Bogue Chitto Youth Fishing Rodeo
    Dates: June 8, 2024
    Time: 7:30 AM to 11:00 AM
    Price: $10 per child
    Address: 70242 Atlas Rd., Jim Schmidt Boardwalk Trailhead, Pearl River, LA 70452
    Phone: (985) 882-2025

It's time to sign up and Get Your Fish On! Join your friends at the Southeast Louisiana National Wildlife Refuges Complex and the Friends of Louisiana Wildlife Refuges, Inc. for the 30th annual Bogue Chitto National Wildlife Refuge’s Youth Fishing Rodeo, Saturday, June 8, 2024. This family event is for both experienced and new anglers.

This annual event is open to the first 120 youth between the ages of 4 -15 who register. Registration is $10 per child; however, financial aid is available. Email for information. Registration is open until May 31 or the event is full, whichever comes first. Registered children receive a T-shirt, bait, and the whole family gets lunch. Children registered by May 17 are guaranteed a T-shirt. Prizes are awarded in four age categories and a grand prize.

Located at the Bogue Chitto National Wildlife Refuge at the Jim Schmidt Boardwalk Trailhead/fishing access site at Exit 11 on I-59 North in Pearl River (70242 Atlas Rd.).

To register, go to:

BYOP: bring your own fishing pole or use one of theirs*. 

Sunscreen, insect repellent, and lawn chairs recommended.

Families welcome, however only registered youth are allowed to fish during rodeo time. Rodeo fishing is from 7:30 - 11 a.m. Held at Bogue Chitto National Wildlife Refuge near Pearl River. After fishing for prizes is over, the pond is open to all anglers, and it is Louisiana Free Fishing Weekend so you won’t need a license to fish that day.

*No pole? No problem! A limited supply of loaner fishing poles are available for pick up in Lacombe, LA, courtesy of the Friends of Louisiana Wildlife Refuges. Call (985) 882-2015 or email to reserve a pole today.

Bogue Chitto Youth Fishing Rodeo 2023 is sponsored by the Southeast Louisiana Wildlife Refuges in collaboration with Friends of Louisiana Wildlife Refuges Inc., and is supported by many community partners. For more information, call Ranger Rebecca Larkins at (985) 882-2015 or email To learn more about the Bogue Chitto National Wildlife Refuge, visit


Photos courtesy Southeast Louisiana National Wildlife Refuges. 2021 Photo: Amelia Goodeaux holding her catch from the 2021 Virtual Youth Fishing Rodeo. Amelia was awarded a special creative art award for her sign. 

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Tel: (985) 882-2000
The Refuge encompasses 36,500 acres of the Pearl River Basin, most of which is accessible only by boat. The Refuge's… Read More
Bogue Chitto Youth Fishing Rodeo
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