Louisiana Saltwater Series Regular Season Finale Set for Cypremort Point

Release Date: 09/15/2015

(Sept. 15, 2015) - The sixth and final regular-season redfish tournament of the 2015 Louisiana Saltwater Series is just around the corner, heading to Cypremort Point on Saturday.
Who:  Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation in conjunction with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
What:  Tag and release redfish fishing tournament
When:  Saturday, September 19, 2015
             5 to 6 a.m.  – Registration/Check-in/Boat checks
            6 a.m. – Captain’s meeting
            1:30 to 3:00 pm – Weigh-in
Where:  Quintana Landing, Cypremort Point, La.
Visit for additional details and to register.  Registration is $200 per two-man team, with exceptions for youth entrants. The tournament series is 100% payout.

LDWF Announces Fishing Regulations Cover Photo Contest

Release Date: 09/10/2015

Your winning photo could be published on next year’s cover of the Louisiana Fishing Regulations
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is accepting photos for its Louisiana Fishing Regulations Cover Photo Contest. The winning photo will be featured on the cover of the 2016 publication.
A judging panel composed of LDWF Fisheries staff will look for photos that best portray recreational fishing in Louisiana and will select and announce a winner in early November 2015. 
Photos not selected for the cover may still be featured on one of the Department’s social media channels or new recreational fishing website,
Entries should be emailed to by midnight on Friday, October 16. Photos must be unedited digital images shot in Louisiana. Each submission (one photo per email) should be portrait (vertical) orientation, high resolution (a minimum of 1600 x 1000 pixels but no larger than 12 MB) and free of date stamps or other markings.
With all submissions, please include the photographer’s name, names of individuals in the photo, where the photo was taken, approximate date and contact information.
The Louisiana Fishing Regulations pamphlet is the state’s official publication for recreational fishing seasons dates, harvest limits and regulations. The guide is available online and in hard copy at LDWF offices and license vendors statewide.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at or To receive recreational or commercial fishing email and text alerts, signup at

Louisiana Shrimp Task Force Meeting Announced

Release Date: 09/04/2015

Shrimp Task Force Meeting

Mark Abraham, Chairman

The following is the agenda for the Louisiana Shrimp Task Force Meeting. The public is invited to attend.

Monday, September 14, 2015, 10:30 a.m.

Terrebonne Council Meeting Room

8026 Main Street, Houma, LA 70360



I.               Roll call and introduction of guests

II.              Approval of April 1, 2015 meeting minutes and September 14, 2015 agenda

III.            Treasury Report

A.     Budget report-LDWF

i. Shrimp industry promotion opportunities

IV.            April 15, 2015 Marketing Committee Report

V.              Old Business

A.     Refrigeration grant program update-LDWF

B.     Sustainability Update-LDWF

VI.            New Business

A.     Revised sustainability pre-assessment- LDWF

B.     Ted testing in skimmer nets- Jeff Gearhart (NOAA)

C.     LDWF sea turtle monitoring project (trawling)-LDWF

D.     Setting shrimp seasons- Andrew Blanchard

VII.           Public Comment

VIII.         Set Next Meeting

IX.            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

LDWF Announces New Crappie Regulations on Eagle Lake

Release Date: 09/02/2015

(Sept. 2, 2015) –The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has amended crappie regulations on Eagle Lake in Madison Parish to establish consistency with Mississippi, who borders the lake on the east.
Effective October 1, the new daily take and size regulations are 30 fish per person with an 11 inch minimum length limit. 
The Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks Commission passed identical regulations, and the new rules will remain in effect for a four-year period.
After the four-year period, a crappie population stock assessment and angler opinion survey will be administered to determine future management. 
The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at on Facebook at or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.
For press inquiries, contact Ashley Wethey at or (504) 286-8733.

Application Period for Shrimp Refrigeration Cost-Share Program is Closed

Release Date: 09/01/2015

(Sept. 1, 2015) – Officials with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced today that the shrimp refrigeration cost-share program has closed. Due to the large number of applications received and the limited amount of funds, the department is closing the application portal.
The program, announced in July, will provide eligible shrimp vessel owners, docks, and processing facilities the opportunity to qualify for 50 percent of any authorized refrigeration equipment costs, up to $30,000. The application period opened on August 31st, 2015 and by the end of the day a large number of applications were received.
Staff will review the submitted applications and work directly with the applicants to determine eligibility.
The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana's abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at, on Facebook at, or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.
To sign up for LDWF commercial fishing alerts sent as text messages or as emails visit
For press inquiries, contact Rene LeBreton at or (504) 286-8745.

LDWF Schedules Cotile Lake Drawdown for Aquatic Vegetation Control

Release Date: 08/24/2015

(Aug. 24, 2015) – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has scheduled a drawdown for Cotile Lake in Rapides Parish on September 8, 2015 as part of an integrated management plan to control nuisance aquatic vegetation.
The lake level will be lowered at a rate of approximately 4 inches per day to a maximum of 8 feet below pool stage. As the water level is lowered, herbicide sprays will be conducted, particularly in those areas accessible with spray equipment.
The control structure will be closed no later than January 15, 2016, to allow the lake to refill.
In addition to the drawdown and herbicide applications, 1,000 triploid grass carp were previously stocked in the lake to slow the regrowth of hydrilla.
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.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources.  For more information, visit us at, on Facebook at or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.
For additional information regarding the drawdown, contact Ricky Moses, LDWF Biologist Manager, at or (318) 487-5885. For press inquiries contact Ashley Wethey at or (504) 286-8733.

2015 Youth Angler of the Year Winners Announced

Release Date: 08/18/2015

2015 Youth Angler of the Year winner Sean Turner with his speckled trout in Cocodrie.
2015 Youth Angler of the Year winner Beatrice Long

(Aug. 18, 2015) - Winners of the 2015 Youth Angler of the Year Award were honored at the Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association Annual Conference in Morgan City on Aug. 8. This year’s winners were seven-year-old Beatrice Long of Lafayette and 12-year-old Sean Turner of Prairieville. 
LOWA and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries implemented a new essay contest this year, following the tradition of the well-known Youth Hunter of the Year Award. Youth ages 15 and under were given the opportunity to submit an essay about a memorable fishing trip, along with a photo of the youth and the fish. A male and female winner were then selected.
Beatrice is entering second grade at Cathedral Carmel School. Her hand-written essay was titled “The Redfish” which described a family crabbing and fishing trip. She expressed great pride in being the first to hook a nice red in a “whole boatful of grown-ups”. Beatrice’s parents are Kelley and Armistead Long.
Sean is entering seventh grade and is homeschooled through the Louisiana Virtual Academy. He received the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana Youth Award earlier this year. In his anecdotal essay about fishing in Cocodrie, Sean details a thunderstorm scaring his baby brother and postponing the family’s fishing trip, and then the reward and fun of catching limits of trout on the second day. Sean’s parents are Marissa and Franklin Turner.
Sponsors for this year’s Youth Angler of the Year Contest included LOWA, LDWF and Coastal Angler Magazine. Each winner received a plaque, rod and reel combo and a lifetime fishing license.
For more information the contest, go to or contact Wendy Billiot at 985-851-7578 or or Danica Williams at 504-286-4043 or  For press inquiries contact Ashley Wethey at or 504-286-8733.

Syndicate content