FALSE RIVER BASS TRAIL TOURNAMENT: 2 p.m. weigh-in. Spokane Landing, Lake St. John, Ferriday.
RED STICK FLY FISHERS PROGRAM: 7 p.m., Louisiana Room, Wildlife and Fisheries headquarters, Quail Drive, Baton Rouge. Call Dan Weber (225) 892-4352. Website: www.rsff.org
WEDNESDAY EVENING BASS TOURNAMENT: 5 p.m., Canal Bank Club, Diversion Canal, Maurepas. 2-angler teams, 3-bass limit. Weekly event. Call David Cavell (225) 937-0046 or Canal Bank Club (225) 698-9074.
FRIDAY NIGHT COOKIE JAR BASS SERIES: 7 p.m.-midnight, False River, Public Landing, Morrison Parkway, New Roads. Weekly Friday night tournament through Sept. 9. fee $30 per boat/1-2 anglers. Call Guy
Perkins (225) 293-3402.
TROUT CHALLENGE IV KAYAK FISHING TOURNAMENT: Prien Lake. Sponsored by the Bayou Coast Kayak Fishing Club. Fee $20. Open tournament. BCKFC members points event. Online registration: www.bckfc.org
AROUND THE CORNER
JULY 23—LOUISIANA SALTWATER SERIES TOURNAMENT: Safe daylight, Dockside Bait & Tackle, Slidell. Redfish 16-to-under 27 inches long. 2-angler teams. Fee $200. Third angler 16-under in Youth Division. Call Ashley Wethey (225) 765-5113. Website: www.wlf.louisiana.gov
JULY 23—FLY TYING AT BASS PRO SHOPS: 9:30 a.m.-noon, Conference Room, Bass Pro Shops, Denham Springs. Call Harold Henkel (225) 271-3100.
JULY 22-24—GRAND ISLE FLY FISHING WEEKEND: Grand Isle. Sponsored by south Louisiana fly-fishing clubs. Registration required. Call Randy Leonpacher (225) 769-1895 or Barry Dauphin (337) 873-8912.
JULY 24—SOUTH LOUISIANA HIGHPOWER CLUB MATCH: 8:30 a.m. squadding, 9 a.m. matches, Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Range, 9134 St. Landry Rd., Gonzales. 50-round NRA National Match Course (200 yards). Match fees $10 members, $15 nonmembers, $5 juniors. Club membership $15/year. Call George Serrett (225) 272-3538. Email: email@example.com.
JULY 25—RED STICK FLY FISHERS FLY-TYING SESSION: 7 p.m., Cabela’s, Gonzales. Call Emmitt Simmons (225) 335-4596. Website: www.rsff.org
JULY 28-30—INTERNATIONAL GRAND ISLE TARPON RODEO: Sand Dollar Marina weighstation & Rodeo Tent, Grand Isle.
STATEWIDE TOURNAMENT & ANGLERS’ RODEO—S.T.A.R.: Summer-long saltwater fishing event. Truck/boats for specially tagged redfish. Prizes in several specie categories. Sponsored by CCA-Louisiana. Through Labor Day. Call CCA-Louisiana (225) 952-9200.
GEAUX FISH: Through Sept. 5. Cash prizes up to $250,000 & other noncash prizes for 50 specially tagged speckled trout along Louisiana coast. Sponsored by La. Charter Boat Association. No fee. Registration & valid fishing license required. Website: www.GeauxFish2011.com
AUG. 7—ST. JAMES BOAT CLUB JUNIOR CHOUPIQUE RODEO: 9 a.m.-noon, St. James Boat Club, U.S. 61, south of Sorrento. Open to ages 1-15. Fee 25 cents. Bank fishing only. Call St. James Boat Club (225) 869-8966.
AUG. 13—18th-ANNUAL PELICAN STATE FRIENDS OF THE NRA BANQUET: 6 p.m., Crowne Plaza, Baton Rouge. Benefits youth shooting sports & education programs. Call Dan Calvert (225) 328-6948.
AUG. 27—BATON ROUGE CHAPTER, ROCKY MOUNTAIN ELK FOUNDATION BANQUET: 5:30 p.m., Marriott Hotel, 5500 Hilton Ave., Baton Rouge. Call Cliff Dufour (225) 405-0343 or Oren May (225) 924-5303.
SPRING INSHORE SHRIMP SEASONS: All areas subject to closure by order of the secretary of the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries: Seasons open in State Shrimp Zone 1 (Louisiana-Mississippi line to the eastern shore of South Pass of the Mississippi River); State Shrimp Zone 3 (Vermilion Bay west to Louisiana-Texas line); State Shrimp Zone 2 (portions of waters in Barataria, lower Timbalier and Terrebonne bays and Lake Pelto; all other areas from South Pass of the Mississippi River west to Vermilion Bay are closed or will be closed Monday, July 11).
OPEN—RECREATIONAL RED SNAPPER SEASON: State & federal waters, Gulf of Mexico. Through 12:01 a.m. July 19. Daily limits 2 red snapper, minimum of 16 inches long.
CLOSED—RECREATIONAL GREATER AMBERJACK SEASON: All waters, Gulf of Mexico. Through July 31.
The Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism has an up-to-date schedule for state parks and historic sites. Website: ww.crt.state
Due to budget cuts, state parks’ entrance hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays and, Fridays and Saturdays at 6 a.m. for parks with boat launches, a 7 a.m. for parks without boat launches.
WILDLIFE & FLOODING
Continued high water has pushed wildlife from its habitat in floodways and swamps. The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries asks citizens to minimize their contact with displaced animals. In the event, displaced animals become a nuisance, call LDWF district offices or the Operation Game Thief hotline:
Operation Game Thief (24 hours) — (800) 442-2511
- Baton Rouge (225) 765-2800
- New Iberia (337) 373-0032
- Opelousas (337) 948-0255
- Hammond (985) 543-4777
- Pineville (318) 487-5885
- Monroe (318) 343-4044
OPEN/CLOSED WMAS & REFUGES
Effective July 1, the Department of Wildlife & Fisheries reopened these wildlife management areas after flooding threats abated along the Mississippi and Atchafalaya rivers:
- Attakapas WMA (Iberia/St. Martin/St. Mary parishes); Three Rivers WMA (Concordia Parish); Grassy Lake WMA (Avoyelles Parish) except Cas Cas Road. The Bayou Des Sot bridge has been repaired.
- The South Farm (Iberville Parish) portion of Sherburne WMA to ATV and walk-in traffic. The rest of the WMA is closed until further notice.
- Until further notice: Parts of Dewey Wills WMA, and the Atchafalaya National Wildlife Refuge and the Bonnet Carre Spillway Area remain closed.