Free fishing this weekend in La.

MINDEN, La. (AP) - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is encouraging fishermen to introduce someone to the sport during Free Fishing Weekend on Saturday and Sunday.

The Minden Press-Herald reports the promotion is designed for novices and non-anglers age 16 and older to experience recreational fishing in fresh or salt water without having to buy a fishing license.

Wildlife and Fisheries spokesman John Sturgis said the program is part of an effort to grow the ranks of licensed fishermen. Fishing license fees support the department's conservation efforts.

Free Fishing Weekend is a part of Fishing Week in Louisiana that began June 4.

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