Get Out and Fish

Anglers fish off the wooden bridge located over the pond at Sidney Hutchinson Park in Walker during a “Get Out and Fish” program sponsored by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

Young anglers will get the chance to test their fishing skills in an upcoming event sponsored by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF).

The Third Annual “Get Out and Fish!” program, a free fishing event for children ages 15 and younger, will be held on Saturday, Nov. 14, at Sidney Hutchinson Park in Walker.

Anglers should come ready — the park’s pond will be stocked with 600 pounds of channel catfish just waiting to be caught. In addition, there will be many fishing activities for the entire family.

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

The event is hosted in conjunction with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation (LWFF). The LWFF was formed to provide a means for individuals and corporations to become partners with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission with a goal of conserving the state’s wildlife and fish resources.

First held in Livingston Parish in 2018, this weekend’s youth fishing competition will begin with registration from 7-10 a.m, followed by fishing activities that are scheduled to run from 9-11:30 a.m.

Fishing and weigh-in will run from 7-10 a.m., with an awards ceremony set for 11:30 a.m.

Participants are told to bring their own fishing gear, bait, tackle, and cooler. Anglers 16 and older must possess a valid Louisiana fishing license (to purchase a fishing license online, visit https://www.la.wildlifelicense.com).

The first 50 youth to register will receive a goody bag, and all participants will be entered into a raffle drawing to win prizes.

To pre-register for this event, visit www.walker.la.us. For more information on the “Get Out and Fish!” program, contact the Walker Department of Public Works at (225) 405-9875.

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