The State Department of Wildlife and Fisheries seeks to get more people outdoors with a free fishing weekend. So Saturday and Sunday residents and visitors can fish Louisiana waters without an otherwise required fishing license. LDWF Spokesperson Rene LeBreton says they hope to attract new anglers.

“So just a chance to introduce people to the sport of fishing. You know to just try and get them hooked.”

One reason why they have the free fishing weekend now, is so that a novice fisherman who enjoys their experience this weekend will decide to purchase a license and they would have it for more than a year.

“What we do is we offer any licenses that go on sale during june and they’re good all the way through June 30th the following year, so you are kind of getting an extra month free in June.”

LeBreton says a quick visit to the LDWF website www.wlf.la.gov has lots of information for those who may not know where to get started.

“On our homepage we’ve got a button that says ‘LDWF Outdoor Explorer’, but when you click on ‘Get On the Water’ it will give you a map of available fishing locations."