Fishing

Louisiana Saltwater Series Hosts Youth Fishing Festival

Release Date: 06/05/2012

(June 5, 2012) – A hook, line and sinker is all you need to have fun at the inaugural Louisiana Saltwater Series Youth Fishing Festival on Saturday, June 9.  The free fishing tournament will be hosted at Elmer’s Island from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Children, 16 and younger, are invited to experience the chance to catch a big one among many other activities. 

This day of fishing and fun will include casting lessons, cast netting, minnow races and fish tagging.   Participants will be provided with a free lunch, t-shirt and lots of fishing goodies.  Plus, the first 50 registrants (under 16 years old) will receive a free rod and reel, sponsored by Cabela’s.  Prizes will be awarded for big fish in several categories.

The tournament is being held during the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ Free Fishing Weekend, which allows anglers to fish in Louisiana waters without a permit.  Anglers, however, must still adhere to daily bag limits. 

The tournament is co-sponsored by Cabela’s, Louisiana Wildlife Federation, Friends of Grand Isle, Grand Isle Community Development Team, Wal-Mart, Raising Cane’s, Louisiana Fish Fry and Coca Cola Bottling Company Baton Rouge.

All youth must be accompanied by an adult.  For more information and to register, visit www.lasaltwaterseries.com. If interested in volunteering for this event, please contact Danica Williams at (504) 628-7282 or dwilliams@wlf.la.gov.  

The department reopened Elmer’s Island to the public in 2009 and can be accessed via a gravel road leading from La. Hwy 1 just north of Grand Isle.

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.

For press inquires, contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov or (225) 765-2396.

Louisiana’s Free Fishing Weekend Set For June 9-10

Release Date: 05/31/2012

May 31, 2012  -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is encouraging licensed fishermen to help promote the outdoor sport by introducing someone to fishing during this year’s “Free Fishing Weekend” on June 9-10.

The promotional fishing dates are provided for novices and non-anglers, ages 16 and over, to experience recreational fishing in fresh or salt water without the purchase of a recreational fishing license.  The program is part of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) efforts to attract more participants into the ranks of licensed fishermen.  Fishing license fees support LDWF's conservation efforts including habitat management.

"No fishing license will be required for residents or non-residents on the weekend of June 9-10," said John Sturgis, LDWF education manager.  "If you fish regularly, use this opportunity to bring someone along who may not.” 

"Free Fishing Weekend" is a part of Fishing Week in Louisiana that runs from June 4 to 10. The state offers some of the best bank and pier fishing opportunities in the south within state and parish park facilities.

In conjunction with Free Fishing Weekend, LDWF is working with supporting sponsors to offer the following events on Saturday, June 9:

Kids Fishing Rodeo at Waddill Wildlife Refuge
4142 N. Flannery Road, Baton Rouge

  • Fishing competition from 7 to 11 a.m.
  • Loaner fishing gear will be available first come, first serve.
  • Prizes to be awarded at 11:15 a.m. provided by Bass Pro Shops-Denham Springs.
  • All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. 
  • For more information, call 225-274-8089.

 

Lake D’Arbonne State Park Kids Fishing Derby
3628 Evergreen Road, Farmerville

  • Registration begins at 8 a.m. for the fishing contest at 9 a.m. and bait casting contest at 10 a.m. with awards to be presented before noon.Contest age groups, 6-9 and 10-14.
  • Grand prizes: 2 bicycles donated by Academy Sports & Outdoors; one per age group.
  • Fishing gear: 100 fiberglass fishing poles donated by the Association of LA Bass Clubs will be given out free to the first 100 kids.
  • LDWF will provide bait for the fishing contest.
  • All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • For more information, call Lake D'Arbonne State Park at 318-368-6291.

 

Louisiana Saltwater Series Youth Fishing Event at Elmer’s Island
EVENT POSTPONED DUE TO THREAT OF INCLEMENT WEATHER
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LA Hwy. 1, Grand Isle

  • Tournament hours: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • First 50 youth to sign up will receive a free rod and reel to bring home from Cabela’s.  Register online at www.lasaltwaterseries.com .  
  • Additional activities: fish tagging, cast netting, seining, fish cleaning demo.
  • All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • Call Danica Williams for more information, ph. 504-628-7282.

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.

The Louisiana Saltwater Series Hosts Its First Youth Tournament

Release Date: 05/30/2012

Louisiana Saltwater Series youth tournament

May 30, 2012 -- On Saturday, May 26, over 30 young anglers converged at Myrtle Grove Marina for the first annual Louisiana Saltwater Series youth tournament.  The tournament gave these young anglers the opportunity to watch their catch get tagged and released, thus becoming part of the ongoing Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Cooperative Sport Fish Tagging Program. 

Recreational anglers are increasingly conscious of the need to conserve the fish they love to pursue.  More and more tournaments are adopting an all-release format, including the Louisiana Saltwater Series, which was founded on conservation-based principles.  One of the primary goals of the youth tournament is to pass this mentality along to the next generation. 

Thirty-seven fish were tagged and released by the young anglers, including redfish, spotted seatrout, black drum and sheepshead. 

“It’s fun for the kids to get out and fish,” said LDWF Program Manager Danica Williams.  “There are so many tournaments out there for adults, but not many hands-on opportunities for kids, especially with regard to tag and release fishing.  This is one way to get kids out fishing and learning a lifelong skill.”

The event drew in more than 30 kids, ages 4 to 13.  Participants received a t-shirt plus lots of fishing goodies to take home. 

“This is the first time we’ve hosted a youth tournament, so any number of entrants was a record for us,” explained Williams.  “However, the number of kids pre-registered for our next youth tournament already exceeds this weekend’s total.”

Winners include: Michael Schieble, 1st place overall and redfish; Caleb Hooter, 1st place trout; Campbell Barcelona, 1st place black drum; and Trevor Logrande, 1st place sheepshead.

The LASS plans to host another youth tournament in conjunction with Free Fishing Weekend on Saturday, June 9 at Elmer’s Island from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.  For more information, visit www.lasaltwaterseries.com.

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.

For press inquries, contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov or (225) 765-2396.

Louisiana Oyster Task Force to Meet Next Week in New Orleans

Release Date: 05/29/2012

 

May 29, 2012 – The next meeting of the Louisiana Oyster Task Force will be next Tuesday, June 5, in New Orleans at 1 p.m. at the UNO Advanced Technology Center in Suite 210.

The agenda for the meeting is as follows:

1.   Roll Call

2.    Approval of April 3, 2012 minutes

3.    Treasury Report

       a.   Oyster Tag Sales

       b.   LOTF Financial Report

4.   Committee Reports

       a.     Public and Private Oyster Grounds Committee – (Buddy Pausina)

       b.     Enforcement  - (Steve McManus)

       c.     Legislative -  (Jakov Jurisic)

       d.     Research – (John Supan)

       e.     Coastal Restoration – (Dan Coulon)

       f.      Marketing -

       g.     Health – (Tenney Sibley)

5.   Old Business

        a.    BP Oil Spill Remediation

                 i.   Claims Process

                 ii.   Public Reef Remediation

                 iii.  Oyster Lease Remediation

         b.    2012 Legislative Update

         c.    Update on Refrigeration Requirements and Compliance with the NSSP (DHH)

6.   New Business

           a.    Drue Banta- update on NRDA process.

           b.    Tom Soniat- Dermo study

7.   Set Next Meeting

8.   Adjourn

This meeting is open to the public.

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 more information please contact Ashley Roth at Ashley@louisianaseafood.com or (504) 286-8735.

Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Appeals Board to Meet Next Week in New Orleans

Release Date: 05/29/2012

 

May 29, 2012 - The Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Appeals Board will meet on Tuesday, June 5, at 10 a.m. in Suite 200 of the University of New Orleans Advanced Technology Building located at 2021 Lakeshore Drive in New Orleans.

Agenda items for the meeting of the Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Appeals Board are as follows:

1. Approval of Minutes from January 10, 2012 Meeting

2. Hearing of New Appeals

            a. Curtis J. Alfonso

3. Discussion of Act 85 of the 2012 Regular Legislative Session

4. Set next meeting date

5. Adjourn

This board was established by Act 922 of the 2008 Regular Legislative Session for the purpose of hearing appeals of vessel permit denials by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF). Act 922 requires that anyone commercially harvesting oysters on the public oyster seed grounds and reservations, except Calcasieu Lake and Sabine Lake, must do so from a vessel holding a public oyster seed ground vessel permit issued by LDWF.

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 more information please contact Ty Lindsey at (225) 765-2387 or tlindsey@wlf.la.gov

Recreational Fishing and Hunting Licenses Expire June 30

Release Date: 05/24/2012

May 24, 2012 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) would like to remind recreational anglers and hunters that the 2011-2012 licenses will expire on June 30.  Licenses for the 2012-2013 seasons become available for purchase on June 1 and are valid until June 30, 2013.
 
Recreational fishing and hunting licenses can be purchased in several ways.  They may be purchased online at www.wlf.louisiana.gov/licenses, by calling 1-888-765-2602, at local license vendors or at LDWF offices in Baton Rouge, Opelousas, Lake Charles, Pineville and Monroe.  Acceptable methods of payment for purchases made online or by phone are Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express or E-Check.
 
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 more information on fishing and hunting licenses, contact Janis Landry at 225-765-2881 or jlandry@wlf.louisiana.gov.

 

Louisiana Saltwater Series Redfish Tournament Weekend Results

Release Date: 05/23/2012

Pictured from left to right: Nash Roberts and Luke Landry with their winning fish, weighing in at 15.82 pounds.

(May 23, 2012) –Anglers from across the Gulf coast vied for cash, points and prizes at the Louisiana Saltwater Series redfish tournament this past Saturday in Lafitte. Weighing in the largest fish were Luke Landry and Nash Roberts, making it to the scales with a two-fish total of 15.82 pounds. 

"We left Lafitte and ran about 30 miles south of Empire. We sight fished all day with nice conditions and caught roughly 50 fish using Berkley Gulp Shrimp and Mud Minnow,” described Landry. “There was plenty of grass which helped clean the water. We probably caught 40 fish over 27 inches." 

The 53 participating teams brought in a total of 148 redfish that were tagged and released.  To date, over 400 redfish have been tagged and released through the 2012 series, nearly doubling last year’s effort.

The top finishing teams, taking home over $10,000 in cash and prizes, include: 2nd place, Barnie White and Steve White; 3rd place, Gary Wilson and Gus Wilson; 4th place, Paul Dufrene and Nicky Savoie; 5th place, Joe Barcelona and John Barcelona; 6th place, Stephen Sierra and Scott Benoit; 7th place, Bucky Boone and Brian Wiggins; 8th place, Adam Albarado and Rebecca Albarado; 9th place, Sean O’Connell Joshua Roming; and 10th place, Brandon Treadaway and Chris Bush.   The team of Ben Saucier and Adam Shields brought in the lightest stringer, weighing 3.26 pounds, earning them a $300 prize. 

Thomas Bush, Jr. took home first place in the tournament’s youth division.

For redfish tournaments, teams may consist of one, two, three or four members.  For teams consisting of three or more members, only two of the members may be 16 or older.  There is a $200 entry fee per team for each event.  There is a 90 percent payout for the first six events with 10 percent retained for the championship. Payout is determined separately for each event based upon the total number of boats entered. 

For complete information, including rules, regulations and registration go to www.lasaltwaterseries.com.

The LASS is hosting a youth tournament this Saturday at Myrtle Grove Marina kicking off at 7 a.m.  Participants can fish from the shore or a boat, and there will be lots of additional activities available for kids including fish tagging, fish identification, and knot tying, among many others.  Onsite registration will be available Saturday morning, prior to the event.   For more information, contact Danica Williams at (504) 628-7282. 

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 more information, contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov(225) 765-2396.

LDWF Schedules Drawdown for D’Arbonne Lake

Release Date: 05/22/2012

(May 22, 2012) – The water control structure on D’Arbonne Lake near Farmerville will be opened soon after Labor Day to conduct a lake drawdown.  The lake will be lowered five feet below pool stage and will remain lowered until December 15, 2012.

This action is taken in coordination with the Bayou D’Arbonne Lake Watershed District to allow for shoreline maintenance and to assist with the control of nuisance aquatic vegetation. 

D’Arbonne Lake will not be closed to fishing during the drawdown, but caution is advised of anglers as boat lanes will not provide normal clearance for underwater obstructions.

For further information regarding the drawdown, contact Ryan Daniel, LDWF Biologist Manager, at (318) 343-4044.

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/ldwffbor follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

Elmer’s Island Beach Sweep Rescheduled for June 2

Release Date: 05/17/2012

(May 17, 2012) – Volunteers will get another chance to clean away the trash on Elmer’s Island beach.  Heavy rains last weekend forced the event to be canceled. 

The cleanup, hosted by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries in conjunction with Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program, has been rescheduled for 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, June 2.

The annual beach sweep is made possible by numerous partnerships including the Louisiana Wildlife Federation and The Nature Conservancy and through the sponsorship of Barefoot Wines. 

Anyone can participate – individuals, families, schools, youth groups, civic and conservation clubs or businesses.  Lunch and all necessary supplies will be provided.

Pre-registration is encouraged, but not required.  To register, contact Joe Dantin at (985) 449-4715.

Elmer’s Island Refuge is a barrier island located in Jefferson Parish southwest of Grand Isle, bordered by LA 1 and the Gulf of Mexico.  The island is well known for excellent fishing opportunities for many popular species such as speckled trout, white trout, flounder, redfish, kingfish, black drum, croaker, Spanish mackerel and many other species that frequent the state's coastal beaches and passes. It also provides non-consumptive outdoor opportunities to observe wading, shore and seabirds as well as coastal marine life.

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.govon Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffbor follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

BTNEP is one of 28 National Estuary Programs throughout the United States and its territories.  The National Estuary Program was established by Congress through section 320 of the Clean Water Act or 1987.  The Barataria-Terrebonne estuarine complex became a National Estuary in 1990.

For press inquiries, please contact Ashley Wethey at (225) 721-0489 or awethey@wlf.la.gov.

Louisiana Shrimpers Encouraged to Report Asian Tiger Prawn Catches

Release Date: 05/16/2012

 

May 16, 2012 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is aware of and constantly monitoring the appearance of an increased number of Asian tiger prawns, a non-native species, in Louisiana waters.  LDWF officials are asking local shrimp harvesters to report catches of tiger prawns to the Department. 

While there is little known at this time about the impacts of tiger prawns on indigenous Louisiana shrimp, these reports are key in helping LDWF biologists monitor the distribution and relative abundance of these prawns and in determining the possible presence of spawning populations. 

To report catches of Asian tiger prawns please contact Robert Bourgeois at rbourgeois@wlf.la.gov or (225) 765-0765 or Marty Bourgeois at mbourgeois@wlf.la.gov or (225) 765-2401 with the date, location and size of capture. Pictures are encouraged.  Tiger prawns are easily identifiable by their large size, dark body color and white banding found along the head and between segments of the tail.  LDWF officials ask that harvesters retain the tiger prawns by freezing and contact the biologist listed above.

History of incidence in Gulf of Mexico

It is unknown when and how tiger prawns were first introduced into the Gulf of Mexico.  In 1988, a portion of a population of reared tiger prawns escaped from a facility on the east coast.  Approximately 1,000 adults were later recaptured as far south as Cape Canaveral, Florida. In September 2006, a single adult male was captured by a commercial shrimp fisherman in Mississippi Sound near Dauphin Island, Alabama and reports from Alabama and Mississippi have been increasing ever since.

LDWF first documented the occurrence of Asian tiger prawns in Louisiana in August 2007, when a single specimen was taken by a commercial shrimp fisherman in Vermilion Bay.  Prior to the 2011 fall inshore shrimp season, reported captures in Louisiana waters numbered fewer than 25 with none taken any farther westward than Vermilion Bay.  However, since the fall season began, reported captures have dramatically increased with approximately 80 new reports received.  One fisherman alone reported catching as many as 13 individuals over a three-day shrimping trip in Lake Pontchartrain.  A Dulac shrimp dock has reported fishermen capturing in excess of 100 tiger prawns following the 2011 fall season opening.  Most recently, there have also been incident reports west of Vermilion Bay. 

About the species

Asian tiger prawns are native to the Indo-Pacific rim and are both harvested in the wild and extensively farmed in a number of countries.

Tiger prawns belong to the same family (Penaeidae) as our native brown, white and pink shrimp but are non-indigenous to our waters. The life history of tiger prawns is also similar to that of brown and white shrimp with spawning and mating occurring in nearshore oceanic waters. One notable difference in tiger prawns and Louisiana shrimp is size as the research suggests tiger prawns may reach a maximum length of 14 inches and weigh as much as 23 ounces.

At this time, there is no evidence that tiger prawns feed on native Louisiana shrimp.  Any potential impacts over competition for food and resources remain unknown.  Tiger prawns as well as our native brown and white shrimp adopt different diets as they grow and mature and may become more predatory as body size increases.

For press inquiries contact Laura Wooderson at lwooderson@wlf.la.gov or (504) 430-2623.

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