A “Free Fishing Weekend” will be held June 9 and June 10 when people can fish fresh or salt water without buying a recreational fishing license, according to the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

The program, announced by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Thursday, is an effort to encourage more people to become licensed fishermen. Fishing license fees support the department’s conservation and habitat management efforts, according to the department’s press release.

“Free Fishing Weekend” is a part of Fishing Week in Louisiana that runs from June 4 to June 10. The event was created to help reverse the trend of declining participation in outdoor activities across the country. As part of the weekend, there will be a Bass Pro Shops Kids Fishing Rodeo at Waddill Wildlife Refuge, 4142 N. Flannery Road, Baton Rouge. The fishing competition will be held from 7-11 a.m. followed by lunch at Bass Pro.

For more information, contact John Sturgis at 225-763-5448 or jsturgis@wlf.la.gov or Danica Williams at 504-628-7282 or dwilliams@wlf.la.gov.