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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

New this year, LDWF offers an exciting new series of fishing education courses.

For more info, contact Chris Conner via email or at 318.487.5336 or Joshua Porter via email or at 225.763.3540
  • Intro to Fishing Courses are geared towards both beginners and rusty anglers to gain enough knowledge to confidently fish on their own. Participants will learn core fishing skills including simple, but versatile rigging, bait, and gear selection followed by an hour of fishing with LDWF staff.
  • Intermediate and Advanced Fishing Courses are geared towards experienced anglers interested in learning a new method or perfecting species-specific techniques. 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.


Winter Women’s Fishing Workshop dates: 

  • Saturday, December 3, 2022
  • Sunday, December 4, 2022

Applications for the December 2022 workshops will be accepted from Monday, October 3, 2021 through Friday, October 28, 2022. Applications will not be reviewed until after the deadline.

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.