Fishing

LDWF Fights Giant Salvinia From all Angles on Lake Bistineau

Release Date: 10/05/2017

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is taking an aggressive integrated pest management strategy to control giant salvinia on Lake Bistineau. The strategy involves a three-pronged approach including chemical, mechanical and biological methods to manage continued growth of the invasive plant.
 
Biological efforts include the stocking of salvinia weevils in areas of the lake heavily infested with the plant. In June, the department hosted a “weevil day” and provided salvinia weevils to Bistineau property owners who distributed the weevils near their property. Through this effort, volunteers released 115,200 weevils. In 2017 alone, the department stocked at total of 180,855 salvinia weevils in Lake Bistineau.
 
As of September 27, through the application of EPA-approved aquatic herbicides and surfactants, the department has successfully treated approximately 10,264 acres of giant salvinia through 403 operations totaling 3,252 crew hours. An operation is defined as one two-man crew over an 8-hour day. Through this chemical control method, LDWF spray crews and contract applicators utilize skiffs, airboats and helicopters to apply the herbicides. Currently the department has a contract to conduct aerial spraying on roughly 500 acres. This will be completed as soon as weather and lake conditions allow.
 
LDWF has utilized mechanical drawdowns for salvinia control on the lake since 2008. This method involves removing water from the lake to dry out large expanses of the plant. The 2017 drawdown began on May 1. This control method has the potential of removing large quantities of giant salvinia at low cost, reducing large areas of growth simultaneously, and works particularly well in drying giant salvinia stranded along the shoreline.
 
LDWF aquatic plant control biologists recently met with boom specialists in an effort to evaluate the use of boom to entrap large areas of giant salvinia on Bistineau. This may provide LDWF with a more effective and efficient method to conduct herbicide spraying.
 
The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development is currently working to repair a slide on the lake side of the Bistineau dam. Additional repairs are needed in the outflow area of the spillway including clearing debris, adding rip-rap to prevent further erosion and making repairs to the damaged outflow apron. The work is tentatively scheduled to begin once the gates are closed on Nov. 30

Gov. Edwards Praises Proposal to Open Fall Red Snapper Season in State Waters

Release Date: 10/03/2017

BATON ROUGE  The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is proposing that recreational anglers be allowed to harvest additional red snapper in state waters beginning Friday, Oct 6. The proposal would be for weekends – Friday, Saturday and Sundays – only.

“This is an unexpected surprise and exciting news for avid fishermen across Louisiana,” said Gov. John Bel Edwards. “Having an extended red snapper season is a wonderful opportunity that many will be able to enjoy.  Louisiana anglers and the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries are to be commended for working together to show the federal government that Louisiana deserves to manage its own red snapper fishing season in federal waters.”

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission will decide on the plan at its Thursday, Oct. 5 meeting, set for 9:30 a.m., at the LDWF headquarters, 2000 Quail Drive.

LDWF Secretary Jack Montoucet says the department decided to propose the new season after receiving red snapper landings’ estimates from the department’s LA Creel Program indicating Louisiana’s recreational fishermen (private anglers and charter-for-hire) landed 936,864 pounds of red snapper through Sept. 4 of the year, when the extended, weekends only, federal red snapper season closed. The landings account for approximately 90 percent of LWDF’s self-imposed limit of 1,044,793 pounds.

The new fall season will allow recreational anglers the opportunity to harvest the limit’s remaining 107,929 pounds of red snapper in state waters, with a daily bag and possession limit of two fish per person. Each fish must be a minimum of 16 inches long.

The proposal or any suggested changes must be approved at the Commission meeting.

The department will monitor the progress of the harvest. If approved by the commission, Secretary Montoucet will have the authority to close the season when the self-imposed limit is met or projected to be met.

LDWF set a limit on its red snapper catch because it believes being accountable for the catch limit will help the state’s chances of receiving federal government permission that would allow Louisiana to manage its own red snapper season out 200 nautical miles from its coast.
 
Recreational Offshore Landing Permit
 
LDWF reminds anglers that a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit is required to possess certain species, including red snapper.  Anglers may obtain or renew the permit, free of charge, at https://rolp.wlf.la.gov. Anglers may renew their permits up to 30 days prior to expiration. A valid Louisiana fishing license number is required to obtain a permit. A confirmation number is allowed for a temporary (trip) license.
 
Recreational anglers and charter captains are required to obtain a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit to possess tunas, billfish, swordfish, amberjacks, groupers, snappers, hinds, cobia, wahoo and dolphin. Minors (under 16) are not required to obtain a recreational offshore landing permit. Angling customers on a paid-for-hire charter trip also do not need a permit as long as the charter captain has a valid Charter Recreational Offshore Landing Permit.

 

 

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Oyster Task Force Public-Private Oyster Grounds Committee to Meet

Release Date: 09/29/2017

Oyster Task Force Public-Private Oyster Grounds Committee

Tuesday, October 3, 2017, 9:30 A.M.

UNO Advanced Technology Center

2021 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 210

New Orleans 70122

 

 

AGENDA

 

I.               Call to Order

II.             Discussion of the Moratorium Lifting Draft NOI- OTF

III.            Update on the Public Seed Grounds Leasing Map East of the MS River

IV.           Discussion on Future Openings of the Public Seed Grounds throughout the State- OTF

V.             Development of Public Information on the Shell Budget- Earl Melancon

VI.           Development of the RFP Guidelines for Breton Sound- Earl Melancon

VII.  Discussion of the Time Temperature Matrix-Brad Robin

VIII.  Discussion of Cargo License Issues- Brad Robin

IX.           Public Comment

X.             Set next meeting

XI.           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:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4619761217519439873https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4619761217519439873

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. . For press inquiries please contact Rene LeBreton, 504-286-8745 or rlebreton@wlf.la.gov

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 rlebreton@wlf.la.gov at least 72 hours prior to the meeting date.

 

 

Louisiana Oyster Task Force to Meet Tuesday, October 3

Release Date: 09/28/2017

                                                                   Tuesday, October 3, 2017, 1 p.m.
UNO Advanced Technology Center
2021 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 210
New Orleans 70122
 
AGENDA
 
 I.         Roll call and introduction of guests
II.         Approval of September 5, 2017, meeting minutes and October 3, 2017, agenda
III.        Treasury Report
            A.   Oyster Tag Sales
            B.   LOTF Financial Report
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 (Justin Gremillion)
            H.   Sustainability (LDWF)
            I.    Professionalism (LDWF)
            J.   Aquaculture (John Supan)
            K.  Joint Task Force Working Group (Mitch Jurisich)
V.         New Business
            A.   Discussion of Crevasse Control and Overflow East of the MS River - OTF
            B.   Discussion of Hypoxia in the Chandeleur and Breton Sound Areas - OTF
            C.   Discussion of the Habitat Suitability Index - OTF
            D.   Discussion of the Common Temperature Matrix - Brad Robin
            E.   To Consider Funding for the 2018 Fisheries Forward Summit - Earl Melancon
            F.    To Consider Sponsorship and Funding for the ISSC OTF Hospitality Room -  
                       OTF    
            G.   Discussion of the 2017 ‘Day in the Bay’ - 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:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2670799891403678722
 
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 email alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.
 
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. 

Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Appeals Board to Meet

Release Date: 09/28/2017

The Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Appeals Board will meet on Tuesday, October 3, 2017. The meeting will convene at 9 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 September 5, 2017, meeting 
  3. Hearing of deferred renewal permit appeals 
  4. Lizeth Rivas Mendez 
  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.
 
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. 
 
For more information, please contact Ty Lindsey at 225-765-2387 or tlindsey@wlf.la.gov .

LDWF Schedules Aerial Herbicide Treatment for Lake Bistineau

Release Date: 09/26/2017

LDWF Schedules Aerial Herbicide Treatment for Lake Bistineau

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has scheduled an aerial herbicide application on Lake Bistineau for Thursday, September 28, weather permitting, to control large expanses of giant salvinia that are inhibiting access in Lake Bistineau.
 
The aerial application is intended to treat selected areas where giant salvinia growth is particularly heavy, encompassing roughly 500 acres in total. The designated spray area includes the Gregg Lake area of Lake Bistineau.
 
These herbicides are approved by the EPA for use in aquatic environments.
 
LDWF asks that boaters avoid the application area during this time. Recreational activities will not be restricted on other areas of the lake.

Agents Cite Three Men for Possessing 189 Speckled Trout Over the Limit

Release Date: 09/26/2017

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited three men for alleged recreational fishing violations on Sept. 24 in Lafourche Parish.

Agents cited Alec Galliano, 30, of Galliano, Winston Hohensee, 76, of Larose, and Bo Boura, 31, of Galliano, for over the limit of speckled trout and possessing fish that weren’t kept intact while on the water.  Galliano was also cited for not possessing basic and saltwater fishing licenses.

Agents were on patrol in Tidewater Canal near Leeville when they stopped a vessel with the three men on board to perform a creel and license check.  Agents noticed a handful of ice chests in the boat and found bags full of filleted fish inside.

Agents found a total of 478 filets of speckled trout, which put the men in possession of 239 speckled trout.  Since there were only two licensed fishermen on the vessel, the men were only allowed to possess up to 50 speckled trout while on the water.  It is also a violation to possess speckled trout that are not kept intact while on the water.

Agents seized the fish and donated them to a local charity.

Failing to keep speckled trout intact while on the water brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Possessing 50 or more speckled trout over the limit carries a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Failing to possess a basic and saltwater license each brings up to a $50 fine and 15 days in jail.

The men may also face civil restitution for the illegally possessed fish totaling up to $7,000.

Agents participating in the case are Lt. Joseph Arnaud and Senior Agent Richard Bean.

LDWF Announces Public Meeting to Discuss Bass Regulation Change on Caney Creek Reservoir

Release Date: 09/19/2017

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will hold a public meeting regarding the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission’s recent Notice of Intent (NOI) to remove the protective slot limit regulation for black bass on Caney Creek Reservoir in Jackson Parish. Results from the recent stock assessment study on the bass population in Caney will be discussed, and anglers will have the opportunity to provide written public comment on the proposed change.

Who:  LDWF Inland Fisheries staff
 
What:  Public meeting on Caney Creek Reservoir
 
When:  Monday, September 25, 2017, at 7 p.m.
 
Where:    Jimmie Davis State Park Conference Center
                1209 State Park Rd.
                Chatham, LA 71226
 
The current LDWF Caney Creek Reservoir Management Plan can be viewed at: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/waterbody-management-plans-inland.
 
The largemouth bass stock assessment report for Caney Creek Reservoir is available here: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/sites/default/files/pdf/document/41525-caney-creek-reservoir/caney_lmb_project_abbreviated_version.pdf.
 
The meeting is open to the public, and all persons interested in the conservation and management of the fisheries resources in Caney Creek Reservoir are encouraged to attend.
 
For additional information regarding the meeting, contact Jeff Sibley, LDWF Biologist Manager, at jsibley@wlf.la.gov or (318) 371-3066. Comments regarding the NOI may be submitted via email or in writing and mailed to 9961 Hwy. 80 Minden, LA 71055 prior to November 20, 2017.

 

LDWF to Celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day on Saturday, September 23

Release Date: 09/15/2017

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will host National Hunting and Fishing Day (NHFD) events on Saturday, Sept. 23 in four locations throughout the state including Baton Rouge, Haughton, Woodworth and West Monroe.  
 
All four of the events are free, and the number and types of exhibits vary depending on the location. All events will feature exhibits on LDWF management programs, Ducks Unlimited, Safari Club, Coastal Conservation Association of Louisiana and supporting businesses from the local communities. Attendees will have a chance to try their skills at shooting, fishing and boating, as well as learn about wildlife with live animals.
 
Details for the four events are as follows:
 
Waddill Wildlife Refuge
4142 North Flannery Road
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70814
8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
(225) 765-2927
 
The department will stock adult-sized channel catfish in the lake prior to the event, and anglers are urged to bring their own rod, reel and ice chest to keep their catch. Limited bait will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
 
Bodcau Wildlife Management Area Shooting Range
168 Ben Durden Rd.
Haughton, Louisiana 71037
(318) 371-3050
 
Woodworth
LDWF Outdoor Education Center Shooting Range
661 Robinson Bridge Road
Woodworth, Louisiana 71485
8 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
(318) 484-2276
 
Ouachita Parish Rifle Range
357 Sheriff Fewell Road
West Monroe, Louisiana 71292
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
(318) 343-4044
 
NHFD is a national event celebrated in all 50 states on the fourth Saturday in September. It was created in 1972 when Congress passed two bills establishing a specific day to celebrate the conservation contributions of the nation’s hunters and anglers. Over forty years later, the events are still going strong.
 
LDWF introduced its first NHFD event in 1982 at the Monroe district office. In the following years, three more locations were added in Baton Rouge, Minden and Woodworth.  Today, more than 10,000 people statewide attend the celebrations, making NHFD the biggest public event for the department.
 
The department would like to thank the following sponsors for their generous support: Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation, CCA Louisiana, Coca-Cola Baton Rouge, Associated Grocers of Baton Rouge, Louisiana Fish Fry, Armstrong's Cricket Farm, CenturyLink, Ryan Auto Group, ENTERGY, Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office, Hixson Ford of Alexandria, WoodmenLife, Doggett Equipment Services, Burger King, Sayes Office Supply, Van Mol Tire and Equipment, Louisiana Wildlife Agents Association and many other local business who made in-kind and monetary donations to help make these events a continued success.
 
 
For more additional event information, visit: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/nhfd2017.

Get Out and Fish! launches new community fishing site in Ragley, LA

Release Date: 09/14/2017

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and South Beauregard Recreation District invite you to join them for an event on Saturday, October 21st at Purple Heart Memorial Park pond in Ragley, LA (intersection of Hwy 171 and Hwy 190). Prior to the event, the pond will be stocked with 800 pounds of adult channel catfish. In addition, there will be numerous fishing activities for the entire family including a mobile touch tank, a casting inflatable, and a chance to meet Robbie the Redfish. 

Event Schedule:

Registration:                         7:00 am – 10:00 am

Fishing/Weigh – In:              7:00 am – 11:00 am

Activities:                             9:00 am – 11:30 am

Lunch:                                 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Awards Ceremony:              11:30 am

Fishing competition categories include heaviest catfish and heaviest “other” fish.  Age divisions include Little Angler (ages 8 and under), Junior Angler (ages 9-15) and Adult Angler (ages 16 and older). You can pre-register for this event at www.wlf.la.gov/get-out-and-fish-1.

The event is free, and the first 100 youth registrants (age 15 and under) in attendance will receive a goody bag.  In addition, every participant will be entered into a raffle drawing to win prizes. Lunch will be provided by the South Beauregard Recreation District while supplies last.

Participants 16 & older must possess a valid Louisiana fishing license. If you would like to purchase a fishing license you can do so online at https://www.la.wildlifelicense.com. Don’t forget to bring your own gear, bait and tackle, and an ice chest to keep your fish.

The Get Out and Fish! Program seeks to increase the number of people with access to quality fishing. The program intends to recruit new anglers to the sport of fishing and promote outdoor activities for future generations.

This event 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 Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries 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 on Get Out and Fish! Program, contact Megan MacMenamin at mmacmenamin@wlf.la.gov or (225) 765-2375.  

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