PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD DEADLINE FOR CAT ISLAND NWR MANAGEMENT PLAN: Comment for the next 15-year Comprehensive Conservation Plan & Environmental Assessment for Cat Island National Wildlife Refuge. Plans posted: www.fws.gov/southeast/planning/ under “Draft CCP Documents.” Call Kent Ozment (601) 442-6696 or Tina Chouinard (731) 432-0981. Email comments to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
ACADIANA FLY RODDERS PROGRAM: 6:30 p.m., first Tuesday monthly, Grace Presbyterian Church Hall, 415 Roselawn, Lafayette. Call Richard Latiolais (337) 354-8957.
PONTCHARTRAIN BASIN FLY FISHERS MEETING: 6:30 p.m., first Wednesday monthly, Beach House Grill, 124 Girod St., Mandeville. Call Corey Tohme (985) 624-9331. Website: pbasinflyfishers.blogspot.com.
LOUISIANA WILDLIFE & FISHERIES COMMISSION MEETING: 9:30 a.m., Louisiana Room, state Wildlife & Fisheries headquarters, Quail Drive, Baton Rouge.
CAJUN CHAPTER-CCA BANQUET: 6 p.m., South Crowley KC Hall, 226 Elm Street, Crowley. Tickets $60, $30 spouses, $25 youths, $480 tables. Call CCA Louisiana (225) 952-9200.
ANNUAL SENIORS BASS TOURNAMENT: 5:30 a.m. registration, Paizanos, La. 70 at Belle River. Fee $55 included big-bass pot. A 55-and-older event. Call Wayne Tucker (337) 254-1300.
FRIDAY NIGHT COOKIE JAR BASS TOURNAMENT: 7 p.m.-midnight, La. Express Landing, False River (south end), Jarreau. Fee $30/boat plus launch fee (maximum 2 anglers). Weekly Friday night event through Sept. 11. Call Guy Perkins (225) 293-3402.
EIGHth ANNUAL CATHOLIC HIGH ALUMNI FISHING RODEO: Moran’s Marina, Fourchon Road weigh-in site. Registration/check in June 4, Moran’s Marina. Open and youth divisions. “Calcuttas” in mangrove snapper, red snapper and speckled trout. Call Catholic High Alumni Office (225) 383-0459.
PALO ALTO MIDRANGE MATCHES: 7-8 a.m. registration, 8:30 a.m. firing line, Palo Alto Rifle & Pistol Club, Donaldsonville. Four 600-yard, F-Class/Prone matches. Fee $15/adults, $5/under 21. Open to ages 14-older. Call Rick Stewart (225) 301-1615 (5-8 p.m.). Website: www.Paloaltogunclub.com.
LAKE CHARLES TROUT SHOOT OUT: Calcasieu Point Landing, Lake Charles. Call CCA Louisiana (225) 952-9200.
FLY FISHING 101: 8-10 a.m., Orvis Shop, Perkins Rowe, Bluebonnet Boulevard, Baton Rouge. No fee. Call Alex Beane (225) 757-7286.
LOUISIANA FREE FISHING WEEKEND: No basic nor saltwater fishing licenses required for resident and nonresident recreational anglers in state waters.
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JUNE 8 — RED STICK FLY FISHERS PROGRAM: 7 p.m., second Monday monthly, Louisiana Room, Wildlife and Fisheries headquarters, Quail Drive, Baton Rouge. Call Greg Brignac (225) 892-4352. Website: www.rsff.org.
JUNE 11 — JUNIOR SOUTHWEST BASSMASTERS-DENHAM SPRINGS BASS MEETING: 7 p.m., Bass Pro Shops, Denham Springs. Call Jim Breaux (225) 262-0929/(225) 772-3026.
JUNE 13 — FAMILY FISH FEST: 6 a.m.-noon, Myrtle Grove Marina, Myrtle Grove. Fee $10 includes lunch. Fishing tournament: Little Angler/10-under, Junior Angler/11-16 & Team/adult & youth anglers. First 50 to register receive rod and reel. First 100 receive “goodie” bag. Fish ID, cast netting, knot tying, casting instruction, scavenger hunt & raffles. Preregistration website: www.wlf.la.gov/familyfishfest. Call Danica Williams (504) 628-7282. Email: email@example.com.
JUNE 13 — SMALLBORE/.22 RIMFIRE MATCH: 10 a.m., Palo Alto Rifle & Pistol Club, Donaldsonville. 120 shots for record at 50 & 100 yards in F-Class Prone (any sight, any rifle, any support), Bench Rest & Conventional Prone. Fees $10 adults, $5 juniors. Call Richard Bordelon (225) 753-7675. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
JUNE 13 — FALSE RIVER BASS CLUB TRAIL TOURNAMENT: Adams Landing, Belle River. Fifth in 7-event, pick-your-partner series. $40 membership, $40/boat tournament fee. Call Kenny Mix (225) 278-0673. Email: Kenneth.Mix@lpsb.org.
JUNE 11-13 — SWOLLFEST FISHING RODEO: Sand Dollar Marina, Grand Isle. Weigh-ins 5-7 p.m. June 12-13. Tickets $60, $15 12 and younger. Blue Water, Coastal, Inshore, Women’s, Children’s, Kayak & “Belly Buzzard” divisions. Overall rodeo Best Boat offshore and inshore, Kayak & Heaviest Fish awards. Sponsorships available. Benefits Muscular Dystrophy and American Diabetes associations. Email: email@example.com. Website: www.swollfest.com.
JUNE 12-13 — FATHER-DAUGHTER FISHING RODEO: June 12, registration, dinner; June 13, 6 a.m.-3 p.m., weigh-in 3-4 p.m., Moran Marina’s Fourchon. Fee $50 per angler. Call Matt Marchand (225) 931-7050. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
JUNE 12-13 — DUCKS UNLIMITED SPONSOR SPORTING CLAYS SHOOT: Covey Rise Lodge, Husser. June 12 dinner/auction; June 13, 8 a.m. shoot. Call Dr. Brian Brogle (504) 931-7664 or Sam Elliott (504) 416-3103.
JUNE 13 — TROUT CHALLENGE KAYAK FISHING TOURNAMENT: Open to all Louisiana waters, weigh-in at Pack and Paddle, Lafayette. Sponsored by the Bayou Coast Kayak Fishing Club. Third in five-tournament series. Fee $20. Open to public. BCKFC members Angler of the Year points event. Registration: www.bckfc.org.
JUNE 20 — SAFE BOATING COURSE/U.S. POWER SQUADRON: 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Mel Ott Rec Center, 2501 Belle Chasse Highway, Gretna. Also 9 a.m.-1 p.m. June 27. State-certified boating course. Includes seamanship, equipment, navigation, emergencies & boating/licensing laws. Call Charley Heintz (504) 232-0063. Website: www.nops.org.
JUNE 24 — 23RD BLUE JAY FISHING RODEO REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Noon for June 27 open-water rodeo. Weigh-in, John Ryan Stadium, 100 Blue Jay Way, Jefferson Parish. Fishing begins at 6 a.m. June 26. Fee $40 adults, $25 ages 18 and younger. Also Ray Coates Mullet Toss Contest. Age group divisions for Bass, Flounder, Black Drum, Sheepshead, Speckled Trout, Redfish (16-to less that 27 inches), Red Snapper & 5-Trout Stringer. Email Mike McMahon: MMcMahon@daiglefisse.com.
STATEWIDE TOURNAMENT & ANGLER’S RODEO: Through Labor Day, summer-long, multi-species coastal fishing competition. CCA membership required & S.T.A.R. fee through Labor Day. Call CCA (225) 952-9200.
STATE RED SNAPPER SEASON: Open daily in state waters until further Department of Wildlife & Fisheries notice. Two-fish daily limit with 16-inch minimum size.
FEDERAL RED SNAPPER SEASON: June 1-10 for private recreational anglers; 44-day season for charterboats/for-hire operations.
OPEN seasons: Red grouper in state and federal waters. Greater amberjack season open, but will close at 12:01 a.m. Monday and remain closed through July 31 in state and federal waters.
SPRING INSHORE SHRIMP SEASON: Open statewide in coastal waters until further notice.
CLOSED seasons: Gag grouper closure through July 1, 2015; gray triggerfish for 2015. Recreational non-sandbar large coastal sharks in state waters closed April 1. Closure ordered for remainder of 2015 for commercial fishing for large coastal sharks in state and federal waters.