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Fishing Workshops and Courses

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries offers several fishing workshops and courses throughout the year. Based on participants’ experience and comfort level, there are courses and workshops for everyone.

While not required to apply, participants 18 & older must possess a valid Louisiana recreational fishing license to participate in the fishing workshops and courses.


Fishing Course Series

LDWF continues to expand the offerings in the series of fishing education courses.

For more info, contact Joshua Porter via email or at 225.763.3540
  •  Intro to Fishing serves as the entry course into the exciting Fishing Course Series. It is geared towards both beginners and rusty anglers looking to gain enough knowledge and confidence to fish on their own. Experienced anglers will likely take away valuable information as well. Participants will learn core fishing skills, including simple, but versatile rigging, bait, and gear selection, followed by an hour of fishing with LDWF staff. Classes are held monthly across the state.
  • The course series continues with an expanding list of Beginner courses such as Beginner Catfishing, Beginner Rainbow Trout Fishing (at select sites in Louisiana), and Beginner Bass Fishing. Future courses also being considered include species-specific Intermediate and Advanced lessons. Classes will be announced once scheduled.

To view upcoming courses and register for courses offered through the Fishing Course Series, visit


 Women's Fishing Workshops

 LDWF partners with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation to present Women’s Fishing Workshops. The goals of these workshops are to help new participants become knowledgeable, confident anglers who enjoy and protect Louisiana’s world-class fishing.

For more info, contact Rebecca Hillebrandt via email or at 225.765.2474


Whether you've never fished before or you haven't cast a line in 20 years, these workshops are for you. Lead by LDWF biologists and volunteer instructors, these workshops cover a variety of topics and teach numerous skills to help make fishing more enjoyable for everyone. Workshop topics include fish identification, best fish handling practices, preparing fishing equipment, and basic fishing skills.


Spring Women’s Fishing Workshop dates: 

  • Saturday, January 27, 2024
  • Sunday, January 28, 2024

Participants may only attend one Women’s Fishing 101 and must be women 18 years or older. Each workshop is limited to 15 participants. Selected registrants will be notified via email prior to each workshop.

All workshops will be held from 9 am to 4:30 pm at LDWF's Waddill Wildlife Refuge in Baton Rouge.



Sport Fish Restoration Program Funding

Women’s Fishing 101 Workshops are funded by the Sport Fish Restoration Fund, a U.S. Fish and Wildilfe Service grant program that provides funds to the states, the District of Columbia, and insular areas fish and wildlife agencies for fishery projects, boating access, and aquatic education.