Release Date: 06/01/2006

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission officially proclaimed June 10 and 11 "No License Required" fishing days for Louisiana citizens and visitors during June 1 meeting proceedings. The promotional fishing dates are provided for non-anglers as an opportunity to experience the sport of fishing.

"We hope people use these weekend dates to get outdoors and experience the thrill of recreational fishing with family or friends," said Dwight Landreneau, secretary of the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

The program provides the open access opportunity in an effort to attract more people into the ranks of licensed fishermen. Those license fees support LDWF's conservation efforts including habitat management.   

"No License Required" fishing weekend is a part of the Sixth Annual National Fishing and Boating Week that runs from June 3 to June 11. The event was created to help reverse the trend of declining participation in outdoor activities across America.

According to a survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation, children spend 44 hours a week watching TV, playing videogames and on the computer. Research data, compiled by the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation, shows that outdoor activities can get kids interested in nature and help with family communication.

"LDWF is encouraging licensed recreational fishermen to introduce someone to fishing on the weekend of June 10-11," said John Sturgis, LDWF education manager. "It's an activity anyone of any age can enjoy, even without a boat.  Louisiana offers some of the best bank and pier fishing opportunities in the south."

For more information, contact John Sturgis at 225-763-5448 or jsturgis@wlf.louisiana.gov.