Fishing

LDWF Schedules Drawdown for Aquatic Vegetation Control on Chicot Lake

Release Date: 06/15/2016

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, in conjunction with the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LA DOTD) and the Louisiana Office of State Parks, has scheduled a drawdown for Chicot Lake in Evangeline Parish for vegetation control and bridge repairs. The drawdown is scheduled to begin after Labor Day on September 6, 2016. The control structure is scheduled for closure on January 2, 2017, to allow the lake to refill and ensure that fish nesting habitat is accessible for springtime spawning. 
 
In order for LA DOTD to perform the necessary bridge repairs, the lake will initially be lowered at a rate of 3 inches per day to a maximum of 6 feet below pool stage. Caution is advised for boaters during the low water period, as boat lanes will not provide normal clearance of underwater structures.
 
The lake will be closed to fishing, boating and all other recreation when the lake reaches 3 feet below pool level (39’ MSL). LA DOTD will begin repairs in early October, barring significant rainfall, and they expect to complete repairs within two to three weeks. The control structure will then be closed and the lake allowed to refill until it reaches 3 feet below pool stage.  At that time, the lake will be reopened to fishing and other recreation. The lake will be maintained at that level for vegetation control until January 2, 2017, when the control structure will be closed and the lake allowed to refill.   
 
This action is a necessary component of LDWF’s integrated management plan developed in 2015 to control overabundant aquatic vegetation growth and to improve the Chicot Lake sport fishery.  An annual cycle of high and low water fluctuation can provide beneficial effects similar to a natural overflow lake system.
 
LDWF also conducts annual herbicide applications for floating and emergent vegetation. An application of fluridone was applied in the early spring of 2016 near the north fishing pier. This systemic herbicide is used to target early-submersed plant growth. 
 
For additional information regarding the drawdown, contact Jody David, LDWF Biologist Manager, at jdavid@wlf.la.gov or (337) 948-0255. 

 

Agency Partnership Makes Boat Trailer Registration Process More Convenient

Release Date: 06/09/2016

News Release

For Immediate Release
June 9, 2016

Contact: Rene LeBreton
Public InformationLDWF
(504) 286-8745
rlebreton@wlf.la.gov

Contact: Jill H Jarreau
Headquarters Administrator
Office of Motor Vehicles
225.925.7917
Jill.Jarreau@la.gov

 

(Baton Rouge, LA) – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles (OMV) have announced a partnership that will allow customers to register their boats and trailers at one location.

Beginning June 13, the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles will have a representative at LDWF headquarters at 2000 Quail Drive in Baton Rouge every Monday to assist with boat/trailer registrations. Customers will be able complete the registration process without having to go to both agencies.

“We look forward to this partnership with the Office of Motor Vehicles,” said LDWF Secretary Charlie Melancon. “We will take advantage of any opportunity to increase the level of our customer service and to become a more user-friendly agency.”

Commissioner Karen St. Germain stated “OMV is pleased to have been given the opportunity to work in conjunction with the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and will always take any opportunity to combine customer services when possible.”

LDWF reminds customers that the Louisiana Department of Revenue has a representative available on Mondays at LDWF headquarters to process tax payments for customers registering boats. This addition of the Office of Motor Vehicles will create a one-stop-shop every Monday for new and used boat owners.

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

 

For more information on vehicle registration, please visit www.expresslane.org

LWF Commission Establishes Oyster Harvester Training Program

Release Date: 06/09/2016

 

News Release
 
For Immediate Release
June 8, 2016
 
Contact: Ashley Wethey
Public Information
LDWF
(504) 286-8733
awethey@wlf.la.gov

 

 

 

 

 

LWF Commission Establishes Oyster Harvester Training Program

Last week, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission took action on a Notice of Intent (NOI) to establish an Oyster Harvester Training Program mandated by Act 276 of the 2016 regular session of the Louisiana Legislature.
 
The purpose of the program is to develop professionalism in the oyster harvest industry. The NOI establishes the requirements needed to complete the program, including training in the Louisiana Shellfish Sanitation Program and the best harvest practices for conservation of the species.
 
Applicants will be required to complete an online course with a passing score of 80 percent or above in order to receive a certificate. The course must be completed within the previous three years, or within the previous year if course materials have substantively changed.
 
To view the full notice of intent, please visit here.
 
Interested persons may submit comments relative to the proposed rule to Steve Beck, Fisheries Division, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000 or via email to sbeck@wlf.la.gov prior to July 19, 2016.
 
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 recreational or commercial fishing email and text alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

 

 

2016 Federal Red Snapper Season Extended By Two Days

Release Date: 06/09/2016

 

News Release

 

For Immediate Release
June 8, 2016

 

Contact: Rene LeBreton

Public Information
LDWF

(504) 286-8745

rlebreton@wlf.la.gov

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2016 Federal Red Snapper Season Extended By Two Days

(Batobn Rouge, LA) - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries would like to notify our anglers that NOAA Fisheries is extending the red snapper recreational fishing season for private anglers in the Gulf of Mexico due to impacts of Tropical Storm Colin. 

 

NOAA Fisheries is extending the season for two additional days in federal waters seaward of 9 nautical miles; the private angler red snapper federal season will close at 12:01 a.m. on Sunday, June 12, 2016.

 

The state season for the recreational harvest of red snapper in state waters out to 9 nautical miles is also currently open and will remain open after the federal season closes. LDWF monitors real-time red snapper harvest during 2016 through the LA Creel program.
 

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 recreational or commercial fishing email and text alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

 

 

Fish Consumption Advisories

Fish Consumption Advisories

Fish are a lean and nutritious source of protein. However, some fish may contain chemicals that could pose health risks. Louisiana fish consumption advisories are based on the estimate that the average Louisiana resident eats four fish meals per month (a meal is considered to be 6 ounces of fish for adults and children). If you or your family members eat more than four meals of fish a month from local water bodies, you might increase your health risks.

For current advisories call Al Hindrichs at the Department of Environmental Quality at 225-219-3189, or visit the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals for more information about eating fish that may contain chemicals.

Consumption advice for women who are pregnant, nursing or might become pregnant & for young children.  

By following these three recommendations for selecting and eating fish or shellfish, women and young children will receive the benefits of eating fish and shellfish and be confident that they have reduced their exposure to the harmful effects of mercury.

Follow these same recommendations when feeding fish or shellfish to a young child, but serve smaller portions.

• Do not eat shark, swordfish, king mackerel or tilefish, as these contain high levels of mercury.

• Eat up to 12 ounces a week of a variety of fish and shellfish that are lower in mercury. The five most commonly eaten species that are low in mercury are shrimp, canned light tuna, salmon, pollock and catfish.

• Up to 6 ounces a week of albacore (“white”) tuna may be consumed since this variety may contain more mercury than light tuna.

• Check local advisories about the safety of fish caught by family and friends in your local lakes, rivers and coastal areas. If no advice is available, eat up to 6 ounces per week of fish caught in local waters. Do not consume any other fish that week.

LDWF Schedules Saline Lake Drawdown for Aquatic Vegetation Control

Release Date: 06/03/2016

(June 3, 2016) – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has scheduled a drawdown for vegetation control in Saline Lake in Natchitoches and Winn Parishes.  The drawdown is scheduled to begin on June 14, 2016.  The control structure will be closed for refill no later than the first week of October 2016.

The lake level will be lowered 8-feet below pool stage.  This level is required to achieve sufficient drying for vegetation control.  

The action is a necessary component of LDWF’s integrated management plan for control of aquatic vegetation in Saline Lake.  Herbicide applications will be conducted during the drawdown in areas accessible with spray equipment. 

Although the lake will not be closed to fishing, caution is advised of boaters during the low water period, as boat lanes will not provide normal clearance for underwater obstructions.

For additional information regarding the drawdown, contact Villis Dowden, LDWF Biologist, at vdowden@wlf.la.gov or (318) 357-3214. 

 

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 recreational or commercial fishing email and text alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

Louisiana Crab Task Force Meeting

Release Date: 06/03/2016

                                                                             

Louisiana Crab Task Force Meeting

Pete Gerica, chairman

Wednesday, June 8, for 1:00 p.m.

UNO Advanced Technology Center

2021 Lakeshore Dr., Room 210

New Orleans, Louisiana 70122

 

AGENDA

I.            Roll Call and Introduction of Guests

II.            Approval of April 5, 2016 meeting minutes and June 8, 2016 agenda

III.             Financial Report

IV.            Old Business

A.     Discussion of Management Options- Jeff Marx

New Business

A.     Update on Sustainability Certification- Damon Morris

B.     Discussion of 2016 Blue Crab Stock Assessment and Additional Analyses of the Estimated Impacts of Potential Rule Changes- Jeff Marx

C.     Update on Commission Meeting Items

D.    Discussion of the Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board’s Summary of Efforts, Funding- Karen Profita

E.     Discussion of Black Drum Regulations and Issues that Protect Smaller Crab Population- Emery Lebouef

F.     Discussion and Proposed funding of Industry Congressional Staff Tour- Chalin Delaune

      VI.                         Public Comment

      VII.              Set Next Meeting

      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

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6119374120838372354

The 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/ldwffb, or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

To sign up for LDWF commercial fishing alerts sent as text messages or as emails visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/signup.

 

For press inquiries please contact Rene LeBreton, 504-286-8745 or rlebreton@wlf.la.gov

LDWF Invites You to Enjoy a Weekend of Free Fishing in Louisiana

Release Date: 06/01/2016

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries invites Louisianans and non-residents alike to participate in this year’s free fishing weekend on June 11 and 12.  Free fishing weekend provides an opportunity for anglers to fish without a fishing license on any of the state’s public waters.
 
The Department hopes the weekend will help recruit new anglers and encourage those who haven’t been fishing recently to enjoy one of Louisiana’s most popular sports. If you already have a fishing license, consider taking a friend or family member who has never been fishing.  
 
In conjunction with free fishing weekend, several fishing events will be offered throughout the state including: 
 
Anderson Pond Fishing Event
Kisatchie, LA
6:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.
(318) 472-1840
 
Bogue Chitto Fishing Rodeo
9 a.m. – noon
(985) 839-5707
 
D’Arbonne Fishing Rodeo
8 a.m. – noon
(318) 368-2086
 
Family Fishing Festival
Cameron Prairie National Wildlife Refuge
8 a.m. – noon
(337) 598-2216
 
In an effort to provide accessible and successful fishing opportunities, LDWF will stock several ponds throughout the state with adult channel catfish. The following locations will be stocked prior to free fishing weekend:
 
Bombing Range Pond
Winnfield, LA
 
BREC’s Burbank Pond
12400 Burbank Drive
Baton Rouge, LA
 
Cameron Prairie National Wildlife Refuge
1428 LA- 27
Bell City, LA 70630
 
Girard Park
500 Girard Park Drive
Lafayette, LA 70503
 
Sidney D. Torres Memorial Park
8200 Patricia St.
Chalmette, LA 70043
 
Zemurray Park
400 S. Oak Street
Hammond, LA 70403
 
Although no license is required, anglers are reminded that all fishing regulations still apply.
 
With the exception of free fishing weekend, anglers 16 and older must possess a Louisiana fishing license when fishing in any Louisiana public waters. Fishing liceneses can be purchased online at https://www.la.wildlifelicense.com/start.php.
 
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.

LDWF Reminds Anglers of Amberjack and Gray Triggerfish Closure

Release Date: 05/25/2016

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries would like to advise anglers while targeting red snapper and other offshore species, the 2016 recreational fishing season for greater amberjack and gray triggerfish will close in state waters on Wednesday, June 1. 
  
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will also close federal waters to recreational harvest of both species June 1 through July 31.
 
The season for the recreational harvest of red snapper in Louisiana state waters is currently open and will remain open during the federal season, which begins on June 1, 2016.  
 
The Department reminds anglers that a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit is required in order to posses certain species, including red snapper. Anglers may obtain or new the permit, free of charge at https://rolp.wlf.la.gov.
 
The permit is required for any angler possessing tuna, billfish, swordfish, amberjacks, groupers, snappers, hinds, wahoo, cobia and dolphin, except for anglers under 16 years of age or anglers fishing on a paid-for-hire trip where the captain holds a permit.
 
Anglers may renew their permits up to 30 days prior to expiration. A valid Louisiana fishing license number is required to obtain a permit. A confirmation number is allowed for a temporary (trip) license.

 

LDWF Partners with Top Professional Anglers for Unique Stocking Event on Toledo Bend

Release Date: 05/16/2016

B.A.S.S. Elite Anglers picking up fingerlings
Florida largemouth bass fingerlings from LDWF's Booker Fowler Fish Hatchery
B.A.S.S. Elite Angler David Walker
B.A.S.S. Elite Angler Fabian Rodrigues

Over the weekend, twenty-two B.A.S.S. Elite Anglers teamed up with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to stock approximately 10,000 Florida largemouth bass fingerlings into the Toledo Bend Reservoir during their fifth stop on the Bassmaster Elite Series tournament trail. This innovative stocking is part of the department’s efforts to ensure consistent, quality fishing for Louisianans, now and in the future, with the hopes these fingerlings will grow to become the next generation of trophy bass.
 
Saturday’s stocking event tasked volunteer B.A.S.S. Elite Anglers to pick suitable, protective habitat and transport the fingerlings in their personal boats to appropriate sites throughout the reservoir.
 
“Typically, fingerlings stocked into areas of good habitat will have a better chance of survival,” explained LDWF Biologist Manager Kristi Butler. “Our goal with producing and stocking Florida largemouth bass is to increase anglers’ chances of catching larger than average bass and the Florida/Northern hybrid largemouth bass grow larger than Louisiana’s native Northern largemouth bass.”
 
Anglers met LDWF hatchery trucks at Cypress Bend Resort Boat Dock on Saturday morning to collect largemouth bass fingerlings bagged with water and oxygen. The fingerlings were produced at Booker Fowler Fish Hatchery in central Louisiana, and were roughly 2 to 2.5 inches in size.
 
“This inaugural stocking event not only directly improves the fishery, but gives the anglers ownership of the lake, which is frequently selected for competitive tournaments,” said Butler.  “In fact, in 2015, Toledo Bend Reservoir earned the top coveted spot on BASSMASTER Magazine’s ‘100 Best Bass Lakes in the Nation.’”
 
The success of the renowned fishery is due in great part to the agencies and organizations involved in the management of the fishery. Since 1990, LDWF, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Toledo Bend Lake Association, Sabine River Authority and the Sabine Parish Tourist Commission have worked together to release more than 28 million Florida-strain largemouth fingerlings into the massive reservoir. In 2016 alone, LDWF will produce and stock over 820,000 Florida largemouth bass fingerlings into Toledo Bend, helping to continue to rejuvenate the lake and increase catch rate.
 
The effectiveness of placing fast-growing Florida bass into the lake is evident by the numbers of double-digit fish entered into the Toledo Bend Lake Association’s Toledo Bend Lunker Program.  In 2015, the lake certified 81 bass weighing over 10 pounds. With only a few days left in the 2016 Lunker Program year, the program has certified a phenomenal 139 lunkers.
 
“That kind of success doesn’t happen by accident. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries “get it.” They know what they’re doing and understand the impact and value of the resource they have here,” explained B.A.S.S. Elite Angler Kevin VanDam. “Their stocking of Florida strain largemouth has really taken off and produced bigger bass here than ever before. As a result, the fishing is better, and Toledo Bend is a “hot” destination for anglers all over the country.”
 
The Bassmaster Elite Series is the highest level of professional bass fishing tournaments, with only the best anglers competing in nine tournaments plus a Classic bracket event. Toledo Bend was selected as a tournament stop due to its notoriety as prime bass fishing destination.

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