LDWF Go out and fish! The event was held at the historic site of Forts Randolph and Buhlu

(left) Small Hunter winner: Brooklyn Marler (center) Junior Hunter Winners: Aiden Smith, Rayshawn Martin, Antonio Lachey (Right) Senior Hunter Winners: Brad Steward, Melissa Shriman, Terri Schriman

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), Louisiana State Parks, and Forts Randolph and Buhulu State Historic Site (SHS) have teamed up to host the successful Get Out & Fish! Happened this past Saturday at Forts Randolph & Buhlow SHS in Pineville. Despite the cold weather all day, 80 fishermen showed up to enjoy a day’s fishing. Prior to the event, the LDWF stocked 1,000 pounds of adult-sized channel catfish, providing an excellent opportunity for anglers of all ages to catch cute catfish and take them home.

catfish winners

Little Angler (ages 8 and under):Brooklyn Marler

Junior Angler (9-15 years old):

  1. Rayshon Martin
  2. Aiden Stewart
  3. Antonio Lachey

Adult hunter (16 years and over):

  1. Terry Sherman
  2. Melissa Sherman
  3. Brad Stewart

The event is made possible by generous donations from sponsors and partners including: Louisiana State Parks, Whisker Seeker, CJ’s Bait Company, Magic Bait, Coastal Conservation Association of Louisiana, Pure Fishing Tackle, City of Pineville, and City of Pineville Community Police Department, Raising Canes, Community Coffee, Red River Bank, LSUA, Louisiana Museum of History, Ol’ Mel’s Farm, Academy Sports and Outdoors, Sporting Security Goods, Hobby Lobby, St. Paul & Melba St. Romain and Poole Bros. custody. and JB Photography.

The lunch was provided by the City of Pineville Police Department and no awards ceremony would have been complete without a performance by the Pineville Elementary School Drum Corps.

The next day Get Out & Fish! The launch event will take place in the spring of 2023.

Get Out & Fish! The program seeks to increase the number of people who have access to quality fishing and to promote outdoor activities for future generations. In order to accomplish this mission, public bodies of water that meet the required specifications are selected by LDWF biologists to join the Get Out & Fish! Community Fishing Program. These community fishing sites are stocked in the spring and fall with adult-sized channel catfish and in the winter with rainbow trout (weather permitting).

LDWF’s Get Out & Fish! The program is supported by the Federal Sportfish Recovery Assistance Program and the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation. For more information on Get Out & Fish! program, contact GOF@wlf.la.gov or visit www.wlf.la.gov/GOF. You can also follow or tag us on Facebook and Instagram @LDWFGetOutandFish.

The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries manages and protects Louisiana’s abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.la.gov, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

Aiden and Brad Stewart with one of their winning catfish

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