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Special fishing weekend…

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries invites Louisianans of all ages to fish for free this coming weekend without a fishing license on any of the state’s public waters. While fishing isn’t exactly free — at least on this weekend you can do it without a license!

Louisiana offers miles of shoreline and a myriad of freshwater lakes, marsh, and bayous to take opportunity of during this annual event. The Department hopes the weekend will introduce newcomers, visitors and people with rusty skills to one of Louisiana’s most popular sports.  If you already have a fishing license, consider taking a friend or family member who has never been fishing.

Anglers are allowed to fish on all public bodies of waters without a license, but all fishing regulations still apply.

In conjunction with Free Fishing Weekend, LDWF is working with supporting sponsors to offer the following event on Saturday, June 7:
Lake D’Arbonne State Park Fishing Derby
 *  3628 Evergreen Road, off Hwy. 2 (Bernice Hwy.)
* Registration begins at 8 a.m.
* Fishing contest begins at 9 a.m., and bait casting contest begins 10 a.m.
* Awards will be presented before noon.
* Eligible for kids 6 to 14 years of age.
* Bait will be provided by LDWF.
* Park entrance fee: $2/person; free entry for Seniors (62 and older) and children (3 and under).

For more information, contact the State Park.

Also, if you are a regular fisherman and have a license, remember that fishing licenses expire on June 30, so make plans to buy your new 2014-2015 license now. They are already on sale in many sporting good stores and can also be purchased online at  http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/licenses/fishing.



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