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Greater Amberjack Commercial Seasons to Close

Release Date: 07/12/2016

For Immediate Release:


July 12, 2016 – Officials with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced the 2016 commercial fishing season for greater amberjack in Louisiana State waters will close on Sunday, July 17, at 12:01 a.m.   Following a review of current landings, data indicates the 2016 Gulf of Mexico commercial quota of 394,740 pounds is projected to be met by that date.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced that federal waters will also close on Sunday, July 17, at 12:01 a.m. and remain closed to commercial amberjack fishing for the remainder of 2016. 

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For more information contact Jason Adriance at 504.284.2032 or .  

AMENDED - Shrimp Task Force to Meet July 13th

Release Date: 07/08/2016

Wednesday, July 13, 2016, 10:00 a.m.

Terrebonne Council Meeting Room

8026 Main Street, Houma, LA 70360



I.               Roll call and introduction of guests

II.             Approval of April 20, 2016 meeting minutes and July 13, 2016 agenda

III.           Treasury Report

A.     Budget report- LDWF

IV.            Old Business

A.     Gulf of Mexico Fisheries Management Council Update- Myron Fischer

B.     Update on the Status of Shrimp Permits- Myron Fischer

V.              New Business

A.     To Consider Funding for the Congressional Staff Educational Trip

B.     Overview of the 2017 Coastal Master Plan- Brian Lezina

C.     Discussion of Shrimp Sizes for Setting Fall Shrimp Season- Jeff Marx

D.     Discussion of Oyster Lease/ Boundary Marker Regulations- Acy Cooper

E.     Update on Experimental Device Test Permit- George Hallner

F.     Discussion of STF Vacancy Appointments- Mark Schexnayder

VI.            Public Comment

VII.          Set Quarterly Meetings

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


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LWF Commission Modifies Rules for Commercial Harvest of Blue Crabs

Release Date: 07/08/2016

News Release


For Immediate Release
July 8, 2016


Contact: Ashley Wethey
Public Information
(504) 286-8733


The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission considered a Notice of Intent (NOI) to enact commercial blue crab harvest restrictions in order to reduce fishing pressure on the blue crab stock at their monthly meeting yesterday.

The NOI restricts the commercial harvest of immature blue female crabs except those being held for processing of softshell crabs. It also establishes a 30-day closure of the blue commercial harvest and the use of crab traps beginning the third Monday of February. Both management actions would go into effect in 2017 and last through 2019.

Legally licensed commercial crab fishermen may have an incidental take of immature female crabs in their possession, not to exceed two percent of the total number of crabs in their possession. Crabs in a work box, used to sort or cull undersized and/or immature female crabs, are not subject to the immature female restriction while aboard an active fishing vessel.

All crab traps remaining in state waters during the closure will be presumed to be engaged in active fishing and considered illegal.

To view the full notice of intent, please visit here.

Interested persons may submit comments relative to the proposed rule to Jeff Marx, Marine Fisheries Section, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, 2415 Darnall Rd., New Iberia, LA 70560 or via email to prior to September 1, 2016.

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LDWF to Hold Henderson Lake Public Meeting

Release Date: 07/08/2016

News Release

For Immediate Release
July 8, 2016

Contact: Rene LeBreton

Public Information - LDWF
(504) 286-8745


The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, St. Martin Parish Government, the Town of Henderson, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will conduct an informational meeting concerning a recommended drawdown of Henderson Lake.

Who:  LDWF Inland Fisheries Staff

What:  Public meeting to discuss the management of Henderson Lake

When:  Wednesday, July 20, 2016, at 6:00 p.m.

Henderson Town Hall
1015 Amy Street
Henderson, LA.

The meeting will include a presentation by LDWF on the 2016 Henderson Lake Management Plan and an update on the current status of the lake. LDWF staff will field questions concerning the management of the lake.  Anyone interested in Henderson Lake is encouraged to attend. 

The current LDWF Henderson Lake Management Plan can be viewed at:

For additional information regarding the meetings, contact Brac Salyers, LDWF Biologist Manager, at or (337) 373-5100.

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Vernon Lake Drawdown Scheduled for Maintenance and Aquatic Vegetation Control

Release Date: 07/07/2016

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has scheduled a drawdown for parish/state/landowner maintenance, vegetation control, and fish habitat improvement on Vernon Lake in Vernon Parish.  The drawdown is scheduled to begin the first week of September 2016.  The control structure will be closed during the first week of January 2017 to allow water levels to return to normal..

The lake level will be lowered 8 feet below pool stage.  This level is required to achieve the desired effect and allow access for maintenance of private and public property.  

 LDWF and the Vernon Parish Police Jury / Vernon Parish Game and Fish Commission have cooperatively developed a schedule for drawdowns on Vernon Lake..  Under this agreement, Vernon Lake will be drawn down every 7 years for dam, spillway and boat ramp maintenance, vegetation control, and fish habitat improvement (compaction of bottom sediments).

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.

For additional information regarding the drawdown, contact Sean Kinney, LDWF Biologist Manager, at (337) 491-2575.  

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Toledo Bend Reservoir: A Fish Dynasty

Release Date: 07/05/2016

Louisiana lake named top bass fishing destination for a second year in a row
For the second year in a row, Bassmaster Magazine named Toledo Bend Reservoir the "Best Bass Lake" in the nation. In the history of rankings, this is the first time a fishery has held the number one spot for more than one year. 
Since 2012, the magazine has published the annual 100 best bass lakes in the country, and Toledo Bend has placed within the top 15 every year.
Four months of research went into the ranking, including information from state fisheries departments, B.A.S.S. Nation directors, Elite Series pros, the 3,500-member B.A.S.S. Council and B.A.S.S. Facebook fans. Plus reams of catch data from more than a dozen tournament organizations over the past 12 months were studied.
The Toledo Bend Lake Association provides replicas to sportsmen who land bass 10 pounds or larger and release the fish back into the lake alive. Replicas are awarded every June. In 2015, the fishery produced 81 verified fish over 10 pounds. During the 2016 lunker year, running from June 2015 through May 2016, the number of replicas awarded nearly doubled to 139 double-digit bass.
Toledo Bend Lake straddles the Louisiana and Texas border, and lake management is the responsibility of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. These agencies, in addition to various local organizations, have released more than 28 million Florida-strain largemouth fingerlings into the reservoir.
Just last month, LDWF Booker Fowler Fish Hatchery personnel enlisted help from 20 B.A.S.S. Elite Series anglers to help distribute thousands of Florida-strain largemouth fingerlings throughout the lake. Booker Fowler is responsible for raising millions of bass fingerling each year, utilized to stock state water bodies.

Although the introduction of Florida bass into the lake through stocking was beneficial, it certainly was not the lone contributor in the recent increase of trophy bass. Mother Nature deserves much of the credit. 
Drought conditions in 2011 caused the lake water level to drop more than 12 feet below normal, exposing large areas of the lake bottom. Drawdowns, whether man-made or caused by Mother Nature, expose bottom sediments to oxygen and sunlight, increasing decomposition of organic materials.  This improves spawning habitat by solidifying the lake bottom, increasing available forage and releasing nutrients into the water when the lake refills. Improved spawning of all fish species provides greater food resources for the lake’s largemouth bass population.
“We’re honored that Toledo was selected for this title for a second year in a row,” said Ricky Moses, LDWF’s head of freshwater fisheries. “I would like to thank all of the state and private organizations the who helped to make this happen. Through aggressive stocking efforts coupled with day-to-day management decisions (and help from Mother Nature), the lake continues to thrive and produce trophy bass.”
Rounding out the top three spots for the Best Bass Lakes of 2016 were Santee Cooper Lakes in South Carolina at number two, and Clear Lake in California claimed the third spot.


July 2016 Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Meeting Agenda

Release Date: 07/01/2016


For immediate Release
July 1, 2016


The next regular Commission Meeting will be held at 9:30 AM on Thursday, July 7, 2016, at the Wildlife and Fisheries Headquarters Building located at 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA


The following items will be discussed:

1.     Call to Order        

2.     Pledge of Allegiance

3.     Roll Call

4.     Approval of June 02, 2016 Commission Meeting Minutes

5.     Commission Special Announcements / Personal Privilege          

6.     To hear Enforcement Reports June 2016   

7.     To hear an update by Ducks Unlimited on the Wildlife and Fisheries Commission funded Waterfowl Breeding Grounds Habitat work in Canada  

8.     To hear an update on the White-Fronted Goose Telemetry Project   

9.     To consider a Declaration of Emergency for Extended Falconry Season for Rails and Gallinules

10.  To hear an update on the public comments received on the Black Bass regulations on the Sabine River Notice of Intent (presented May 5, 2016)  

11.  To consider an NOI to establish the rules and regulations on the importation of cervid carcasses

12.  To consider an NOI to prohibit commercial harvest of blue crabs during a thirty day period for the years 2017-2019 and restrict the commercial harvest of immature female blue crabs for the years 2017-2019

13.  To hear a presentation on information relating to the management of Red Snapper and related costs

14.  To hear an update on the Red Snapper Season

15.  Set November 2016 Meeting Date

16.  Receive Public Comments

17.  Adjournment  

A live audio/video stream of this meeting will be available via  To attend this meeting via webinar visit:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


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License to Win! Boat Giveaway Winner Announced

Release Date: 06/30/2016

22-foot Bullsbay boat donated by Venice Marina
LWFF Executive Director Kell McInnis presenting winner Carla Pratt and son Colton with boat keys
Winner Carla Pratt of New Iberia with LWFF Executive Director Kell McInnis
Mike Oncale, Jr. of Cajun Outboards showing winner Carla Pratt the basics of operating her new boat

Carla Pratt of New Iberia will celebrate the Fourth of July holiday much differently than years prior.  She and her family will take to Louisiana’s waterways on their brand new bay boat awarded to her via the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation’s License to Win! Sweepstakes.
The intent of the sweepstakes was twofold – to thank anglers for their unfettered support and improve the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ ability to contact anglers through a brief fishing effort survey, LA Creel. The success of LA Creel not only allows LDWF to better manage fisheries, but ultimately maximizes the amount of fishing opportunities for Louisiana anglers.  
LDWF biologists are on the dock every day, sampling catch and surveying anglers. Because of this intense coverage, LA Creel provides more precise landings estimates and allows the department to accurately count species as they are landed.
During yesterday’s announcement ceremony, LWFF Executive Director Kell McInnis presented the boat keys to Pratt and her son Colton.  Pratt’s husband is currently working overseas, but that didn’t keep him from missing out on the event. Pratt FaceTimed with him on her cellphone, giving him a detailed tour of every inch of their new 22-foot Bullsbay.
“It felt like a dream. Actually, it still feels like a dream,” recalled Pratt when she received the call from McInnis informing her of her good fortune. When asked if she fished often, Pratt said, “We’re a family of fishermen, but haven’t done much saltwater fishing before. We definitely can now.”
Pratt’s son added they’re ready to take the boat out for its maiden voyage this weekend.
The boat package included a 22-foot Bullsbay boat donated by Venice Marina and fitted with a Mercury Outboard funded by Clean Water, Land & Coast, trailer donated by Mike Gerald’s Trailer Depot, prepping and rigging provided by Cajun Outboards and a credit towards a custom boat wrap donated by Picture This Advertising. In addition to the grand prize boat package, the sweepstakes included five 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.  Additional sponsors include Faux Pas Prints and Louisiana Fish Fry.
“We particularly want to thank the sponsors who donated prizes and made this promotion a reality,” said McInnis. “Through their generosity we were able to reward anglers who are committed to helping the department provide the best data possible on our fisheries.”
“When you purchase a fishing license, you help protect, preserve and manage Louisiana’s bountiful fishing grounds for generations to come,” explained McInnis. “Fishery conservation extends beyond our angling public and touches all Louisiana residents, so we hoped this promotion also served as a motivational tool to entice those outside of the angling community and those who left the sport to support the efforts of the department and purchase a license.”
Pratt and her son walked away with the keys to their new boat and huge grins on their faces with McInnis sending them off with wishes of “many hours of pleasure on the water.”
The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation was formed to provide a means for individuals and corporations to become partners with the Department and Commission in the challenge of conserving Louisiana’s wildlife and fisheries resources. It is a nonprofit, public charitable foundation, tax exempt under Section 501(C)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and so recognized by the Internal Revenue Service. Its goals are to aid the Department in habitat conservation, youth recruitment, environmental education and training, natural resource research and management, regulation enforcement, and financial assistance to LDWF programs and projects.

Shrimp Season to Close July 3rd in the Majority of Inside Waters

Release Date: 06/30/2016

June 30, 2016 – Today, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced the 2016 spring inshore shrimp season will close at 6 p.m. on Sunday, July 3rd from the Mississippi/Louisiana state line westward to the western shore of the Freshwater Bayou canal except for the following waters:

·      That portion of the open waters of Mississippi Sound and the open waters of Breton and Chandeleur Sounds seaward of the double-rig line

A map detailing this closure will be posted at the site below once it is available.

All remaining state inside waters as well as all state outside waters seaward of the Inside/Outside Shrimp Line, as described in R.S. 56:495 will remain open to shrimping until further notice. 

Data collected in recent weeks by LDWF biologists indicate increased quantity, distribution and percentage of small, juvenile white shrimp within these waters. The decision to close these waters was made to protect these developing shrimp and provide opportunity for growth to larger and more marketable sizes.  The areas that remain open will continue to be monitored and they will also be closed when smaller white shrimp in those areas make it biologically inappropriate to remain open.  


The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries also reminds shrimpers that there is a possession count on saltwater white shrimp taken in either inside or outside (offshore) waters of Louisiana of 100 count (whole shrimp per pound). This size restriction applies to the taking or possession of such shrimp aboard a vessel, EXCEPT during the period from Oct. 15 through the third Monday in December when there shall be no possession count on saltwater white shrimp taken or possessed. When more than 50 percent by weight of the saltwater shrimp taken or possessed is seabobs or brown shrimp, then the maximum allowable amount of undersized white shrimp taken or possessed shall not exceed 10 percent by weight of the total saltwater shrimp taken or possessed.  If compliance issues develop, then the remaining open areas can be closed by the Secretary of Wildlife and Fisheries.

For more information, contact Jeff Marx at (337) 373-0032 or

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