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Sunday, July 21, 2019

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Family Fish Fest to encourage youth, family involvement

Family Fish Fest to encourage youth, family involvement

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is holding their 5th Family Fish Fest on July 12th at Elmer’s Island in Grand Isle from 6 a.m. till 12 noon.

Family Fish Fest events are designed to increase youth and family involvement in fishing and fisheries conservation. Each event includes fishing opportunities with live redfish and speckled trout tagging at all saltwater locations.

Divisions for shore fishing include Little Angler (10 and under), Junior Angler (11-16) and Team (adult and youth). Anglers are asked to bring their own equipment, bait and live fish transport containers. Live redfish and speckled trout will be tagged and released by LDWF biologists in conjunction with the Louisiana Cooperative Marine Fish Tagging Program.

Outside of the main fishing event, the Department will provide numerous outdoor activities for the entire family including mobile touch tank, fish identification, knot tying lessons, how to age a fish, cast net lessons, minnow races, arts and crafts and casting tutorials. Robbie the Redfish, LDWF’s newest mascot, will also be onsite for photo opportunities and to greet guests.

Entry for the event is $10 per participant and includes a t-shirt and lunch. Participants who bring in a live speckled trout or redfish to be tagged and released will receive a raffle ticket with the chance to win a grand prize. Adults will receive an additional raffle ticket for each youth entered.

The first 50 registrants will receive a complimentary rod and reel, courtesy of Pure Fishing, and the first 100 registrants will receive a fishing goodie bag. Pre-registration and more information is available online at

The LDWF Family Fish Fest is hosted in conjunction with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation. For more information on Family Fish Fests contact Danica Williams at 504-628-7282.
Lunch will be provided by Dufrene Building Materials.