Fishing

LDWF Family Fish Fest is Headed Back to Ivan Lake in September

Release Date: 08/30/2016

The first Family Fish Fest of the year will be September 10, 2016 at Ivan Lake Recreation Area near Cotton Valley, LA. Everyone is encouraged to attend for a fun day of fishing and educational activities. 

In addition to the family friendly fishing competition, there will be numerous fishing activities including the mobile touch tank, fish identification display, the casting inflatable, a scavenger hunt, art activities, and more. Participants will have the opportunity to get their picture taken with Robbie Redfish, the LDWF mascot. All participants will be entered into a raffle to win great prizes.

Pre-registration and event information are available online at www.wlf.louisiana.gov/FFFIvan.  The first 100 youth entries will receive a free goody bag. 

Competitive divisions include Little Angler (ages 8 and under), Junior Angler (ages 9-15), and Adult Angler (ages 16 and older). There will be categories for both shore and boat anglers, and a boat launch is located on-site. Don’t forget your fishing rod, tackle, bait, and an ice chest to take home your catch for the day.

On-site registration and fishing will begin at 6:30 am. The Awards Ceremony will be held at 11:30 am. Lunch will be provided by Wayne Avery Catering, Buffalo Wild Wings, and Sam’s Club. Lunch will be served at 10:00 am until supplies run out.

 

The LDWF Family Fish Fest is hosted in conjunction with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation.  The LWFF 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 fish resources.
  
The 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, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.
 
For more information, contact Danica Williams at dwilliams@wlf.la.gov or (504) 628-7282. 
 

Artificial Reef Council Meeting Rescheduled for September 15th at 1:00 p.m.

Release Date: 08/29/2016

Due to the historic flooding in south Louisiana, the Artificial Reef Council meeting scheduled for Thursday, August 25th had to be rescheduled. The new date for the meeting is Thursday, September 15th at 1 pm in the Louisiana Room of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries headquarters building, 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge.

 

Agenda:

1)   Introduction and Welcome                                                         

2)   Approval of Minutes & Agenda                                                

3)   Reef Program Update---Michael McDonough & Craig Gothreaux

4)   Presentation of Nearshore Reef Planning Area Maps

            -Decision by Council

5)   Presentation of Inshore Reef Proposals:

            a) Lake Pontchartrain

                        -Decision by Council

            b) Calcasieu Lake

                        -Decision by Council

6)   Public Comments

7)   Other business

8)   Adjourn

 

For more information contact Mike McDonough at 225-763-5418 or mmcdonough@wlf.la.gov.

Louisiana to Host Red Snapper Education Day in Baton Rouge

Release Date: 08/29/2016

August 29, 2016 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission are hosting a Red Snapper Education Day on Wednesday, September 7, 2016, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., in the Louisiana Room at LDWF Headquarters, located at 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

The purpose of this event is to provide the Commission with information about Gulf of Mexico red snapper, including the status of the stock; a brief history of management of Gulf red snapper fisheries; and current management challenges and alternatives.

The event will include presentations from a variety of stakeholders and interested parties, including, but not limited to, staff from LDWF and NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service, as well as representatives from the private recreational angling community, for-hire and commercial fishing industries, and restaurant industry. The event will also include a facilitated discussion. The preliminary agenda is as follows:

1.     Welcome and Introductions

2.     Biology and Ecology of Red Snapper

3.     Status of the Gulf Red Snapper Stock

4.     History of State and Federal Management of Gulf Red Snapper

5.     The Gulf States Red Snapper Management Authority Act (HR 3094)

6.     Stakeholder Presentations

7.     Potential Solutions and Next Steps

LDWF is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.la.gov. To receive recreational or commercial fishing email and text alerts, signup at www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

RECREATIONAL RED SNAPPER STATE SEASON TO CLOSE AT 11:59 P.M. SEPTEMBER 5, 2016

Release Date: 08/29/2016

News Release

 

For Immediate Release
August 26, 2016

 

Contact: Rene LeBreton

Public Information
LDWF

(504) 286-8745

rlebreton@wlf.la.gov

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced that the state recreational red snapper season will close at 11:59 p.m. on September 5, 2016. 

 

Preliminary estimates from the LA Creel survey indicate that the Department’s self-imposed quota of 1,116,732 pounds of red snapper for the private and charter sectors of the recreational fishery is projected to be harvested by September 5, 2016.  Closing the season in state waters avoids an overrun of the overall Gulf of Mexico recreational quota and allows the red snapper stock to continue rebuilding.  The Secretary of the Department has the authority to re-open the recreational season, as has been done in previous years, for additional recreational harvest if finalized landings data indicate such harvest would be within conservation targets.

 

The state red snapper season, which opened on January 8, allowed anglers an opportunity to harvest recreational red snapper for 242 days in state waters.  

 

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

LDWF Schedules Drawdown on Indian Creek Lake

Release Date: 08/23/2016

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the Rapides Parish Police Jury have scheduled a drawdown on Indian Creek Lake in Rapides Parish for hydrilla control, organic reduction and fish habitat improvement. 

The lake should dewater at a rate of 2 to 4 inches per day once the water control structure opens on September 6, 2016.  Initially the lake will be lowered to 6 feet below pool stage to allow for a vegetation survey.  If necessary, the lake will be lowered an additional 2 feet to  a maximum of 8 feet below normal pool stage .  The Indian Creek lake control gates are scheduled for closure on December 15, 2016 to allow the lake to refill for winter and early spring recreational activities.

 During the drawdown, approximately 1,500 - 1,600 acres of water will remain in the lake..  Boaters may still access the main waterbody from the ramp on Indian Creek Recreational Area.  Boaters are advised to use caution during the low water period as normal clearance of underwater obstructions will be reduced. 

This action is a necessary component of LDWF’s integrated management plan to control overabundant aquatic vegetation growth and to improve access for recreational activities.  An annual cycle of high and low water fluctuation can provide beneficial effects similar to a natural overflow lake system.

The current LDWF Indian Creek Management Plan can be viewed at: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/waterbody-management-plans-inland

 

For additional information regarding the drawdown, contact Rick McGuffee, LDWF Biologist, at rmcguffee@wlf.la.gov or (318) 487-5885.  

LDWF to Reschedule Artificial Reef Council Meeting Scheduled this Week

Release Date: 08/22/2016

Due to the historic flooding in south Louisiana last week, the Artificial Reef Council meeting scheduled for Thursday, August 25th will have to be rescheduled. A new date has yet to be determined, but will be released once available.

LDWF headquarters to sell commercial fishing licenses Friday, August 19th

Release Date: 08/18/2016

 

LDWF headquarters to sell commercial fishing licenses Friday, August 18th

 

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will open in a limited capacity tomorrow, August 19th to sell commercial fishing licenses.  A small licensing team will be available from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. to serve the public. 

Recent office closures due to flooding has prevented some commercial fishermen from purchasing their licenses ahead of the shrimp season, which opens Monday on the west side of the state.

As a reminder, commercial fishermen can renew their existing licenses online athttps://www.la.wildlifelicense.com/start.php.  New licenses must be purchased in person.

Our headquarters office is located at 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70898.

Many of our employees have been severely impacted by the recent flooding across the state, we appreciate the public’s patience as we begin the process of helping our LDWF family rebuild.

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 recreational or commercial fishing email and text alerts, signup at www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

LDWF Creating Cuts in Rockefeller Refuge Southern Protection Levee to Help Alleviate Flooding

Release Date: 08/18/2016

LDWF Creating Cuts in Rockefeller Refuge Southern Protection Levee to Help Alleviate Flooding
A cut is created in the southern protection levee on Rockefeller Refuge to help alleviate flooding.
The first cut in the southern protection levee at Rockefeller Refuge.

LDWF Creating Cuts in Rockefeller Refuge Southern Protection Levee to Help Alleviate Flooding

Aug. 18, 2016 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will create two 50-foot cuts in in the southern protection levee on Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge in Cameron and Vermilion parishes to help alleviate flooding from the recent rains that have inundated parts of southern Louisiana.

Both cuts should be completed by late Thursday afternoon and will help relieve flooding in Calcasieu, Cameron and Vermilion parishes in the Mermentau Basin.

“We are in the process of excavating two, 50-foot cuts in the southern protection levee from the Gulf of Mexico on Rockefeller Refuge,’’ said Scooter Trosclair, program manager at Rockefeller Refuge. “This will aid in additional outflow as tides allow from the excessive amounts of flood water flowing in from the Mermentau Basin.’’

Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge, located in eastern Cameron and western Vermilion Parishes, is owned and maintained by the state of Louisiana and LDWF. It encompasses about 76,000 acres. 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, contact Trosclair at 337-491-2593.

 

 

Elmer’s Island closure extended to August 30th due to weather delays

Release Date: 08/18/2016

Elmer’s Island closure extended to August 30th due to weather delays

Elmer’s Island closure extended to August 30th due to weather delays
 
Recent weather conditions have made dredging in the Gulf of Mexico unfavorable.  These unexpected weather delays have extended the Elmer’s Island closure by 8 days to August 30th.   The slow-moving weather system that has caused unprecedented flooding in parts of our state is also responsible for these construction delays.
 
An updated map with new closure dates can be found above.
 
 
 

Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Appeals Board to Meet

Release Date: 08/18/2016

The Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Appeals Board will meet on Tuesday, August 23, 2016. The meeting will convene at 10:30 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 March 2, 2016 Meeting

3.     Hearing of New Renewal Permit Appeals

a.     Randy Chaisson, Sr.

b.     Kenneth Caywood

4.     Update on Recommendations Made at March 2, 2016 Meeting

5.     Receive Public Comments

6.     Set next meeting date

7.     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 tlindsey@wlf.la.gov.  

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