LDWF to Hold Lake Bistineau Public Meeting

Release Date: 03/28/2017

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will conduct an informational meeting concerning Lake Bistineau.
Who: LDWF inland fisheries staff
What: Public information meeting on Lake Bistineau
When: Tuesday, April 11, 2017, at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Region 1 Office
             Jonathan Glasscock Memorial Classroom
             9961 Hwy. 80
             Minden, LA 71055
The meeting will include an update on the current status of the lake, and LDWF staff will field questions concerning the management of the lake and giant salvinia. Everyone interested in Lake Bistineau is encouraged to attend. 
Space is limited to 100 individuals, so please keep this in mind when making plans to attend.  
The current LDWF Lake Bistineau Management Plan can be viewed at:
For additional information regarding the meetings, contact Jeff Sibley, LDWF Biologist Manager, at or (318) 371-3066.

Recreational Greater Amberjack Fishing Season Will Close March 30, 2017

Release Date: 03/27/2017

Today, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced that the recreational greater amberjack season will close in Louisiana waters on Thursday, March 30.

NOAA Fisheries has projected that the adjusted annual recreational catch limit of 335,741 pounds will be harvested, and the closure is necessary to prevent further harvest.  Previous annual catch limit overruns in 2016 led to a reduction in the 2017 recreational quota (1,255,600 pounds to 335,741 pounds).  Federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico are scheduled to reopen on January 1, 2018. 

During the closure, recreational harvest or possession of greater amberjack is prohibited in state and federal waters.  This closure is necessary to protect the greater amberjack resource. The greater amberjack population is considered overfished (the population is too low) and limiting harvest is necessary for the population to recover.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Jack Montoucet was authorized by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission in previously promulgated (LAC 76.VII.335.G.5) rules to change or modify the opening and closing dates for any recreational reef fish season in Louisiana waters when notified by NOAA Fisheries.  

For more information, contact Jason Adriance at (504) 284-2032 or jadriance

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at To receive email alerts, signup at

Commercial and Crab Trap Closure to End March 22

Release Date: 03/16/2017

The 30-day closure of the blue crab commercial fishery and use of crab traps will end Tuesday, March 21 at 11:59 p.m. Commercial and recreational crabbers may return their crab traps to Louisiana state waters beginning 30 minutes before legal sunrise, as described in statue, on Wednesday, March 22. 
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries would like to remind commercial crabbers and recreational users of crab traps of the following regulations:
Effective January 1, 2017, and to extend through 2019:
The commercial harvest of immature female blue crabs is prohibited. There is an exception for immature female blue crabs held for processing as softshell crabs or being sold to a processor for the making of softshell crabs. Only crabs at the “white line” stage or later can be held for making of softshell crabs. Additionally, legally licensed commercial crab fishermen may have an incidental take of immature female crabs not to exceed two percent of the total number of crabs in possession. Crabs in a work box, used to sort or cull undersized and/or immature female crabs, are not subject to the restriction while held aboard an active fishing vessel.
An immature female crab, also known as a “maiden” or “V-bottom” crab, can be identified as having a triangular shaped apron on her abdomen. A mature female crab can be identified as having a dome shaped apron on her abdomen.
Effective November 15, 2017:
A minimum of three escape rings should be placed on the vertical, outside walls flush with the trap floor or baffle with at least two rings located in the upper chamber of each trap. The minimum size of rings should be 2 and 3/8 inches inside diameter. Any crab trap constructed of wire mesh 2 and 5/16 inches square or greater is exempt from escape ring requirements. The above escape ring requirements will be effective in Lake Pontchartrain on November 15 as well.


Louisiana Catch and Cook

Louisiana Catch and Cook

There’s nothing better than the smell of fresh fish sizzling on the grill after a long day on the water. But not all anglers prefer to cook their own catch and sometimes new or out-of-town anglers don’t know what to do with their catch after a fishing trip. So, why not leave it to the professionals?

Welcome to Louisiana Catch and Cook, a program that brings together the recreational fishing and restaurant industries to allow anglers the opportunity to enjoy dining on their own catch-of-the-day, prepared by a professional chef, only hours after coming off the water.

Through this program, permitted establishments can now prepare and serve fish caught by licensed fishermen. Any retail food establishment wishing to participate in the program can apply for a free permit issued by LDWF. Participating restaurants may charge the guest any amount they choose for preparing the item. Fishermen should contact permitted restaurants well in advance of scheduled fishing trips to make arrangements.

Who is a Catch and Cook participant?





Bourbon House Christine Bondio 504-274-1750
C Moran's Restaurant Chris Moran 225-931-7306
Cypress Bend Golf Resort, Spa and Conference Center Barbra Ezernack 318-590-1500
Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse Christine Bondio 504-274-1750
Galatoire's Melvin Rodrigue 504-908-7098
Jack Daniel's Bar & Grill Lyle Broussard 337-395-7102
La Petite Grocery Justin Devillier 504-891-3377
Palace Café Christine Bondio 504-274-1750
Spahr's Seafood Ryan Gaudet 985-688-7460
Spahr's at the Station Ryan Gaudet 985-688-7460
Tableau Christine Bondio 504-274-1750

Participant Rules

  1. The recreational angler who brings the fish in for preparation must sign an assumption of risk form. The completed, dated and signed form should be maintained at the food establishment for no less than 90 days. The restaurant should provide the completed forms to state health officers upon request.
  2. The restaurant should receive only fish that have been cleaned, filleted, placed in clean, food-grade single-service packaging and properly refrigerated.
  3. The restaurant should inspect the fish for freshness and proper receiving temperature.
  4. The fish should be properly labeled with the date, time and name of the recreational angler.
  5. The restaurant should store, prepare and otherwise handle the fish separately from products being prepared for and served to the general public.
  6. The restaurant should store, prepare and otherwise handle the fish in compliance with provisions of the state sanitary code
  7. The restaurant should prepare and serve the fish to the recreational angler or any person in his party within four hours of receiving the fish.
  8. Containers, preparation tables, cutting boards, utensils and other food preparation equipment used to prepare and serve the fish should be properly cleaned and sanitized in accordance with provisions of the state sanitary code prior to use preparing foods to serve to the general public.
  9. The fish should be served directly to the recreational anglers or individuals in his party immediately upon the completion of cooking and should not be served to the general public.

More Information

Louisiana Catch and Cook website 

Registration for the Spring Women’s Fishing Workshops is Now Open!

Release Date: 03/10/2017

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), CCA Louisiana, Cabela’s Outdoor Fund,  National Wildlife Federation and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation are teaming up to present two Women’s Fishing Workshops this spring at Cabela’s Gonzales location. The workshops, held on Saturday, April 22nd and Saturday, May 20th, are open to women over the age of 18 who are looking to learn about fishing and utilizing Louisiana’s aquatic resources.

Whether you’ve never fished, or you’re a more advanced angler looking to sharpen your knowledge, these workshops cover a variety of skills to help make fishing more enjoyable. LDWF biologists and aquatic volunteer instructors will instruct 30 women per event in fish identification, best fish handling practices, preparing fishing equipment, basic fishing skills, as well as catching, cleaning, storing, and cooking fish.  Fifteen participants will be randomly selected from each course and will get the chance to apply their newly learned skills on an overnight fishing trip to Grand Isle under the direction of LDWF biologists and volunteer instructors. Participants will stay at the LDWF Fisheries Research lab where they will get a chance to go fishing in the areas surrounding Grand Isle on Saturday and Sunday morning. The trip for the April 22nd workshop will be June 2-4th and July 14-16th for the May 20th workshop.
Interested women may register HERE for the workshop. Please remember that each Women’s Fishing Workshop will be limited to 30 participants per date so register soon. Registration for the April 22nd workshop will end on Wednesday, April 5, 2017, and Wednesday, May 3, 2017 for the May 20th workshop. Participants may only attend one workshop.

Selected registrants will be notified via email or phone prior to each workshop. 

Oyster Task Force Public-Private Oyster Grounds Committee to Meet March 14th

Release Date: 03/09/2017

Oyster Task Force Public-Private Oyster Grounds Committee

Tuesday, March 14, 2017, 10:00 A.M.

UNO Advanced Technology Center

2021 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 210

New Orleans 70122





I.              Call to Order

II.            Discussion of Recommendations RE: Oyster Seed Grounds

Vessel Permit Training Requirements

III.         Discussion of Moratorium Lifting Draft NOI

IV.          Discussion of Draft Legislation RE: Alternative Oyster Culture; Permits

V.             Public Comment

VI.          Set next meeting

VII.        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

Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Appeals Board to Meet March 14th

Release Date: 03/09/2017

The Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Appeals Board will meet on Tuesday, March 14, 2017. The meeting will convene at 9:00 a.m. in the second floor conference room of the University of New Orleans’ Advanced Technology Center 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.              Roll Call of Board Members

2.              Approval of Minutes from November 7, 2016 Meeting

3.              Hearing of New Renewal Permit Appeals

a.     William Van Meter

b.     Joseph Kinkella

4.              Receive Public Comments

5.              Set next meeting date

6.              Adjournment

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

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.

For more information, please contact Ty Lindsey at 225-765-2387 or

Louisiana Oyster Task Force to Meet Tuesday, March 14

Release Date: 03/08/2017

Louisiana Oyster Task Force Meeting

John Tesvich, Chairman

Tuesday, March 14, 2017, 1 p.m.

UNO Advanced Technology Center

2021 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 210

New Orleans 70122




      I.         Roll call and introduction of guests
     II.         Approval of February 15, 2017, meeting minutes and March 17, 2017, agenda
    III.         Treasury Report
                 A.      Oyster tag sales
                 B.      LOTF financial report
                          ·      Annual financial disclosure filing reminder
  IV.         Committee Reports
                A.      Public and Private Oyster Grounds Committee  (Mitch Jurisich)
                B.      Enforcement (Captain Chad Hebert)
                C.      Legislative (Jakov Jurisic)
                D.     Research (Earl Melancon)
                E.     Coastal Restoration (Dan Coulon)
                F.      Marketing (LDWF)
               G.      Health (Lance Broussard)
               H.      Sustainability (LDWF)
                I.       Professionalism (LDWF)
               J.       Aquaculture (John Supan)
               K.      Joint Task Force Working Group (Mitch Jurisich)
    V.       New Business
              A.     Discussion of sponsorship & financial polices & procedures (Cara Tyler)
              B.     Discussion of private sector development projects (Damon Morris)
              C.     Discussion of the Audubon G.U.L.F. Program (Damon Morris)
              D.     To discuss a resolution in support of federal Sea Grant funding (OTF)
              E.     To discuss and consider funding for the Oyster Convention & Congressional

                            Staff Meeting
              F.     To consider funding for the Gulf & South Atlantic States Shellfish Conference

             G.     To discuss and consider funding for Spring D.C. Acadiana Event (OTF)
  VI.       Public Comment
VII.        Set Next Meeting
VIII.       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


The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is committed to accommodating all

reasonable special requests regarding access to our meetings. Please direct all sign

language interpreting services or other accommodation needs to the contact at the top of

this announcement at least 72 hours prior to the meeting date. 


LDWF Makes Notice of Cancelled Oyster Leases

Release Date: 03/07/2017

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is required to make public notice regarding the nonpayment of fees related to oyster leases on both its website and in the official journal of the parish in which the delinquent lease is located.
As per Louisiana Revised Statute 56:429, any lessee who pays their rent on or after the first day of February owes the rent due plus an additional 10 percent penalty. Failure of the lessee to pay the rent punctually on or before the first of each January, or within 60 days thereafter, terminates and cancels the lease and forfeits to the department all the works, improvements, betterments and oysters on the previously leased water bottom.
The list of cancelled leases is available HERE.  Notices were made to each lessee who had not yet paid their rent by certified mail. The current list shows those lessees who did not provide payment by March 1, 2017, and those leases that have been cancelled.
For questions regarding delinquent oyster lease payments, please contact Marc Maniscalco at (504) 284-5277.

Fun for All Ages at Annual Big Bass Rodeo and Fishtival in New Orleans City Park

Release Date: 03/02/2017

Fun for All Ages at Annual Big Bass Rodeo and Fishtival in New Orleans City Park

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is gearing up for the 70th annual Big Bass Rodeo and Fishtival in New Orleans City Park on Saturday, March 25. With a fishing category for every age and a family friendly fishtival, there’s sure to be something for everyone.  This year’s event will again include the Battle for the Bass student fishing tournament and Boats on the Bayou non-motorized tournament on Bayou St. John.     
The Big Bass Rodeo is a catch-and-release fishing tournament for anglers targeting the largest bass. For junior anglers (ages 12 and under), the rodeo includes competitive categories for heaviest bass or heaviest cichlid, bream, or perch.
With its successful introduction last year, LDWF will again host the Battle for the Bass Tournament. Students in grades 7 through 12 will represent their respective schools in teams of up to five anglers and will battle it out for the heaviest two-bass combined weight. The winning team will take home bragging rights for the year as well as a 3-foot trophy to display at their school. The first 50 students to register will receive fishing gear donated by Berkley.
Boats on the Bayou is open to anglers with kayaks and other non-motorized watercraft and offers four competitive categories. All participating anglers will be entered to win a kayak, courtesy of Massey’s Professional Outfitters.
The fishtival will take place from 9 a.m. to noon in the grandstand area in front of Morning Call on Dreyfous Avenue in City Park. The event will feature music as well as educational and hands-on activities for kids. LDWF mascot Robbie the Redfish will be on hand for photo opportunities. Event raffle prizes include kayaks donated by Cabela’s and Academy Sports and Outdoors, along with tons of fishing gear and other items.
A recreational fishing license is required for participants 16 years and older. To purchase a license online, click HERE.
Registration fees vary depending on division. For more information or to register online, visit Online registration is open until 5 p.m. on March 23. Contact Danica Williams at with questions.


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