The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation (LAWFF), and the Coastal Conservation Association of Louisiana are teaming up to present two Women’s Fishing 101 Workshops this spring. The workshops are open to women 18 and older who are looking to become knowledgeable and confident anglers.
The workshops cover a variety of skills to help make fishing more enjoyable. LDWF biologists and aquatic volunteer instructors will train 15 women per event in fish identification, best fish handling practices, preparing fishing equipment, basic fishing skills, as well as cleaning, storing, and cooking fish. Participants will be randomly selected from the winter 2022 and spring 2023 workshops and get the chance to apply their skills on an overnight weekend fishing trip under the direction of LDWF biologists and volunteer instructors during May and June 2023.
Spring Workshop Dates:
- Saturday, March 11, 2023 – LDWF Waddill Wildlife Refuge, Baton Rouge
- Saturday, April 15, 2023 – LDWF Waddill Wildlife Refuge, Baton Rouge
Interested women can click HERE to apply until Friday, February 3. Please remember that each Women’s Fishing Workshop will be limited to 15 participants per date. Participants must be first-time attendees and may only attend one workshop. Selected registrants will be notified via email prior to each workshop. Applications will not be reviewed until after the application period has closed.
The application process opened Monday, Jan. 9, and will close on Friday, Feb. 3. While not required to register, participants must possess a valid Louisiana fishing license to participate in the workshop. To purchase a fishing license, visit https://
The Women’s Fishing Workshops are hosted with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation. The Foundation 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.
Women’s Fishing 101 Workshops are 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.