Ever caught a rainbow trout? And wanted to?

Here’s your chance to participate either Saturday or Sunday, or both days, in BREC’s annual Geaux Fish Fishing rodeos.

The events come after four BREC ponds were stocked with rainbow trout from a hatchery in Ava, Missouri. State Wildlife and Fisheries oversaw the stocking operations at the locations, which include:

  • Forest Community Park, 13900 S. Harrell’s Ferry Rd., Baton Rouge;
  • Greenwood Community Park, 13350 La. 19, Baker;
  • Palomino Drive Park, 14100 Palomino Drive, Central;
  • Zachary Community Park, 20055 Old Scenic Hwy., Zachary.

Now for the rodeo part: They begin 8:30 a.m. Saturday at Greenwood Community Park, then at 1 p.m. at Zachary Community Park, followed by 10 a.m. Sunday at Palomino Drive Park and 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Forest Community Park.

All are fee-free and open to all ages, but anglers 16 and older must have a state basic fishing license.

The weekend rodeos are catch-and-release on rainbow trout, and BREC managers will hand out awards for a variety of activities including casting contests, smallest and largest fish, and the family catching the most fish.

After the rodeos, the four ponds will be open to fishing, and fishermen will be allowed to practice catch-and-release as many rainbows as they can catch in that visit, but will be allowed to keep four fish per person per day.

Also note state Wildlife and Fisheries’ Inland Fisheries Division recently stocked channel catfish in ponds at BREC’s Burbank Park in Baton Rouge, Girard Park in Lafayette and Zemurray Park in Hammond as part of its Get Out & Fish Program.

For more on BREC’s rodeos, call (225) 272-9200, Ext. 559 or email:

outdooradventure@brec.org.