Fishing

LDWF Schedules Drawdown for Lake Bistineau

Release Date: 07/14/2016

News Release

 

For Immediate Release
July 14, 2016

 

Contact: Ashley Wethey

Public Information
LDWF

(504) 286-8733

awethey@wlf.la.gov

 

 

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has scheduled a drawdown of Lake Bistineau (Webster, Bossier and Bienville parishes) for giant salvinia control, organic reduction and fish habitat improvement.  The drawdown is designed to reduce the further expansion of salvinia as summertime temperatures promote maximum growth.

 

The water control structure is scheduled to open on July 25, 2016, and the lake should dewater at a rate of 4 to 6 inches per day.  The water level will be lowered to a maximum drawdown level of 8 feet below normal pool stage.  The Lake Bistineau control gates are scheduled for closure on November 30, 2016, to allow the lake to refill for winter and early-spring recreational activities.

 

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.

 

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. 

 

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

Shrimp Season to Close July 15th in Inshore Waters on West Side of State

Release Date: 07/12/2016

For Immediate Release:
July 12, 2016 – Today, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced the 2016 spring inshore shrimp season will close at 6 p.m. on Friday, July 15, in the remainder of state inside waters except for the open waters of Mississippi, Breton and Chandeleur Sounds.
 
This action closes shrimping in inside waters within the Mermentau, Calcasieu and Sabine Rivers Basins extending from the western shore of Freshwater Bayou Canal westward to the Louisiana/Texas state line.
 
Effective with this closure, all state inside waters will be closed to shrimping except for the open waters of Mississippi Sound and Breton and Chandeleur Sounds as described by the double–rig line in R.S. 56:495.1(A)2.  All state outside waters seaward of the Inside/Outside shrimp line will remain open to shrimp harvesting 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 Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission will meet August 4th to consider opening dates for the fall inshore shrimp season.

For a map detailing areas that will remain open to shrimping please see map above or click here: 
http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/shrimp-seasons.
 
 
For more information, contact Jeff Marx at (337) 373-0032 or jmarx@wlf.la.gov.

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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. 

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 atwww.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

 

For more information contact Jason Adriance at 504.284.2032 or jadriance@wlf.la.gov .  

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

 

AGENDA

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

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7026531687689440513

 

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.

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
LDWF
(504) 286-8733

awethey@wlf.la.gov

 

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 jmarx@wlf.la.gov prior to September 1, 2016.

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 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
rlebreton@wlf.la.gov

 

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.

Where:  
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:http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/waterbody-management-plans-inland

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

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 department news, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

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 skinney@wlf.la.gov (337) 491-2575.  

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.

 

 

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 Gotowebinar.com.  To attend this meeting via webinar visit:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/9114826425593768195

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

 

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.

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