JUNIOR SOUTHWEST BASSMASTERS-DENHAM SPRINGS BASS MEETING: 7 p.m., Bass Pro Shops, Denham Springs. Call Jim Breaux (225) 262-0929/(225) 772-3026.
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.
9TH ANNUAL ITALIAN-AMERICAN FISHING RODEO: Breton Sound Marina, Hopedale. Fee $40, no fee 15-and-younger, $20 nonparticipant. Includes shirt, hat, food, drink. Adult Division for bull redfish, redfish less than 27 inches, speckled trout, flounder, sheepshead, drum & bass; Children Division for redfish less than 27 inches, speckled trout, sheepshead, drum & redfish with most spots. Benefits Children’s Hospital. Sponsorships available. Online registration & info: www.ItalianAmericanFishingRodeo.com.
25TH-ANNUAL BOGS, BAYGALLS, BIRDS, BUTTERFLIES, BOLETES, BOTANICAL BLISS, BROWN BAG: 11:30 a.m., May 15; 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m. May 16; 9 a.m. May 17, Allen Acres, 5070 La. 399, Pitkin. Butterfly, moth & hummingbird viewing, birding, counts & tagging, photography and seminars. Call Charles Allen or Susan Allen (337) 328-2252. Email: email@example.com.
43RD-ANNUAL BATON ROUGE ELECTRICAL LEAGUE FISHING RODEO: Belle River area. Safe daylight-3 p.m. weigh-in at Stevie G’s, La. 70, Pierre Part. Bass, Panfish & Roughfish categories. Fee $25 members, $35 nonmembers. Call Jack Boss (225) 292-1212.
Speck-n-Redfish Cup: Lafayette Pack & Paddle open-water (go anywhere), paddlecraft only event with limit of two redfish and two speckled trout. Email Luke Beslin: firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: www.lafayettekayakfishing.com.
FLY FISHING 101: 8-10 a.m., Orvis Shop, Perkins Rowe, Bluebonnet Boulevard, Baton Rouge. No fee. Lucas Bissett & Alex Beane on booking guide trips, maximizing day on the water, demos & casting game. Call Alex Beane (225) 757-7286
SPRING CATCH-N-EAT FLY FISHING TRIP: Louisiana marsh. Sponsored by Red Stick Fly Fishers, Baton Rouge. Registration required. Call Randy Leonpacher (225) 769-1895. Website: www.rsff.org.
FAMILY FISH FEST: 6:30 a.m.-noon, Ian Lake, Cotton Valley. Little Angler/ages 10-younger, Junior Angler/ages 11-15 & Adult Angler/16-older in Boater & Shore divisions. Prizes, fish ID, cast netting, knot tying, aging fish, casting, scavender hunt. Fee $10. Call Danica Williams (504) 628-7282. Preregistration website: www.wlf.la.gov/familyfishfest.
LAFAYETTE KAYAK FISHING CLUB MEETING: 6 p.m., Pack and Paddle, 601 E. Pinhook, Lafayette. Call (337) 232-5854. Website: www.lafayettekayakfishing.com.
TANGI CHAPTER-CCA BANQUET: 5:30 p.m., Third Floor, War Memorial Student Union, SLU campus, 303 Texas Avenue, Hammond. Tickets $65, $35 spouses, $25 youths, $500 tables. Call CCA Louisiana (225) 952-9200.
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MAY 21 — RIVER PARISHES CHAPTER-CCA BANQUET: 5:30 p.m., Jerusalem Shrine Center, 1940 Ormond Boulevard, Destrehan. Tickets $65, $35 spouses, $25 youths, $500 tables. Call CCA Louisiana (225) 952-9200.
MAY 21-24 — FALLEN OFFICERS MEMORIAL BASS TOURNAMENT: From March 12-15, Red River South Marina, Bossier City. Flooding conditions along the Red River. Tournament rescheduled for May 21-24. Sponsored by La. Chapter, Concerns of Police Survivors. 2-angler teams. Fee $200. Field limited to 300 boats. Call Harry Watson (318) 564-6914. Email: email@example.com.
MAY 23 — SOUTH LOUISIANA HIGHPOWER CLUB MATCH: 8:30 a.m., Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Range, 9300 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.
MAY 23 — THE CAMP FLY FISHING SCHOOL/ADVANCED: 8 a.m.-5 p.m., The Camp Facility, Breaux Bridge. Fee $135 includes, lunch, handouts. Focus on special casting and distance. Call Keith Richard (337)344-0908. Website: www.thecampflyfishingschool.com.
may 23 — STATEWIDE TOURNAMENT & ANGLER’S RODEO: Begins for CCA-Louisiana summer-long, multi-species coastal fishing competition. CCA membership required & S.T.A.R. fee through Labor Day. Call CCA (225) 952-9200.
MAY 22-24 — 20TH-ANNUAL GRAND ISLE SPECKLED TROUT RODEO: Bridge Side Marina, Grand Isle. Louisiana State Master Angler-Speckled Trout event. Eight places daily in speckled trout. Other categories: Redfish, Redfish less than 27 inches long, Flounder, Speepshead, Cobia, Mangrove Snapper, Drum & White Trout. Junior Categories in Speckled Trout, Redfish & Hardhead Catfish. Fee $25. Weigh-in hours: 5-7 p.m. Friday & Saturday, Noon-2 p.m. Sunday. Benefits Grand Isle community projects & post-graduate scholarships. Call Bridge Side Marina (985) 787-2419 or Bob Sevin (985) 787-2968. Website: www.speckledtroutrodeo.com.
MAY 26 — WOMEN’S FISH TAGGING WORKSHOP REGISTRATION DEADLINE: For June 6 workshop, Cabela’s, Gonzales. Limited to 30 women with sessions on fish identification, fish tagging, fish handling, tackle, basic skills & cleaning, storing, and cooking fish. Sponsored by state Wildlife & Fisheries, CCA-Louisiana & Cabela’s. Website: www.ccalouisiana.com. Call CCA (225) 952-9200.
MAY 30 —ST. JOHN SCHOOL OPEN BASS TOURNAMENT: 6:30 a.m., launch sites Jack Miller’s Landing & Bayou Sorrel Public Launch. 4:30 a.m. check-in opens; 3 p.m. weigh-in Jack Miller’s. $1,000 guaranteed first place. Fee $100. Call Chris Couch (225) 276-8971. Email: Cpcouch81@yahoo.com.
ANNUAL SENIORS BASS TOURNAMENT: Until further notice due to high water in Belle River-Lake Verret area. A 55-and-older event. Call Wayne Tucker (337) 254-1300.
SQUIRREL: Through May 24, private lands only. Closed on wildlife management areas, Kisatchie National Forest, Corps of Engineers lands and national wildlife refuges.
STATE RED SNAPPER SEASON: Open in state waters for seven-day-a-week season until further Department of Wildlife & Fisheries notice. Two-fish daily limit with 16-inch minimum size.
FEDERAL RED SNAPPER SEASON: Tentatively set June 1-10 for private recreational anglers; 44-day season for charterboats/for-hire operations.
OPEN seasons: Greater amberjack & red grouper in state and federal waters.
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. Immediate closure ordered this week for remainder of 2015 for commercial fishing for large coastal sharks in state and federal waters.