Fishing Festival set for August 4-5

The 19th Annual Cameron Fishing Festival is set for Friday and Saturday, Aug. 4-5, at the Lighthouse Bend Complex at 189 Davis Road in Cameron with offshore fishing opening the event on Thursday, Aug. 3 at 12:01 a.m.

Prior to the event, Captain’s Night will kick off the tournament on Thursday, July 27, from 6-8 p.m., at the Lighthouse Bend Complex. Anglers may purchase discounted fishing tickets while enjoying a complimentary fried fish dinner with all the trimmings, music by Cody Forrest, and great door prizes.

The following night, Friday, July 28, the Cameron Fishing Festival Queen’s Pageant will be in the Cameron Multi-Purpose Building at 122 Recreation Center Lane, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Offshore fishing begins Thursday, Aug. 3 and Bay Fishing begins Friday, Aug. 4. The weigh station at Lighthouse Bend Marina opens at 3 p.m. for all divisions on Friday.

The weigh station closes at 6 p.m. on Friday and at 5 p.m. on Saturday, with fishing awards announced at 6:30 p.m.

Onshore activities will include inflatables, games and Wands and Whimsy fairytale characters for the children, an inaugural cornhole tournament, crafts, crab races, food booths and live music provided by Geno Delafose and French Rockin’ Boogie and Steel Shot on Friday night; Backroads Band featuring BouMan & Terry Beard Saturday afternoon; and the Layne Touchet Band and the Beau Young Band on Saturday evening. Live and silent auctions will also be part of the event on both days.

Gates open at 5 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. Saturday. The Festival closes at 10 p.m. each night. Gate fees are $10 Friday, $15 Saturday, or $20 for a two-day pass. Children 12 and under get in free.

For more information, a full schedule and to register for the fishing tournament, call 337-775-5713 or visit

The Cameron Fishing Festival is hosted by the Cameron Lions Club with Venture Global LNG as the title sponsor. Proceeds from the Festival help fund Cameron Lions Club scholarships and annual school stipends, community events, hearing and vision care, the Louisiana Lions Camp for children, and support for other educational and charitable programs in southwest Louisiana.