THURSDAY

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

FRIDAY-SATURDAY

FFI GULF COAST SWEETWATER CLASSIC: Percy Quin State Park, McComb, Mississippi. Free (tournament fee $40). Fly tying, casting clinics, seminars, exhibitors, raffles. CPR boat, kayak & bank fishing tournament. Fly Fishers International Gulf Coast Council event. Website: gulfcoastcouncilffi.org. Call Glen Cormier (318) 793-5855.

SATURDAY

NOMINATIONS DEADLINE/LA. WILDLIFE FEDERATION'S CONSERVATION ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS: Professional, Volunteer, Business, Educator, Elected Official, Communications, Organization, Youth & Youth Organization categories. LWF’s website: lawildlifefed.org. Call LWF (225) 344-6707. Email: lwf@lawildilfed.org.

CAERNARVON BASS TRAIL: Safe daylight, Delacroix Corporation launch, Caernarvon. Pick-your-partner. Fee $150/team, $20 membership, $10 option big-bass kitty. Second of five, one-day points tournament to qualify to two-day championship. Call Terry Jones (985) 255-2136. Email: terry.jones@sunbeltsupply.com.

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. Call Darrel Crawford (225) 253-4127. Email: wimpflies@gmail.com.

SUNDAY

40th ANNUAL POINTE COUPEE KIWANIS OPEN FISHING TOURNAMENT: Safe daylight, Morrison Parkway Public Launch, New Roads. Pick-your-partner bass tournament. Fee $150 ($175 tournament day). $2,000 first-place, $500 big bass. Benefits club's False River projects. Call Kenneth St. Romain (225) 718-1319.

TUESDAY

PELICAN STATE FRIENDS OF THE NRA MEETING: 6 p.m., The Legacy, 1655 Sherwood Forest Blvd., Baton Rouge. Dinner included. RSVP Chad Bowen (318) 453-3639/email: cbowen@nrahq.org.

TUESDAY NIGHT FISHING TOURNAMENT: 6-9 p.m., Morrison Parkway public launch, False River, New Roads. Weekly through Sept. 26 “classic” (must fish 10 Tuesday to qualify). Call Billy Baggett (225) 718-5395.

LAFAYETTE KAYAK FISHING CLUB MEETING: 6 p.m., Pack & Paddle, 601 East Pinhook, Lafayette. Call (337) 232-5854. Website: lafayettekayakfishing.com.

ONGOING

DERELICT CRAB TRAP COLLECTION: Through March 15, Pontchartrain Basin-Lake Borgne & the Terrebonne Basin between Bayou Pointe-aux-Chenes and Bayou Terrebonne. Volunteers requested. Call Peyton Cagle (337) 491-2575. Email: pcagle@wlf.la.gov.

AROUND THE CORNER

MARCH 19—NEW ORLEANS FLY FISHERS FLY-TYING SESSION: 7 p.m., St. Francis Xavier Church Hall, 444 Metairie Rd., Metairie. Call Joe Bandera (504) 888-2149.

MARCH 19—ACADIANA FLY RODDERS PROGRAM: 6 p.m., Pack & Paddle, 601 East Pinhook, Lafayette. Call (337) 232-5854. Website: acadianaflyrodders.org.

MARCH 19-22—BASSMASTER ELITE SERIES: Chickamauga Lake, Tennessee. Second in nine national bass tournaments. Website: bassmaster.com.

MARCH 20—CCA SPORTING CLAYS CLASSIC: Day long, Covey Rise, Husser. Morning & afternoon flights. Call Nolan Reynerson (225) 952-9200. Email: nolan@ccalouisiana.com or Pierre Villere: pvillere@allenvillere.com.

MARCH 21—AQUATIC VOLUNTEER INSTRUCTOR WORKSHOP: 8-hour instruction, state Wildlife and Fisheries headquarters, Quail Drive, Baton Rouge. Classroom/hands-on instruction in basic fishing skills, fish identification, fisheries management, invasive species, casting & safety. No fee. $25 refundable registration required. Lunch provided. Registration website: wlf.louisiana.gov/page/aquatic-vip.

MARCH 21—18th LOUISIANA SPORTING CLAYS CLASSIC: Covey Rise, Husser. Benefits the Chartwell Center’s work with autistic children & adults in New Orleans metro area. Call Lisa McCaffety-Scott (512) 750-3650. Email: lisa@mccaffetyscott.com.

MARCH 21-22—TEXAS FLY FISHING & BREW FESTIVAL: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, Plano Center, Plano, Texas. Tickets $20 adults, under 17 free. Exhibitors, seminars, casting clinics, fly tying. Guest speakers: Ed Jaworoski, Dave Whitlock, Blaine Chocklett, Jason Randall. Website: txflyfishingfestival.org.

MARCH 23—RED STICK FLY FISHERS FLY-TYING SESSION: 7 p.m., Independence Park Library, 7711 Goodwood Blvd., Baton Rouge. Call Sydney Dobson (225) 892-1613. Website: rsff.org.

MARCH 24—GULF OF MEXICO FISHERIES SHRIMP ADVISORY PANEL MEETING: 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Gulf Council office, 4107 West Spruce Street, Tampa, Florida. Website: gulfcouncil.org.

FISHING/SHRIMPING

OPEN RECREATIONAL SEASONS: Recreational gray triggerfish, lane snapper & 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 & greater amberjack seasons in state and federal waters & commercial king mackerel season.

FALL INSHORE SHRIMP SEASON: Closed in state outside waters between Caillou Boca and Freshwater Bayou & closed in all state inside waters except Breton & Chandeleur sounds.

Email: jmacaluso@theadvocate.com