May 6, 2011 - The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission officially proclaimed June 11 and 12 as “Free Fishing Weekend” at the May 5 commission meeting. The promotional fishing dates are provided for novices and non-anglers as an opportunity to experience recreational fishing in fresh or salt water without the purchase of a recreational fishing license.
The program is part of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) 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 on the weekend of June 11-12," 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; and within 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 .
The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana's abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.louisiana.gov  on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb  or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.
For more information, contact John Sturgis at 225-763-5448 or firstname.lastname@example.org , or Sharon Broussard at 225-342-5473 or email@example.com.