LIVINGSTON PARISH, La. (BRPROUD) – Known for its wealth of natural resources and abundant wildlife, Louisiana is appropriately referred to as Sportsman’s Paradise.

For years, anglers have provided their own families and communities with sustenance by relying on the state’s many rivers, lakes, bayous, and swamps for food.

Why go fishing?

Though many Americans choose to purchase the majority of their food items from grocery stores, The Fishing Wire reports that as many as 52.4 million people in the U.S. went fishing in 2021.

Clearly, despite the convenience of shopping for food in a supermarket, there’s still an appeal to getting outdoors and sourcing food directly from nature.

Some say they choose to fish because they enjoy the challenge it presents and the peace of being outdoors, in the water.

Where to learn how to fish

In any case, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) hopes to encourage more people to try their hand at fishing by means of its upcoming Introduction to Fishing courses.

These classes, and others like it, will take place in various parishes across the state from September until the start of 2022.

The next Intro to Fishing Course is set to take place Wednesday, September 28 in Livingston Parish.

According to LDWF, this class is open to anyone 16 years of age and older.

The agency says, “Participants should bring plenty of water, a valid LA fishing license for those 18 & older, and dress appropriately for the weather. Fishing gear will be provided, but participants are encouraged to bring their own to learn how to use it for future use.”

The course will take place from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. in Walker, at the following address: 1375 Ball Park Road.

Interested individuals can click the button below to learn more and register for the course.  

Hopefully, those who take this LDWF class will soon become one of the millions of Americans who enjoy fishing as a pastime.