LDWF is now accepting applications for two Fall Women’s Fishing 101 Workshops

Participants learn to filet fish from LDWF Fisheries Outreach Staff during a Women’s Fishing 101 workshop. (Photo courtesy LDWF)

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation (LAWFF) are teaming up to present two Women’s Fishing 101 Workshops this fall. The workshops are open to women over the age of 18 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 Fall 2023 and Spring 2024 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 2024.

Fall Workshop Dates

  • Saturday, October 28, 2023 – LDWF Waddill Wildlife Refuge, Baton Rouge
  • Saturday, November 18, 2023 – LDWF Waddill Wildlife Refuge, Baton Rouge

Click HERE to apply until Friday, Sept. 29. 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.

Participants prepare lines for noodle fishing during the summer Toledo Bend weekend workshop. (Photo courtesy LDWF)

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://louisianaoutdoors.com/

The Women’s Fishing Workshops are hosted in conjunction with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation (LAWFF). 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.

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