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Women's Fishing 101 Workshops

Every year, LDWF partners with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation to present free Women’s Fishing 101 Workshops. These workshops are open to all women over the age of 18 who are interested in learning about fishing and Louisiana’s aquatic resources. The goal of these workshops is to help women become knowledgeable, confident anglers who enjoy and protect Louisiana’s world-class fishing.

Whether you haven’t cast a line in 20 years or you’ve never fished before, these workshops are for you. Lead by LDWF biologists and volunteer instructors, the 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, as well as cleaning, storing, and cooking fish.

Some of the participants in each workshop will also have the chance to apply their newly learned skills on an overnight fishing trip under the direction of LDWF biologists and volunteer instructors. 

Upcoming Workshops 

The application deadline for Spring 2021 workshops is Friday, March 5, 2021. Applications will not be reviewed until after the deadline.

Participants may only attend one workshop 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.

Spring 2021 Workshops:

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

  • April 10, 2021
  • April 24, 2021
  • May 8, 2021
  • May 22, 2021

Ten women will be randomly selected from each month’s workshops to attend an additional weekend workshop.   

  • April workshops: June 11-13, 2021
  • May workshops: June 25-27, 2021

While not required to apply, participants must possess a valid Louisiana fishing license to participate in a workshop.

Please note that safety is our primary concern and all workshops will follow guidelines set by the CDC, State of Louisiana, and LDWF. These workshops have the potential to be postponed or canceled due to COVID-19 concerns.
“This was a great experience. I feel confident to start fishing!!!”
Participant, July 2020

“Thank you so much for giving your time and knowledge! I've learned so much and will put all to use real well as get to pass along to my 2 boys!”
Participant, July 2020

“I'm leaving with so much more confidence in my abilities.”
Participant, September 2020


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.