BREC Stocks Fishing Ponds and Holds Fishing RodeosEast Baton Rouge Parish—
In an annual event eagerly anticipated by fishermen across East Baton Rouge Parish, BREC has stocked three of its fishing lakes with rainbow trout. The annual stocking in anticipation of its Geaux Fish Rainbow Trout Fishing Rodeos which will be held this year at 8 a.m. at Flanacher Road Park and at 1 p.m. at North Sherwood Forest Community Park on Sat., Dec. 20. The third fishing rodeo will take place Sun., Dec. 21 at 1 p.m. at Perkins Road Community Park. The rodeos are free and open to all ages.
BREC hired Crystal Lake Fisheries to drive one-thousand pounds of rainbow trout from Missouri to Baton Rouge. They drove to each of the three parks and used a special device to stock the ponds. The trout average between 6 and 12” long and must have water below 34-degrees in order to survive. Prior to the stocking BREC’s Conservation staff survey the ponds to ensure that the temperature and oxygen levels are within allowable limits for the survival of the fish. Since the program is so popular, the fish are usually caught by the time the water reaches warmer levels in March.
BREC began this program several years ago after it was awarded a Let’s Go Fishing grant, and it became so popular that BREC now includes the cost of stocking the ponds with rainbow trout each year in its annual budget. The charge for the services this year is $5,500.
“This program is so popular that we begin getting phone calls, emails and social media messages asking us when we are going to stock the ponds as soon as the weather turns cold,” said BREC Superintendent Carolyn McKnight. “We know how popular fishing is to residents of all ages in this community and we are happy to give them a chance to learn something about fish that aren’t native to this area, as well as get them outdoors, active and having fun.”
BREC manages more than a dozen freshwater ponds and lakes around the parish which are stocked throughout the year with bluegill, bass and catfish fingerlings provided by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF). BREC permits fishing during daylight hours at most parks, and requires anglers to have a valid Louisiana fishing license as well as follow LDWF rules which include a four fish limit per person per day. Fishermen who catch and release can catch as many fish as they like.
BREC will install fishing line recycling stations at six locations in the next few weeks. The locations are Blackwater Conservation Area, Burbank Park, Perkins, Greenwood, Zachary and City-Brooks Community Parks.
For a complete listing of BREC lakes visit brec.org/fishing or call 272-9200.
It is the BREC mission to provide parks and recreational opportunities for all the citizens of East Baton Rouge Parish.