Fishing

LDWF’s License to Win! Sweepstakes Winners Announced

Release Date: 10/19/2015

(Oct. 19, 2015) - As part of it’s first annual License to Win! promotion, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries in partnership with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation awarded five lucky winners for its September saltwater license holder drawing. Winners drawn on October 1 include Steve Brown, Jonathan Phan, Michael Verges, Timothy Washam and Nicholas Whalen.
 
The winners were among thousands of names entered when they purchased a 2015-16 recreational saltwater fishing license.
 
The sweepstakes includes fives monthly prize winners of a YETI Tundra 45 ice chest, Shimano Curado G-Loomis Combo or gift cards from Academy Sports and Outdoors, Texaco and Whole Foods Market.
 
The License to Win! sweepstakes encourages anglers to provide accurate contact information to participate in a survey (LA Creel) that helps LDWF manage their fishery. LA Creel is the data-gathering survey that allows LDWF biologists to manage our fisheries at localized levels across the state. The success of LA Creel will not only allow the Department to better manage fisheries, but will ultimately maximize the amount of fishing opportunities for Louisiana anglers. 
 
We’re only five months into this year long promotion, leaving plenty opportunity for your chance to be our next lucky winner.  Visit your nearest license vendor or go online (www.wildlifelicense.com) to purchase your recreational saltwater license to be eligible for next month’s drawing. The department will continue to select five winners each month, and 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.
 
Rules, photos and additional information can be found at http://www.fishla.org/license-win-sweepstakes/

LDWF to Open Fall Red Snapper Season in State Waters

Release Date: 10/09/2015

News Release

 

For Immediate Release
October 9, 2015

 

Contact: Rene LeBreton

Public Information
LDWF

(504) 286-8745
rlebreton@wlf.la.gov

 

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is excited to announce Louisiana recreational anglers will be able to target red snapper this fall in state waters beginning Friday, November 20  until further notice.  

This year, LA Creel estimated that Louisiana’s recreational fishermen landed a total of 993,963 pounds of red snapper through September 8, 2015 when Louisiana’s state water red snapper season was closed. These landings account for 92% of our historical average for both the private angler and charter boat components of the recreational sector (1,082,786 pounds). This season will allow our private recreational anglers to harvest the remaining 88,823 pounds of red snapper. 

The fall season will run seven days a week in state waters with a daily bag and possession limit of two fish per person at a 16-inch minimum total length. 

The Louisiana Gulfward Boundary

In June 2012, the Commission took action to extend Louisiana state waters from three miles offshore to three marine leagues, or approximately 9 nautical miles, offshore.

LDWF officials encourage fishermen to use caution and their own personal judgment when fishing beyond the three-mile boundary that is currently recognized as federal waters, as it is fully expected that federal agents will continue to enforce federal law. Until U.S. Congress confirms Louisiana’s action, the battle will continue over Louisiana’s state water boundary.

Recreational Offshore Landing Permit

LDWF reminds anglers that a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit is required in order to possess certain species, including red snapper.  Anglers may obtain or renew the permit, free of charge at https://rolp.wlf.la.gov. 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.

Recreational anglers and charter captains are required to obtain a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit to possess tunas, billfish, swordfish, amberjacks, groupers, snappers, hinds, cobia, wahoo and dolphin. Minors (under 16) are not required to obtain a recreational offshore landing permit. Angling customers on a paid-for-hire charter trip also do not need a permit.

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

Oyster Task Force Announces Lease Moratorium Lifting Sub Committee Meeting

Release Date: 10/08/2015

Oyster Task Force

Oyster Lease Moratorium Lifting Committee

John Tesvich, Chairman

Wednesday, October 14, 2015, 1:00 P.M.

UNO Advanced Technology Center

2021 Lakeshore Dr., STE 210

New Orleans, LA 70122

 

AGENDA

 

I.               Roll Call and introduction of guests

II.             Continuing discussion on issues and parameters to follow in lifting oyster lease moratorium

III.           Set next meeting date

III.         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/8898674528290064386

 

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

Commercial Netting Season on False River, Lake Bruin and Lake Providence Now Open

Release Date: 10/06/2015

(Oct. 6, 2015) - The reoccurring commercial net season for False River, Lake Bruin and Lake Providence is now open and will continue through sunset on February 29, 2016.
 
In 2014, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission extended the season by one month.  The Department hopes the season extension will increase commercial angler participation and harvest of fish including buffalo, carp and freshwater drum. 
 
During this season the use of gill and trammel nets greater than or at least a minimum of 3.5 square inches (7 inches stretched) is allowed.  Commercial fishing activity will only be allowed during daylight hours with the exception of gear that can be set overnight; however, all fish caught should be removed during daylight hours only.
 
For False River season information, contact Biologist Manager Rachel Walley at rwalley@wlf.la.gov or (225) 765-2336, or Lake Bruin and Lake Providence season information, contact Ryan Daniel at rdaniel@wlf.la.gov or (318) 343-4044. 

Temporary Closure Scheduled for Bonnabel Boat Launch

Release Date: 10/05/2015

(Oct. 5, 2015) - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries in partnership with Jefferson Parish have scheduled a temporary closure of Bonnabel Boat Launch, a public access facility on the south shore of Lake Pontchartrain, for ramp improvements. 
 
The launch will close beginning Tuesday, October 13 and is tentatively scheduled to reopen in February 2016.
 
Site improvements include replacement and extension of four concrete boat ramps, providing a safer and more enjoyable experience for boaters in the future. 
 
Improvements are funded through the Wallop-Breaux Boating Access Program administered by LDWF and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  Jefferson Parish is providing matching funds and continued maintenance of the facility upon completion.
 
During the temporary closure, boaters can access Lake Pontchartrain at Seabrook Boat Launch in New Orleans and at the Williams Boat Launch in Kenner.  Locations and additional details for these launches and public boat launches statewide can be found at http://www.fishla.org/find-boat-launch/.
 

LDWF updates Commissioners on LA Creel’s red snapper season data

Release Date: 10/02/2015

 

News Release
 
For Immediate Release
October 2, 2015
 
Contact: Rene LeBreton
Public Information
LDWF
(504) 286-8745
rlebreton@wlf.la.gov

 

LDWF updates Commissioners on LA Creel’s red snapper season data
 
Yesterday, LDWF staff updated the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission on the 2015 state and federal recreational red snapper landings from the LA Creel program. LA Creel precisely monitors recreational landings in near real-time, allows fishery managers to make decisions on a regional level throughout the state and enables LDWF to set flexible seasons that allow anglers to take full advantage of available fishery resources. This program has been critical in establishing a recreational red snapper season in state waters to extend Louisiana’s season beyond the federal season.
 
LA Creel is a replacement for the federal recreational fishing survey MRIP. Private recreational anglers have been blamed for previous overharvests, which were actually due to mismanaged federal seasons set using unreliable data from MRIP.
 
This year, LA Creel estimated that Louisiana’s recreational fishermen landed a total of 993,963 pounds of red snapper through September 8, 2015 when Louisiana’s state water red snapper season was closed. These landings account for 92% of our historical average for both the private angler and charter boat components of the recreational sector (1,082,786 pounds). (Recently the recreational sector was divided into these two components through sector separation.)
 
During the 2015 season, our private recreational anglers landed 763,248 pounds of red snapper during the state and federal seasons. These landings were within 2.6% of our target of 744,238 pounds.
 
Louisiana charter boats only landed 230,715 pounds of red snapper, 68% of their 338,548-pound target. “Sector separation initially seemed like a victory for our federally permitted charter captains as they were given 45 days to fish red snapper in federal waters,” said LDWF Secretary Robert Barham. “However, due to federal regulations (Amendment 30B), they were unable to take advantage of the extended state season and harvest their full allocation. We are considering an additional fall red snapper season to allow our anglers an opportunity to harvest the remaining red snapper.”
We would like to thank our anglers for supporting a saltwater license fee increase to fund LA Creel, which allows the department to provide our anglers an opportunity to fully enjoy this public resource,” said LDWF Assistant Secretary Randy Pausina.
 
Additional Benefits of LA Creel
 
LDWF promised anglers that LA Creel would show a return on their investment when they supported the program. Not only have we used LA Creel to helped anglers by extending the red snapper season, but we are also proud to announce the Fishing Professor, a new tool that takes near real-time data from LA Creel and shows users where, when, and what kinds of fish are caught across our coast. Users can select specific types of fish and can even hone in on specific fishing areas and marinas in which fish were caught or landed. With access to this information, anglers can better plan and prepare for their fishing trips.
 
“We collect tons of valuable data, and we think it’s important to put these data to work for our anglers and help make sure they have successful fishing trips,” said LDWF Assistant Secretary Randy Pausina.
 
LDWF would like to remind our fishing license holders to update their contact information at www.la.wildlifelicense.com/start.php. Without the ability to contact our anglers through a brief fishing effort survey, LA Creel would not be successful.  Additionally, when you update your contact information, you will be entered in our License to Win! Sweepstakes and will be eligible for monthly and grand prizes.
 
For more information about LA Creel, red snapper management and other LDWF Office of Fisheries programs, visit FishLA.org. Please use the comment form on the website to let us know how we can make this website a more valuable resource for you.
 
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 or www.FishLA.org. To receive recreational or commercial fishing email and text alerts, signup at www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

 

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