Fishing

LASS Saltwater Series Cancelled for August 20th - Delacroix

Release Date: 08/16/2016

LASS Saltwater Series Cancelled for August 20th - Delacroix

For Immediate Release
August 16, 2016
 
Contact: Sam Barbera
LASS
(225)-405-7827
sbarbera@wlf.la.gov
 
(August 16, 2016) - Due to the extreme flooding conditions across much of south Louisiana, the Louisiana Saltwater Series (LASS) Delacroix event scheduled for Saturday, August 20th has been canceled. There are no plans to reschedule the event at this time.  
 
All pre-paid tournament fees will be refunded. Many of our anglers are voluntarily assisting with water rescue, and the future recovery assignments for LDWF employees are uncertain.  
 
The LASS tournament trail will resume on September 17th at Calcasieu Point Landing. Teams with participation in two events shall qualify for the 2016 Championship.
 
For questions contact Sam Barbera, LASS Tournament Director at Sbarbera@wlf.la.govor 225-405-7827.

LOUISIANA ARTIFICIAL REEF COUNCIL TO MEET

Release Date: 08/12/2016

The Artificial Reef Council will meet at 9:00 am on Thursday, August 25 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.

 

Caddo Lake, Lake Bistineau Among Nation’s Top Bass Fishing Spots, According to National Publication

Release Date: 08/11/2016

Northwest Louisiana may be the bass-fishing Mecca of the Sportsman’s Paradise.  According to Bassmaster Magazine, three lakes located in that part of the state are among the top 25 bass fishing lakes in the central United States.

Toledo Bend’s reputation is well documented. For two straight years, Bassmaster Magazine named it the nation’s top destination for bass fishing (see recent story, Toledo Bend Reservoir: A Fish Dynasty). 

But two other northwest Louisiana lakes made the recent 2016 list as well, including Caddo Lake at No. 7 and Lake Bistineau at No. 16. (See full list at Bassmaster Magazine)

Quality fish and beautiful scenery make Caddo Lake a bass angler’s dream. A total of 129 bass weighing in double digits were registered with the Bass Life Associates Replica Program from this cypress-studded fishery from 2007-2016, including bass topping the 16-pound mark. 

It was one of the first water bodies in Louisiana to be stocked with Florida bass and has been stocked annually for nearly 20 years. The Florida gene has certainly changed the landscape of the lake, as it has been known locally for producing trophy bass for years.  

Caddo Lake, which straddles the Louisiana- Texas border, is managed by both the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. These agencies, in addition to some local organizations, have released nearly 12 million Florida-strain largemouth fingerlings into the reservoir.

For a lake that wasn’t even on the radar of the bass fishing world in the past, Lake Bistineau, which encompasses 17,200 acres in Bienville, Bossier and Webster parishes, is a rising star and provides a unique opportunity to anglers.

Unranked in previous years, the lake was listed as No. 27 on the 2015 list published by the magazine and maintained its elite status this year.

Drawdowns deserve all the credit for the improvement. That process exposes bottom sediments to oxygen and sunlight, increasing the 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.

In 2009, the lake was thought to be nearly lost as almost 7,500 acres were covered with giant salvinia. To combat the invasive weed, LDWF has dewatered the lake annually in the late summer. Lake Bistineau is a flooded swamp with acres of cypress trees lining old slough channels.

The current management strategy closely resembles the natural fluctuation of water in a swamp, has controlled the plant and has provided ample opportunities for recreation. 

Florida bass stockings have increased in recent years and the larger fish are beginning to show up. A total of 46 bass have been registered in the Bass Life Replica Program since 2007 and it typically takes more than 20 pounds to win a tournament. 

When the summer doldrums hit and fishing gets tough, come to Lake Bistineau and fish the lake on a drawdown. The weather isn’t the only thing that is hot. Whether you prefer to pitch to cypress trees, fish channel ledges with a crankbait or catch schools of three-pounders, Bistineau has something for everyone.

 

 

LDWF to bring back the Louisiana Conservationist

Release Date: 08/11/2016

Louisiana's longest running outdoor magazine will return to print in the fall of 2016.

The Louisiana Conservationist had been the long-standing outdoor publication for Louisiana’s wildlife and fisheries enthusiasts.   For decades the magazine was mailed to the home of every hunting and fishing license holder in the state.  In 2011, the production of this historical publication ceased due to proliferation of less expensive information vehicles, particularly online content distribution.

“For generations, the Conservationist’s descriptive sto­ries and informative features have resonated with families across the state”, said Governor John Bel Edwards. “When the magazine was discontinued in 2010, it left a void in both homes and classrooms that benefited from the bridge it created between the state and the public.

I am thrilled that the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is reviving this 87-year-old tradition. The Conservationist serves as both an educational asset and a treasured portrayal of Louisiana’s wondrous outdoors.”

“I grew up reading the Louisiana Conservationist and credit this publication for my interest in the Louisiana outdoors as a kid,” said LDWF Secretary Charlie Melancon.  “Many sportsmen and nature lovers across the state have a very close connection to this magazine and have requested we revive this historical publication.  This is not only a great educational resource for our constituents, it’s a tremendous introduction of the Louisiana outdoors to our youth.”

The Louisiana Conservationist is a 90-year-old publication that began in 1917 when Lucy Powell Russell became the first female to serve as the Secretary of the state's wildlife agency.

During her progressive tenure, she led the Louisiana Fisheries Commission in publishing its first wildlife magazine. Its first issue was titled Louisiana Conservation News. Over the years, the magazine has taken several forms, all the while, maintaining its mission of serving as a medium between the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the residents of Louisiana.

The magazine will return to print this fall on a small-scale basis as the magazine reestablishes writers, photographers and other contributors. The long-term goal of the magazine is to serve as an educational outlet for anyone yearning to know more about Louisiana’s outdoors, especially students. 

The print publication will be a product of existing Department staff, and available free of charge on a quarterly basis from LDWF field offices across the state. The current issue, and archived issues back to the magazine’s inception in 1927 will be available on the Louisiana Conservationist website: http://LAConservationist.wlf.la.gov in the near future.

LDWF Schedules Drawdown on False River

Release Date: 08/10/2016

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, in conjunction with the False River Watershed Council and Pointe Coupee Parish Police Jury, has scheduled a drawdown for False River on Tuesday, September 6, 2016, as a management tool to improve water quality, decrease sedimentation and improve sportfish habitat.

The lake will be lowered at a rate of 1.5 inches per day to a maximum of 6 feet below pool stage.

The drawdown structure is scheduled to close on January 15, 2017, and the lake will be allowed to refill.

Property owners should take necessary action to secure or remove vessels, floating docks and other items potentially impacted by the drawdown prior to its commencement.

The lake will remain open to fishing and other recreational use during the drawdown. However, caution is advised for boaters during the low water period, as boat lanes will not provide normal clearance of underwater structures.

For additional information regarding the drawdown, contact Brian Heimann, LDWF Biologist Manager, at bheimann@wlf.la.gov, or (225) 765-2337.  

 

 

Drawdown Announced for Bayou D’Arbonne Lake

Release Date: 08/10/2016

Drawdown Announced for Bayou D’Arbonne Lake

(August 8, 2016) – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has announced a drawdown for Bayou D’Arbonne Lake in Union Parish.  The drawdown is scheduled to begin on September 6th and continue through November 15th, 2016.  The lake will be lowered to a level of 5 feet below pool stage at a rate of approximately 4 inches per day.

The LDWF action is taken in coordination with the Bayou D’Arbonne Lake Watershed District to allow for maintenance of shoreline properties and to provide control of nuisance aquatic vegetation.  The Bayou D’ Arbonne Lake Commission adopted a policy in 2004 that provides for drawdowns every 4 years for these purposes.   The lake will not be closed to fishing during the drawdown, but caution is advised for 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 www.wlf.louisiana.gov, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb, or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

 

For additional information regarding the drawdown, contact Ryan Daniel in the LDWF Monroe office at (318) 343-4044.

LDWF to Hold Lake Bistineau Public Meeting

Release Date: 08/09/2016

 
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, August 23, 2016, 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: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/waterbody-management-plans-inland
 
For additional information regarding the meetings, contact Jeff Sibley, LDWF Biologist Manager, at jsibley@wlf.la.gov or (318) 371-3066.

Fall Shrimp Season Opening Dates Announced

Release Date: 08/05/2016

For Immediate Release

(8-4-16) - The opening dates of the 2016 Louisiana fall shrimp season were announced at the August 4 meeting of the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission. The Commission set the dates based on information provided by Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries biologists and public comments.

The opening dates for the 2016 Louisiana fall shrimp season are as follows:

·      The portion of state inside waters from the Mississippi/Louisiana state line westward to the Atchafalaya River Ship Channel Buoy Line to open at 6 p.m. on Monday, August 15

·      The portion of state inside waters from the Atchafalaya River Ship Channel Buoy Line westward to the Louisiana/Texas state line to open at 6 a.m. on Monday, August 22

The Commission granted authority to the Secretary of the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to delay these opening dates if biological and technical data indicate the need to do so; and, to close any portion of Louisiana's inside waters to protect small juvenile white shrimp if biological and technical data indicate the need to do so or enforcement problems develop.  The Secretary is further granted the authority to open any area, or reopen any previously closed area, and to open and close special shrimp seasons in any portion of state waters. 

For a map detailing these openings, click here.

Tow Time Regulations Reminder

Federal Turtle Excluder Device (TED) regulations require skimmer net fishermen to limit tow times.  Maximum tow times are 55 minutes from April 1 to October 31 and increase to 75 minutes from November 1 to March 31.

Please Report Hangs

 

The Fishermen's Gear Compensation Fund is for fishing gear lost within the Louisiana coastal zone due to unreported obstructions.  Only one application is taken for a given location.  Application packets are available, and the known sites are published, on the Department of Natural Resources website at: http://dnr.louisiana.gov/index.cfm?md=pagebuilder&tmp=home&pid=100, and recent sites are listed in the Louisiana Lagniappe newsletter of LA Sea Grant.  Only commercial fishermen earning more than 50% of their income from fishing are eligible for application.

For more information, contact Jeffrey Marx (337) 373-0032 or jmarx@wlf.la.gov

LDWF to Hold Two Public Meetings for Proposed Artificial Reef Sites in Lakes Pontchartrain and Calcasieu

Release Date: 08/05/2016

 

News Release

 

For Immediate Release
August 5, 2016

Contact: Rene LeBreton
Public Information
LDWF
(504) 286-8745

rlebreton@wlf.la.gov

 

 

LDWF to Hold Two Public Meetings for Proposed Artificial Reef Sites in Lakes Pontchartrain and Calcasieu

 
 

 

 

Lake Pontchartrain, St. John Parish - Proposed artificial reef flyer and map

Calcasieu Lake, Cameron Parish - Proposed artificial reef flyer and map

 
 

Lake Pontchartrain Artificial Reef Meeting

Who:  LDWF Artificial Reef Staff
What: Public information meeting to receive comments and provide information about a proposed artificial reef site located in the southwest portion of Lake Pontchartrain at the site of an existing shell pad approximately 1.3 miles from Frenier Landing
When: Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at 6:00 pm
Where: East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W Napoleon Ave, Metairie, LA 70001

For additional information, questions, or comments please contact:
Ashley Ferguson at 225-761-2395 or aferguson@wlf.la.gov

Calcasieu Lake Artificial Reef Meeting

Who:  LDWF Artificial Reef Staff
What:  Public information meeting to provide information and receive comments about the reef site located in the southern portion of Calcasieu Lake
When: Wednesday, August 17, 2016 at 6:00 pm
Where:  Calcasieu Parish LSU AgCenter Office, 7101 Gulf Hwy., Lake Charles, LA 70607

For additional information, questions, or comments please contact:
Craig Gothreaux at 225-761-2396 or cgothreaux@wlf.la.gov

These meetings will be open to the public.

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 and CPRA announce progress of Elmer’s Island beach and dune restoration and shift in construction activities

Release Date: 08/04/2016

LDWF and CPRA announce progress of Elmer’s Island beach and dune restoration and shift in construction activities

For Immediate Release:

(August 3, 2016) –Beginning on August 10, 2016 the beach area of Elmer’s Island will be closed for 12 days to the public as construction activities progress near the public parking area where the access road meets the beach.

Construction activities on the west side of Elmer’s Island access road will be near completion on August 22 and, once construction activities safely progress to the east past the parking area, foot traffic will reopen to the west side of the island. Parking and pedestrian access areas will be marked accordingly. Project construction is anticipated to continue on the east side of the island through the fall.

To view a map of the areas to be closed see above.

The Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) is restoring the beach habitat of the Caminada Headland by transporting sand from Ship Shoal, an underwater sand body located approximately 30 miles away in the Gulf of Mexico to restore habitat on the barrier shoreline. The restoration of the headland occurred in two project increments. Increment I of the project (the western half) was completed in December of 2014 and restored approximately 300 acres and 6 miles of beach and dune habitat. Increment I was funded with Coastal Impact Assistance Program (CIAP) and state surplus funds. Increment II (the eastern half) is larger and will restore approximately 500 acres and 7 miles of beach and dune. Increment II is being funded through the Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund, which was established by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill to manage funds resulting from the settlement of federal criminal charges against BP and Transocean. In total, the two projects will restore 13 miles of Louisiana’s barrier shoreline and represent one of the largest restoration projects ever constructed by the CPRA with a combined project investment of over $200 million.

“We are pleased with the progress being made on this project and are doing all we can to limit the impact to our recreational users and fishermen as construction activities continue,” said Charlie Melancon, Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

“The Caminada Headlands project is significant in a number of ways: at over $200 million it is the largest restoration project CPRA has implemented to date; by fortifying 13 miles of the headland it will truly make an impact on the landscape; and it is significant because it represents the way that the work put into our Coastal Master Plan is now and will continue to be used to drive the implementation of the most crucial projects for our coast”, said CPRA Chairman Johnny Bradberry.

For further information, contact Rene LeBreton at the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries at rlebreton@wlf.la.gov, 504-286-8745.

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