Events submitted by organizations, associations, state and federal govermental agencies. Calendar items can be submitted by email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Fax: (225) 388-0318.
ACADIANA FLY RODDERS PROGRAM: 6:30 p.m., Grace Presbyterian Church Hall, 415 Roselawn, Lafayette. Call Richard Latiolais, (337) 354-8957. Club meets first Tuesday monthly.
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. . Club meets first Wednesday monthly.
LOUISIANA WILDLIFE & FISHERIES COMMISSION MEETING: 9:30 a.m., Louisiana Room, state Wildlife & Fisheries headquarters, Quail Drive, Baton Rouge. Main item: Presentation of proposals for resident-game, migratory waterfowl and wildlife management areas for the 2016-2017 hunting seasons. Future meeting dates: Feb. 4, March 3, April 7.
DALLAS SAFARI CLUB CONVENTION & EXPO: Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center & Omni Hotel, Dallas. Admission $20. Website: www.biggame.org.
FLY TYING CLASS: 9 a.m.-noon, Ascension Parish Library, 708 S. Irma Blvd. Gonzales. No fee. Basics of tying fresh and saltwater flies for bream, bass, redfish, speckled trout, and jigs for sac-a-lait. Other classes: Feb. 13, March 12 & April 9. Call Darrell Crawford (225) 644-7989. Email: email@example.com.
ORVIS FLY FISHING 201: 9-11 a.m., Location TBA. On-the-water casting, tactics & techniques. Preregistration required. Also same time Feb. 6. Call Alex Beane (225) 757-7286.
JAN. 11 — GULF OF MEXICO COUNCIL/SHRIMP AMENDMENT 17A PUBLIC MEETINGS: 6 p.m., IP Casino, 850 Bayview Avenue, Biloxi, Mississippi. Also: same time, Jan. 13, Courtyard by Marriott, 142 Library Drive, Houma; Jan. 14, Holiday Inn New Orleans Westbank, 275 Whitney Avenue, Gretna. Hearing on extending shrimp permit moratorium for 10 years & royal red shrimp endorsement.
JAN. 16 — GET OUT AND FISH!: 7 a.m. registration through 11 a.m. weigh-in, Sidney D. Torres Memorial Park, Chalmette. Rainbow trout & other species in Little Angler/ages 8-under, Junior Angler/ages 9-15 & Adult Angler/16-older (must have valid fishing license. No fee. Bank-only fishing. Lunch provided. Anglers need to bring tackle & ice chests to take home catch. Call Danica Williams (504) 628-7282. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
JAN. 16 — FLY TYING 101: 2-4 p.m., Orvis Shop, Perkins Rowe, Baton Rouge. No fee. Hands-on fly-tying basics of fly tying. Materials, tools provided. Preregistration required. Also same time Jan. 23, Jan. 30, Feb. 6, Feb. 13, Feb. 20, Feb. 27. Call Alex Beane at (225)757-7286.
JAN 18 — NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGES FEE-FREE DAYS: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service-managed refuges. Also Feb. 14-16, Sept. 26, Oct. 11 & Nov. 11. Ssome areas have $3-$5 daily-use fees. No fee for military & families. Special “Every Kid in a Park Initiative” fee waivers at website: https://everykidinapark.gov/.
JAN. 19 — LAFAYETTE KAYAK FISHING CLUB MEETING: 6 p.m., Pack and Paddle, 601 E. Pinhook, Lafayette. Club meets third Tuesday monthly. Call (337) 232-5854. Website: www.lafayettekayakfishing.com.
JAN. 23 — FLY TYING AT BASS PRO SHOPS: 9:30 a.m.-noon, Conference Room, Bass Pro Shops, Denham Springs. Class held fourth Saturday each month except December. Call Ron Brooks (225) 271-3100.
JAN. 24 — 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. Other match dates: Feb. 28, April 24, May 29, June 26, July 24, Aug. 28, Sept. 25, Oct. 23 & Nov. 27. Call George Serrett (225) 389-6118. Email: SouthLAHighPower@hotmail.com.
JAN. 25 — RED STICK FLY FISHERS FLY-TYING SESSION: 7 p.m., Conference Room, Cabelas, Gonzales. Fourth Monday monthly except third Monday in December. Other sites/dates: Bass Pro Shops, Denham Springs, Feb. 22, May 23, Aug. 22, Nov. 28; Orvis Shop, Bluebonnet Boulevard, Baton Rouge, March 28, June 27, Sept. 26, Dec. 19; Cabelas, April 25, July 25, Oct. 24. Call Sydney Dobson (225)892-1613. Website: www.rsff.org.
JAN. 25 — FIN-ADDICT FLY FISHERS MEETING: 6:30 p.m., Spahr’s Seafood Restaurant, 1400 W. Tunnel Boulevard, Houma. Club meets last Monday each month. Call Stephen Robert, (985) 850-0082. Website: finaddictflyfishers.blogspot.com.
JAN. 26-28 — COASTAL WETLANDS PLANNING, PROTECTION & RESTORATION ACT PLANNING TEAM MEETINGS: 11 a.m., Jan. 26, Region IV, Estuarine Fisheries & Habitat Center, 646 Cajundome Blvd., Lafayette; 9 a.m., Jan.27 , Region III, Terrebonne Parish North Library, West Park Avenue, Gray; 8 a.m., Regions I & II, Jan. 28, USFWS Southeast Louisiana Refuges Complex, 61389 La. 434, Lacombe. Call Brad Inman (504) 862-2124.
JAN. 28 — NEW ORLEANS FLY FISHERS MEETING: 7 p.m., St. Francis Xavier Church Hall, 444 Metairie Road, New Orleans. Club meets last Thursday each month except December. Call Sean Gilthorpe (504) 259-2329.
JAN. 28-30 — BASSMASTER SOUTHERN OPEN:Kissimmee Chain of Lakes in Kissimmee, Florida. First in 3-event series. Other events: March 31-April 2, Smith Lake, Jasper, Alabama & May 19-21, Douglas Lake, Dandridge, Tennessee. Winners earn Bassmaster Classic berth. Website: www.bassmaster.com.
JAN. 29 — ZACHARY HIGH SCHOOL/DUCKS UNLIMITED BANQUET: 6 p.m., YMCA, 4200 Liberty Way, Zachary. Tickets $45, $60 couples, $25 students, $250 sponsors, $1,000 tables. Call Katie Mestayer (225) 301-6387. Email: email@example.com.
JAN. 30 — FLY FISHING 101: 9-11 a.m., Orvis Shop, Perkins Rowe, Baton Rouge. No fee. Casting, rigging, knots basics. Preregistration required. Call Alex Beane (225) 757-7286.
FEB. 6 — 25th-ANNUAL ED RIZZOLO FLY TYING FESTIVAL: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Bethany Christian Church, 3223 Westheimer, Houston, Texas. Seminars, vendors, featured tiers from across the South. Special guest: Blane Chocklett. Fee $10 adults, $5 students 11-older, seniors, $15 families. Website: www.texasflyfishers.org.
FEB. 6 — FIRST SATURDAY TRAP SHOOTS: 8:30 a.m., Southwest Gun Club, McComb, Mississippi. Weather permitting. Shot size 71/2 or smaller, max 11/8 ounces. 25 single birds or 12 pairs. Fee $5/round. Events set first Saturday monthly. Call Doug Bowser (601) 341-8797.
FEB. 8 — RED STICK FLY FISHERS PROGRAM: 7 p.m., Louisiana Room, Wildlife and Fisheries headquarters, Quail Drive, Baton Rouge. Second Monday each month (except January). Call Joe Kahler, (225) 892-4352. Website: www.rsff.org.
FEB. 9 — MARDI GRAS
FEB. 11 — 52ND 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 April 2 in Baton Rouge. Call LWF (225) 344-6707. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: www.lawildlifefed.org.
FEB. 13 — 14th-ANNUAL LITTLE MO FLY FISHING FEST: 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Community Hall, Murfreesboro, Arkansas.Programs, tying demos, exhibitors. Website: www.littlemissouriflyfishing.com. Call Jeff Guerin (985) 531-6312.
FEB. 18-20 — BASSMASTER CENTRAL OPEN:Atchafalaya Basin, Morgan City. First in 3-event series. Other events: June 2-4, Arkansas River, Muskogee, Oklahoma & Sept. 29-Oct. 1, Red River, Shreveport/Bossier City. Winners earn Bassmaster Classic berth. Website: www.bassmaster.com.
FEB. 19 — ORVIS FLY FISHING FILM TOUR: 7 p.m., Orvis Shop, Perkins Rowe, Baton Rouge. Tickets $15. Limited seating. Fly fishing films from around the world. Includes refreshments, door prizes. Call Alex Beane at (225) 757-7286.
FEB. 20 — 30th-ANNUAL ACADIANA FLY FISHERS CONCLAVE: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Grace Presbyterian Church, 518 Roselawn Boulevard, Lafayette. Free. Programs, tying demos, exhibitors, casting clinics, food, refreshments. Sponsored by Acadiana Fly Rodders. Call Richard Latiolais, (337) 354-8957. Website: www.laflyfish.com
FEB. 20 — STATE DUCKS UNLIMITED LEADERSHIP MEETING: 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Cabela’s, Gonzales. Call Mark Callais (504) 235-8504 or Zac Brown (225) 573-4030.
FEB. 19-21 — NATIONAL PHEASANT FEST & QUAIL CLASSIC: Convention Center, Kansas City, Missouri. Includes Feb. 20 Career Fair & Shooting Sports Clinic. Website: www.PheasantFest.org. Call John Linquist (712) 253-0373.
FEB. 25-27 — CARHARTT BASSMASTER COLLEGE CENTRAL REGIONAL: Atchafalaya Basin. Tournament headquarters in Houma. Nicholls St. host school. Website: www.bassmaster.com.
FEB. 27 — PLAQUEMINES PARISH/DUCKS UNLIMITED DINNER: 6 p.m., Buras Auditorium, Buras. Tickets $30-$75. Tables $700. $300 sponsor. Call Byron Prest (225) 615-1220 or Mitch Jurisich (504) 382-7061.
MARCH 4-6 — BASSMASTER CLASSIC: Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees, Tulsa, Oklahoma. Website: www.bassmaster.com.
MARCH 5 — CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL BASS CLASSIC: Safe daylight, Doiron’s Landing, La. 70, 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 March 3, Cabela’s, Gonzales. Presented by Gerry Lane Automotive, Cabela’s. Call Gary Cross (225) 938-1808 or Brad Rodrigue (985) 209-0722. Website: www.childrenshospitalbassclassic.com.
MARCH 5 — NATCHITOCHES FISHING EXPO: 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Events Center, 750 2nd Street, Natchitoches. Free. Light tackle/fly fishing programs, tying demos, casting clinics, vendors. Sponsored by Cane Country Fly Casters. Call Burley Johnson, (318) 352-3522. Website: www.canecountry.blogspot.com.
MARCH 12 — LOUISIANA SALTWATER SERIES-REDFISH: Delta Marina, Empire. First in seven-event series. Other events: April 9, Bridge Side Marina, Grand Isle; May 7, Campo’s Marina, Shell Beach; June 11, Tradewinds Marina, Cocodrie; Aug. 20, Sweetwater Marina, Delacroix; Sept. 17, Calcasieu Point Landing, Lake Charles; Oct.14-15 championship, Venice Marina, Venice. Rules/registration website: www.lasaltwaterseries.com.
MARCH 12 — 24th-ANNUAL RED STICK DAY: 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Waddill Outdoors Education Center, 4142 N. Flannery Road, Baton Rouge. Free. Fly fishing, kayak fishing programs, tying & kayak demos, casting clinics, food. Sponsored by Red Stick Fly Fishers. Call Pete Sturgis (225) 335-4596. Website: www.rsff.org.
MARCH 12 — COSTA BASSMASTER HIGH SCHOOL CENTRAL OPEN: Toledo Bend. First of 3-event series. Other events: April 16, Lake Guntersville, Alabama; June 5, Clinton Lake, Illinois. Website: www.bassmaster.com
MARCH 13 — Daylight Savings Time begins, 2 a.m.
MARCH 17-20 — 37th-ANNUAL LOUISIANA SPORTSMENS SHOW: Lamar-Dixon Expo Center, Gonzales. 2-9 p.m. March 17-18; 9 a.m.-9 p.m. March 19; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. March 20. Tickets $8 adults, $5 youths. Website: www.sportsmenshow.com.
MARCH 17-20 — BASSMASTER ELITE SERIES: St. John’s River, Palatka, Florida. First in 10-event series: Other events: pril 7-10, Winyah Bay, Georgetown, South Carolina; April 21-24, Bull Shoals/Norfork, Mountain Home, Arkansas; April 28-May 1, Wheeler Lake, Decatur, Alabama; May 12-15, Toledo Bend, Many; June 8-12, BASSFest, Lake Texoma, Durant, Oklahoma; June 23-26, Cayuga Lake, Union Springs, New York; Aug. 11-14, Potomac River, Charles County, Maryland; Sept. 8-11, Mississippi River, La Crosse, Wisconsin; Sept. 15-18, $1 million Angler of the Year Championship, Mille Lacs Lake, Onamia, Minnesota. Website: www.bassmaster.com
MARCH 20 — 35th 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 $150/team ($175 tournament day). Benefits Kiwanis False River projects. Call Kenneth St. Romain (225) 718-1319.
MARCH 24 — ABBEVILLE/DUCKS UNLIMITED DINNER: 5:30 p.m., Vietnamese Reception Hall, 1201 E. Lafayette Street, Abbeville. Tickets $65-$85. $600 tables. $300 sponsor. Call Brittney Reed (337) 412-4712 or Troy Dubois (337) 224-9718.
MARCH 24-26 — CABELA’S COLLEGIATE BASS TOURNAMENT: Lake Dardanelle, Russellville, Arkansas. Website: www.collegiatebasschampionship.com.
MARCH 27 — EASTER SUNDAY
APRIL 1 — 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.140inches minimum size. Weekly Friday night event through Sept. 16. Call Guy Perkins (225) 293-3402.
APRIL 1-3 — BECOMING AN OUTDOORS WOMAN: Camp Grant Walker, Pollack. Department of Wildlife & Fisheries’ women-only event. Sessions in 20 outdoors activities. Limited to 125 women 18-and-older. Fee $200. Scholarships available. Registration open in January. Call Dana Norsworthy (318) 345-3912.
APRIL 2 — 69th-ANNUAL NEW ORLEANS CITY PARK RODEO & FISHTIVAL: 6:30-11 a.m.. Registration opens at 6 a.m. Fee $10 13-and-over), $5 12-younger. Bass/reel-and-reel & fly rod, Junior, Kayak, Rio Grande Team fishing divisions. Casting contests, exhibits, fly tying, food, drinks. Call Kaye Florane (504)483-9415. Website: www.neworleanscitypark.com.
APRIL 2 — LAFAYETTE/DUCKS UNLIMITEDSPORTING CLAY SHOOT: 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Wilderness Gun Club, 7 Teurlings Drive, Lafayette. $500 teams. Call John Hoss (337) 552-7312 or Ted Schoeffler (337) 962-3995.
APRIL 2 — IFA REDFISH TOUR/TEXAS DIVISION: Port Aransas, Texas. Second event Aug. 13, Aransas Pass, Texas. 200-percent payback. Field limited to 100 boats. Website: www.ifatours.com.
APRIL 3 — IFA KAYAK FISHING TOUR/TEXAS DIVISION: Port Aransas, Texas. Second event Aug. 14, Aransas Pass, Texas. Website: www.ifatours.com.
APRIL 9 — CADDO CONCLAVE VII: 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Caddo Lake State Park, Karnack, Texas. Fee $10, no fee 15-under. Fly fishing programs, demos, casting, vendors. Lunch included. Sponsored by North Louisiana & East Texas Fly Fishers. Website: www.northlaflyfishers.org.
APRIL 16 — FLY FISHING 101 CLINIC: 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Booker-Fowler Hatchery, 10 Joan Stokes Road, Forest Hill. No fee, open to public. Preregistration advised. Hands-on casting, leaders, and knots. Refreshments provided. Sponsored by Kisatchie Fly Fishers. Call Glen Cormier (318) 793-5855. Website: www.kisatchiefly.org.
APRIL 20-22 — BASS NATION CENTRAL DIVISIONAL: Lake Guntersville, Alabama. New format has 20-angler boater/nonboater state teams from 19 states. Top boater/nonboater from each state qualify for nationals. Website: www.bassmaster.com.
APRIL 22-24 — LAKE CONCORDIA FLY FISHING TRIP: Sponsored by Red Stick Fly Fishers, Baton Rouge. Registration required. Call Jack Lithgoe (225) 362-7901. Website: www.rsff.org.
APRIL 22-23 — PADDLEPALOOZA XIII KAYAK FISHING TOURNAMENT: Topwater Marina, Leeville. Sponsored by the Bayou Coast Kayak Fishing Club. Open to the public. Fee $50 includes Friday meal & post-tournament fish fry. Preregistration required. Website: www.bckfc.org.
APRIL 23 — THE CAMP FLY FISHING SCHOOL/BEGINNERS: 8 a.m.-5 p.m., The Camp, Breaux Bridge. Fee $150 includes instruction, lunch, refreshments, handouts. Focus on casting mechanics, accuracy. FFF Certified instructors. Call Keith Richard (337) 344-0908. Website: www.thecampflyfishingschool.com.
APRIL 28 — 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.
APRIL 29-30 — 11th-ANNUAL GULF COAST KAYAK FISHING SPRING TOURNAMENT: ShoreLine Park, South Gulf Breeze, Fkorida. Public event. Fee $50 includes captains meeting. Inshore, nearshore categories. Preregistration required. Website: www.gulfcoastkayakfishing.com.
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 14 — IFA REDFISH TOUR/LOUISIANA DIVISION: Lafitte. First of 2 events. Second event Aub. 6, Houma. 200-percent payback. Field limited to 100 boats. Website: www.ifatours.com.
MAY 14 — 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: www.rsff.org.
MAY 15 — IFA KAYAK FISHING TOUR/LOUISIANA DIVISION: Lafitte. Second event Aug. 7, Houma. Website: www.ifatours.com.
MAY 28 — THE CAMP FLY FISHING SCHOOL/ADVANCED: 8 a.m.-5 p.m., The Camp, Breaux Bridge. Fee $150. Focus on special casting and distance. FFF Certified instructors. Also same time Sept. 24. Call Keith Richard (337)344-0908. Website: www.thecampflyfishingschool.com
MAY 30 — MEMORIAL DAY
JUNE 3-4 — 9TH-ANNUAL CATHOLIC HIGH ALUMNI FISHING RODEO: Open and youth divisions. Five-fish “calcuttas” in mangrove snapper and speckled trout. Call Catholic High Alumni Office (225) 383-0459.
JUNE 4-5 — LOUISIANA FREE FISHING WEEKEND: No basic nor saltwater fishing licenses required for resident and nonresident recreational anglers in state waters.
JUNE 4-5 — HOBIE BASS OPEN KAYAK FISHING TOURNAMENT: Kentucky Dam Village State Park, Gilbertsville, Kentucky. Catch-photo-release for 3 longest bass each day for total aggregate length. Fee $100. Winner gets Team USA berth in World Championship. Website: www.hobiefishing.com.
JUNE 8-11 — SWOLLFEST FISHING RODEO: Sand Dollar Marina, Grand Isle. Inshore, Kayak & Offshore divisions. Website: www.swollfest.com.
JUNE 10-12 — 3rd-ANNUAL SOUTHERN SPORTSMANS FESTIVAL: Alario Center, Westwego. 2-10 p.m. June 10; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. June 11; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. June 12. Fee $10 adults, $5 youths/kids free June 10, $15 3-day pass. Call Mike Zalaznik (504) 835-6383. Website: www.southernsportsmansfestival.com.
JUNE 19 — FATHER’S DAY
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 — 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 30-JULY 2 — BASSMASTER NORTHERN OPEN: Oneida Lake, Syracuse, New York. First in 3-event series. Other events: Aug. 18-20, James River, Richmond, Vorginia & Sept. 22-24, Lake Champlain, Plattsburgh, New York. Winners earn Bassmaster Classic berth. Website: www.bassmaster.com.
TBA — CASTING FOR KIDS RODEO: Topwater Marina, Leeville. Adult, Children’s & Kayak divisions. Fee $35/Boater & Kayak divisions, $25/Children’s Division. Benefits Palliative Care Foundation of Baton Rouge. Call Janet Rhodus (225) 413-4414.
JULY 2-3 — GOLDEN MEADOW-FOURCHON TARPON RODEO: Fourchon Marina, Fourchon Road, Port Fourchon.
JULY 19-22 — BASSMASTER CLASSIC BRACKET TOURNAMENT: Niagara River, Buffalo, New York. Top 8 finishers in Elite Series No. 7 event. Head-to-head fish-off. $50,000 to winner & berth in 2017 Classic. Website: www.bassmaster.com.
JULY 23 — 4th-ANNUAL MASTERS SERIES SEMINAR: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Red River National Wildlife Refuge Visitors Center, Bossier City. Featured presenter: Bob Clouser. Fee $40 includes lunch. Preregistration required. Website: www.northlaflyfishers.org.
JULY 28-30 — INTERNATIONAL GRAND ISLE TARPON RODEO: Sand Dollar Marina & Otto Candies Pavilion, Grand Isle.
AUG. 26-27 — RIDE-THE-BULL 7 EXTREME KAYAK FISHING RODEO: Bridge Side Marina, Grand Isle. Dinner, Calmwater Film Festival Aug. 26. Fishing Aug. 27, heaviest redfish landed from kayak or paddlecraft in Caminada Pass. Registration required. Call Danny Wray (225) 721-8182. Website: www.calmwatercharters.net/ridethebull.
AUG. 27 — 11th-ANNUAL CONTRABAND CONCLAVE: 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., PPG Porter Hall, 2250 Prater Road, Westlake. Free. Fly fishing programs, tying demos, exhibitors, casting clinics. Sponsored by Contraband Fly Casters. Call Warren Landry (337) 853-7755. Website: www.contrabandflycasters.net.
SEPT. 5 — LABOR DAY
TBA — ATCHAFALAYA REGION CHAPTER/QUAIL FOREVER BANQUET: John Folse’s White Oak Plantation, 17660 George O’Neal Road, Baton Rouge. Dinner, auctions, raffles. Money raised remains with the chapter to enhance south Louisiana quail habitat & hunting opportunities. Call John Balance (225) 266-1953. Email: email@example.com.
SEPT. 8-10 — 3rd-ANNUAL DESTINATION TEXAS FLY FISHING EXPO: Convention Center, Grapevine, Texas. Tickets $10, $5 17-under. Workshops, programs, tying, casting clinics, youth & women’s activities, FFF Casting Certification. Website: www.texascouncilifff.com.
SEPT. 10 — 9th-ANNUAL RIO GRANDE FLY FISHING RODEO: City Park, New Orleans. Free. Registration required. Top 3 Rio Grande perch caught on fly. Sponsored by the N.O. Fly Fishers club. Call John Engert (504) 861-9514. Website noflyfisher.blogspot.com.
SEPT. 16-17 — FEDERATION OF FLY FISHERS GULF COAST EXPO: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily, Civic Center, Ocean Springs, Mississippi. Free. Workshops, some activities have feesa. FFF Casting Certification. Call Kyle Moppert (225) 343-0867. Website: www.gulfcoastfff.org.
SEPT. 24 — LOUISIANA HUNTING & FISHING DAY: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Waddill Outdoors Education Center, 4142 N. Flannery Road, Baton Rouge. Also Minden, Woodworth, Monroe. Kids fishing, fly casting, fly tying, shooting, canoeing, archery, birding, game tagging, game cooking, conservation organizations. Free. Department of Wildlife and Fisheries event. Website www.wlf.state.la.us.
SEPT. 25 — 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.
SEPT. 30-OCT. 1 — LAKE CONCORDIA FLY FISHING TRIP: fall fly fishing event. Sponsored by Red Stick Fly Fishers, Baton Rouge. Registration required. Call Jack Lithgoe (225) 362-7901. Website: www.rsff.org.
OCT. 7-8 — FEDERATION OF FLY FISHERS SOUTHERN FLY FAIR: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily, Baxter County Fairgrounds, Mountain Home, Arkansas. Fee $10, $5 17-younger. Workshops and some activities extra. Call Chris Jackson (870) 499-3056. Website: www.southerncouncilfff.org.
OCT. 8 — 4th-ANNUAL FISH THE BAYOU TOURNAMENT: 3 p.m. weigh-in, Civic Center, Larose. Fee $25. Boat, Kayak, Youth/15-younger & Leopard Red divisions with Slot Red, Speckled Trout, and “Trash Fish” categories. Benefits the Dusty Richardel Memorial Foundation. Website: www.drmemorial.org
OCT. 13-15 — 18TH-ANNUAL SOUTHERN RODMAKERS GATHERING: Fulton’s Lodge, Mountain Home, Arkansas. Fee $60 includes meals. Bamboo rodmakers, collectors, anglers. Website: www.southernrodmakers.org.
OCT. 15 — WILD THINGS: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge, La. 434, Lacombe. Outdoor activities. Free. Presented by Friends of Louisiana Wildlife Refuges. Call (985) 882-2000.
OCT. 15-16 — IFA KAYAK TOUR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP: Location TBA. Divisional qualifiers. Website: www.ifakayakfishingtour.com.
NOV. 4-6 — 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: www.gulfcoastfff.org.
NOV. 6 — Daylight Savings Time ends, 2 a.m.
NOV. 8 — ELECTION DAY
NOV. 11 — VETERANS DAY
NOV. 11-12 — FALL CATCH-AND-EAT FLY FISHING TRIP: Marsh fly-fishing trip. Sponsored by Red Stick Fly Fishers, Baton Rouge. Registration required. Call Randy Leonpacher (225) 769-1895. Website: www.rsff.org.
NOV. 12 — GEAUX FISH: Open bass tournament. Weigh-in State Fairgrounds, Airline Highway, Baton Rouge. 10 teams, 20 anglers per team. All proceeds benefit Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital. Team represent a “Champion” child from the hospital. Teams will raise funds throughout 2016. Champion, Amazing, Future & Hero partnerships available. Call Derek Hudnall (225) 763-1001 or Anya Hudnall (225) 610-7854. Email: Dhudnall@DBHfishing.com.
NOV. 24 — THANKSGIVING DAY