Riverside County Approves Contract to Stock Catfish at Lake Cahuilla

LA QUINTA – Lake Cahuilla Veterans Regional Park is gearing up for catfish season, with a new $60,075 vendor contract in place that will supply the county’s fishing lakes with catfish during the summer months.

The Riverside County Board of Supervisors on May 9 approved a contract with Pacific Aquafarms Inc. for catfish stocking at Lake Cahuilla, Lake Skinner and Rancho Jurupa regional parks. The first stock of the season will take place May 26, with 900 pounds of catfish to be delivered at each lake.

The Riverside County Regional Park and Open-Space District has released its restocking schedule. The county park district will extend the park hours of the Friday stocking dates so people can come in the evenings to fish in the summer.

“There are quite a bit of fisher folks out there at Lake Cahuilla and throughout the County of Riverside,” Supervisor V. Manuel Perez said in a statement. “I am pleased we have a contract in place to stock Lake Cahuilla for the summer season, and we welcome visitors to come out and fish there this summer.”

Lake Cahuilla Veterans Regional Park is located at 58-075 Jefferson Street in La Quinta.

The admission fee for fishing is $10 per adult and $8 per child.

A state fishing license is required for anyone 16 and older. The state fishing license is not sold at Lake Cahuilla Veterans Regional Park, but can be purchased at local retailers.

Riverside County offers veterans and military free admission and fishing at Lake Cahuilla Veterans Regional Park annually on Memorial Day weekend (Saturday through Monday) and Veterans Day (November 11). The offer is open to active-duty military personnel, veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces, National Guard and federal and state reservists, and those in their vehicle.

Memorial Day weekend is Saturday, May 27 through Monday, May 29.