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Tuesday, October 18 • 3:20pm - 3:40pm
Education/Outreach. LDWF’s Get Out and Fish! program

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AUTHORS: Megan MacMenamin, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries

ABSTRACT: The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has launched a new community fishing program called Get Out and Fish!. Through this program LDWF strives to recruit, retain and reactivate anglers to the sport of fishing. The creation of a quality fishery provides residents of all ages and abilities easy access to a fun fishing experience. The Get Out and Fish! program promotes family and community interactions and provides educational opportunities to teach children and adults how to fish.

LDWF biologists select a community pond that is located in close proximity to a city, town, or village and is accessible to the general public. LDWF then partners with the local government or community organization to provide quality fishing with great odds of catching fish by stocking adult size channel catfish and rainbow trout. LDWF assists with scheduling the fish stocking and provides technical or pond management assistance. In addition, LDWF staff and volunteers assist the local organization in hosting a Get Out and Fish! event in conjunction with the initial stocking of fish. These events have both a family friendly fishing competition as well as educational fishing activities. For those anglers who are less experienced we provide instruction on casting, bait selection, knot tying, fish identification and more.

Tuesday October 18, 2016 3:20pm - 3:40pm

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