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MONDAY

RED STICK FLY ANGLERS MEETING: 7 p.m., Room 204, Adult Education Building, Broadmoor Methodist, 10230 Mollylea, Baton Rouge. Website: rsff.org.

THURSDAY-SUNDAY

BASSMASTER ELITE SERIES—Santee Cooper Lakes Land Sport Fishing Facility, Summerton, South Carolina. 2:30 p.m. daily weigh-in website: bassmaster.com. TV: 7 a.m. (CDT) Saturday and Sunday, FS1.

SATURDAY

BECOMING AN OUTDOORS/SHOTGUNS: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Waddill Wildlife Refuge, North Flannery Road, Baton Rouge. Operation, proper handling for hunting/leisure, safety, shooting and cleaning. Material provided. No personal firearms. For 18 years and over. Fees $35. Limited class size. State Wildlife and Fisheries Event. Website: lawff.org/bow. Email: Dana Norsworthy: [email protected]

THE. HIGH SCHOOL/JUNIOR QUALIFIED/NORTH DIVISION: Jimmie Davis State Park, Caney Creek Reservoir, Chatham. Call Tommy Abbott (504) 722-6638. Website: www.louisianahighschoolbassnation.com

HUNTING SEASONS

TURKEY/YOUTH AND PHYSICALLY DISABLED WEEKEND: March 25-27, statewide in Zones A, B and C.

TURKEY: Zone A: from April 2 to May 1. Zone B: from April 2 to 24. Zone C: from April 2 to 17.

AT THE CORNER

MARCH 20-42 CUTAWAY KIWANIS OPEN BASS TOURNAMENT: Public launch at Morrison Parkway, New Roads. Daylight safe, $150 per team in advance, $175 on tournament day. Registration includes the Big Bass contest, jambalaya and door prizes. Call Kenneth St. Romain (225) 718-1319.

MARCH 25—FRIDAY NIGHT COOKIE JAR BASS SERIES: 7:00 p.m.-midnight, LA Express landing, Jarreau. Fee of $40/boat, max 2 anglers. Weekly event until September 9. Call Storm Randall (225) 937-0489.

MARCH 25 – ARK-LA-TEX FRIENDS OF THE NRA BANQUET: 5 p.m., Riverview Hall, 600 Clyde Fant Parkway, Shreveport. Call Gene Presley (318) 207-0722, Dwayne Stephens (318) 518-2007.

MARCH 25-28—COLD WATER FLY FISHING WEEKEND: North Arkansas, Little Mo River. A Red Stick Fly Fishers event. Call Cole Miller (225) 921-9192. Email: [email protected]

MARCH 27 — SOUTH LOUISIANA HIGHPOWER CLUB GAME: 7:30 a.m., squad; 8 a.m. on the beach, Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Range, St. Landry Road, Gonzales. NRA Match Rifle or Service Rifle, 200 yard/50 round match range. Fees $12 members, $15 non-members, $5 juniors. $15 annual membership in club and civilian marksmanship program (allows purchases from CMP). Email Rick Mol: [email protected]

MARCH 28—BATON ROUGE FLY FISHERMEN RIDING FLIES: 7 p.m., Room 204, Adult Education Building, Broadmoor Methodist, 10230 Mollylea, Baton Rouge. Website: rsff.org.

APRIL 1 – 10 ACC SPORT CLAY CLASSIC: Covey Rise Lodge, Husser. Course of 100 targets, 12 and 20 gauge cartridges provided. Call Nolan Reynerson (225) 952-9200, email: [email protected] or Pierre Villere email: [email protected]

LDWF UPDATES

  • Elmer’s Island Wildlife Sanctuary is open.
  • Closed: Wax Lake Outlet Campground (Atchafalaya Delta WMA); fishing docks and boat ramp next to the Island Road water control structure and at the northeast corner of Wonder Lake (Pointe-aux-Chênes FMZ; three other docks and boat ramp Island Road water remain open); Hope Canal Road boat launch (Maurepas Swamp WMA); a section of East Road on Bayou Wauksha (Thistlethwaite WMA); Launch of Deer Park oxbow (Concordia Parish); and Woodworth Rifle Range (Rapids Parish).
  • Hunter education course. Website: wlf.louisiana.gov/page/hunter-education.

FISH/SHRIMP

RECREATIONAL SEASONS OPEN: snappers, blackfin snappers, queens and silks, among other species of snappers and all groupers, including red grouper, except goliath and nassau groupers in state/federal waters.

SHRIMP: All coastal waters in the state are closed, except open twin-rig waters in the Breton/Chandeleur Straits.

CLOSED SEASONS: Recreational Red Snapper, Gag Grouper, Gray Triggerfish and Greater Amberjack. Commercial king mackerel (hook and line; gillnet) in the southern Gulf of Mexico. Commercial catch of large inshore sharks (inshore major groups and hammerheads) closed.

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