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2017-2018 Youth Angler of the Year Awards

Winners of the 2017-18 Youth Angler of the Year Award were honored at the Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association (LOWA) Annual Conference in Gonzales, LA on August 11, 2018.

Twenty-four high-school youth submitted essays about a memorable fishing trip and included a photo of themselves with the fish.

This year’s female Youth Angler of the Year is Mackenzie Reeves, a senior from C.E. Byrd High School in Shreveport, Louisiana.  Mackenzie wrote about a memorable time on the water fishing with her father.  Having graduated from Byrd this past May, Mackenzie will attend college at Louisiana Tech.

This year’s male Youth Angler of the Year is Pat Reynolds, a senior from C.E. Byrd High. Pat wrote about a last-minute fishing trip which resulted in the biggest bass he’s ever caught.  Pat graduated from high school in May and is headed to LSU, Baton Rouge.

The contest is open to all high school students in Louisiana and is sponsored by LOWA and CCA Louisiana.  The winners each received a Louisiana Lifetime Fishing License.  It is our hope they will continue to enjoy the great outdoors and share their passion with friends and family, and we wish them luck in their future endeavors.

For more information about the contest, contact the Youth Angler Award Chairman, Wendy Billiot at

   2017 YAA Female winner, MacKenzie Reeves with her bass


  YAA Male winner, Pat Reynolds, with his huge bass

YAA Chairman, Wendy Billiot, MacKenzie Reeves, CCA Louisiana’s Roy Deveer and Pat Reynolds

Youth Angler Award Winning Essays

MacKenzie Reeves-A Bond

Pat Reynolds-Pure Luck