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2015-2016 Youth Angler of the Year Awards

Winners of the 2015-16 Youth Angler of the Year Award were honored at the Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association (LOWA) Annual Conference in Shreveport, LA on Aug. 13.

This was the second year for the Youth Angler of the Year Awards held by LOWA and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Youth ages 15 and under were given the opportunity to submit an essay about a memorable fishing trip, along with a photo of the youth and the fish.  A male and female winner was then selected.

This year’s female winner is 15-year-old Grace Crain of Houma, LA.  Grace is entering ninth grade at Vandebilt Catholic School.  Her essay titled “Today I Went Catching”, describes a bass fishing trip in Lake Hatch which details the trip and her excitement at “catching” bass but also expresses her recognition of the fact that they were making lasting memories.  Grace is the daughter of Shelley Crain.

The male winner of the year is 11-year-old James Sanders of Trout, LA.  James is entering seventh grade at Jena Jr. High.  His essay titled “It Doesn’t Get Better than this” is about fishing for catfish in a local river with this grandfather.  His essay contains vivid descriptions of fishing among the cypress knees and his surroundings and shows his appreciation for the outdoors.   James is the son of Cindy Sanders.

Sponsors for this year’s Youth Angler of the Year Awards include LOWA, LDWF, the CCA, and Dr. Lauren Schwab.  Each winner received a plaque, rod and reel combo, and a lifetime fishing license.

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