DOUBLE NICKEL BASS TOURNAMENT: 10:30 a.m., East Pearl River Launch, U.S. 90 Bridge. Weekly event for anglers 55 and older. Singles tournament (two allowed in boat but keep catch separate). Fee $15. Call Joe Picone (985) 630-4170.

LOUISIANA OYSTER TASK FORCE MEETING: 1 p.m., St. Bernard Port Harbor & Terminal, 100 Port Boulevard, Chalmette. Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Appeals Board meeting, 9 a.m.; Oyster Task Force Legislative Committee Meeting, 9:30 a.m.; and, Public-Private Oyster Seed Grounds Committee Meeting, 10:30 a.m., same location.


LOUISIANA WILDLIFE & FISHERIES COMMISSION MEETING: 9:30 a.m., Joe Herring Room, state Wildlife & Fisheries headquarters, Quail Drive, Baton Rouge. Top agenda item: proposed 2020-2021 hunting seasons.

JUNIOR SOUTHWEST BASSMASTERS MEETING: 7 p.m., Seminar Room, Bass Pro Shops, Denham Springs. Boys & girls 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.


FLY FISHING 101 AT ORVIS: 8-10:30 a.m., Orvis Shop, 7601 Bluebonnet Boulevard, Baton Rouge. No fee. Beginners basics of casting, rigging, knots. Registration required. Call (225) 757-7286.

FLY-TYING CLASS: 9 a.m.-noon, Ascension Parish Library, 708 South Irma Boulevard, Gonzales. No fee. Learn to make basic bream & bass flies. Must bring materials. Also Feb. 15, March 14. Call Darrel Crawford (225) 253-4127. Email: wimpflies@gmail.com.

FLY TYING LEVEL 1: 9:30-11:30 a.m., Pack & Paddle, 601 E. Pinhook, Lafayette. No fee. Hands-on clinic covering basics of fly tying. Registration required. Website: packpaddle.com.

FLY TYING 101 AT ORVIS: 2-4 p.m., Orvis, 7601 Bluebonnet Boulevard, Baton Rouge. No fee. Hands-on clinic covering basics of fly tying. Materials and tools provided. Registration required. Call (225) 757-7286.

FLY FISHING FUNDAMENTALS: 2-5 p.m., Pack & Paddle, 601 E. Pinhook, Lafayette. No fee. Hands-on clinic covering basics of fly fishing. Registration required. Website: packpaddle.com.


Note: Deer/Archery season have either-sex take allowed except where specified & except when there is a bucks-only modern firearms period. Self-clearing permits required on all wildlife management areas. WMA hunting permit required for ages 18-59. Check 2019-2020 state hunting pamphlet for specific hunting regulations & zones.

DEER/PRIMITIVE WEAPONS: Through Jan. 5, State Deer Areas 7 & 8.

DEER/MODERN FIREARMS: Through Jan. 5, State Deer Areas 1, 3, 4, with/without dogs.

DEER/MODERN FIREARMS: Through Jan. 5, State Deer Area 10, still-hunt only.

DEER/PRIMITIVE WEAPONS: Jan. 6-12, State Deer Area 3 & 10, still-hunt only.

DEER/MODERN FIREARMS: Jan. 6-19, State Deer Areas 1 & 4 still-hunt only.

DEER/MODERN FIREARMS: Through Jan. 12, State Deer Area 2, with/without dogs.

DEER/PRIMITIVE WEAPONS: Jan. 13-19, State Deer Area 2.

DEER/ARCHERY: Through Jan. 15, State Deer Areas 3, 7, 8 & 10.

DEER/MODERN FIREARMS: Through Jan. 19, State Deer Area 5, bucks only, with/without dogs.

DEER/MODERN FIREARMS: Through Jan. 19, State Deer Area 6, with/without dogs.

DEER/MODERN FIREARMS: Through Jan. 19, State Deer Area 9, bucks only, with/without dogs.

DUCKS: Through Jan. 19, Coastal Waterfowl Zone.

DOVES: Through Jan. 26, North Zone.

DUCKS: Through Jan. 26, East & West Waterfowl zones.

CANADA GEESE: Through Jan. 31, statewide. Closed in portions of Cameron & Vermilion parishes.

DEER/ARCHERY: Through Jan. 31, State Deer Areas 1, 2 & 4.

DOVES: Through Jan. 31, South Zone.

WOODCOCK: Through Jan. 31, statewide.

GEESE: Through Feb. 9, statewide. Included specklebellies, blue, snow and Ross’ geese.

DEER/ARCHERY: Through Feb. 15, State Deer Areas 5, 6 & 9.

RABBIT/SQUIRREL/QUAIL: Through Feb. 28, statewide, private lands only.

SNIPE: Through Feb. 28, statewide.

LICENSED HUNTING PRESERVES: Through April 30. Pen-raised birds only.


JAN. 13—RED STICK FLY FISHERS PROGRAM: 7 p.m., Broadmoor United Methodist Church, Adult Education Building, 10230 Mollylea Drive, Baton Rouge. Call Gary Elbourne, (225) 752-0073. Website: rsff.org.

JAN. 15-17—BASSMASTER EASTERN OPEN: Kissimmee Chain of Lakes, Kissimmee, Florida. First of four tournaments. Website: bassmaster.com.

JAN. 16—ACADIANA FLY RODDERS PROGRAM: 6 p.m., Pack & Paddle, 601 E. Pinhook, Lafayette. Call (337) 232-5854. Website: acadianaflyrodders.org.

JAN. 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.

JAN. 16-19—KEY WEST KINGFISH MAYHEM TOURNAMENT: Dante’s Key West, 951 Caroline Street, Key West, Florida. Pro & Open divisions. Website: keywestkingfishmayhem.com.

JAN. 18—TRAPPER EDUCATION WORKSHOP: Day long, Vermilionville Historic Village, Lafayette. No fee, Open to public. Demos, laws, regulations, skinning & other hands-on instruction. Dress appropriately. Also Feb. 1, Woodworth Education Center, Woodworth; Feb. 15, LDWF Field Office, Monroe. Preregistration required. Call Tanya Sturman (318) 487-5885, Ext. 3420. Email: tsturman@wlf.la.gov.

JAN. 18—ARBOR DAY: 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Barton Arboretum, LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens, 4560 Essen Lane, Baton Rouge. No fee. Native tree planting Burden Woods, scavenger hunt, children’s activities. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Email Katie Guitreau: kguitreau@agcenter.lsu.edu.

JAN. 18—CENLA FLY FISHING & LIGHT TACKLE FESTIVAL: 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Kees Park, La. 28 East, Pineville. Free. Presentations, fly tying demos, casting clinics, exhibitors. Benefits Food Bank of Central Louisiana. Sponsored by Kisatchie Fly Fishers. Call Glen Cormier (318) 793-5855. Website: kisatchiefly.org.

JAN. 18—ORVIS TRAVEL DAY: 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Orvis Baton Rouge, 7601 Bluebonnet Boulevard, Baton Rouge. No fee. Meet fly fishing guides from several destinations including Louisiana. Hourly presentations. Call (225) 757-7286.


OPEN RECREATIONAL SEASONS: All groupers except closed for the take of goliath, Nassau & gag groupers in state/federal waters. Gag grouper closed in federal waters through May 31.

CLOSED SEASONS: Recreational red snapper, lane snapper, greater amberjack & gray triggerfish seasons in state and federal waters. Lane snapper season will reopen Jan. 1, 2020.

FALL INSHORE SHRIMP SEASON: Effective Jan. 6 closed in state outside waters between Caillou Boca and Freshwater Bayou & closed in all state inside waters except portions of the Pontchartrain Basin. See state Wildlife & Fisheries for details closure map: wlf.louisiana.gov.

Email: jmacaluso@theadvocate.com