One of the first things you learn when you move to the Ark-La-Tex is that hunting and fishing are a really big deal.  I mean it's right there on the license plate: Louisiana--Sportsman's Paradise.

When I was a kid in West Texas, there wasn't much fishing going on.  We spent our lazy summer days catching horny toads and having dirt clod fights.  I did have an uncle that taught me how to bait a hook and cast a line, but that's about the extent of my angling knowledge.

So imagine my surprise when my youngest daughter got the fishing bug when we moved to Minnesota, the Land of 10,000 Lakes.  Kristen was in grade school at the time, and we got her to enroll in a fishing day camp conducted by the City Of Maple Grove, the suburb outside of Minneapolis where we were living.  We thought it would be a good way for her to meet people, and it was.  Little did we know she would become hooked on fishing.  (Pardon the pun.)

Kristen lives in Tyler now and doesn't get the opportunity to fish as much as she'd like, but she's discovered a community park that she can get to easily when she has a little spare time.  Woldert Park has a 1.5 acre pond that's stocked and open to the public.  They even have tackle that they'll loan to you.

Louisiana's Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has a "Get Out And Fish" program that offers fishing at a number of community parks around the state.  A couple of them are close to Shreveport/Bossier.

Kiroli Park--West Monroe 

The pond at the park was newly stocked with channel catfish on May 15th.

Turner’s Pond – Minden, LA           

Will be newly stocked with channel cat today.

So, making a trip out to the nearest lake isn't the only fishing option you have.  For a complete list of community fishing options in Louisiana and Texas, check out the links below.