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LDWF Schedules Drawdown for Lake Bistineau

Release Date: 07/18/2016

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. 

LDWF to Hold Lake Bistineau Public Meeting

Release Date: 07/15/2016

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, July 26, 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 along with a presentation on some of the issues facing Bistineau.  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.

 

 

NOAA to Hold Public Meetings about Expanding Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary

Release Date: 07/14/2016

For Immediate Release

 

 

(July 14, 2016) - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries would like to notify the public that NOAA will be holding two meetings in Louisiana to explain and get feedback on their proposal to expand the boundaries of Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary off the coasts of Texas and Louisiana in the Gulf of Mexico. Meeting details are as follows:

 

Where: Hilton New Orleans Airport, Segnette Room, 901 Airline Drive, Kenner, Louisiana 70062

When: Tuesday, July 19, 2016, 5:30-7:30 pm

 

Where: Estuarine Habitats and Coastal Fisheries Center, 646 Cajundome Boulevard, Lafayette, Louisiana 70506

When: Thursday, July 21, 2016, 5:30-7:30 pm

NOAA is considering five different options for expanding the sanctuary to better manage and protect important habitat and cultural resources and provide more opportunities for research and restoration. Options range from keeping the status quo to expanding the sanctuary up to 935 square miles.

NOAA’s preferred option would expand the sanctuary 383 square miles to include an additional 15 banks, located from 70 to 120 miles offshore and comprised of reefs and bottom features that provide habitat for fish and other biological resources in the Gulf of Mexico. This proposal would extend the existing protections of Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary to these additional areas to limit any activities considered bottom-disturbing. These protections allow for commercial and recreational fishing by hook and line only; shrimp trawls, longlines, spear guns, and other fishing gear are prohibited. Additionally, anchoring any vessel within protected areas is prohibited.

FAQs regarding impacts of the expansion can be found here: flowergarden.noaa.gov/management/expansionfaq.html

For additional details about the five alternatives being considered, click here: flowergarden.noaa.gov/management/expansiondeis.html

If you cannot attend one of these public meetings, you may also submit comments electronically or by mail.

·      Electronically: go to www.regulations.gov using docket number NOAA-NOS-2016-0059. Click the "Comment Now!" icon, complete the required fields, and enter or attach your comments.

·      Mail: George P. Schmahl, Sanctuary Superintendent, Flower Garden Banks NMS, 4700 Avenue U, Building 216, Galveston, TX 77551

Public comments must be received by August 19, 2016

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.

LDWF Accepting Lottery Applications for Disabled Veterans Hunts on Wildlife Management Areas

Release Date: 07/14/2016

July 14, 2016 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is accepting lottery hunt applications for disabled veterans wishing to participate in a deer hunt to be held on Camp Beauregard Wildlife Management Area (WMA) and a waterfowl hunt to be held on Sherburne WMA for the 2016-17 hunting season.
 
These special hunts are restricted to hunters selected through the lottery application process. These hunts offer the opportunity for selected hunters to experience an enjoyable, wildlife oriented outdoor experience on these WMAs.
 
Details on the qualifications, application requirements, application deadlines and dates of the hunts are listed on the application forms.
 
Successful applicants will be selected by a random computer drawing.  Applications for the lottery must be submitted to LDWF by the deadline listed on the application. A $5 administrative fee must be submitted with each application.
 
Applications and more information may be obtained by contacting your local LDWF field office or by visiting the LDWF web site at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/lottery-hunts .
 
Applications may be delivered in person to Room 442 of the LDWF headquarters building located at 2000 Quail Dr. in Baton Rouge or by mail.  The mailing address is: Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Wildlife Division, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000.
 
For more information, contact Steve Smith at 225-765-2359 or ssmith@wlf.la.gov.

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LDWF Accepting Lottery Applications for Physically Challenged Hunts on Wildlife Management Areas

Release Date: 07/14/2016

July 14, 2016 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is accepting lottery hunt applications for physically challenged hunters wishing to participate in deer hunts to be held on Floy Ward McElroy and Sabine Wildlife Management Areas (WMA) as well as a physically challenged waterfowl hunt to be held on Russell Sage WMA for the 2016-17 hunting season. 
 
These hunts offer the opportunity for selected hunters to experience an enjoyable, high-quality experience on these WMAs.
 
The hunts are restricted to physically challenged hunters. The Sabine WMA deer hunt is open to all qualified, physically challenged persons and applicants will be screened by the Hunters Enriching Lives of People (HELP) organization to determine eligibility.
 
The Floy Ward McElroy WMA deer hunt is limited to wheelchair confined, Physically Challenged Hunter Permit (PCHP) holders only.  The Russell Sage WMA waterfowl hunt is limited to wheelchair confined PCHP permit holders only. 
  
Details on the qualifications, application requirements, application deadlines and dates of the hunts are listed on the application forms.
 
Successful applicants will be selected by a random computer drawing.  Applications for the lottery must be submitted to LDWF by the deadline listed on the application. A $5 administrative fee must be submitted with each application.
 
Applications and more information may be obtained by contacting your local LDWF field office or by visiting the LDWF web site at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/lottery-hunts .
 
Applications may be delivered in person to Room 442 of the LDWF headquarters building located at 2000 Quail Dr. in Baton Rouge or by mail.  The mailing address is: Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Wildlife Division, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000.
 
For more information, contact Steve Smith at 225-765-2359 or ssmith@wlf.la.gov .

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LDWF Accepting Lottery Applications for General Waterfowl Hunts on Wildlife Management Areas

Release Date: 07/13/2016

July 13, 2016 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is accepting applications for waterfowl lottery hunts to be held on Bayou Pierre and Sherburne Wildlife Management Areas (WMA) for the 2016-17 hunting season. 
 
These special hunts are restricted to hunters selected through the lottery application process. These hunts offer the opportunity for selected hunters to experience an enjoyable, wildlife oriented outdoor experience on these WMAs.
 
Details on the qualifications, application requirements, application deadlines and dates of the hunts are listed on the application forms.
 
Successful applicants will be selected by a random computer drawing.  Applications for the lottery must be submitted to LDWF by the deadline listed on the application. A $5 administrative fee must be submitted with each application.
 
Applications and more information may be obtained by contacting your local LDWF field office or by visiting the LDWF web site at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/lottery-hunts .
 
Applications may be delivered in person to Room 442 of the LDWF headquarters building located at 2000 Quail Dr. in Baton Rouge or by mail.  The mailing address is: Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Wildlife Division, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000.
 
For more information, contact Steve Smith at 225-765-2359 or ssmith@wlf.la.gov .

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LDWF Accepting Lottery Applications for Youth Deer, Waterfowl and Squirrel Hunts on Wildlife Management Areas

Release Date: 07/13/2016

July 13, 2016 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is accepting applications for youth lottery hunts for deer, waterfowl and squirrel to be held on various LDWF Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) during the 2016-17 hunting season.
 
Youth lottery deer hunts will be held on Buckhorn, Dewey W. Wills, Floy Ward McElroy, Richard K. Yancey and Sherburne WMAs.  Youth lottery waterfowl hunts will be held on Bayou Pierre, Russell Sage and Sherburne WMAs.  A youth lottery squirrel hunt will be held on Floy Ward McElroy WMA.
 
These hunts are restricted to youth hunters only, to be selected through the lottery application process. These hunts offer the opportunity for selected hunters to experience an enjoyable, high-quality experience on these WMAs.
 
Details on the qualifications, application requirements, application deadlines and dates of the hunts are listed on the application forms.
 
Successful applicants will be selected by a random computer drawing.  Applications for the lottery must be submitted to LDWF by the deadline listed on the application. A $5 administrative fee must be submitted with each application.
 
Applications and more information may be obtained by contacting your local LDWF field office or by visiting the LDWF web site at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/lottery-hunts .
 
Applications may be delivered in person to Room 442 of the LDWF headquarters building located at 2000 Quail Dr. in Baton Rouge or by mail.  The mailing address is: Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Wildlife Division, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000.
 
For more information, contact Steve Smith at 225-765-2359 or ssmith@wlf.la.gov .

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Applications Being Accepted for Lottery Dove Hunts on Elbow Slough Wildlife Management Area

Release Date: 07/12/2016

July 12, 2016 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is accepting applications for lottery dove hunts on Elbow Slough Wildlife Management Area (WMA) for the opening weekend of dove season, Sept. 3-4, 2016. 
 
The lottery dove hunt access to the WMA in Rapides Parish will provide 80 hunters the opportunity to hunt on the first Saturday and Sunday of the first season split. Hunt times each day will be from one-half hour before sunrise until noon. 
 
The deadline for applications to be submitted is 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 12.  The application form, along with a $5 administrative fee payment, must be sent to LDWF’s Wildlife Division, Elbow Slough Lottery Dove Hunts, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA  70898-9000. A random drawing will then select 40 hunters to participate each day. The application is available on the LDWF website at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/lottery-hunts.
 
Only those selected through the lottery drawing will be allowed to attend the dove hunts at Elbow Slough WMA on opening weekend. For safety reasons, guests or other observers will not be allowed.   
 
Beginning Sept. 7, 2016, Elbow Slough WMA will be open to all dove hunters and will remain open for dove hunting on Saturdays, Sundays, and Wednesdays only through Sept. 25. Elbow Slough WMA will again be open for dove hunting on Saturdays, Sundays, and Wednesdays only during the period Oct. 8-Nov. 13, 2016. Hunt times for these scheduled open days will be from one-half hour before sunrise until sunset. 
 
Dove hunters are reminded that non-toxic shot, maximum size #6 steel or equivalent, is required for all hunting on Elbow Slough WMA.
 
For more information, contact Jeff Johnson at (318) 371-3050 or jjohnson@wlf.la.gov .

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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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