Southeast Louisiana National Wildlife Refuges to host virtual youth fishing rodeo

Published 5:04 pm Saturday, June 3, 2023

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BATON ROUGE — Calling all Louisiana youth 15 years of age and younger! Did you ever think you could win a fishing derby without paying an entry fee or weighing or measuring a fish? Here’s your chance! The Southeast Louisiana National Wildlife Refuges and the Friends of Louisiana Refuges Inc. are hosting a FREE Virtual Youth Fishing Rodeo during the Louisiana free fishing weekend June 10-11, 2023. Here’s how to join the fun:


  1. Youth who are 15 years old or younger fish the location of their choice in Louisiana waters sunrise to sunset on June 10 and 11. A fishing license is not required during Louisiana’s free fishing weekend.


  1. Youth should create a sign that says #GetYourFishOn2023 or #GeauxFish2023 and display it with their catch. Then send the photo of the youth angler holding their catch with the sign to  virtualfishingrodeo@gmail.comor to the Southeast Louisiana National Wildlife Refuges Complex Facebook page @Southeast Louisiana in a direct message utilizing Facebook messenger.
  2. Have fun fishing!


Photos of youth anglers and their catch must be received by 4 p.m. Monday June 12.  Prize winners will be selected randomly from the photos received and will be announced Friday, June 16. Loaner fishing poles are available for people who can pick up pole in Lacombe, LA. Email with questions, or to reserve a loaner pole, or call 985/882-2015. More details at