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Family Fish Fest

Casting inflatable
Family Fish Fest casting inflatable
Arts and crafts at Family Fish Fest
Arts and crafts at Family Fish Fest
Robbie the Redfish
Robbie the Redfish at Family Fish Fest


LDWF and the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation host Family Fish Fest with activities for your entire family to enjoy, whether you’re new to the sport of fishing or an experienced angler. Prior to the Family Fish Fest, the pond will be stocked with adult size channel catfish. 

Join us for a day of bank fishing and fun fishing activities including:

  • Casting inflatable
  • Fish identification
  • Knot tying lessons
  • Arts and crafts
  • An appearance by Robbie the Redfish, LDWF’s mascot


National Hunting and Fishing Day - September 23

As part of the National Hunting & Fishing Day celebration at Waddill Wildlife Refuge, a free Family Fish Fest will be held for youth 12 & under.

Location: Waddill Outdoor Center
4142 North Flannery Rd.
Baton Rouge, La

Saturday, September 23, 2023
Registration: 8:00-9:30 a.m.
Fishing/Weigh-In: 8:00-10:00 a.m.
Awards/Raffles: 10:30 a.m.

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Partner with Us

The generous support of our partners helps make Family Fish Fest possible. There are several ways to support Family Fish Fest and other LDWF educational programs and events. For information, contact Danica Williams at

Volunteer with Us

Our dedicated volunteers help make Family Fish Fest a success. Volunteering with LDWF provides an opportunity to share your passion for fishing and other outdoor activities with anglers of all ages and levels of experience. If you’re interested in volunteering, please email

Sport Fish Restoration Program

Family Fish Fests are funded through the Sport Fish Restoration Program. This program uses funding from taxes on fishing equipment and motorboat and small engine fuel to support projects that conserve, protect, and enhance fish and their habitats and the fishing and recreational boating opportunities they provide. LDWF uses Sport Fish Restoration funds for a number of projects including organizing community fishing events such as Family Fish Fest to foster responsible, licensed anglers and developing opportunities for anglers to work as citizen scientists and participate in the conservation of Louisiana’s aquatic resources.