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LDWF Extends Drawdown on Saline Lake

Release Date: 10/05/2016

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and Saline Lake Commission have extended the current drawdown on Saline Lake in Natchitoches and Winn parishes until November 1, 2016.  The extension is due to unusually heavy rainfall, which kept the area inundated for most of August.
 
The action is a necessary component of LDWF’s integrated management plan to control overabundant aquatic vegetation growth and to improve access for recreational activities.  An annual cycle of high and low water fluctuation can provide beneficial effects similar to a natural overflow lake system.
 
The current LDWF Saline Lake Aquatic Vegetative Management Plan can be viewed at:http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/waterbody-management-plans-inland
 
For additional information regarding the drawdown, contact Villis Dowden, LDWF Biologist, at vdowden@wlf.la.gov or (318) 357-3214. 

LDWF Stocks Popular Louisiana Urban Fisheries

Release Date: 10/04/2016

Continuing its popular Get Out and Fish! Community Fishing Program, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will stock several south Louisiana urban fisheries this month. For those who think the cooler weather will put a damper on their fishing season, nothing could be farther from the truth. One of life’s greatest outdoor pleasures is experiencing the thrilling fight of a channel cat on the end of a line during one of the most beautiful seasons of the year.
 
Girard Park in Lafayette and BREC’s Burbank Park in Baton Rouge will each receive 300 pounds of adult size channel catfish later this week. Sidney Torres Park in Chalmette will also be stocked later this month.
 
The channel catfish is a highly prized sportfish and can be enticed to bite a hook baited with a kernel of canned corn, shrimp, live worms or chicken livers. At previous events, the bait of choice was dead shrimp fished on the bottom.
 
The fish were produced at the department’s Booker Fowler Fish Hatchery in Forest Hill, La.
 
The Get Out and Fish! Program seeks to increase the number of people with access to quality fishing, recruit new anglers to the sport of fishing and to promote outdoor activities for future generations. 
 
For more information, contact Danica Williams at dwilliams@wlf.la.gov or (504) 628-7282. 

October 2016 Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Meeting Agenda

Release Date: 10/04/2016

Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission to Meet October 6, 2016 - 9:30 A.M.

2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70898

Louisiana Room

Committee Agenda

 

1.     Call to Order         

2.     Pledge of Allegiance

3.     Roll Call

4.     Adoption of July 07, 2016; August 04, 2016; and September 01, 2016 Commission Meeting Minutes

5.     Commission Special Announcements / Personal Privilege         

6.     Enforcement Reports September, 2016 – Captain Edward Skena

7.     Receive Report on Delinquent and/or Non-Filed Notices of Intent and Declarations of Emergency – Angela Thomas, LWF Commission Secretary and Catherine Brindley, Office of State Register Editor

8.     Receive and Consider an Amended Notice of Intent to Modify the Gag Season and Increase the Gag and Black Grouper Size Limit – Jason Adriance, Biologist

9.     Receive and Consider Red Snapper Season Update and Receive and Consider a Declaration of Emergency for Reopening of State Waters to Red Snapper Recreational Harvest – Jason Adriance, Biologist

10.  Receive and Consider a Notice of Intent to Amend LAC 76:VII.5.537 to Update List of Established Recreational Reef Sites – Craig Gothreaux, Biologist

11.  Receive and Consider Updated Report on Calcasieu Lake Oysters and Consider a Declaration of Emergency for the Calcasieu Lake Oyster Season – Steven Beck, Biologist

12.  Receive an Update on Special Artificial Reef Sites (SARS) Moratorium – Mike McDonough, Biologist

13.  Receive and Consider a Notice of Intent Modifying the Ban on Commercial Fishing Gear and Establishing a Commercial Fishing Season in Poverty Point Reservoir – Ryan Daniel, Biologist

14.  Receive Summary Report of Recent LDWF Assessments, Including Blue Crab, Mullet, Black Drum, Sheepshead, Flounder, Spotted Seatrout and Red Drum – Jason Adriance, Biologist

15.  Receive Update on Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council – Myron Fischer, Biologist

16.  Receive and Consider a Notice of Intent to Reduce the Wild Alligator Return Rate  – Edmond Mouton, Biologist

17.  Public Hearing to Receive Comment on Amended Provisions to Notice of Intent for the Cervid Carcass Importation Ban – Johnathan Bordelon, Biologist

18.  Set January, 2017 Commission Meeting Date

19.  Receive Public Comments

20.  Consider Holding an Executive Session, Pursuant to R.S. 42:17(A)(2) for Discussion of Settlement Offer in the Matter Entitled Stroud Petroleum, Inc. v. Pintail Properties, L.L.C., et al; NO. 34865, 39th JDC, Parish of Red River and other related cases involving the Albritton Servitude – Ryan Seidemann, Assistant Attorney General and Yolanda Martin, LDWF General Counsel

21.  Consider Holding an Executive Session, Pursuant to R.S. 42:17(A)(2) for Discussion of Settlement Payment for Valuation of Loss of the Guitreau and Lambert Tracts from Maurepas Swamp Wildlife Management Area from Old Republic National Title Insurance Company – Yolanda Martin, General Counsel

22.  Adjournment  

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Louisiana Fur Advisory Council to Host Fur Trappers Seminar Oct. 15 at Woodworth Outdoor Education Center

Release Date: 09/30/2016

Sept. 30, 2016 – The Louisiana Fur Advisory Council will hold a seminar for fur trappers Oct. 15, 2016, at the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Woodworth Outdoor Education Center in Woodworth.
 
The free seminar will run from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The featured speaker will be Jason White, president of Northwest Company’s wild fur division. Several other speakers will be on hand, including a representative of the Fur Advisory Council and fur marketing consultant Brent Poley. There will also be a roundtable discussion period.
 
No registration is required and anyone interested in learning more about Louisiana fur trapping is welcome. Lunch will be provided.
 
For more information, contact Jennifer Hogue Manuel at 337-373-0032 or jhogue@wlf.la.gov.

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LWFC Okays Resolutions Adding Acreage to Peason Ridge, Tunica Hills WMAs

Release Date: 09/29/2016

Sept. 29, 2016 – The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) approved resolutions to add land to the Peason Ridge and Tunica Hills Wildlife Management Areas (WMA) during its monthly meeting in September in Baton Rouge.
 
Peason Ridge WMA will add 23,300 acres and Tunica Hills WMA 627 acres.
 
The Peason Ridge WMA acreage addition increases the WMA’s size to more than 74,000 acres. Peason Ridge WMA is located 18 miles north of Leesville and in Vernon, Sabine and Natchitoches parishes.
 
Tunica Hills WMA will grow to more than 6,500 acres with the added land, being provided by the Office of State Parks. Tunica Hills WMA is composed of two separate tracts lying northwest of St. Francisville in West Feliciana Parish.
 
Peason Ridge WMA is owned by the U.S. Army and maintained by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF). Hunting, fishing and trapping are permitted on the WMA. Camping is not permitted but is allowed on adjacent U.S. Forest Service lands.
 
Game species available for hunting include deer, squirrel, rabbit, quail, woodcock, dove and turkey. Bow hunting is allowed for deer. Trapping is allowed for raccoon, fox, bobcat, skunk, opossum, mink and coyote. All hunters and trappers must obtain an annual permit from the U.S. Army and daily check-in is required.
 
Tunica Hills WMA, owned by LDWF and Department of Recreation and Tourism, Office of State Parks, is open to a variety of outdoor recreational activities, including hunting, trapping, birdwatching, hiking, horseback riding, bike riding, sightseeing and photography. Hunting is allowed at specified times for deer, turkey and small game. Trapping is allowed for coyote, fox, bobcat, raccoon and opossum. A tent-only camping area is located off of Parker Road on the South Tract. 
 
For more information on Peason Ridge WMA, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/2792 or contact the LDWF Lake Charles field office at 337-491-2575.
 
For more information on Tunica Hills WMA, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/2752 or contact Forest Burks at fburks@wlf.la.gov or 985-543-4781.

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Fordoche Men Cited for Deer Hunting Violations in Parish

Release Date: 09/27/2016

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited two men for alleged deer hunting violations on Sept. 25 in Pointe Coupee Parish.

Agents cited Ashton J. Prejean, 22, and James Scott 19, both of Fordoche, for taking deer during a closed season, taking deer during illegal hours with artificial light and possession of illegally taken deer.

Agents found Prejean and Scott in possession of an illegally taken four point buck.  During the investigation agents learned that the deer was taken several nights prior to the investigation with a crossbow and spotlight at night in the vicinity of Fordoche.

Agents seized a crossbow, spotlight and the deer.

Taking deer during a closed season and during illegal hours with artificial light each brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail for each offense.  Possession of an illegally taken deer carries a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Prejean and Scott could face civil restitution for the illegally taken deer totaling $1624.61.

Agents participating in the case are Senior Agents Channing Duvall and Tyler Smith.

Gulf Council to Host Coral Stakeholder Engagement Meeting

Release Date: 09/26/2016

The Gulf of Mexico will host a Coral Stakeholder Engagement Meeting in Louisiana to educate fishermen using bottom contacting gear on the importance of deep-water coral reef habitats, and to gather input on potential coral protection mechanisms and proposed areas that may warrant Habitat Area of Particular concern designation. 
 
The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. local time with a brief presentation on deep-water corals. Staff will then describe proposed protections on priority areas that have been identified by the Council’s scientific and fishermen advisors. The proposed expansion of the Flower Garden Sanctuary will be included in the presentation. Finally, staff will take comments to gather local knowledge on deep-water coral areas and discuss any unintended consequences that may occur as a result of management action.
 
Monday, September 26, 2016 
Courtyard Marriott
142 Library Drive
Houma, Louisiana
(985)223-8996 
 
Click here to submit comments online: 
 
http://gulfcouncil.org/council_meetings/comment_forms/Deep%20Sea%20Coral%20Amendment%205.php

Sabine Island Wildlife Management Area Will Have Limited Access for 4-6 Weeks

Release Date: 09/23/2016

Sept. 23, 2016 – Sabine Island Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Calcasieu Parish will have limited access for the next 4-6 weeks due to the closure of Niblett’s Bluff Park in Vinton, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced.
 
The Pier Road public boat launch in Orange, Texas, can still be used to access Sabine Island WMA.
 
Niblett’s Bluff Park was severely damaged during floods in March and is not expected to reopen for another 4-6 weeks. It is the primary boat launch point for Sabine Island WMA.
 
Self clearing permit regulations for the use of Sabine Island WMA will be suspended until Nov. 1, 2016. Hunters are encouraged to report game harvested on Sabine Island WMA to the LDWF Lake Charles Field Office (337-491-2575).
 
Sabine Island WMA is located on 8,743 acres in west-central Calcasieu Parish between Vinton and Starks. It is completely surrounded by water and access to the WMA is by boat only. For more information on the Sabine Island WMA, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/2775 .
 
For more information, contact Wendell Smith at the Lake Charles Office at 337-491-2575, extension 3022, or at wsmith@wlf.la.gov.

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Temporary Boat Launch Opened at Catahoula Lake Diversion Canal on Dewey W. Wills WMA

Release Date: 09/23/2016

Temporary boat launch at Catahoula Lake Diversion Canal at Dewey W. Wills WMA.

Sept. 23, 2016 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has opened a temporary boat launch at the Catahoula Lake Diversion Canal at Dewey W. Wills Wildlife Management Area. The temporary launch is located adjacent to the permanent one.
 
LDWF is repairing the permanent launch, which was damaged by severe erosion, and will announce its reopening at a later date.

Dewey W. Wills WMA is located in the southern portion of LaSalle and Catahoula parishes in central Louisiana approximately 20 miles northeast of Alexandria. For more information on the WMA, go to: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/2753 .
 
For more information, contact Cliff Dailey at 318-487-5885 or adailey@wlf.la.gov .
 

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Oyster Task Force Coastal Restoration Subcommittee to Meet

Release Date: 09/23/2016

OTF Coastal Restoration Subcommittee

Tuesday, September 27, 2016, 11:00 A.M.

UNO Advanced Technology Center

2021 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 210

New Orleans 70122

 

AGENDA

 

I.               Call to Order

II.             To hear the presentation: Building Land in Coastal Louisiana: Expert

Recommendations for Operating a Successful Sediment Diversion that Balances Ecosystem and Community Needs- Natalie Peyronnin

III.           Public Comment

IV.           Set next meeting

V.             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

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