Fishing

Louisiana Red Snapper Landing Estimates Through July 1

Release Date: 07/13/2018

The latest catch statistics for recreational red snapper recorded by LA Creel, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries' near real-time landings data collection program, are 344,029 pounds, or 46 percent of Louisiana’s allocation of 743,000 pounds. It is important to note that these data do not cover the full Fourth of July holiday week (only the weekend ending July 1).  That week, on average yields higher landings than other weeks. 

 

The season reopened this morning at 12:01a.m.  for weekends only (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday). The weekend-only season will continue to run until recreational landings approach or reach Louisiana’s annual private recreational allocation. 
  
This year, state and federal seasons are running concurrently because federal fisheries managers approved the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ application for an  Exempted Fishing Permit  to manage the private recreational snapper season in state and federal waters in 2018 and 2019. Under the EFP, participating anglers are allowed to fish red snapper in the state territorial seas and adjoining federal EEZ, from shore to 200 nautical miles. 
  
For more information on the 2018 red snapper season and detailed landing estimates, visit:  http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/red-snapper .

 

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.

LDWF Schedules Drawdown on Henderson Lake in St. Martin Parish

Release Date: 07/12/2018

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is working with the St. Martin Parish Government, the Town of Henderson and the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers to conduct a drawdown on Henderson Lake in St. Martin Parish beginning in August 2018.
 
The drawdown is part of LDWF’s integrated management plan to control several aquatic nuisance plants including hydrilla, water hyacinth and giant salvinia. The drawdown will also improve sport fish habitat through the drying and compacting of bottom sediments throughout the lake.
 
The water control structure is scheduled to open the first week of August, and the lake level will be lowered at a rate of approximately 2 to 4 inches per day until it reaches the desired height of 3 feet below pool stage, or 6 feet mean sea level at the United States Geological Survey Lake Pelba gauge. At this level, the flats directly north and south of the I-10 Bridge that experience chronic issues with nuisance aquatic plants will be exposed to air and sunlight.
 
The drawdown gates are scheduled to close November 1, 2018, to allow the lake to refill for winter and early spring recreational activities. 

Although the lake will not be closed to fishing, caution is advised for boaters during the low water period, as boat lanes will not provide normal clearance of cypress stumps and other underwater obstructions.
 
The current LDWF Lake Henderson Management Plan can be viewed at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/waterbody-management-plans-inland   
 
For additional information regarding the drawdown, contact Brac Salyers, LDWF Biologist Manager, at bsalyers@wlf.la.gov or (337) 262-2080. 

Shrimp Task Force Meeting Scheduled for July 11

Release Date: 07/06/2018

Shrimp Task Force Meeting

The following is the agenda for the Louisiana Shrimp Task Force Meeting. The public is invited to attend.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018, 10:00 a.m.

Terrebonne Council Meeting Room

8026 Main Street, Houma, LA 70360

 

AGENDA

I.              Pledge of Allegiance 

II.            Roll call and Introduction of Guests

III.          Approval of the April 25, 2018 meeting minutes and of the July 11, 2018 Agenda

IV.          Treasury Report

A.    Budget Report- LDWF

B.    Financial Disclosure Filing Reminder

V.            Federal Shrimp Permit Report-STF

VI.          New Business

A.     Discussion of Shrimp Prices- STF

B.     To Hear a Presentation of Survey Results from the 2018 LFF Sediment Diversion Panel and Discussion- Sea Grant

C.    To Discuss STF Seat Vacancies and Member Absentee and Alternate Fill-In Notices- STF

D.    Officer Elections and Alternate Designees

VII.        Public Comment

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/4342777751995541249

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.louisiana.gov, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb, or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

To sign up for LDWF commercial fishing alerts sent as text messages or as emails visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.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.

LDWF Schedules Drawdown for Lake Bistineau

Release Date: 07/06/2018

July 05, 2018 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has scheduled a drawdown of Lake Bistineau (Webster, Bossier, and Bienville Parishes) .  The drawdown is designed to reduce the further expansion of salvinia as summer temperatures promote maximum growth.  The drawdown will also benefit fisheries production by improving aquatic habitat and reducing the amount of organic matter on the lake bottom.

The water control structure is scheduled to be opened on July 23, 2018, and the lake should dewater at a rate of 4-6 inches per day.  The maximum drawdown level will be 8 feet below normal pool stage.  Aquatic habitat conditions in the lake will be evaluated during the drawdown to determine the most appropriate time to end the drawdown and allow the lake to refill for early spring recreational activities.  

The Lake Bistineau Waterbody Management Plan is designed to give recreational boaters most of the summer to enjoy traditional use of the lake prior to water levels dropping.  Due to the large watershed of the lake and the rapid growth rate of giant salvinia, the likelihood of an effective drawdown is diminished with a later start date.  A July start date has provided the most predictable results in recent years.  

During the drawdown, an estimated 10,000 acres of water will remain in the lake.  Boaters can access the lake from the following public boat launches:  Port of Bistineau Launch, Bossier Public Launch, Grice’s, and Bayou Dorcheat Public Launch.  Boaters are advised to use caution during the low water period, as boat lanes will not provide normal clearance of underwater obstructions.  

This action is a necessary component of LDWF’s integrated management plan to control overabundant aquatic vegetation growth and to improve the Lake Bistineau sport fishery. An annual cycle of high and low water fluctuation can provide beneficial effects similar to a natural overflow lake system.  Herbicide applications and weevil stockings will continue during the drawdown period.

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 drawdown, contact Jeff Sibley, LDWF Biologist Manager, at jsibley@wlf.la.gov or (318) 371-3066.  

LDWF Commission Votes to Change Recreational Red Snapper Season to Weekends-Only

Release Date: 07/03/2018

At today’s meeting, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commissioners voted to change to a weekends-only recreational red snapper season after the scheduled July 8, 2018 closure.  The weekends-only season (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) will begin on July 13, 2018.

This decision was made following a presentation of the latest catch statistics recorded by LA Creel. The near real-time data collection program indicates that approximately 299,061 pounds, or 40 percent of Louisiana’s allocation has been harvested to date. This covers the preliminary estimates for the period through June 24, 2018.

More information about Louisiana’s recreational red snapper season, including harvest estimates, can be found at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/red-snapper.

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.

Louisiana Inshore Shrimp Season to Close July 2, 2018 in a Portion of Zone 1 and Zone 3

Release Date: 06/29/2018

Louisiana Inshore Shrimp Season to Close July 2, 2018 in a Portion of Zone 1 and Zone 3

Louisiana Inshore Shrimp Season to Close July 2, 2018, in a Portion of Zone 1 and Zone 3

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced the 2018 spring inshore shrimp season will close at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, July 2, 2018, in the following areas:

·     The portion of Shrimp Management Zone 1 in Lake Pontchartrain, Chef Menteur and Rigolets Passes, Lake Borgne, and the Louisiana portion of Mississippi Sound.

·     That portion of Shrimp Management Zone 3 in state inside waters from the western shore of Freshwater Bayou Canal westward to the Louisiana/Texas state line

For a map detailing these closures see map above or visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/shrimp-seasons.

All state outside waters seaward of the Inside/Outside Shrimp Line, as described in R.S. 56:495 and the open waters of Breton and Chandeleur Sounds as bounded by the double-rig line described in R.S. 56:495.1(A)2 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 will be closed when biologically appropriate.   

LDWF would also like to remind shrimpers there is a size restriction on saltwater white shrimp taken in either inside or outside (offshore) waters of Louisiana.  Saltwater white shrimp must be 100 count (whole shrimp per pound) or larger. This size restriction applies to the taking or possession of such shrimp aboard a vessel, EXCEPT from October 15 through the third Monday in December, when there is 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 should not exceed 10 percent by weight of the total saltwater shrimp taken or possessed.  If compliance issues develop, remaining open areas will be closed.

 

For more information, contact Peyton Cagle at (337) 491-2575 or pcagle@wlf.la.gov.

DOTD Provides Update on Vernon Lake Dam Repairs in Vernon Parish

Release Date: 06/27/2018

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development is providing the following information regarding Vernon Lake Dam in Vernon Parish and planned repairs to damages sustained during the Hurricane Harvey event.

The dam remains stable at this time. The water level in the lake will be maintained near the current lowered water level for the period of time necessary to repair the dam to its pre storm condition. The management gate will be operated to maintain the lake level as close to the current level as possible. However, the lake water levels will fluctuate during this period of time due to rainfall events and the limited capacity of the management gate to remove the runoff. It may also be necessary to lower the lake water level below the current levels at times when tropical weather conditions are forecast for the area.

The timeframe to affect the necessary repairs to the dam will possibly extend into the summer of 2019. It is anticipated the contract to repair the dam will let in the winter of 2018 with construction beginning in the spring of 2019 and completed in the summer of 2019. DOTD is working as expeditiously as possible in an attempt to complete the work ahead of the projected schedule. Upon completion of the construction activities the management gate will be closed and the lake allowed to refill to pool stage. Additional updates will be provided as the time line moves forward.

Anacoco Lake which is located downstream of Vernon Lake is near pool stage. The intent for Anacoco Lake is to keep the management gate closed and the lake near pool stage throughout this process.

Questions regarding this notice may be directed to Mr. Brad Sticker at (318) 561‐5280 or Jonathan Lachney at (318) 561‐5103.

Recreational Red Snapper Season To Close July 8; Assessment to Follow

Release Date: 06/26/2018

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission voted today to close the current recreational, 7-days-per-week red snapper season at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, July 8.
 
After the closure, the Commission will monitor red snapper landings through the LA Creel survey and consider options for potential additional recreational harvest opportunities.
 
If Louisiana’s quota is not met, the Commission has given the authority to Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Jack Montoucet to reopen red snapper season the first weekend (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) of each month beginning in August, until recreational landings approach or reach Louisiana’s annual private recreational allocation of 743,000 pounds.
 
After considering the rate of landings and LDWF biologists’ recommendations, the LWFC believes this is the best decision for Louisiana anglers. This action will extend recreational red snapper fishing opportunities into the summer if the numbers allow.
 
“The department appreciates the help of Louisiana anglers for responding to voluntary surveys to determine accurate and reliable harvest estimates through the LA Creel program,” said LDWF Secretary Jack Montoucet. “Their help will be crucial in determining when we should consider closing the season.”
 
The latest catch statistics recorded by LA Creel, the LDWF’s near real-time data collection program is 275,723 pounds, or 38 percent of Louisiana’s allocation. This covers the period through June 10.
 
Size and bag limits will remain at 16 inches and 2 fish per person, per day.

Louisiana Inshore Shrimp Season to Close June 27, 2018, in a Portion of Zone 1 and Zone 2

Release Date: 06/21/2018

Louisiana Inshore Shrimp Season to Close June 27, 2018, in a Portion of Zone 1 and Zone 2

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced that the 2018 spring inshore shrimp season will close at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 27, 2018, from the Mississippi/Louisiana state line westward to the western shore of Freshwater Bayou Canal except for the following waters: Lake Pontchartrain, Chef Menteur and Rigolets Passes, Lake Borgne, the Louisiana portion of Mississippi Sound, and the open waters of Breton and Chandeleur Sounds.
 
For a map detailing these closures see map above.
 
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 an opportunity for growth to larger and more marketable sizes. The areas that remain open will continue to be monitored and will be closed when biologically appropriate.   
 
LDWF would also like to remind shrimpers there is a size restriction on saltwater white shrimp taken in either inside or outside (offshore) waters of Louisiana.  Saltwater white shrimp must be 100-count (whole shrimp per pound) or larger. This size restriction applies to the taking or possession of such shrimp aboard a vessel, EXCEPT from October 15 through the third Monday in December, when there is 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 should not exceed 10 percent by weight of the total saltwater shrimp taken or possessed.  If compliance issues develop, remaining open areas will be closed.
 
For more information, contact Peyton Cagle at (337) 491-2575 or pcagle@wlf.la.gov .

 

Louisiana Inshore Shrimp Season to Close June 27, 2018, in a Portion of Zone 1 and Zone 2

Release Date: 06/21/2018

Louisiana Inshore Shrimp Season to Close June 27, 2018, in a Portion of Zone 1 and Zone 2

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced the 2018 spring inshore shrimp season will close at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 27, 2018, from the Mississippi/Louisiana state line westward to the western shore of Freshwater Bayou Canal except for the following waters: Lake Pontchartrain, Chef Menteur and Rigolets Passes, Lake Borgne, the Louisiana portion of Mississippi Sound, and the open waters of Breton and Chandeleur Sounds.

For a map detailing these closures see map above or click here.

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 an opportunity for growth to larger and more marketable sizes. The areas that remain open will continue to be monitored and will be closed when biologically appropriate.   

LDWF would also like to remind shrimpers there is a size restriction on saltwater white shrimp taken in either inside or outside (offshore) waters of Louisiana.  Saltwater white shrimp must be 100-count (whole shrimp per pound) or larger. This size restriction applies to the taking or possession of such shrimp aboard a vessel, EXCEPT from October 15 through the third Monday in December, when there is 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 should not exceed 10 percent by weight of the total saltwater shrimp taken or possessed.  If compliance issues develop, remaining open areas will be closed.

 

For more information, contact Peyton Cagle at (337) 491-2575 or pcagle@wlf.la.gov.

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