JAN. 21 — 49th GOVERNOR’S STATE CONSERVATION ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS NOMINATIONS DEADLINE: Sponsored by Louisiana Wildlife Federation. Categories: Professional, Volunteer, Youth Conservationist, Business, Educator, Elected Official, Communications and Conservation Organization. Awards presented Feb. 23 banquet in conjunction with 74rd-annual LWF Convention, Embassy Suites, Baton Rouge. Call LWF (225) 344-6707. Website: http://www.lawildlifefed.org
JAN. 21 — U.S. FOREST SERVICE FEE-FREE DAY: No fees for USFS lands. Call USFS (866) 632-9992.
Jan. 26 — LA. BULLS EYE CONVENTIONAL PISTOL MATCH: 9 a.m., Palo Alto Rifle & Pistol Club, Donaldsonville. Timed & Rapid-fire match, NRA rules, .22 rim fire, .22 centerfire & .45 ACP pistols. Fee $7. Call Skip Blanchard (504) 427-0050. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
JAN. 26 — FLY TYING AT BASS PRO SHOPS: 9:30 a.m.-noon, Conference Room, Bass Pro Shops, Denham Springs. Call Ron Brooks (225) 271-3100.
JAN. 27 — SOUTH LOUISIANA HIGHPOWER CLUB MATCH: 8:30 a.m., Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Range, 9300 St. Landry Rd. Gonzales. NRA 200-yard match course. Fee $12 members, $15 nonmembers, $5 juniors. $15 annual CMP membership. Call George Serrett; (225) 272-3538. Email: email@example.com.
MARCH 1 — AMBERJACK SEASON CLOSURE: State/federal waters, through June 1.
MARCH 2 — CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL BASS CLASSIC: Safe daylight, Doiron’s Landing, Stephensville. Pick-your-partner event, benefits Children’s Hospitals. Fee $250/team/ $12,500 guarantee first place, $1,250 guarantee big bass. Pretournament check in Feb. 28, Cabela’s, Gonzales. 250-boat limit. Call Gary Cross (225) 938-1808 or Brad Rodrigue (985) 209-0722.
MARCH 2 — 3RD ANNUAL CLEVY DAVID-CHRISTY ROY MEMORIAL FISHING TOURNAMENT: Safe daylight-3 p.m., Morrison Parkway public launch, False River, New Roads. Pick-your-partner. $1,000 guaranteed first place. Fee $100/boat. Benefits ALS. Call Buster Roy (225) 505-6681 or Bug Roy (225) 638-8584.
MARCH 2 — 22nd ANNUAL RED STICK DAY CONCLAVE: 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Waddill Outdoors Education Center, 4142 N. Flannery Rd., Baton Rouge. Free. Fly fishing programs, fly tying, kayak demos, casting clinics. Sponsored by the Red Stick Fly Fishers. Call Glen Cormier (225) 751-6848. Website: http://www.rsff.org.
MARCH 2 — LOUISIANA SALTWATER SERIES: The Dock/Dockside Bait & Tackle, Slidell. First in seven-event series sponsored by Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. Two-redfish catch. Live-fish weigh-in. Redfish tagged/released. Other events: April 20, Calcasieu Point Landing, Lake Charles; May 4, SeaWay Marina, Lafitte; June 8, Fourchon Marina, Port Fourchon; June 29, Sweetwater Marina, Delacroix; Aug. 10, Delta Marina, Empire; Oct. 4-5 championship, Venice Marina, Venice. Website: http://www.lasaltwaterseries.com.
MARCH 4 — SPECKLED TROUT SEMINAR: 6:30 p.m., Grace Presbyterian Church, Roselawn Boulevard, Lafayette. No fee. Third in five-seminar series covering fly fishing for trout, redfish, flounder and other species. Next seminars: April 1, May 6.
MARCH 7 — VERMILION CHAPTER CCA BANQUET: 5:30 p.m., VN Hall, 1201 North Lafitte Rd., Abbeville. Call CCA (225) 952-9200.
MARCH 8-9 — BASSMASTER COLLEGE CENTRAL CONFERENCE REGIONAL: Lake Amistad, Del Rio, Texas.
MARCH 9 — 9th ANNUAL FLY FISH TEXAS: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center, Athens, Texas. Center admission fee. Seminars, exhibits, fly tying, beginners clinics, fishing on premises. Website: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/tffc.
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MARCH 10 — CAPITAL CITY BASS OPEN TEAM TOURNAMENT: Morrison Parkway Public Landing, False River, New Roads. $50/team tournament fee. 100-percent payback. First in three-tournament series. Other events: May 26, Doiron’s Landing/East & West, Stephensville; June 30, Public Landing, Lake Henderson, Henderson. Call Jesse Brooks (225) 397-2071. Website: http://www.capitalcitybassla.com.
MARCH 14 — MONROE CHAPTER CCA BANQUET: 5:30 p.m., Civic Center Arena, 401 Lea Joyner Expressway, Monroe. Call CCA (225) 952-9200.
MARCH 17 — 32th ANNUAL KIWANIS OF POINTE COUPEE OPEN BASS TOURNAMENT: Safe daylight, public landing, Morrison Parkway, False River, New Roads. Weigh-in 3 p.m. Pick-your-partner event. Fee $125/team ($150 tournament day). Benefits Kiwanis False River projects. Call Kenneth St. Romain (225) 718-1319.
MARCH 14-17 — BASSMASTER ELITE SERIES: Sabine River system, Orange, Texas. First in 8-tournament series to determine 2014 Bassmaster Classic qualifiers. Other events: March 21-24, Falcon Slam, Lake Falcon, Zapata, Texas; April 18-21, Bull Shoals Quest, Bull Shoals Lake, Ark.; May 2-5, West Point Lake Battle, West Point Lake, Lagrange, Ga.; June 9-12, Alabama River Charge, Alabama River, Montgomery, Ala.; June 20-23, Mississippi River Rumble, Mississippi River, La Crosse, Wisc.; Aug. 8-11, St. Lawrence River Showdown, St. Lawrence River, Waddington, N.Y.; Aug. 22-25, Lake St. Clair Championship, Lake St. Clair/Detroit River, Detroit, Mich.; Website: http://www.bassmaster.com.
MARCH 16 — CHILDREN’S MIRACLE NETWORK BASS CLASSIC: St. James Boat Club, U.S. 61, Sorrento. Pick-your-partner tournament. Open waters. Pretournament meeting 6:30 p.m., March 14, St. James Boat Club. Benefits Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital. Call Danny Fields (225) 765-5951. Website: http://www.ololrmc.com.
MARCH 19 — WESTBANK CHAPTER CCA BANQUET: 6 p.m., Four Columns, 3711 Westbank Expressway, Harvey. Call CCA (225) 952-9200.
MARCH 21 — DELTA CHAPTER CCA BANQUET: 5:30 p.m., Southern Yacht Club, West End, New Orleans. Call CCA (225) 952-9200.
MARCH 22-24 — BECOMING AN OUTDOORS WOMAN: Camp Grant Walker, Pollack. Sponsored by Department of Wildlife & Fisheries. Women-only weekend of instruction in 20 outdoors activities. Limited to 125 women 18 and older. Scholarships available. Registration open mid January. Call Dana Norsworthy (318) 345-3912. Website: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov.
MARCH 22-23 — PADDLEPALOOZA X KAYAK FISHING TOURNAMENT: Bobby Lynn’s Marina, Leeville. Sponsored by the Bayou Coast Kayak Fishing Club. Open to the public. Fee $40 includes meals, shirt, captain’s bag. Preregistration required. Website: http://www.bckfc.org.
MARCH 23 — 21ST ANNUAL ERIC ANDOLSEK MEMORIAL BASS TOURNAMENT: Bob’s Bayou Black Marina, Gibson. Pick-your-partner tournament. Sponsored by Golden Tigers Club, Eric Andolsek Charitable Fund, Ruffino’s Italian Restaurant & Raisin Cane’s. Benefits local charities. Call Reggie Simon (225) 265-7766 or Andy Andolsek (985) 447-3826.
MARCH 27 — FELICIANAS CHAPTER CCA BANQUET: 5:30 p.m., American Legion Hall, 12024 Liberty St., Clinton. Call CCA (225) 952-9200.
MARCH 28 — LIVINGSTON CHAPTER CCA BANQUET: 6 p.m., Denham Springs. Call CCA (225) 952-9200.
APRIL 1 — COMMERCIAL/RECREATIONAL FISHING CLOSURE FOR ALL SHARKS: Gulf of Mexico-wide closure, through 12:01 p.m. July 1.
APRIL 4 — PLAQUEMINES CHAPTER CCA BANQUET: 5:30 p.m., Belle Chasse Auditorium, (8398 La. 23, Belle Chasse, Call CCA (225) 952-9200.
APRIL 5 — FRIDAY NIGHT COOKIE JAR BASS TOURNAMENT: 7 p.m.-midnight, Morrison Parkway Public Landing. Fee $30/boat. Weekly Friday night event through Sept. 13. Call Guy Perkins (225) 293-3402.
APRIL 6 — 66th ANNUAL NEW ORLEANS CITY PARK BIG BASS RODEO & FISHTIVAL: 6:30-11 a.m.. Fee $10 adults (13-older), $5 youths. Categories: bass/rod & reel, bass/fly rod, Junior, Rio Grande Team. Casting contests, educational exhibits, fly tying, raffles. Call Kaye Florane (504) 833-3266. Website: http://www.neworleanscitypark.com.
APRIL 10 — BATON ROUGE CHAPTER CCA BANQUET: 5:30 p.m., Parker Coliseum, LSU, Baton Rouge. Call CCA (225) 952-9200.
APRIL 11 — ACADIANA CHAPTER CCA BANQUET: 5:30 p.m., Frem F. Boustany Center, Heymann Center, Lafayette. Call CCA (225) 952-9200.
APRIL 12-14 — LAKE CONCORDIA FLY FISHING TRIP: Spring fly fishing, Lake Concordia. Sponsored by Red Stick Fly Fishers, Baton Rouge. Registration required. Call Jack Lithgoe (225) 362-7901. Website: http://www.rsff.org.
APRIL 13 — IFA REDFISH & IFA KAYAK TOUR/TEXAS: Port Aransas, Texas. Other event, Sept. 7, Aransas Pass, Texas. Qualifier for Oct. 24-26 IFA Championship, Houma, La. Call (478) 836-4266. Website: http://www.IFAredfishtour.com.
APRIL 18 — NORTH SHORE CHAPTER CCA BANQUET: 6 p.m., Castine Center, 63350 Pelican Blvd., Mandeville. Call CCA (225) 952-9200.
APRIL 19-21 — BAYOU STATE HIGH POWER RIFLE REGIONALS: Palo Alto Rifle & Pistol Club, Donaldsonville. 4-man team National Match Course match & other competition. Website: http://www.PaloAltoGunClub.com.
APRIL 19-20 — CCA LOUISIANA SPORTING CLAYS EVENT: Site TBA. Call Nolan Reynerson (225) 952-9200.
APRIL 19-20 — TEXAS CUSTOM ROD AND TACKLE SHOW: Jimmy Burke Activity Center, Deer Park, TX. Free admission. FREE admission! Rodbuilding classes for beginners to advanced. Also: seminars by fishing guides, tackle making, fly tying. Proceeds benefit Shriner’s Childrens Hospital, Project Healing Waters, and Rods for Soldiers. Website: http://www.texasrodshow.com
APRIL 20 — THE CAMP BEGINNERS FLY FISHING SCHOOL: 8 a.m.-5 p.m., The Camp Facility, Breaux Bridge. Fee $135 includes instruction, lunch, handouts. Workshop focuses on basics of fly fishing and casting. FFF-certified instructors. Call Keith Richard (337) 344-0908. Website: http://www.thecampflyfishingschool.com.
APRIL 24 — EAST JEFF CHAPTER CCA BANQUET: 5:30 p.m., Landmark Hotel, 2601 Severn Ave., Metairie. Call CCA (225) 952-9200.
APRIL 25 — BAYOU CHAPTER CCA BANQUET: 5:30 p.m., Houma Civic Center, Houma. Call CCA (225) 952-9200.
APRIL 25-27 — BASSMASTER CENTRAL OPEN: Red River, Shreveport. First in three-tournament series to qualify winners for 2014 Bassmaster Classic. Other events: Sept. 19-21, Arkansas River, Muskogee, Okla.; Oct. 17-19, Ross Barnett Reservoir, ridgeland, Miss. Website: http://www.bassmaster.com.
MAY 2 — LAKE CHARLES CCA BANQUET: 5:30 p.m., Burton Coliseum, Lake Charles. Call CCA (225) 952-9200.
MAY 3 — SHATTERIN’ CLAY FOR GAITWAY: Hunter’s Run Gun Club, 1365 Northwest Dr., Port Allen. Sporting Clays shoot. Fees: $150/person, $600/4-shooter team (includes lunch). Benefits GaitWay Therapeutic Horsemanship program. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
MAY 3-4 — NATCHITOCHES FLY EXPO: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Prather Coliseum, Northwestern State, Natchitoches. Programs, fly tying demos, casting instruction, kayak demos. Sponsored by Cane Country Fly Casters. Call Burley Johnson (318) 352-3522. Website: http://canecountry.blogspot.com.
MAY 9 — RIVER PARISHES CCA BANQUET: 5:30 p.m., Jerusalem Shrine Center, 1940 Ormond Blvd. Destrehan. Call CCA (225) 952-9200.
MAY 11 — 4th ANNUAL BASS ON THE FLY: 6 a.m.-2 p.m., Lake Fork Marina, Lake Fork, Texas. Fee $55. Catch/Photo/Release tournament, 5 photos total length. Categories: boat, kayak/canoe, bank. Website: http://www.bassonthefly.org.
MAY 17-18 — SPRING CATCH-N-EAT FLY FISHING TRIP: Louisiana marsh fly-fishing trip. Sponsored by Red Stick Fly Fishers, Baton Rouge. Registration required. Call Randy Leonpacher (225) 769-1895. Website: http://www.rsff.org.
MAY 18 — IFA REDFISH & IFA KAYAK TOUR/LOUISIANA: Empire. Other event, Aug. 24, Grand Isle. Qualifier for Oct. 24-26 IFA Championship, Houma. Call (478) 836-4266. Website: http://www.IFAredfishtour.com.
MAY 18 — 4th ANNUAL CADDO CONCLAVE: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Caddo Lake State Park, Karnack, Texas. Programs, fly tying demos, bamboo rodmaking, exhibitors, canoe and kayak demos. Fishing on premises. Call Mike Hawkins (903) 757-7295. Website: http://www.easttexasflyfishers.org.
MAY 22 — TANGI CCA BANQUET: 5:30 p.m., Twelve Oaks, 500 West Texas Ave., Hammond. Call CCA (225) 952-9200.
MAY 23 — POINTE COUPEE CCA BANQUET: 5:30 p.m., Scott Memorial Civic Center, New Roads. Call CCA (225) 952-9200.
MAY 25 — STATEWIDE TOURNAMENT & ANGLERS’ RODEO—S.T.A.R.: Opening day, summer-long saltwater fishing event. Truck/boats for specially tagged redfish. Prizes in several specie categories. Sponsored by CCA-Louisiana. Through Sept. 2. Entry fee & CCA membership required. Call CCA-Louisiana (225) 952-9200.
MAY 25 — THE CAMP ADVANCED FLY FISHING SCHOOL: 8 a.m.-5 p.m., The Camp Facility, Breaux Bridge. Fee $135 includes lunch, refreshments, handouts. FFF-certified instructors. Call Keith Richard (337) 344-0908. Website: http://www.thecampflyfishingschool.com.
MAY 30 — CENLA CCA BANQUET: 5:30 p.m., Riverfront Center, 707 Main St., Alexandria. Call CCA (225) 952-9200.
JUNE 1 — LAKE CHARLES TROUT SHOOTOUT: Calcasieu Point Landing, Calcasieu Lake, Lake Charles. Call CCA (225) 952-9200.
JUNE 5-7 — BASSMASTER FEDERATION NATION CENTRAL DIVISIONAL: Sam Rayburn Reservoir, Lufkin, Texas. State winners qualify for 2014 Bassmaster Classic.
JUNE 6 — CAJUN CCA BANQUET: 6 p.m., South Crowley KC Hall, Crowley. Call CCA (225) 952-9200.
JUNE 6-8 — 16th-ANNUAL SWOLLFEST FISHING RODEO: Sand Dollar Marina, Grand Isle. Website: http://www.swolfest.com.
JUNE 7-9 — UPLIFTING THE COAST FESTIVAL: Fairgrounds, Airline Highway, Baton Rouge. Music festival, arts & crafts, car show, silent auction.
JUNE 8-9 — LOUISIANA FREE FISHING WEEKEND: No recreational fishing license required for residents and nonresidents to fish in Louisiana freshwater and saltwater areas. Website: http://www.wlf.la.gov
JUNE 13 — WESTSIDE CCA BANQUET: 5:30 p.m., Carl F. Grant Civic Center, 24700 J. Gerald Berret Blvd., Plaquemine. Call CCA (225) 952-9200.
JUNE 13-15 — BASSMASTER NORTHERN OPEN: James River, Richmond, Va. First in three-tournament series to qualify winners for 2014 Bassmaster Classic. Other events: Aug. 1-3, Oneida Lake, Syracuse, N.Y.; Sept. 12-14, Lake Erie, Sandusky, Ohio. Website: http://www.bassmaster.com.
JUNE 20 — BAYOU LAFOURCHE CCA BANQUET: 5:30 p.m., location TBA. Call CCA (225) 952-9200.
JUNE 21-22 — CATHOLIC HIGH ALUMNI FISHING RODEO: Moran’s Marina, Grand Isle. Open and youth divisions. Call Catholic High Alumni Office (225) 383-0459.
JUNE 28-30 — GRAND ISLE FLY FISHING WEEKEND: Grand Isle. Sponsored by south Louisiana and Mississippi fly-fishing clubs. Registration required. Call Randy Leonpacher (225) 769-1895 or Barry Dauphin (337) 873-8912. Website: http://www.rsff.org.
JUNE 28-30 — 5TH NASP WORLD ARCHERY CHAMPIONSHIP: America Center/Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis.
JULY 4-6 — GOLDEN MEADOW-FOURCHON TARPON RODEO: Moran’s Marina, Fourchon.
JULY 25-27 — INTERNATIONAL GRAND ISLE TARPON RODEO: Sand Dollar Marina weighstation & Rodeo Tent, Grand Isle.
AUG. 2-4 — 63rd ANNUAL TERREBONNE SPORTSMAN’S LEAGUE FISHING RODEO: East Park Recreational Center, Houma. Fee $20. Divisions: Freshwater, Offshore, Shoreline, Fly Fishing, Tag & Release, Bluewater, Scuba. Call Larry Jordan (985) 601-4110 or Troy Bonvillain (985) 804-7504.
AUG. 16-17 — RIDE-THE-BULL IV EXTREME KAYAK RODEO: Bridge Side Marina, Grand Isle. Largest redfish (landed, weighed, released) from kayak or other paddle craft in Caminada Pass. Registration required. Divisions: Rod & Reel, Fly Fishing. Call Danny Wray (225) 721-8182. Website: http://www.calmwatercharters.net.
AUG. 22 — SUGAR CCA BANQUET: 5:30 p.m., Cade Community Center, 1688 Smede Highway, St. Martinville. Call CCA (225) 952-9200.
AUG. 24 — CONTRABAND CONCLAVE VIII: 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Moss Bluff United Methodist Church, Moss Bluff. Free. Fly fishing programs, tying demos, exhibitors, casting clinics. Sponsored by the Contraband Fly Casters. Call Warren Landry (337) 853-7755. Website: http://www.contrabandflycasters.net.
AUG. 24 — WOMEN IN THE OUTDOORS: Franklinton Skeet Club, Franklinton. Outdoor teaching sessions for hiking, camping, hunting, fishing, outdoor photography, bird watching, camp cooking and more. Sponsored by the Sassy Hens Chapter, National Wild Turkey Federation. Call Debbie Stafford (985) 515-2020. Website: http://www.womenintheoutdoors.org
SEPT. 7 — THE CAMP ADVANCED/INSTRUCTORS PREP FLY FISHING SCHOOL: 8 a.m.-5 p.m., The Camp Facility, Breaux Bridge. Fee $135 includes lunch, refreshments, handouts. FFF-certified instructors. Call Keith Richard (337) 344-0908. Website: www.thecampflyfishingschool.com.
SEPT 19 — ASCENSION CCA BANQUET: 5:30 p.m., Trademart A, Lamar Dixon Expo Center, Gonzales. Call CCA (225) 952-9200.
SEPT. 20-22 — LAKE CONCORDIA FLY FISHING TRIP: Fall fly fishing for bass & panfish. Sponsored by Red Stick Fly Fishers club. Registration required. Call Jack Lithgoe (225) 362-7901. Website: http://www.rsff.org.
SEPT. 28 — LOUISIANA HUNTING & FISHING DAY: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Waddill Outdoors Education Center, 4142 N. Flannery Rd, Baton Rouge. Free. Also Minden, Woodworth, Monroe. Kids fishing, fly casting, fly tying, shooting, canoeing, archery, bird watching, game tagging, game cooking, conservation organizations. Website http://www.wlf.state.la.us.
SEPT. 29 — CLEAN OUT YOUR FREEZER DAY: 1-4 p.m. Locations throughout Capital City area. Frozen game and fish collection. Sponsored by Hunters for the Hungry. Benefits Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank.
OCT. 3-5 — FEDERATION OF FLY FISHERS/SOUTHERN FLY FISHING FAIR: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily, Baxter County Fairgrounds, Mountain Home, Ark. Fee $10/day, $5/under 18. Programs, fly tying, casting clinics, youth & women’s activities, FFF casting certification. Call Chris Jackson (870) 499-3056. Website: www.southerncouncilfff.org.
OCT. 5-6 — LOUISIANA STATE CONVENTIONAL PISTOL CHAMPIONSHIPS: Southwest Louisiana Rifle & Pistol Club, Holmwood. Includes EIC Match Pistol EIC match shot in conjunction with the State Championship.
OCT. 17-19 — 16th ANNUAL SOUTHERN RODMAKERS GATHERING: Fulton’s Lodge, Mountain Home, AR. Fee $60 includes demos, programs & meals. Bamboo rodmakers, collectors, anglers. Website: http://www.southernrodmakers.org
OCT. 19-20 — LOUISIANA STATE HIGH POWER RIFLE CHAMPIONSHIPS: Palo Alto Rifle & Pistol Club, Donaldsonville. Across-the-course State Championship & rifle EIC match. Website: http://www.PaloAltoGunClub.com.
OCT. 24 — S.T.A.R. BANQUET: 5 p.m., Live Oak Arabians, 6300 Jefferson Hwy., Baton Rouge. Awards for summer-long S.T.A.R. fishing event. Tickets $50 (no fee, children 12 and younger), $500 tables. Call CCA (225) 952-9200.
NOV. 1-3 — SOUTHERN FLY FISHERS RENDEZVOUS: North Toledo Bend State Park, Zwolle. Sponsored by the Federation of Fly Fishers Gulf Coast Council. Call Kyle Moppert (225) 343-0867. Website: http://www.gulfcoastfff.org.
NOV. 3 — RETURN TO STANDARD TIME: 2 a.m.
NOV. 8-9 — FALL CATCH-AND-EAT FLY FISHING TRIP: Louisiana marsh fly-fishing trip. Sponsored by Red Stick Fly Fishers, Baton Rouge. Registration required. Call Randy Leonpacher (225) 769-1895. Website: http://www.rsff.org.
DEC. 21 — PEARL HARBOR MATCH: Palo Alto Rifle & Pistol Club, Donaldsonville. Limited to WW II-era rifles used by the US or foreign military forces. Website: http://PaloAltogunClub.com.
FEB. 10 —DOIRON’S TEAM BASS TOURNAMENT: Doiron’s Landing, Stephensville. Originally scheduled for Feb. 3. First in 5-tournament series.