EASL Kids Fishing Rodeo Set for August 2

EASL’s 54th Kids Fishing Rodeo Set for Saturday, August 2, 2014 at Twin Lakes in Dutchtown (where Hwy 74 crosses I-10). FREE to all Kids 2 thru 14 years of age.  Easl Fishing Rodeo 2014 Flyer


•Registration starts at 6:30 am

•Fishing is from 7:00 am – 9:00 am

•Several age groups and prize categories, so even the “little ones” can win.

•Trophies awarded immediately after tally of results.

•Lots of door prizes for all age groups.

•FREE hot dogs, jambalaya and kool-aid while the judges tally the result

To Parents:
•Kids must bring their own rod and reel or cane pole and must use live bait (crickets, worms, etc.) No artificial lures allowed.

•Bring a bucket for the fish and a couple of chairs.

•Keep all fish that are caught, no matter how small (sorry, no turtles or eels)

•Kids are allowed to fish with only one rod and reel or cane poles

•Parents may help bait the hook and cast but the kids must land the fish.

•Parents do not have to be EASL members for their kids to fish.

*Children must never be left unattended*

For more information contact Ryan Schilling (225)413-9193

Kids Fishing Rodeo girl angler

Terry Melancon Saltwater Challenge: July 18-19, 2014

Saltwater Challenge Time!  EASL’s 10th annual “Terry Melancon Saltwater Challenge” is coming next month: July 18th and 19th in awesome Grand Isle.

You don’t need a boat to fish with us. Some past winners have been surf fishers. Last year, Mac Daigle caught a 5 pound trout right off the pier of the camp – but it didn’t count because it was before the official start time. – sorry Mac! Also, the island has two brand new fishing bridges, and at Elmer’s Island you can drive a car right up to some of the best surf fishing in the world. There’s even a good lighted fishing spot right under those camps we rented.

EASL has reserved two really nice waterfront camps for our members to use. They’re almost full, but as of this writing there were still a few spots available. You can call Keith (225-715-9487) to check availability. Friday evening sign-up and all other event activities will be held at these camps. They’re located right behind the “Cajun Holiday Inn”, right over the bridge on your left.

If you haven’t yet made reservations for the weekend, it’s not too late, but you better make them now. There’s lots of lodging info on Grand Isle’s official website: http://www.townofgrandisle.com/lodging/

One more thing – we added a new optional “Cajun Slam!” category. See details below.

Friday, July 18th events:

  • 6:30 p.m.: Team sign-up at the camps behind Cajun Holiday; free supper (BYOB and chairs).
  • Midnight:  Fishing starts

Saturday, July 19th events:

  • 3 p.m.: Weigh-in at camps behind Cajun Holiday
  • 6:30 p.m.: Back to the camps for free fish fry (BYOB and chairs) and announcement of winners

Registration fee:

  • $10 for EASL Members, $25 for non-members (includes EASL membership). Registration fee includes dinner Friday & Saturday evenings. 100% payback to the winners.
  • Optional $10 per team for the Cajun Slam! category


  • Entry fees must be paid no later than the Friday evening team sign-up.
  • Maximum of 5 anglers per team. (Note: Surf fishing, kayakers, & other anglers not sharing the same boat must remain within sight of their teammates at all times while fishing.)
  • Both live and artificial bait are permitted.
  • Fishing boundaries – anywhere within boating distance of Fourchon/Grand Isle
  • Fishing begins at midnight Friday – ends at weigh-in time.
  • Must be at the weigh site no later than 3 pm Saturday.
  • 100% of registration fees will be divided among winners of the following categories;
    • Combined weight of 5 speckled trout;  1st & 2nd place
    • Big spec;  1st place
    • Combined weight of 2 redfish under 27”; 1st & 2nd place
    • Big red (any length);  1st place
    • Big flounder;  1st place
    • Biggest ‘other’ fish; 1st place (“other” means any legal fish that does not fit any of the above categories).
    • All above category winners will share equal percentages of the total entry fees with the exception of the “other fish” category which will receive $20.  Second place finishers will receive an amount equal to one-half of the first place prize.
    • Cajun Slam! is the combined weight of each team’s biggest redfish, trout, and flounder. You don’t have  to catch all three to qualify. You can weigh one of each, or all 3, and those fish are also eligible for the other categories. The team taking 1st place in the Cajun Slam! category will get 100% of the optional $10 entry fee

This is going to be a lot of fun. Looking forward to seeing you there!

or more event info, contact Keith (225-715-9487).

saltwater challenge food

2012 Saltwater Challenge

saltwater challenge 2012 team fish or die

2012 Saltwater Challenge

Public Meetings on Outdoor Recreation Planning in Ascension

Ascension Parish is one of the fastest growing areas in the country. With a robust economy and forecast for future growth, planning for an expanding population is key to maintaining the parish’s great quality of life. A Citizens Advisory Group has formed to review the current plans for recreation, sports and the arts.
The plan has four components:
1. Upgrading and enhancing local parks all over the parish
2. Developing a Multi-Use Sportsplex
3. Completing the Donaldson Fairgrounds Sports Complex
4. Developing Kayak and Nature Trails
These plans are not finalized and The Citizens Advisory Group and Representatives of Ascension Parish Recreation are seeking input at public meetings. You are invited to share your opinions. Every person attending the meeting will have an input form and these opinions will be analyzed by the Citizens Advisory Group. Your input is vital to the planning effort.

Parks and Rec Mtg photo



New Public Launch at old PJs Landing

EASL members Jim Hebert, Thad Bellow and Vince Diez were excited to attend the “grand opening” in March of a new public launch at PJs Landing. Kudos to Ascension Parish government for making this a reality!

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52nd Annual Kid’s Fishing Rodeo, August 4, 2012

52nd Annual Kid’s Fishing Rodeo

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Twin Lakes Park, Dutchtown, LA (where Hwy 74 crosses I-10)

FREE to all kids 2 thru 14 years of age

  • Registration starts at 6:30am
  • Fishing is from 7:00am-9:00am
  • Several age groups and prize categories, so even the “little ones” can win
  • Trophies awarded immediately after tally of results
  • Lots of door prizes, including 4 bicycles


  • Bring an ice chest with water or drinks to keep your kids hydrated while they are fishing.  We will serve kool-aid and water after 9:00 A.M.
  • Kids must bring their own rod and reel or cane pole and must use live bait (crickets, worms, etc.) No artificial lures allowed
  • Bring a bucket for the fish and a couple of chairs
  • Keep all fish that are caught, no matter how small (sorry, no turtles or eels)
  • Kids are allowed to fish with only one rod and reel or cane pole
  • Parents may help bait the hook and cast, but the kids must land the fish
  • Parents do not have to be EASL members for their kids to fish

For more information contact Ryan Schilling (225) 413-9193

 Winners 2012