LOUISIANA FREE FISHING WEEKEND: Final day of weekend allowance, no basic nor saltwater fishing licenses required for resident and nonresident recreational anglers in state waters.
SWOLLFEST FISHING RODEO: Final day, Sand Dollar Marina, Grand Isle. Inshore, Kayak & Offshore divisions. Website: www.swollfest.com.
3rd-ANNUAL SOUTHERN SPORTSMAN’S FESTIVAL: Final day, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Alario Center, Westwego. Fee $10 adults, $5 youths. Call Mike Zalaznik (504) 835-6383. Website: www.southernsportsmansfestival.com.
RED STICK FLY FISHERS PROGRAM: 7 p.m., Louisiana Room, Wildlife and Fisheries headquarters, Quail Drive, Baton Rouge. Call Joe Kahler, (225) 892-4352. Website: www.rsff.org.
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). 5 bass limit/14 inches minimum size. Weekly event through Sept. 16. Call Guy Perkins (225) 293-3402.
NRA BASIC PERSONAL PROTECTION/MISS. ENHANCED CARRY COURSE: 6 p.m., June 17 & 8:30 a.m., June 18, Southwest Mississippi Gun Club, McComb, Mississippi. Fee $65. Approved for Louisiana residents. Attendees should bring own pistols (rimfire or centerfire semi-auto/revolvers)/50 rounds of ammo, lunch & beverage. Eye, hearing protection recommended. Preregistration required. Email: Doug Bowser: email@example.com. Call club (601) 341-8797.
SAFE BOATING COURSE/U.S. POWER SQUADRON: 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Mel Ott Recreation Center, 2501 Belle Chasse Hwy., Gretna. Two sessions, complete course runs 9 a.m.-1 p.m., June 25. Includes seamanship, equipment, navigation, emergencies & boating/licensing laws. No fee. $40 (not required) course book. State Boating Law certification course. Call Charley Heintz/New Orleans Power Squadron (504) 232-0063. Website: www.nops.org.
AROUND THE CORNER
JUNE 19 — FATHER’S DAY
JUNE 21 — LAFAYETTE KAYAK FISHING CLUB MEETING: 6 p.m., Pack and Paddle, 601 E. Pinhook, Lafayette. Call (337) 232-5854. Website: www.lafayettekayakfishing.com.
JUNE 23 —SOUTH LOUISIANA CHAPTER/ROCKY MOUNTAIN ELK FOUNDATION BANQUET: 5:30 p.m., Doubletree Hotel, 2150 Veterans Blvd., Kenner. Live/silent auctions, raffles, dinner. Call Lee Ayo (504) 481-8671/email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Valerie Cicero (504) 430-4280/email: email@example.com.
JUNE 23 —CCA SOUTH LAFOURCHE CHAPTER BANQUET: 6 p.m., Civic Center, 307 East 5th Street, Larose. Tickets $65, $35 spouses, $25 youths, $500 tables. Call CCA Louisiana (225) 952-9200.
JUNE 23-26 — BASSMASTER ELITE SERIES: Cayuga Lake, Union Springs, New York. Seventh in 10-event series. Website: www.bassmaster.com
JUNE 24-26 — GRAND ISLE FLY FISHING: Grand Isle. Sponsored by South Louisiana and Mississippi fly-fishing clubs. Preregistration required. Call Randy Leonpacher (225) 769-1895. Website: www.rsff.org.
JUNE 25 — BLUE JAY FISHING RODEO: Jesuit High, weigh in John Ryan Stadium, 100 Blue Jay Way, Metairie. Website: www.jesuitnola.org, find “events” for times, eligible species, age groups & fees.
JUNE 25 — THE CAMP FLY FISHING SCHOOL/ADVANCED & INSTRUCTORS PREP: 8 a.m.-5 p.m., The Camp, Breaux Bridge. Fee $150. Casting mechanics, teaching techniques. FFF Certified instructors. Call Keith Richard (337) 344-0908. Website: www.thecampflyfishingschool.com.
JUNE 26 — SOUTH LOUISIANA HIGHPOWER CLUB MATCH: 8:30 a.m., Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Range, 9400 St. Landry Rd. Gonzales. NRA 200-yard/50-rounds match course. Fee $12 members, $15 nonmembers, $5 juniors. $15 annual Civilian Marksmanship Program membership. Call George Serrett (225) 389-6118. Email: SouthLAHighPower@hotmail.com.
STATEWIDE TOURNAMENT & ANGLER’S RODEO: Through Labor Day, CCA-Louisiana summer-long, multi-species coastal fishing competition. CCA membership & S.T.A.R. fee. $500,000 total prize packages. Call CCA (225) 952-9200.
ST. TAMMANY PIER OPENED: 7 a.m.-6 p.m., Wednesdays through Sundays. Fee $3/12-older, $1 sightseers. $1 Wednesdays for seniors & active/retired military, $1 Sundays for grandparents. 54001 E. Howze Beach Rd. near Slidell. Call (985) 649-1922. Website: www.sttammanyfishingpier.com.
OPEN SEASONS: Recreational red snapper in state waters out to nine miles remains open.
CLOSED SEASONS: Recreational red snapper in federal waters. Greater amberjack & gray triggerfish seasons closed in state and federal waters June 1-July 31.
spring inshore season: Opened in all state inside waters, and “outside” waters to three miles from Atchafalaya River Ship Channel west to the western shore of Freshwater Bayou.