LDWF out & fish! Event at Forts Randolph & Buhlow State Historic Site

(Left) Little Angler Winner: Brooklyn Marler (Center) Junior Angler Winners: Ayden Smith, Rayshawn Martin, Antonio Latchie (right) Adult Angler Winners: Brad Steward, Melissa Shreeman, Terry Shreeman

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), Louisiana State Parks and Forts Randolph & Buhlow State Historic Site (SHS) worked together to ensure a successful Get Out & Fish! Event last Saturday at Forts Randolph & Buhlow SHS in Pineville. Despite the cool weather throughout the day, 80 anglers came to enjoy a day of fishing. Prior to the event, LDWF stocked the pond with 1,000 pounds of adult size channel catfish, giving anglers of all ages a great opportunity to catch beautiful catfish to take home.

catfish winner

Little angler (up to 8 years):

  1. Brooklyn Marler

Junior Anglers (ages 9-15):

  1. Rayshaw Martin
  2. Ayden Stewart
  3. Antonio Latchie

Adult anglers (from 16 years):

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

The event was made possible through the generous donations of our 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, City of Pineville Community Police Department, Raising Canes, Community Coffee, Red River Bank, LSUA, Louisiana History Museum, Ol’ Mel’s Farm, Academy Sports and Outdoors, Security Sporting Goods, Hobby Lobby, Paul & Melba St. Romain, Poole Bros. Nursery and JB Photography.

Lunch was provided by the Pineville City Police Department and the awards ceremony would not have been complete without a performance by the Pineville Elementary School Drum Corps.

The next Get Out & Fish! The kick-off event will take place in spring 2023.

The Get Out & Fish! The program aims to increase the number of people with access to quality fishing and encourage outdoor activities for future generations. To accomplish this mission, public waters that meet required specifications are selected by LDWF biologists to participate in the Get Out & Fish! Community fisheries program. These municipal fishing spots are stocked with adult size channel catfish in the spring and fall and rainbow trout in the winter (weather permitting).

LDWF’s out & fish! The program is supported by the Federal Aid Sport Fish Restoration Program and the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation. More information about the Get Out & Fish! program, contact [email protected] or visit www.wlf.la.gov/GOF. You can also follow us or tag us @LDWFGetOutandFish on Facebook and Instagram.

The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is tasked with the stewardship and protection of 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.

Ayden and Brad Stewart with one of the winning catfish