Get Out and Fish! has success at the newest community fishing site in Youngsville, LA

Release Date: 04/13/2018

1st place Little Angler winner Wes Ouber with his 8.09 pound channel catfish
Anglers display their catch from Saturday’s Get Out and Fish! event at Southside Regional Park

On Saturday, April 7th, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, The East Regional Library in Youngsville, and the Lafayette Consolidated Government partnered together to host a Get Out and Fish! event at the newest site at  Southside Regional Park – Fabacher Field in Youngsville.  Prior to the event, the pond was stocked with 600 pounds of adult size channel catfish.  Over 300 anglers participated in the fun fishing competition and fishing activities for all ages.

Winners in the “Catfish” Category included:


Little Angler               

1stWes Ouber (8.09 pound catfish)

2ndGunner Simon (8.04 pound catfish)

3rdAlayna Lafleur (3.08 pound catfish)

Junior Angler               

1stJackson Lavin (4.08 pound catfish)

2ndAiden Smith (3.12 pound catfish)

3rdLandon Hotard (2.14 pound catfish)

Adult Angler               

1stRygan Bourge (2.12 pound catfish)

2ndRandy Boudreaux (2.11 pound catfish)

3rdMegan Louviere (2.09 pound catfish)


Winners in the “Other” Category included:


Little Angler               

1stBen Broussard (largemouth bass)

Junior Angler             

1stGrant Martin (largemouth bass)

2ndLandon Hotard (largemouth bass)

3rdLuke Robinson (warmouth)

Adult Angler               

1st  Joe Zetty (bluegill)

The event was made possible through the generous donations from our sponsors including: Academy Sports and Outdoors, Buckfins N Feathers, Acadiana Cane Cutters Baseball, Raising Cane’s, Walmart (415- Broussard, LA), Starbucks, LA Soar, Lafayette Oil Men’s Bass Fishing Club, The Lafayette Public Library, and the Louisiana Master Naturalists.

Lunch was generously provided by the Kiwanis Club of Lafayette.

There is still a good opportunity to catch a stocked channel catfish at Southside Regional Park – Fabacher Field so grab your fishing gear and try your luck. For more information about future stockings and directions to all of our community fishing sites, you can visit

The Get Out and Fish! Program seeks to increase the number of people with access to quality fishing and to promote outdoor activities for future generations. In order to accomplish this mission, public water bodies that meet the required specifications are chosen by LDWF biologists to join the Get Out and Fish! community fishing program. These community fishing sites are stocked in the Spring and Fall with adult size channel catfish and in the winter with rainbow trout if weather permits. 

LDWF Get Out & Fish is hosted in conjunction with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation.  The LWFF was formed to provide a means for individuals and corporations to become partners with the Department and Commission in the challenge of conserving Louisiana’s wildlife and fisheries resources. 

For more information on the Get Out & Fish program, contact Megan MacMenamin at 225-765-2375.

The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources.  For more information, visit us at, on Facebook at follow us on Twitter @LDWF.