(June 10, 2014) – This year, nearly 50 women have joined the ranks of experienced anglers in Louisiana by participating in the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Women’s Fish Tagging Workshops. The two workshops were held at the Cabela’s in Gonzales where the ladies learned how to rig their own rod and reel, fishing tactics, how to properly tag a fish, methods of cleaning fish and identification of fish native to Louisiana.
The Coastal Conservation Association of Louisiana sent each of the participants home with their own rod and reel, and several of the wining raffle winners brought home new fishing gear courtesy of Cabela’s and CCA Louisiana.
The Department strives to inspire people to learn about and enjoy the outdoors. The Women’s Fish Tagging Workshops, one of the many outreach programs LDWF sponsors, are designed to do just that. The goal is to provide women with hands-on education and experience from trained staff and volunteers.
The program is open to women 18 and older who have in interest in fishing and conservation but have not had the opportunity to learn the skills and techniques needed to begin fishing. LDWF and Cabela’s have partnered to hold several of these one-day workshops. Those who participate in the workshops are eligible to enter a lottery for fishing trips, allowing them to practice the techniques they learned. Participants are also given the opportunity to be paired with a fisheries biologist and boat captain to further their fishing experience and help them to one day become confident enough to fish on their own.
LDWF is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.la.gov , and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb  or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.
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