Fishing

Louisiana Inshore Shrimp Season to Close June 27, 2018, in a Portion of Zone 1 and Zone 2

Release Date: 06/21/2018

Louisiana Inshore Shrimp Season to Close June 27, 2018, in a Portion of Zone 1 and Zone 2

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced that the 2018 spring inshore shrimp season will close at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 27, 2018, from the Mississippi/Louisiana state line westward to the western shore of Freshwater Bayou Canal except for the following waters: Lake Pontchartrain, Chef Menteur and Rigolets Passes, Lake Borgne, the Louisiana portion of Mississippi Sound, and the open waters of Breton and Chandeleur Sounds.
 
For a map detailing these closures see map above.
 
All state outside waters seaward of the Inside/Outside Shrimp Line, as described in R.S. 56:495 will remain open to shrimping until further notice.  
 
Data collected in recent weeks by LDWF biologists indicate increased quantity, distribution and percentage of small, juvenile white shrimp within these waters. The decision to close these waters was made to protect these developing shrimp and provide an opportunity for growth to larger and more marketable sizes. The areas that remain open will continue to be monitored and will be closed when biologically appropriate.   
 
LDWF would also like to remind shrimpers there is a size restriction on saltwater white shrimp taken in either inside or outside (offshore) waters of Louisiana.  Saltwater white shrimp must be 100-count (whole shrimp per pound) or larger. This size restriction applies to the taking or possession of such shrimp aboard a vessel, EXCEPT from October 15 through the third Monday in December, when there is no possession count on saltwater white shrimp taken or possessed. When more than 50 percent by weight of the saltwater shrimp taken or possessed is seabobs or brown shrimp, then the maximum allowable amount of undersized white shrimp taken or possessed should not exceed 10 percent by weight of the total saltwater shrimp taken or possessed.  If compliance issues develop, remaining open areas will be closed.
 
For more information, contact Peyton Cagle at (337) 491-2575 or pcagle@wlf.la.gov .

 

Louisiana Inshore Shrimp Season to Close June 27, 2018, in a Portion of Zone 1 and Zone 2

Release Date: 06/21/2018

Louisiana Inshore Shrimp Season to Close June 27, 2018, in a Portion of Zone 1 and Zone 2

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced the 2018 spring inshore shrimp season will close at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 27, 2018, from the Mississippi/Louisiana state line westward to the western shore of Freshwater Bayou Canal except for the following waters: Lake Pontchartrain, Chef Menteur and Rigolets Passes, Lake Borgne, the Louisiana portion of Mississippi Sound, and the open waters of Breton and Chandeleur Sounds.

For a map detailing these closures see map above or click here.

All state outside waters seaward of the Inside/Outside Shrimp Line, as described in R.S. 56:495 will remain open to shrimping until further notice.  

Data collected in recent weeks by LDWF biologists indicate increased quantity, distribution and percentage of small, juvenile white shrimp within these waters. The decision to close these waters was made to protect these developing shrimp and provide an opportunity for growth to larger and more marketable sizes. The areas that remain open will continue to be monitored and will be closed when biologically appropriate.   

LDWF would also like to remind shrimpers there is a size restriction on saltwater white shrimp taken in either inside or outside (offshore) waters of Louisiana.  Saltwater white shrimp must be 100-count (whole shrimp per pound) or larger. This size restriction applies to the taking or possession of such shrimp aboard a vessel, EXCEPT from October 15 through the third Monday in December, when there is no possession count on saltwater white shrimp taken or possessed. When more than 50 percent by weight of the saltwater shrimp taken or possessed is seabobs or brown shrimp, then the maximum allowable amount of undersized white shrimp taken or possessed should not exceed 10 percent by weight of the total saltwater shrimp taken or possessed.  If compliance issues develop, remaining open areas will be closed.

 

For more information, contact Peyton Cagle at (337) 491-2575 or pcagle@wlf.la.gov.

Louisiana Red Snapper Landing Estimates Through June 3

Release Date: 06/14/2018

Louisiana anglers are taking full advantage of the red snapper season that opened May 25.
 
The latest catch statistics recorded by LA Creel, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries' near real-time data collection program is 159,969 pounds, or 22 percent of Louisiana’s allocation. This covers the period through June 3.
 
The season will remain open until recreational landings approach or reach Louisiana’s annual private recreational allocation of 743,000 pounds.
 
This year, state and federal seasons are running concurrently because federal fisheries managers approved the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ application for an Exempted Fishing Permit to manage the private recreational snapper season in state and federal waters in 2018 and 2019. Under the EFP, participating anglers are allowed to fish red snapper in the state territorial seas and adjoining federal EEZ, from shore to 200 nautical miles.
 
For more information on the 2018 red snapper season and detailed landing estimates, visit: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/red-snapper.
 
 
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us atwww.wlf.la.gov. To receive email alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

Louisiana Red Snapper Landing Estimates Through June 3

Release Date: 06/14/2018

Louisiana anglers are taking full advantage of the red snapper season that opened May 25.
 
The latest catch statistics recorded by LA Creel, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries' near real-time data collection program is 159,969 pounds, or 22 percent of Louisiana’s allocation. This covers the period through June 3.
 
The season will remain open until recreational landings approach or reach Louisiana’s annual private recreational allocation of 743,000 pounds.
 
This year, state and federal seasons are running concurrently because federal fisheries managers approved the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ application for an Exempted Fishing Permit to manage the private recreational snapper season in state and federal waters in 2018 and 2019. Under the EFP, participating anglers are allowed to fish red snapper in the state territorial seas and adjoining federal EEZ, from shore to 200 nautical miles.
 
For more information on the 2018 red snapper season and detailed landing estimates, visit: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/red-snapper.

LDWF Schedules Drawdown on Saline Lake

Release Date: 06/12/2018

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has scheduled a drawdown of Saline Lake in Natchitoches and Winn parishes for giant salvinia control, reduction of organic material and fish habitat improvement. The drawdown is designed to reduce the further expansion of salvinia as summertime temperatures promote maximum growth.
 
The water control structure is scheduled to open today, June 12, 2018, and the lake should dewater at a rate of 4 inches per day. The water level will be lowered to a maximum drawdown level of 8 feet below normal pool stage. The Saline Lake control gates are scheduled for closure on October 1, 2018, to allow the lake to refill for fall, winter and early spring recreational activities.
 
During the drawdown, an estimated 2,500 to 3,000 acres of water will remain in the lake.   Boaters may still access the main waterbody from the Mulligan Inn Boat Ramp with small craft, but caution is advised. Caution is also advised for boaters during the low water period, as the lake will not provide normal clearance of underwater structures.   
 
This action is a necessary component of LDWF’s integrated management plan to control overabundant aquatic vegetation growth, and to improve access for recreational activities.  An annual cycle of high and low water fluctuation can provide beneficial effects similar to natural conditions that occurred prior to impoundment.
 
For additional information regarding the drawdown, contact Villis Dowden, LDWF Biologist, at vdowden@wlf.la.govor (318) 357-3214. 

Women Perfect Fishing Skills at Women’s Fishing Workshops

Release Date: 06/11/2018

une 2018 Women’s Workshop participants and staff
 Ladies catch on quick to lessons on how to land redfish
Participants cleaning their catch after a successful snapper trip

During the first weekend of June, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries hosted a Women’s Fishing Workshop at the Grand Isle Fisheries Research Lab where 15 women perfected their angling skills under the supervision and assistance of LDWF staff and Aquatic Volunteer Instructors (VIPs).
 
The ladies began their weekend by learning how to set up their rods and reels and fishing along the shore Friday night. Saturday, LDWF staff and volunteers led inshore and offshore fishing trips providing a hands-on opportunity for the participants to utilize the skills previously learned. Despite strong winds and less than perfect wave conditions, the ladies were able to spend a full day on the water fishing for red snapper, speckled trout, and redfish. During this weekend workshop, the ladies also practiced fish cleaning, cast netting, trailering, and received a tour of the research facilities at the lab.

 

The Women’s Fishing Workshop consists of a one-day workshop at Cabela’s where angling techniques are taught to 30 women, 18 and older, who may lack either the opportunity or confidence to perform these skills. Every participant leaves the workshop as a more knowledgeable, independent angler. The women are then entered into a drawing to attend a fishing trip at the Grand Isle Fisheries Research Lab. 

The next workshop is scheduled for Spring 2019. For more information on this program visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishingworkshops.

This workshop is made possible by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation, Cabela’s, and the Coastal Conservation Association of Louisiana. 
 
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at 
www.wlf.louisiana.gov, on Facebook at www.facebook.com, on Instagram @WLFLA, or on Twitter @LDWF.

LDWF Provides Update on Bussey Brake Renovation Project

Release Date: 06/07/2018

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries would like to update the public on the status of the Bussey Brake Wildlife Management Area renovation project in Morehouse Parish.
 
Since International Paper donated the 2,000-acre freshwater reservoir in 2012, the department has been working diligently to make the lake and its resources available to the sportsmen and women of north Louisiana, despite delays that have occurred beyond our control.
 
The department’s plan for the restoration project includes a complete renovation of the waterbody.
 
The department began renovations in 2016 after receiving all necessary permits through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and dedicated funding through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The lake was drained, initially, to remove the overabundance of rough fish species including carp, buffalo, and others.
 
The project has experienced numerous setbacks including two flood events that refilled the lake with water and inundated the pump and electric motor used to refill the reservoir. Due to the age of the pump and the damage to the motor during flooding, the department must completely replace the old system, including running new electrical service. 
 
An engineering firm has been hired to redesign a new pumping system. LDWF anticipates the new design will be put out for bid later this year, with construction beginning this fall.
 
“Please be assured that that we are working towards the goal of providing an exceptional recreational area for Morehouse Parish,” ensured LDWF Secretary Jack Montoucet. “The setbacks have been numerous and significant, but we are continuing down a successful path and are making good headway.”
 
Marked boat lanes and island construction projects to improve boater access and angler opportunity have been completed. In addition, LDWF has completed numerous fish stockings of popular game fish including bass, bream, catfish and crappie to begin rebuilding the fishery.
 
The department is also in the design and engineering phase of constructing several ADA accessible fishing piers and a wave break project. This work is scheduled to begin in the fall of 2018. LDWF anticipates the lake will open to the public upon completion.
 
Bussey Brake was constructed in the mid 1950’s by International Paper to serve as an alternative water source for the Louisiana mill. In 2012, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission established Bussey Brake Reservoir as a WMA.

Get Hooked During Free Fishing Weekend in Louisiana

Release Date: 06/05/2018

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries invites you to take part in its annual Free Fishing Weekend on Saturday, June 9 and Sunday, June 10. Louisiana’s Free Fishing Weekend is an opportunity for Louisiana residents and visitors alike to fish Louisiana waters without an otherwise required fishing license. 
  
“This weekend we encourage all of our residents to grab a pole, get outside and enjoy our beautiful Sportsman’s Paradise,” said Secretary Jack Montoucet. “Whether your interest is saltwater or fresh, Louisiana offers some of the best and most diverse fishing opportunities in the world, and we welcome you to become part of the long-standing tradition of Louisiana fishing.  

While a fishing license is not required, all fishing regulations, including size, season, catch limits and gear restrictions will remain in effect. 
  
With the exception of free fishing weekend, anglers 16 and older must possess a Louisiana fishing license when fishing in any Louisiana public waters. Louisianians who decide to continue fishing the remainder of the year are invited to purchase a state fishing license at https://la-web.s3licensing.com
  
By purchasing a fishing license you also help provide funding for public fishing and boating access, fishing programs and education and fisheries management through the Sport Fish Restoration Fund.

 

 

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.la.gov. To receive email alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

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