LDWF fishing course series announces additional classes

FCS Instructor, Joshua Porter, teaches participants at the Joe Brown Park Intro to Fishing Course how to properly identify and handle fish. (Photo courtesy LDWF)

LDWF’s Fishing Course Series program (FCS) is excited to announce several upcoming courses over the next few months, including the brand new Beginner Bass Fishing course! These FREE courses will provide new and experienced anglers with useful information and skills to help improve their fishing trips. Since space is limited, register today to secure your spot.

Each 2-hour class will be open to all ages and limited to 10 participants. The course curriculum will be fast-paced and geared towards educating adults in order for them to guide children during the fishing portion of the program. Equipment is provided, but participants are also encouraged to bring their own gear. All in attendance will take home a package of informative material, starter tackle, and gear courtesy of Cabela’s, Magic Bait, and Coastal Conservation Association of Louisiana. Anglers 18 & older must possess a valid recreational fishing license to participate, and anglers under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Seven different courses will be offered at sites across the state:

  • 3/24 Beginner Bass Fishing @City Park in New Orleans
  • 3/29 Intro to Fishing @Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site  in Pineville
  • 4/3 Intro to Fishing @Cypress Bend Park in Many
  • 4/4 Beginner Bass Fishing @Cypress Bend Park in Many
  • 4/15 Beginner Bass Fishing @Waddill Wildlife Refuge in Baton Rouge
  • 5/6 Beginner Catfishing @Bayou Country Sports Park in Houma
  • 5/9 Intro to Fishing @Bayou Country Sports Park in Houma

To register for one of the FCS courses, visit www.louisianaoutdoors.com/events and select the event type “Fishing Ed” to see all available FCS courses. If you need assistance registering, please contact outreach@wlf.la.gov or call Joshua Porter (225) 763-3540. For more information on the Fishing Course Series program, please visit www.wlf.louisiana.gov/page/fishing-workshops.

The Fishing Course Series is hosted in conjunction with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation (LAWFF). The LAWFF was formed to help expand and support LDWF education and research programs with additional resources developed through its own facilities. Encouraging support for LDWF programs is the major focus of the Foundation, accomplished by connecting people and businesses with Louisiana’s natural resources. For more information, visit www.lawff.org.

The Fishing Course Series is funded by the Sport Fish Restoration Fund, a USFWS grant program that provides grant funds to the states, the District of Columbia and insular areas fish and wildlife agencies for fishery projects, boating access and aquatic education.