BASSMASTER ELITE SERIES: Final day of 4-day tournament, Bull Shoals/Norfork, Mountain Home, Arkansas. Website weigh-in: www.bassmaster.com
RED STICK FLY FISHERS FLY-TYING SESSION: 7 p.m., Conference Room, Cabelas, Gonzales. Call Sydney Dobson (225)892-1613. Website: www.rsff.org.
FIN-ADDICT FLY FISHERS MEETING: 6:30 p.m., Spahr’s Seafood Restaurant, 1400 W. Tunnel Boulevard, Houma. Call Stephen Robert, (985) 850-0082. Website: finaddictflyfishers.blogspot.com.
FLY TYING AT BASS PRO SHOPS: 6 p.m., Conference Room, Bass Pro Shops, Denham Springs. Call Ron Brooks (225) 271-3100.
RICHARD LIPSEY TRIBUTE & SPONSOR BANQUET: 5:30 p.m., Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Perkins Road, Baton Rouge. Benefits waterfowl projects in Cameron Parish. Call Scott Singletary (225) 235-7085 or Zac Brown (225) 573-4030. Website: www.ducks.org/louisiana
NEW ORLEANS FLY FISHERS MEETING: 7 p.m., St. Francis Xavier Church Hall, 444 Metairie Road, New Orleans. Call Sean Gilthorpe (504) 259-2329.
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.
11th ANNUAL GULF COAST KAYAK FISHING SPRING TOURNAMENT: ShoreLine Park, South Gulf Breeze, Florida. Public event. Fee $50 includes captains meeting. Inshore, nearshore categories. Preregistration required. Website: www.gulfcoastkayakfishing.com.
7TH ANNUAL ARBOR DAY AT BURDEN: 9 a.m.-1 p.m., LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden, 4560 Essen Lane, Baton Rouge. Plant a tree to reforest Hurricane Gustav-ravaged Burden Woods, scavenger hunt, children’s tree climb & hayrides. Admission $5-$10. No fee ages 3 and younger. Call. (225) 763-3990.
AROUND THE CORNER
MAY 3 — ACADIANA FLY RODDERS PROGRAM: 6:30 p.m., Grace Presbyterian Church Hall, 415 Roselawn, Lafayette. Call Richard Latiolais, (337) 354-897.
MAY 4 — PONTCHARTRAIN BASIN FLY FISHERS MEETING: 6:30 p.m., Beach House Grill, 124 Girod St., Mandeville. Call Corey Tohme, (985) 624-9331. Website:pbasinflyfishers.blogspot.com.
MAY 4 — CCA VERMILION CHAPTER BANQUET: 5:30 p.m., VN Hall, 1201 North Lafitte Road, Abbeville. Tickets $75, $40 spouses, $25 youths, $600 tables. Call CCA (225) 952-9200.
MAY 5 — LOUISIANA WILDLIFE & FISHERIES COMMISSION MEETING: 9:30 a.m., Louisiana Room, state Wildlife & Fisheries headquarters, Quail Drive, Baton Rouge. Main agenda item: Setting Spring Inshore Shrimp season.
MAY 5 — CCA LAKE CHARLES CHAPTER BANQUET: 5:30 p.m., Burton Coliseum, Lake Charles. Tickets $65, $35 spouses, $25 youths, $500 tables. Call CCA (225) 952-9200.
MAY 7 — LOUISIANA SALTWATER SERIES-REDFISH: Campo’s Marina, Shell Beach. Second in seven-event series. Rules/registration website: www.lasaltwaterseries.com.
MAY 7 — 4TH ANNUAL MORGAN CITY FISHING RODEO: 6 a.m.-4 p.m., Civic Center, Patterson. Redfish, Speckled Trout, Bass & Catfish Derby divisions. Fees $500-$2,500 sponsorships per team. Benefits Nicholls State University’s Petroleum Engineering Technology Program. Call Spring Aucoin (985) 385-1913. Registration website: www.mcofr.com.
MAY 7 — FIRST SATURDAY TRAP SHOOTS: 8:30 a.m., Southwest Gun Club, McComb, Mississippi. Weather permitting. Shot size 71/2 or smaller, max 1 1/8 ounces. 25 single birds or 12 pairs. Fee $5/round. Call Doug Bowser (601) 341-8797.
MAY 7 — 7th ANNUAL BASS ON THE FLY TOURNAMENT: Lake Fork Marina, Lake Fork, Texas. Fee $60, $5 big bass & $5 big bluegill pots. Catch-and-release categories for boat, kayak, and bank fishing. Call Ted Warren (903) 850-7084. Website: www.bassonthefly.org.
MAY 8 — MOTHER’S DAY
MAY 13-14 — 10TH ANNUAL ITALIAN-AMERICAN FISHING RODEO: Breton Sound Marina, Hopedale. Fee $40, no fee 15-and-younger, $20 non-fishing participant. 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. Call Allen Catoire (504) 388-5625 or Robbie Rabb (504) 957-4403.
TURKEY: Area A lands through April 24. Closed on Area B & C lands.
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 Road near Slidell. Call (985) 649-1922. Website: www.sttammanyfishingpier.com.
OPEN SEASONS: Recreational red snapper in state waters out to nine miles; recreational greater amberjack, gray triggerfish & red grouper seasons until further notice. Notes: Greater amberjack minimum-size limit increased to 34 inches (fork length) & red grouper closure through March 31 in waters deeper than 20 fathoms.