Fishing

Elmer's Island to Reopen Tomorrow at Noon After Temporary Closure.

Release Date: 08/31/2017

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will reopen Elmer's Island on Friday, September 1 at 12:00 pm.  The island was temporarily closed as a precaution due to Hurricane Harvey.

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.

Red snapper fishing continues through Labor Day weekend

Release Date: 08/31/2017

Baton Rouge, LA – Louisiana anglers will be able to complete the 39-day extended red snapper season which ends Monday, Sept. 4 at 11:59 p.m., according to the latest LA Creel landings data.

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission had ordered LDWF Secretary Jack Montoucet to shut down the red snapper season when it appears anglers will meet the self-imposed limit of 1.04 million pounds.

The latest catch statistics from LDWF’s LA Creel, the agency’s near real-time data collecting program, show that 880,603 pounds of red snapper had been caught as of August 20. The last reported amount was 849,227 pounds.

The LDWF established a limit on its red snapper catch because it believes that being accountable for the catch limit will help the state’s chances of receiving federal government permission allowing Louisiana to manage its own red snapper season out 200 nautical miles from its coast.

The red snapper fishing season was extended 39 days as part of an agreement reached earlier this summer involving Louisiana, the four other Gulf states – Mississippi, Alabama, Texas and Florida - and the U.S. Department of Commerce. It allowed recreational anglers to fish out 200 miles from the Louisiana coast for red snapper on weekends through Labor Day.

Also under the agreement, there would be no red snapper fishing in state waters – out nine miles from the Louisiana coast – on Mondays through Thursdays, except on July 3-4 and September 4. Anglers are limited to two fish, measuring at least 16 inches, per day.

*For more information on the 2017 red snapper landings estimates, visit: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/sites/default/files/pdf/page/41176-red-snapper-long-range-plan-facts/redsnapperwebsitedocument8-20-17.pdf

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 LDWF email alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

LDWF to close Elmer’s Island due to hurricane Harvey Sunday at Noon

Release Date: 08/25/2017

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will temporarily close Elmer's Island beginning on Sunday, August 27 at 12:00 pm, due to the anticipated impacts of Hurricane Harvey. As a precautionary and preparedness measure Elmer's Island will remain closed until further notice.

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.

Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge Closed Until Further Notice Due To Hurricane Harvey

Release Date: 08/25/2017

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has closed Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge due to Hurricane Harvey.

 

This morning at 6:00 a.m. Cameron Emergency Operations Center ordered a mandatory evacuation of Cameron Parish below the Intracoastal Waterway. 

Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge, which consists of 76,042 acres, is located in eastern Cameron and western Vermilion parishes. It borders the Gulf of Mexico for 26.5 miles and extends inland toward the Grand Chenier ridge, a stranded beach ridge, six miles from the Gulf. For more information on the refuge, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/refuge/rockefeller-wildlife-refuge.

 

 

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.

Red Snapper fishing likely to continue through Labor Day

Release Date: 08/24/2017

News Release

For Immediate Release
August 23, 2017

 

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

 

Baton Rouge, LA – Based on the latest LA Creel landings data and this weekend’s weather forecast, LDWF biologists anticipate the red snapper season will remain open through Labor Day.

The latest catch stats from LDWF’s LA Creel, the agency’s near real-time data collecting program, show that 849,227 pounds of red snapper had been caught as of August 13. The last reported amount was 780,769 pounds.

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission has ordered LDWF Secretary Jack Montoucet to shut down the red snapper season when it appears anglers will meet the self-imposed limit of 1.04 million pounds.

LDWF believes that being accountable for the catch limit will help the state’s chances of receiving federal government permission allowing Louisiana to manage its own red snapper season out 200 nautical miles from its coast.

The red snapper fishing season was extended 39 days as part of an agreement reached earlier this summer involving Louisiana, the four other Gulf states – Mississippi, Alabama, Texas and Florida - and the U.S. Department of Commerce. It allowed recreational anglers to fish out 200 miles from the Louisiana coast for red snapper for 39 days. The dates left on the schedule are August 25-27, and September 1-4.

Any dates after this weekend will be canceled immediately if the limit is reached before September 4.

Also under the agreement, there would be no red snapper fishing in state waters – out nine miles from the Louisiana coast – on Mondays through Thursdays, except on July 3-4 and September 4. Anglers are limited to two fish, measuring at least 16 inches, per day.

*For more information on the 2017 red snapper landings estimates, visit: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/sites/default/files/red_snapper_website_document_8-13-17.pdf

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 LDWF email alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

LDWF Schedules Aerial Treatment of Aquatic Vegetation at Saline/Larto Complex

Release Date: 08/17/2017

LDWF Schedules Aerial Treatment of Aquatic Vegetation at Saline/Larto Complex

 

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has scheduled an aerial herbicide application on Tuesday, August 22 to control large expanses of American lotus and giant salvinia that are inhibiting access in the Saline/Larto complex. 
 
The aerial application will be used to treat selected areas where giant salvinia and American lotus growth is particularly heavy, encompassing roughly 550 acres in total. The designated spray area will be the southwest portion of Saline Lake, including Friejon Bayou, Raccoon Bayou and up to the mouth of Big Creek. It also includes the mouth of Big Creek to approximately 0.7 miles past Camel’s Slough.
 
The aquatic herbicides to be used are approved by the EPA for use in aquatic environments.
 
LDWF asks that boaters avoid the application during this time. Recreational activities will not be restricted on other areas of the lake. 

 

 

The numbers say it all, red snapper fishing continues

Release Date: 08/17/2017

Baton Rouge, LA – Louisiana anglers find themselves looking at yet another weekend of red snapper fishing as catch numbers are more than 250,000 pounds below the state’s self-imposed limit for 2017.

The latest catch stats from LDWF’s LA Creel, the agency’s near real-time data collecting program, show that 780,769 pounds of red snapper had been caught as of Aug. 6. The last reported amount was 764,283 pounds.

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission has ordered LDWF Secretary Jack Montoucet to shut down the red snapper season when it appears anglers will meet the self-imposed limit of 1.04 million pounds.

LDWF believes that being accountable for the catch limit will help the state’s chances of receiving federal government permission allowing Louisiana to manage its own red snapper season out 200 nautical miles from its coast.

The red snapper fishing season was extended 39 days as part of an agreement reached earlier this summer involving Louisiana, the four other Gulf states – Mississippi, Alabama, Texas and Florida - and the U.S. Department of Commerce. It allowed recreational anglers to fish out 200 miles from the Louisiana coast for red snapper for 39 days. The dates left on the schedule are Aug 18-20, Aug. 25-27, and Sept. 1-4.

Any dates after this weekend will be canceled immediately if the limit is reached before Sept. 4.

Also under the agreement, there would be no red snapper fishing in state waters – out nine miles from the Louisiana coast – on Mondays through Thursdays, except on July 3-4 and September 4. Anglers are limited to two fish, measuring at least 16 inches, per day.

*For more information on the 2017 red snapper landings estimates, visit: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/sites/default/files/pdf/page/41176-red-snapper-long-range-plan-facts/redsnapperwebsitedocument8-6-17-1.pdf

The August Louisiana Artificial Reef Council meeting to be rescheduled

Release Date: 08/17/2017

The Louisiana Artificial Reef Council meeting scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, August 29 in the Louisiana Room of the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries headquarters building, has been canceled.  The rescheduled meeting date and time will be announced at a future date.

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.

 

Recreational For-Hire Meetings Scheduled Across the Coast

Release Date: 08/10/2017

Louisiana Fisheries Forward (LFF), in conjunction with the Louisiana Charter Boat Association (LCBA), will host a series of educational meetings for inshore recreational for-hire captains. Discussion topics include the importance of the LaCreel Recreational Survey; current charter captain license requirements, including insurance; opportunities for reaching new customers; and a Q & A with Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and Louisiana Sea Grant staff.
 
Meeting dates and times are as follows: 
 
September 12, 2017, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Lake Pontchartain Basin Maritime Museum, 133 Mabel Dr., Madisonville
 
September 13, 2017, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
St. Bernard Parish Government Bldg. (council chambers), 8201 W Judge Perez Dr., Chalmette
 
September 14, 2017, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Terrebonne Parish Library (upstairs room), 151 Library Dr., Houma
 
September 18, 2017, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
LSU AgCenter Calcasieu Office, 7101 Gulf Hwy., Lake Charles 
 
Interested inshore charter captains should contact Thomas Hymel, Louisiana Sea Grant, at (337) 296-6133 or thymel@agcenter.lsu.edu, for more information.
 
A collaboration of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and Louisiana Sea Grant College Program at LSU (Sea Grant), LFF was established with the goal of improving the economic success and environmental sustainability of Louisiana’s commercial fishing industry.

 

Louisiana anglers roll into another red snapper fishing weekend

Release Date: 08/10/2017

Baton Rouge, LA – Louisiana anglers moved the needle only slightly in the latest catch numbers of red snapper meaning there will be yet another weekend to reel in the prized game fish.

The latest catch stats from LDWF’s LA Creel, the agency’s near real-time data collecting program, are 764,283 as of July 30. This level represents only slightly more than the last reported amount of 736,159.

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission has ordered LDWF Secretary Jack Montoucet to shut down the red snapper season when it appears anglers will meet the self-imposed limit of 1.04 million pounds.

LDWF believes that being accountable for the catch limit will help the state’s chances of receiving federal government permission allowing Louisiana to manage its own red snapper season out 200 nautical miles from its coast.

The red snapper fishing season was extended 39 days as part of an agreement reached earlier this summer involving Louisiana, the four other Gulf states – Mississippi, Alabama, Texas and Florida - and the U.S. Department of Commerce. It allowed recreational anglers to fish out 200 miles from the Louisiana coast for red snapper for 39 days. The dates left on the schedule are Aug. 11-13, Aug 18-20, Aug. 25-27, and Sept. 1-4.

Any dates after this weekend will be cancelled immediately if the limit is reached before Sept. 4.

Also under the agreement, there would be no red snapper fishing in state waters – out nine miles from the Louisiana coast – on Mondays through Thursdays, except on July 3-4 and September 4. Anglers are limited to two fish, measuring at least 16 inches, per day.

*For more information on the 2017 red snapper landings estimates, visit: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/sites/default/files/pdf/page/41176-red-snapper-long-range-plan-facts/redsnapperharvestupdate.pdf

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