The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, and the Friends of the Southwest Louisiana National Wildlife Refuge Complex and Wetlands are working with numerous partners and volunteers to host a free Family Fishing Festival on Saturday, April 8, 2017, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at Cameron Prairie National Wildlife Refuge. Licenses will be required and all fishing regulations will apply.
Participants will have an opportunity to fish for bass and/or catfish from three ponds covering 6.5 acres which are only open to fishing during this event. There will also be a variety of activities and demonstrations throughout the festival. The first 200 registered guests will receive gift bags and golf towels with the event logo. Drinks and snacks provided by sponsors will be available while supplies last.
There will be some loaner fishing poles available for check out on a first come first served basis. Bait worms will be available while supplies last. Participants may also bring supplies such as fishing gear, bait, lawn chairs, coolers with ice for fish, sunscreen, water, and bug repellent. Registration will begin at Cameron Prairie National Wildlife Refuge, Saturday morning at 9:00 am. Participants will not be able to enter the fishing grounds until 9:00 am.
Parking will be available in the Cameron Prairie Visitor Center parking lot, located on Highway 27, eleven miles south of Holmwood. The Festival area is located west of the parking area and can be accessed by walking. Wagons and carts are welcome to assist with transporting personal and fishing gear from the parking lot to the festival area. Parking attendants and signs will guide participants to registration and the fishing area.
For more information about participating in this event, becoming an event sponsor, or volunteering on your National Wildlife Refuges, please call Cameron Prairie National Wildlife Refuge at 337-598-2216.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting, and enhancing fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The Service manages the 95-million-acre National Wildlife Refuge System that encompasses more than 560 national wildlife refuges, thousands of small wetlands, and other special management areas. It also operates 70 national fish hatcheries, 64 fishery resource offices and 78 ecological services field stations. The agency enforces federal wildlife laws, administers the Endangered Species Act, manages migratory bird populations, restores nationally significant fisheries, conserves and restores wildlife habitat such as wetlands, and helps foreign governments with their conservation efforts. The agency also oversees the Federal Aid program that distributes hundreds of millions of dollars in excise taxes on fishing and hunting equipment to state fish and wildlife agencies.