The Lake Charles Chapter of the Coastal Conservation Association of Louisiana will host the 25th Annual Trout ShootOut on June 5th at Calcasieu Point Landing in Lake Charles.

The shootout entry fee is $25, with all participants required to be members in good standing with CCA.

Fishing lasts from 5:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Weigh-in starts at 7 a.m. All participants must weigh in or be in line to weigh their fish in by 1 pm.

"Calcasieu Point is such a great venue to hold a catch-and-release tournament," said Brett Bordelon, Lake Charles CCA Chapter President. "Its proximity to Big Lake helps keep a lot of these trout alive. Elaine Huck and her staff do such an outstanding job catering to all the anglers. The Aquarium of the America's will also be on site to help with the tagging and releasing of the live trout.

"It's neat to see them working with a tank full of live trout."

The catch-and-release format tournament encourages all anglers to weigh live trout at the official scale, and then return the fish to water. All fish weighed alive will receive an 8-ounce bonus to their official weight.

The one-day tournament boasts a $5,000 cash grand prize for the largest trout caught in the adult division. The Whitney Bank Youth Division holds a $2,000 educational IRA as its purse for the largest trout. There are 25 places awarded in the adult division and 25 awarded in the youth division. Prizes are drawn by the hour from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

"Youth anglers may compete in the adult division and win the adult prizes if they pay the $25 entry fee," Bordelon said.  "However, if they do that, they will forfeit competing in the Youth Division."
 
Entry forms are available online at www.ccalouisiana.com or can be picked up in person at Lake Charles Tackle, Cajun Fast Mart, Cormie's Grocery, Academy Sports + Outdoors, West Marine, Cocahoe's and Calcasieu Point Landing.

For more information about the Lake Charles CCA Trout Shootout, please call Lake Charles CCA Chapter president Brett Bordelon at 337.274.2068, Derryl Gaspard at 337.304.3197 or Tony Berrigan with CCA at 225.952.9200.