Anyone can fish this weekend (June 11-12) without purchasing a fishing license, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced.

The Free Fishing Weekend is part of the LDWF's efforts to attract more participants into the ranks of licensed fishermen. Fishing license fees support LDWF's conservation efforts including habitat management.

"LDWF is encouraging licensed recreational fishermen to introduce someone to fishing …," said John Sturgis, LDWF education manager. "It's an activity anyone of any age can enjoy, even without a boat. Louisiana offers some of the best bank and pier fishing opportunities in the south."

"Free Fishing Weekend" is a part of Fishing Week in Louisiana that runs from June 6 to 12. The event was created to help reverse the trend of declining participation in outdoor activities across America.

In conjunction with Free Fishing Weekend, LDWF and the Office of State Parks will host Family Fishing Day on Saturday (June 11) at the following sites:

• Bogue Chitto State Park, Franklinton
• Chicot State Park, Ville Platte
• Lake D'Arbonne State Park, Farmerville
• New Orleans City Park.

Family Fishing Day at these park sites will be offered from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Participants are encouraged to bring their own fishing gear for pier or bank fishing. LDWF will provide basic fishing gear for anyone needing gear for the day.

Entrance fees at the three state parks hosting Family Fishing Day will be waived on June 11.

For information and directions to all Louisiana State Parks and New Orleans City Park, visit www.lastateparks.com.