LDWF Family Fishing Event Draws Hundreds of Baton Rouge Area Families

Release Date: 04/27/2016

LDWF Family Fishing Event Draws Hundreds of Baton Rouge Area Families
LDWF Family Fishing Event Draws Hundreds of Baton Rouge Area Families

On Saturday, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and BREC partnered to host a Get Out and Fish! event at BREC’s Burbank Pond in Baton Rouge.  Over 1000 pounds of catchable size channel catfish were stocked prior to event, creating a fun and successful day of fishing for all ages. With over 350 participants, the event was a huge success.
Winners include Little Angler Catfish, 1st Zachary Nguyen with a 4.65lb channel catfish; 2nd Blake Houng; 3rd Leland Andrews Little Angler “Other” 1st Kate Davenport, 2nd Adelyn Combert, 3rd Ellis Davenport, Junior Angler Catfish 1st Anderson Nguyen with a 5.46lb channel catfish, 2nd Nathan Caillouet, 3rd Trent Bergeron, Junior Angler “Other”1st Brian Balser, 2nd Kevin Feng, Adult Angler Catfish1st Thai Brandon Houng with a 5.35lb channel catfish, 2nd Sharon Vincent, 3rd Gregory Pikes Adult Angler Other 1st Tri Lam, 2nd Heather Martinez.
Saturday’s sponsors include the BREC Foundation, Coca-Cola Company of Baton Rouge, Bass Pro Shops, H&H Tackle and Louisiana Fish Fry.
Fresh shrimp fished on the bottom proved to be the most successful bait of the day, and over 200 catfish were reeled in. Despite Saturday’s hefty haul, there are still plenty of fish in the pond waiting to be caught.
LDWF’s Get Out & Fish! is hosted in conjunction with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation.  The LWFF was formed to provide a means for individuals and corporations to become partners with the Department and Commission in the challenge of conserving Louisiana’s wildlife and fisheries resources. 
For more information on the Get Out & Fish! program, contact Danica Williams at


Commercial Shrimpers Urged to Provide Input on Potential Skimmer Trawl Regulations

Release Date: 04/27/2016

Louisiana commercial shrimpers are encouraged to provide their input regarding potential changes to existing shrimp fishery regulations.
NOAA Fisheries is considering new regulations citing new information that sea turtles are vulnerable to capture by skimmer trawls and that tow times may not be as effective in reducing bycatch-related mortality as turtle excluder devices. 
NOAA is currently receiving input from fishermen and other constituents on this issue.  Comments can be sent electronically via email to, or physically via U.S. mail to Michael Barnette, Southeast Regional Office, Protected Resources Division, 263 13th Ave. South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701-5505 until April 29.
The NOAA Scoping Document can be found here.

LDWF’s License to Win! Sweepstakes Boat Winner to Soon Be Announced

Release Date: 04/18/2016

The end is in sight for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ License to Win! Sweepstakes, which means one lucky recreational angler will soon take home a brand new boat and trailer.
As part of the first annual License to Win! promotion, LDWF, in partnership with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation, awards monthly prizes to winners selected from holders of 2015-16 recreational saltwater fishing licenses.  Donated prizes include a YETI Tundra 45 ice chest, Shimano Curado G-Loomis Combo or gift cards from Academy Sports and Outdoors, Texaco and Whole Foods Market.
Monthly winners drawn on April 1 include Patrick Baquet, Mark Chaney, Patrick Cortez, Mark Hornsby, Phillip Parker, Sherry Harris, Jacob Hoffman and Duy Nuguyen.
The department will continue to select five monthly winners through May, and in June one lucky angler will take home the grand prize, a 22 foot bay boat, trailer and motor donated by Venice Marina, Mercury Outboards and Mike Gerald’s Trailer Depot.
The License to Win! sweepstakes encourages anglers to provide accurate contact information to participate in LA Creel. LA Creel is the data-gathering survey that allows LDWF biologists to manage our fisheries at localized levels across the state. Accurate angler contact information is critical to performing science-based fishing effort surveys.  These surveys assist with successful management of fishery resources. The success of LA Creel will not only allow LDWF to better manage fisheries, but will ultimately maximize the amount of fishing opportunities for Louisiana anglers. 
Visit your nearest license vendor or go online ( to purchase your recreational saltwater license to be eligible for next month’s drawing.
Rules, photos and additional information can be found at

Registration for Second Spring Women's Fish Tagging Workshop Now Open

Release Date: 04/14/2016


The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, CCA Louisiana and the National Wildlife Federation are teaming up to present a second, free Women’s Fish Tagging Workshop on Saturday, April 21 at Cabela’s in Gonzales.
Staff biologists will provide a host of educational opportunities including fish identification, tagging methods, best handling practices, equipment preparation, basic fishing skills as well as how to catch, clean and prepare fish. Select participants will also have the opportunity to apply their newfound skills during an overnight fishing trip in Grand Isle under the direction of LDWF biologists. 
Those interested can register here for the workshop, which is limited to the first 30 registrants. Registration will end on Wednesday, May 11, and those selected will be notified via email or phone by Friday, May 13.
The Louisiana Cooperative Marine Fish Tagging Program, implemented by LDWF in conjunction with CCA Louisiana, aims to improve understanding of marine fish movements, habitat preferences and population size.  The program provides interested volunteer anglers with free, saltwater fish tagging kits and focuses on several popular game fish species including redfish, speckled trout, red snapper and yellowfin tuna.  Recapture reports are sent to volunteer taggers, providing details on the distance traveled and growth of the fish.


Shrimp Season to Open in Portion of Louisiana Offshore Territorial Waters on April 22

Release Date: 04/14/2016

Shrimp Season to Open in Portion of Louisiana Offshore Territorial Waters on April 22

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will open a portion of state outside waters to shrimping at 6 a.m. on Friday, April 22.
This area lies seaward of Terrebonne Parish and extends a distance of three nautical miles seaward from the Inside/Outside Shrimp Line, beginning at the northwest shore of Caillou Boca at -90 degrees 50 minutes 27 seconds west longitude and extending westward to the eastern shore of the Atchafalaya River Ship Channel at Eugene Island as delineated by the channel red buoy line.
Trawl samples taken by LDWF biologists indicate white shrimp in the area have reached marketable sizes, and the closure is no longer necessary.
Significant numbers of smaller white shrimp remain in State Outside Waters west of the Atchafalaya River Ship Channel to the western shore of Freshwater Bayou Canal at -92 degrees 18 minutes 33 seconds west longitude, and these waters will remain closed to shrimping until further notice.
The opening dates for the 2016 spring inshore shrimp season will be considered by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission at their May 5 meeting.
For additional season information, click here.
For more information, contact Jeff Marx (337) 373-0032 or

Shrimp Task Force to Meet April 20, 2016

Release Date: 04/14/2016

Shrimp Task Force Meeting


Wednesday, April 20, 2016, 10:00 a.m.

Terrebonne Council Meeting Room

8026 Main Street, Houma, LA 70360



I.               Roll call and introduction of guests

II.             Approval of February 17, 2016 meeting minutes and April 20, 2016 agenda

III.           Treasury Report

A.     Budget report- LDWF

IV.            Old Business

A.     Legislative Update- LDWF

B.     Gulf of Mexico Fisheries Management Council Update- Myron Fischer

V.              New Business

A.     Potential New Rulemaking Under Consideration for the Southeastern Shrimp Fisheries- Michael Barnette

B.     Discussion of Appointment of LSA Representative Alternates- Acy Cooper

C.     Draft Resolution to Reduce the Gulf Hypoxic Zone- Doug Daigle

D.     2016 Shrimp Season Preview- Jeff Marx

E.     Officer Elections

VI.            Public Comment

VII.          Set Quarterly Meetings

VIII.        Adjourn

The meeting will be held in compliance with Louisiana’s Open Meetings Law as defined by Louisiana R.S. 42:11, et seq.  The public is invited to attend.  To listen in to the meeting via webinar register at

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LDWF Commercial Fishing Licenses Available in Bourg From April 26 to 28

Release Date: 04/11/2016

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will offer new commercial fishing licenses and renewals from its Bourg office location from April 26 to 28, 2016.
In addition to continual sales in Baton Rouge, LDWF will offer commercial licenses from its office in Bourg twice a year as an improved method of customer service. 
Most commercial fishing licenses will be available for purchase from Tuesday, April 26 through Thursday, April 28 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day.  The Bourg office is located at 468 Texas Gulf Road, and their contact number is 985-594-4130.
Fishermen are reminded that only personal checks, cashier's checks, money orders and cash will be accepted at the Bourg office.  No credit cards will be accepted.  To avoid processing delays, those purchasing licenses are asked to bring their license renewal notices with them. 
First-time applicants must provide the following:

  • Resident applicants must provide proof of residency such as a Louisiana driver’s license the he has held continuously during 12 months immediately prior to the date on which he applies for any license, voter’s registration, vehicle registration and state income tax.
  • Non-residents applicants must provide proof of residency from their domiciliary state, such as driver's license, voter's registration, vehicle registration and state income tax.
  • Applicants applying for a license in a business name must provide documentation showing proof of valid federal tax ID# assigned to business name and proof of authorized signature, or an occupational license will be required.

For commercial licenses inquiries, contact (225) 765-2898.

Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Adopts Resolution Regarding Gulf Red Snapper

Release Date: 04/08/2016


News Release


For Immediate Release
April 8, 2016


Contact: Rene LeBreton

Public Information

(504) 286-8745

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Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Adopts Resolution Regarding Gulf Red Snapper

April 7, 2016 - The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) commended the department on its leadership in the development of LA Creel (an improved recreational landings data collection system) and the work with the other Gulf states and congressional representatives toward a solution that would implement an alternative framework for cooperative state-based management of Gulf red snapper.

Additionally, the commission adopted a resolution to work diligently with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries toward a solution for successful management of the red snapper resource for the betterment of the fisheries, including supporting the Gulf States Red Snapper Management Authority, a framework created by the five Gulf states for cooperative management of Gulf red snapper.

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