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Upcoming Events
Twin City Jazz Final Home Game
03/31/2017
The 2017 Louisiana Division champions face-off against the Dallas Quest Life Warriors, in their last home game of the year. It's Kid's Day! Kids 5 and under are free. Doors open at 5:00pm, and tipoff is at 6pm.

8th Annual Off the Wall Fundraiser hosted by the Masur Museum
04/7/2017
The Twin City Art Foundation hosts the 8th annual Off the Wall fundraiser for the Masur Museum of Art. This fabulous event features a silent auction of wonderful art by local, national, and sometimes international artists! The evening will also include great live music, catering by Chef Pat Nolan, and the always popular Bon Voyage Trip Raffle. Proceeds from the fundraiser support exhibitions and educational programs at the Masur Museum of Art.

Spring Fest 2017
04/7/2017 to 04/8/2017
Don't miss the Northeast Louisiana Master Gardener's 9th Annual Spring Plant Sale featuring Louisiana Super Plants. You'll find vegetables, herbs, houseplants, tropical plants, and more! Also, look for other selections of plants not usually found locally. Local Master Gardens will be available to help you select the best plants for your yard and garden, answer any questions, and provide gardening tips.

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Fishing

The Ouachita River that divides Monroe-West Monroe has been a favorite fishing spot among sportsmen for decades. Home to several bass tournaments, including ESPN Outdoor Bassmaster Weekend Series, Ronald McDonald Big Bass Classic, the CASA Celebrity Classic, and more. Even after several large tournaments, this year still has great fishing potential. The river is open year-round, but the best fishing for big bass is done from October through March. Anglers can mainly catch smallmouth and spotted bass, but will find the occasional walleye, largemouth bass, rock bass, catfish, or bluegill. As the summer heats up, Lake D’Arbonne in Farmerville will become a hot spot for night fishing. Many record catches of bass, crappie, catfish, and bream have been reeled in at this 15,250 acre lake located in Lake D’Arbonne State Park. The lake is also open to water skiers and pleasure boaters and hosts several fishing tournaments, including the recent Majestic Big Bass Classic.

National Wildlife Refuges and Wildlife Management Areas:

Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge
Richland Drive off 165 North -- 3 miles north of Monroe
(318) 387-1114
Fishing, hunting, wildlife observation, photography, education. Lake, visitor center with exhibits, trails, pier, deck with scope.

D’Arbonne National Wildlife Refuge
Hwy. 143 in Union Parish - 10 miles north of West Monroe
(318) 726-4222
Hunting, fishing, wildlife observation & photography. Boat launch, observation tower & walking trails.  Scenic Bayou D’Arbonne.

Handy Break National Wildlife Refuge
North of Bastrop off Hwy. 165 on Cooper Lake Road
(318) 726-4222
Wildlife observation tower overlooking wetland.  Interpretive panels.

Ouachita Wildlife Management Area
In Ouachita Parish -- 6 miles southeast of Monroe
(318) 343-4044
Please see current hunting regulation book for season dates and restrictions.

Russell-Sage Wildlife Management Area
Within the Bayou Lafourche flood plain -- 7 miles east of Monroe
(318) 343-4044
Hunting, fishing, horseback riding, hiking trails, birding, camping, trapping, and ATV trails.

Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge
I-20 to Waverly exit; north to Hwy. 80; east to refuge
(318) 574-2664
Visitor Center with exhibits, ATV & hiking trails, hunting, fishing, wildlife/bird watching, educational programs, canoeing.

Upper Ouachita National Wildlife Refuge
Along the Ouachita River - Union and Morehouse Parishes
(318) 726-4222
Hunting, fishing, wildlife observation & photography, interpretation.  Boat launch & accessible fishing pier. Scenic river road.

Wildlife & Fisheries Office
368 CenturyTel Drive, Monroe
(318) 343-4044
National Hunting and Fishing Day--Join the local Wildlife & Fisheries for a day full of education, fun, and entertainment for the outdoorsman of all ages on the fourth Saturday in September.

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