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Fishing programs planned for Lafayette area

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This spring, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will bring two of its most popular aquatic outreach programs to the Lafayette area – the Aquatic Volunteer Instructor Program (Aquatic VIP) and the Get Out and Fish! Community Fishing Program.

The Get out and Fish! Program will be held at the pond at Southside Regional Park at Fabacher Field in Youngsville. The pond will be stocked with adult-sized channel catfish in the spring and rainbow trout in the winter, with the intention of establishing a put-and-take fishery in the area.

A kickoff event will be held on Saturday, April 7 from 6:30 a.m. to noon and will include a fishing competition, fishing activities and demonstrations, raffles and lunch provided by the Kiwanis Club. Pre-registration is available HERE. Day-of registration will begin at 6:30 a.m. and end at 10 a.m. The first 100 children to register will receive a free goodie bag. Participants 16 and older must have a valid recreational fishing license.

The Aquatic VIP Program encourages people who fish to pass the art on to young people. A free Aquatic VIP workshop will be held on March 14 from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. at the East Regional Library in Youngsville for interested volunteers. At this hands-on workshop led by LDWF biologists, attendees will receive the training necessary to become a volunteer instructor. Workshop topics and activities include knot tying, casting skills, basic fishing techniques, fish identification, fisheries management and more. A binder full of activity guides, lesson plans and educational materials will be provided to all volunteers who attend the workshop. Loaner equipment is available to those volunteers who successfully complete the 8-hour workshop and pass a background check.

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