BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Capital area ponds are hopping with fish, and they've become part of a holiday tradition.
BREC stocked four ponds with 1,100 pounds of rainbow trout from Missouri, including the one at Perkins Park.
BREC said the fish tend to survive better in the could and they're usually all fished out by the time temperatures are back on the rise.
"We get them as adult fish. So these are fish that are ready to be caught," said Amanda Takacs with BREC Conservation Department. "They're roughly 8 to 10 inches and then we do mix in some larger ones that are up to, I would say, 24 inches long. So there's a couple trophy sized ones in there as well in case you want to find them."
BREC said they've started stocking the ponds to encourage fishing at their parks.