bring their families.”
The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources. For more information, visit www.wlf.la.gov, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow on Twitter @LDWF.