June 7-8 is ‘free fishing’ weekend in Louisiana

Baton Rouge — The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission during its May 1 meeting officially proclaimed June 7 and 8 “No License Required” fishing days for Louisiana citizens and visitors alike.

The promotional fishing dates are designed to provide novices and non-anglers an opportunity to experience recreational fishing.

The program provides the public with an open access fishing opportunity in an effort to attract more people into the ranks of licensed fishermen. Those license fees support LDWF’s conservation efforts including habitat management. Recreational fishing licenses for the 2008-09 fishing year will go on sale starting June 1 and will remain current until June 30, 2009.

“LDWF is encouraging licensed recreational fishermen to introduce someone to fishing on the weekend of June 7-8,” said John Sturgis, LDWF education manager. “It’s an activity anyone of any age can enjoy, even without a boat. Louisiana offers some of the best bank and pier fishing opportunities in the south.”

“No License Required” fishing weekend is a part of Fishing Week in Louisiana that runs from June 2 to June 8. The event was created to help reverse the trend of declining participation in outdoor activities across America.

According to a survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation, children spend 44 hours a week watching TV, playing videogames and on the computer. Research data, compiled by the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation, shows that outdoor activities can also get kids interested in nature and help with family communication.

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