With spring just around the corner, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced they will again host a series of Family Fish Fest events across the state. In its second year, this program provides a unique opportunity for families to learn fishing basics and participate in activities to increase fishing knowledge and skill.
The first 50 registrants for each event will receive a complimentary rod and reel, and the first 100 registrants will receive a fishing goodie bag.
Competitive categories are available for nearly all legal fish species, and every participant is automatically entered into a raffle for outdoors prizes courtesy of event sponsors.
Entry for each event is $10 per participant (except for the September 26 event), and includes a t-shirt and lunch. Participants must provide their own fishing equipment and bait. Events will begin shortly after sunrise and will conclude by noon.
The competition portion of each event will include divisions for all ages and fishing categories for multiple species, with a boat division at locations that have launch access.
Live redfish and speckled trout will be tagged and released by LDWF biologists in conjunction with the Louisiana Cooperative Marine Fish Tagging Program at all saltwater locations.
Outside of the competitive arena, numerous additional outdoor activities will be available, including a mobile touch tank, fish identification, fish aging, knot tying, casting tutorials and arts and crafts. Robbie theRedfish,
LDWF’s fish tagging mascot, will be onsite for photo opportunities and to greet guests.
Event information and pre-registration are available at www.wlf.la.gov/familyfishfest.
Mark your calendar for the 2015 Family Fish Fests:
- April 11: Louisiana Oil & Gas Park – Jennings, La.
- May 16: Ivan Lake Recreation Area – Cotton Valley, La.
- June 13: Myrtle Grove Marina – Myrtle Grove, La.
- July 11: Elmer’s Island – Grand Isle, La.
- September 26: National Hunting & Fishing Day at Waddill Wildlife Refuge – Baton Rouge, La.
If interested in becoming a volunteer, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted on Tue, March 24, 2015
by The Lafourche Gazette