LOUISIANA WILDLIFE & FISHERIES COMMISSION MEETING: 1 p.m., Joe Herring Room, state Wildlife & Fisheries headquarters, 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge.


FALSE RIVER COOKIE JAR BASS TOURNAMENT: 7 p.m.-midnight, La Express launch, Jarreau. Fee $40/boat (two-angler boats; pay at store before launching). Weekly event through spring, summer. Call Storm Randall (225) 937-0489.


PADDLEPALOOZA XIV KAYAK FISHING TOURNAMENT: Bridge Side Marina, Grand Isle. Bayou Coast Kayak Fishing Club event. Open to public. Entry fee $50 includes Friday evening meal, post-tournament fish fry, t-shirt and captain's bag. Preregistration required. Website:


CATCHIN’ & COOKIN’ FOR DREAMS COME TRUE: Check-in St. James Boat Club & Bayside Tackle. Weigh-in 3 p.m. Lamar Dixon Expo, Gonzales. Weigh-in in-line deadline 4 p.m. Entry fee/big-bass pot $110/2-angler team. Off-limit area east of Bayou Shaefer. Public waters only. Rules meeting April 30, Fred’s on the River, Port Vincent; 10 percent fees to Dreams Come True. Call David Cavell (225) 937-0046 or Tammy Campanille (225) 405-2478.

SATURDAY TRAP SHOOT: 8:30 a.m., Southwest Gun Club, McComb, Mississippi. Weather permitting. ATA-style trap field/portable traps/25 singles or 12 pairs per round. Only 7½-shot size or smaller. Fee $5/round (cash/correct change only). Call Doug Bowser (601) 341-8797. Email:


CCA BATON ROUGE CHAPTER BANQUET: 5:30 p.m., Raising Canes River Center, 275 S. River Road, Baton Rouge. Tickets $25-$75, tables $750-$1,250. Call Nolan Reynerson (225) 952-9200. Website:

ACADIANA FLY RODDERS PROGRAM: 6:30 p.m., Grace Presbyterian Church Hall, 415 Roselawn, Lafayette. Call Bob Tabbert (337) 781-3650.


See 2018-2019 Louisiana Hunting Pamphlet for bag limits, shooting times, other restrictions & state WMA season dates.

SPRING TURKEY: Through May 5, State Area A lands. Closed on Area B & C lands.

SQUIRREL: May 4-26, statewide, private lands only. Daily bag limit 3. Open on some state WMAs, but closed on all federal lands.


MAY 9—JUNIOR SOUTHWEST BASSMASTERS MEETING: 7 p.m., Seminar Room, Bass Pro Shops, Denham Springs. Age group bass tournaments for ages 7-10, 11-14 & 15-18 anglers. Thursday night followed 10 days later by tournaments, sites TBD. Call Jim Breaux (225) 262-0929/(225) 772-3026.

MAY 11—WESTSIDE BASSMASTERS VETERANS OPEN: Safe daylight, Doiron’s Landing (either side), Stephensville. Registration 5 a.m. $150/boat. No fee for veterans. Donations benefit Wounded Warriors Project. Weigh-in jambalaya, soft drinks, door prizes. Call Darren Hernandez (225) 413-6139 or Joel Bezet (225) 776-6538.

MAY 11—NBAA SOUTH LOUISIANA BASS MAFIA TOURNAMENT: Canal Bank Landing, Diversion Canal, Head of Island. Two-angler teams. Entry fee $100. Annual membership $40. First in 8-tournament series. Email: Darren Anders:

MAY 11—OAK POINT CLASSIC KAYAK FISHING TOURNAMENT: PAC Kayak Rentals, Pointe-aux-Chenes. Lafayette Kayak Fishing Club event. Open to public. Entry fee $30. Artificial lures only. Minimum top 3 payout. Heaviest stringer of 2 slot reds, 3 trout, optional sheepshead calcutta. Website:

MAY 13—RED STICK FLY FISHERS PROGRAM: 7 p.m., Joe Herring Room, Wildlife & Fisheries headquarters, Quail Drive, Baton Rouge. Call Gary Elbourne (225) 505-4997. Website:

MAY 16—NEW ORLEANS FLY FISHERS FLY-TYING SESSION: 7 p.m., St. Francis Xavier Church Hall, 444 Metairie Road, Metairie. Call Joe Bandera (504) 888-2149.

MAY 17-18–13th ITALIAN AMERICAN FISHING RODEO: Hopedale Marina, Hopedale. Scales open 4-6 p.m. May 17; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. May 18. Entry fee $40. Three places in Adult Division speckled trout, flounder, drum, redfish under 27 inches, sheepshead, bass & white trout (first place only) and first place in Children’s Division speckled trout, sheepshead, drum, redfish under 27 inches & redfish with most spots; 50/50 five speckled trout stringer ($50 entry). Benefits Children’s Hospital. Website:

MAY 17-18—SPRING CATCH-N-EAT FLY FISHING TRIP: Louisiana marsh fly-fishing trip. Red Stick Fly Fishers event. Registration required. Call Randy Leonpacher (225) 769-1895. Website:


OPEN SEASONS: Recreational all groupers except gag, goliath & Nassau groupers in state/federal waters.

CLOSED SEASONS: Recreational greater amberjack, red snapper and gray triggerfish seasons state and federal waters. Red snapper season will open May 24 in state and federal waters, and amberjack season will reopen Aug. 1.

SHRIMP CLOSURE: Open outside-waters area from northwest shore of Caillou Boca west to Atchafalaya River Ship Channel at Eugene Island and inside waters at the double-rig line in Breton and Chandeleur sounds. All inshore areas closed.