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Gonna be a busy Saturday

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Saturday is going to be a busy day on area waters, not just for the regular weekend fishermen, but for some special events that you should consider checking out. Saturday’s forecast calls for a chance of rain early on all the events, but hopefully it will end early and let the participants have a good day to be on the water.

First off, there will be nearly 70 teams of high school anglers representing themselves and their area high schools Saturday as the North Central Louisiana Student Angler Federation hosts it’s tournament on Lake D’Arbonne. Weigh in is at Ludwig’s Marine at 3 p.m.

High School and college fishing is growing like a bass in a school of shiners in warm water. Hats off to the folks that have organized this sport in our area and are putting in the work to make it happen the right way. And kudos to these young fishermen. They have had some amazing catches in some pretty tough conditions this year. You can see a list of the entrants on the organization’s Facebook page at:


If you’d like to see more about those previous tournaments 40 years ago, just go to the “search” bar on lakedarbonnelife.com and type in “high school fishing”. You’ll probably realize that somebody you know fished in one of these when they were younger.

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Catch a Special Thrill (Cast) for kids with special needs at D’Arbonne Pointe. it will be the second year for the lake to host this special event.
Last year’s C.A.S.T tournament for children with special needs was a touching moment for everyone involved. For the kids involved, it was a special thrill for sure.

This year’s event is set for D’Arbonne Pointe on Lake D’Arbonne. If you have a child with special needs or know someone who does, check out this site. There are openings for 40 children. It’s a great event to volunteer for as well. Check it out.



And last, but not least, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the City of Ruston remind you to join the Get Out and Fish! community fishing event this Saturday, May 5 at Elmore D. Mayfield Park. The pond will be stocked by the Louisiana Screen Shot 2018-05-02 at 10.45.02 AMWildlife and Fisheries Foundation prior to the event with 1,000 pounds of adult channel catfish – a perfect size to load in the ice chest and bring home.

The event will take place from 6:30 a.m. until noon and is free. The first 100 youth registrants (ages 15 and under) will receive a goody bag. In addition, every participant will be entered into a raffle drawing to win a variety of prizes. Lunch will be provided free of charge by Grown and Grazed while supplies last. You can pre-register for this event now at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/get-out-and-fish-event-2%20. Please bring your own gear, bait, tackle and an ice chest to keep your catch.


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