Fishing

FALL SPECKLED TROUT TOURNAMENT

Date: 
Sat, 10/22/2011

•        Presented by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries

•        Saturday, October 22, 2011

•        The Dock/Dockside Bait & Tackle, Slidell, LA

•        Tag & Release tournament

•        $100 entry fee per team

•        For teams consisting of 3 members, only 2 of the teams may be 16 or older

•        Scales will be open all day, and there will be hourly prize winners.

•        For more information and to register, visit www.lasaltwaterseries.com

LDWF Secretary Enacts Two-Week Delay of Oyster Season to Allow for Ongoing NRDA Sampling

Release Date: 10/11/2011

 

October 11, 2011 – Today, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Secretary Robert Barham made effective a delay of the 2011-2012 Oyster Season on certain public seed grounds for up to two weeks to allow for continued sampling as part of the BP Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA).

Last week, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission gave authority to Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Secretary Robert Barham to postpone the season opening on public seed grounds for up to two weeks, from October 17 to October 31, 2011. An official authorization of that delay was issue today by the Department. 

Officials with LDWF continue to work with NRDA teams to ensure that sampling efforts are completed as quickly as possible. If sampling is completed before the end of the two-week delay period, Secretary Barham will open the season following a 72-hour public notice.

Sampling efforts of oysters on public seed grounds are ongoing as part of the NRDA process to assess injuries caused by the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.  The NRDA sampling currently taking place is intended to collect a number of data sets, including oyster density, size frequency, biomass and sediment samples, in an effort to assess injuries to oysters as a result of the spill.

The 2011-2012 Oyster Season on public seed grounds was set to open October 17, 2011, with the exception of Calcasieu and Sabine lakes. No other changes have been made to the season opening dates established by the Commission at its September meeting.

The oyster season in the west cove portion of the Calcasieu Lake Public Oyster Area (Department of Health and Hospitals’ harvest area 30) is scheduled to open at one-half hour before sunrise on Tuesday, November 1, 2011.  The sack limit during this time period is set at 10 sacks per person per vessel per day.

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.louisiana.gov on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

 

For press inquiries, please contact Olivia Watkins at owatkins@wlf.la.gov or at 225-610-8660.

 

LDWF Celebrates National Hunting & Fishing Day Outdoor Festivals Sept. 24

Release Date: 09/22/2011

LDWF Celebrates National Hunting & Fishing Day Outdoor Festivals Sept. 24
LDWF Celebrates National Hunting & Fishing Day Outdoor Festivals Sept. 24
LDWF Celebrates National Hunting & Fishing Day Outdoor Festivals Sept. 24

Sept. 22, 2011 - Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will host its annual celebrations of National Hunting and Fishing Day Outdoor Festivals on Saturday, Sept. 24.  LDWF invites citizens of all ages to attend these free events and enjoy time outside with family and friends. There are four events held across the state in Baton Rouge, Monroe, Minden and Woodworth.  Admission is free at all four locations with a wide variety of activities to enjoy.

“These events offer the best opportunities for our citizens to experience first hand what Louisiana offers in recreational outdoor sports,” said LDWF Secretary Robert Barham. "Hunting, fishing and other outdoor sports are fun, healthy activities for everyone, from the toddler to the grandparent.  We offer something for everyone at National Hunting and Fishing Day.”

Admission is free at all locations.  Some of the demonstrations include bow-hunting, fly-casting and tying, bait casting, Labrador retrieving, falconry and cannon nets (capturing wildlife.) The activities include skeet shooting, air rifles, canoeing, fishing, youth fishing contest and much more. Many of the education displays include live animals. The Baton Rouge event will include a 1400-gallon aquarium. 

There is great local food at all locations.  At the Baton Rouge event, local chefs are preparing seafood and wild game.  Chef Celeste Gill, Chef James Window and the Louisiana Culinary Institute will be on hand preparing shrimp, catfish, wild boar and venison for everyone to taste. 

To find out more about National Hunting and Fishing Day Outdoor Festival in your area, visit LDWF at www.wlf.louisiana.gov or contact one of the LDWF offices listed below.   To watch the 2011 National Hunting and Fishing Day Outdoor Festival video click here!

Baton Rouge

Waddill Outdoor Education Center

4142 N. Flannery Road

(225)765-2800


 

Minden

Bodcau Wildlife Management Area


1700 Bodcau Dam Rd.


Haughton, LA.  71037


(318) 371-3050

 

Monroe

LDWF District 2 Office


368 Centurylink Dr.


Monroe, LA.  71203


(318) 343-4044

 

Woodworth

Woodworth Outdoor Education Center


661 Robinson Bridge Rd.


Woodworth, LA.  71485


(318) 484-2212

 

Drawndown Underway at Eunice City Lake

Release Date: 09/20/2011

(Sept. 20, 2011) – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is currently lowering the water level of Eunice City Lake as part of a $1 million rehabilitation project.  The Department will completely drain the lake in order to remove the existing fish population and will restock it with bass, bluegill, redear sunfish and sac-a-lait. 

The water level in the lake will remain lowered for approximately 18 months in order to complete the project.

The Department, in cooperation with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation and the city of Eunice,are launching a project to rehabilitate Eunice City Lake after a Union Pacific Railroad explosion in May 2000 potentially released hazardous materials and chemicals into the surrounding area.  Although it was determined that there were no health risks involved in eating fish from the lake, concerns about fish contamination discouraged recreational use of the lake. 

Other site improvements include the construction of a deck and pier, restroom facility, picnic pavilions, nature walk, welcome center and asphalt road, and parking.  Repairs will be made to the existing fishing and boat dock, boat slip and the existing lake control structure will be replaced. 

Existing facilities will also be revitalized to accommodate those seeking an outdoor recreational refuge within the community.  A large pavilion will be constructed as a revenue-generating space available to the community for private outdoor events.

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/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

For press inquiries, contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov (225) 765-5113.

LDWF Sets Public Meetings to discuss Drawdown for Anococo Lake

Release Date: 09/14/2011

(Sept. 14, 2011)– The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the Vernon Parish Lake Commission will hold two public meetings in Leesville, La., to discuss a drawdown for Anacoco Lake in Vernon Parish.  The meetings are being held to provide additional information and address public concerns. 

The lake will be lowered approximately 18 feet below pool stage beginning January 9, 2012, and will remain lowered until November 1, 2012.

The drawdown is being conducted to reduce muddy water and renovate the lake bottom.  It will also allow property owners the opportunity to conduct shoreline and property maintenance. 

The meeting dates, times and locations are as follows:

  • Sept. 20 – 6:30 p.m. at the Vernon Parish Fairgrounds Auditorium, 276 HM Stephens Blvd., Leesville
     
  • Oct. 11 – 6:30 p.m. at the Vernon Parish Government Complex Building, 300 S. Third St., Leesville

For further information regarding the drawdown, contact Eric Shanks, LDWF Inland Fisheries Manager, at (337) 491-2577.

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/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

For press inquiries, contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov (225) 765-5113.

Hunting and Fishing Advisory Education Council Scheduled to Meet Sept. 13, 2011

Release Date: 09/09/2011

The Hunting and Fishing Advisory Education Council will meet Tuesday, Sept. 13 at 1:30 p.m. at the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries headquarters building located at 2000 Quail Drive in Baton Rouge.

The agenda for Tuesday’s meeting in the Louisiana Room is as follows:

1.  Roll Call

2.  Approval of Minutes of June 14, 2011

3.  Chairman Welcome and Opening Comments

4.  Enforcement Division Report

5.  Office of Fisheries Report

  • Atchafalaya Basin Fishing Survey
  • Pearl River Spill Update
  • Texas-LA Border Fishing Regulations Agreement
  • Tilapia Update

6.  Office of Wildlife Report

  • Kisatchie National Forest Deer-dog Hunting
  • WMA Expansion: Sites Adding Acreage
  • Limited Access Areas Providing Hunter Options

7.  Set Next Meeting Date

8.  Receive Public Comments

9.  Adjournment

For more information, contact Bo Boehringer at 225-765-5115 or bboehringer@wlf.la.gov.

 

Saltwater - Freshwater Line

Saltwater - Freshwater Line

For the purposes of regulating certain fisheries the legislature recognized the historic division of the state into saltwater and freshwater areas based on the variations of flora and fauna found within these two divisions. The legislature further recognized that the exact line of demarcation cannot be precisely located due to constant changes in water salinity caused by winds, tides, and rains. The legislature therefore legally defined the freshwater and saltwater areas by describing a line from the Texas state line, easterly to the Mississippi state line. The areas south of the described line, plus a number of saltwater lakes and waterways, were designated as saltwater areas and all other areas north of the described line were designated as freshwater areas.

Louisiana Saltwater Line Definition

Title 56, Section 322-The Intracoastal waterway from the Texas- Louisiana boundary to its junction with Louisiana Highway 27 at Gibbstown, and then south to Louisiana Highway 82 and then east to its junction with the Intracoastal Waterway at Forked Island, the Intracoastal Waterway from Forked Island to Bayou Barataria to the Harvey Canal, the Harvey Canal to the Mississippi River, the Mississippi River to the Industrial Canal, the Industrial Canal to the Intracoastal Waterway, the Intracoastal Waterway to the Rigolets in Orleans Parish to the Louisville & Nashville Railroad bridge, the Louisville & Nashville Railroad right-of-way from the Orleans Parish line to the Mississippi state line.

The areas south of the above described line, plus the saltwater lakes known as Lake Maurepas, Lake Pontchartrain, Lake St. Catherine, Chef Menteur Pass (except that seven- tenths of a mile section from Bayou Sauvage south to the Intracoastal Waterway), the Rigolets, Unknown Pass, Pass Manchac, Intracoastal, and that portion of the Calcasieu Ship Channel from the Intracoastal Waterway south to the Gulf of Mexico, shall be designated as saltwater areas.

Persons fishing and/or possessing saltwater fish in these areas are required to have in addition to the basic fishing license a saltwater fishing license.

Federal Waters (EEZ)

A very easy way to tell if you are in state or federal waters is to pull up to the nearest platform. If the platform is in state waters it will have a placard with a State Lease Number. If the platform is in federal waters it will be designated with an OCS number. By utilizing a block map you can alsoestimate your position. The platform will be designated with an area and block number. For instance if you see ST-128 X, OCS 00498 you will be in federal waters at South Timbalier 128 platform X.

Freshwater Creel and Size Limits

Species Size Limit Bag and Posession Limit
Bass, Black (Largemouth, spotted)*  no size limits EXCEPT as follows  10 daily, of any size EXCEPT as follows: 
  Toledo Bend Reservoir  largemouth - 14” min total length spotted* - no size limit  8 daily in aggregate 
  Eagle Lake  16” min total length  10 daily 
  Caddo Lake (Caddo Parish)  14” to 18” protected slot limit***  8 daily No more than four over 18” total length 
  Poverty Point Reservoir  15” to 19” protected slot limit***  8 daily No more than one over 19” total length 
Caney Creek Lake ( Jackson Parish)  15” to 19” protected slot limit***  8 daily No more than two over 19” total length 
  False River (Pointe Coupee Parish)  14” min total length  5 daily 
  Spanish Lake (St. Martin and Iberia par-ishes)  16” to 21” protected slot limit***  8 daily No more than two over 21” total length 
  Black Bayou (Bossier), Chicot Lake (Evangeline), Cross Lake (Caddo), Lake Rodemacher (Rapides), John K. Kelly-Grand Bayou Reservoir (Red River) and Vernon Lake (Vernon)  14” to 17” protected slot limit***  8 daily No more than four over 17” total length 
Bass, Striped or Hybrid Striped (or any combination thereof)  n/a  5 daily No more than two over 30” total length 
Bass, White  none  50 daily, EXCEPT 25 at Toledo Bend 
Bass, Yellow  none  50 daily, EXCEPT no limit at Toledo Bend 
Bowfin (Choupique)  16” min total length  No limit 
Buffalo Fish (or their hybrids)  16” min total length  25 per day 
Catfish, Blue  12” min total length  See Catfish Possession Limit section for more information 
Catfish, Channel  11” min total length   
Catfish, Flathead  14” min total length   
Crappie  none  50 daily, EXCEPT 25 at Poverty Point 
Crawfish  none  150 pounds daily 
Freshwater Drum (Gaspergou)  12” min total length  25 per day 
Frogs and Turtles  none  See Reptiles and Amphibians section 
Paddlefish  30” max lower jaw fork length  Two per person (see Paddlefish Possession Limits section for specific rules) 
Shad  none  50 pounds daily 
Sturgeon  n/a  No legal harvest or possession 
Other Freshwater Game Fish  none  No limit 
*NOTE: For enforcement purposes, a spotted bass is defined as a black bass with a tooth patch on the tongue. **See official 2009 Louisiana Fishing Regulations Pamphlet for area descriptions. ***Fish falling within a protected slot limit must be immediately released.     

 

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