LDWF News Release

LDWF to Close Oyster Harvest in Sister Lake

Release Date: 12/19/2017

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will close oyster harvest in the Sister Lake Public Oyster Seed Reservation (POSR) in Terrebonne Parish at one-half hour after sunset on Friday, December 22, 2017.

Recent harvest pressure has depleted the limited supply of oyster resources in this public oyster area. Protection of the remaining oyster resources is in the long-term best interest of the oyster populations in these areas.

To view a map of the current oyster closure areas visit: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/oyster-season

The Commission authorized the Secretary of LDWF to take emergency action to close areas on an as-needed basis, based on biological data or if enforcement problems are encountered. The Secretary was also authorized to take emergency action to reopen areas previously closed if the threat to the resource has ended and to open areas if substantial oyster resources are located.

Public notice of any opening, delay, or closure of a season will be provided at least 72 hours prior to such action unless such closure is ordered by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals for public health concerns.

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.


Gov. John Bel Edwards Appoints Joe McPherson to Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission

Release Date: 12/18/2017

Joe McPherson

Dec. 18, 2017 - Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards has appointed William J. “Joe” McPherson of Woodworth to the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC). McPherson, who will serve as an at-large commissioner, is a self-employed business owner and developer and a former Louisiana State Senator.
McPherson, whose term runs until Dec. 12, 2023, will make his first appearance on the board during the commission’s Jan. 4 meeting in Baton Rouge.
McPherson served six full terms as a state senator, including from 1984-96 and 2000-12. During his time in the Louisiana senate, he authored bills several bills for outdoors causes, including the creation of three wildlife management areas. He was honored with the Governor’s Award for conservation achievement in 2005.
He is a veteran of the United States Army Reserve.


Bussey Brake WMA Closed to All Activities, Including Hunting

Release Date: 12/15/2017

Dec. 15, 2017 - Bussey Brake Wildlife Management Area is currently closed to all activities, including hunting. The WMA, located in Morehouse Parish near Bastrop, is undergoing a fishery and infrastructure renovation project which is expected to be completed during the summer of 2018.
For more information about Bussey Brake WMA, contact the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Monroe Field Office at 318-343-4044.


White Lake WCA Birding and Nature Trail Reopened, LDWF Announces

Release Date: 12/14/2017

Dec. 14, 2017 - The White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area (WCA) Birding and Nature Trail has been repaired and reopened, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced. The trail was closed in August due to damage from flooding from Hurricane Harvey.
The White Lake property is located in southwest Louisiana in Vermilion Parish. White Lake WCA consists of 71,905 acres along the western boundary of Vermilion Parish. For more information on White Lake WCA, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/refuge/white-lake-wetlands-conservations-area .
For more information, contact Schuler Dartez at sdartez@wlf.la.gov or 337-536-9400, extension 2.


Louisiana Anglers Have Cool-Weather Fishing Opportunities to Look Forward to this December

Release Date: 12/14/2017

You don’t typically see rainbow trout in Louisiana waters, but as part of the Get Out and Fish! community fishing program, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is stocking all program ponds with catchable-size trout this December.  

Since this cold-water fish is not a native to Louisiana, this stocking provides a rare opportunity to try to catch a new species of fish. A total of eight ponds located in populated urban centers will offer rainbow trout fishing and may be no more than minutes away from your home.  So, grab your friends and family and try your luck landing a fish you may have never caught before.

For more information about the location of each of the program’s community fishing ponds, stocking dates and the program itself, visit www.wlf.la.gov/get-out-and-fish-1.

Participants 16 and older must possess a valid Louisiana fishing license. To purchase a license online, visit https://www.la.wildlifelicense.com.

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 promote outdoor activities for future generations. 

This event is hosted in conjunction with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation.  The LWFF was formed to provide a means for individuals and corporations to become partners with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission in the challenge of conserving Louisiana’s wildlife and fish resources.

For more information, contact Megan MacMenamin at mmacmenamin@wlf.la.gov or 225-765-2375. 



LDWF to Close Shrimp Season in Portions of State Inside Waters

Release Date: 12/14/2017

Today, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced the fall shrimp season will close in a portion of state inside waters effective Monday, December 18, 2017 at official sunset.

Specifically, those waters that will close to shrimping include:

  • All state inside waters from the Mississippi/Louisiana state line westward to the Louisiana/Texas state line except for the following waters located east of the Mississippi River:
    • Chef Menteur and Rigolets Passes, Lake Borgne, Mississippi Sound, Mississippi River Gulf Outlet (MRGO), a section of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (GIWW) in Orleans parish from the GIWW East Closure Sector Gate westward to the GIWW intersection with the Inner Harbor Navigation Canal, 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

All state outside waters will remain open at this time.

For a map detailing today’s actions visit: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/shrimp-seasons

Existing data do not currently support shrimping closures in additional state inside or outside waters. However, the department will continue monitoring shrimp populations in these waters.

Regulations state that the possession count on saltwater, white shrimp should average no more than 100 (whole shrimp) per pound, with the exception of October 15 through the third Monday in December, when there is no minimum count size.

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission provided the LDWF Secretary with authority to close the fall inshore shrimp season when biological and technical data indicate the need. Recent sampling conducted by the LDWF biologists indicates the average white shrimp size in the waters to be closed is smaller than the minimum possession size limit. This action, which characteristically takes place at this time of year, is designed to protect small, white shrimp and provide opportunity for these populations to over-winter and grow to larger, more marketable sizes.

For more information, contact Peyton Cagle at (337) 491-2575 extension 3017 or peyton.cagle@la.gov .


Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission January Meeting to Begin at 1 p.m.

Release Date: 12/13/2017

Dec. 13, 2017 - The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission’s January meeting, scheduled for Thursday Jan. 4 at Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries headquarters in Baton Rouge, will begin at 1 p.m. instead of the normal start time of 9:30 a.m.
An agenda will be published prior to the meeting date.
What: Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission January meeting.
When:  Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018 at 1 p.m.
Where: Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries headquarters, Louisiana Room, 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge.


Bodcau, Woodworth Shooting Ranges to be Closed Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve

Release Date: 12/13/2017

Dec. 13, 2017 - The Bodcau and Woodworth shooting ranges will be closed Christmas Eve (Dec. 24) and New Year’s Eve (Dec. 31), the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced.
The Woodworth shooting range is located at 661 Robinson Bridge Road in Woodworth. For more information on the Woodworth shooting range, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/shooting-range/woodworth-shooting-range or call 318-484-2212.
The Bodcau shooting range is located at 168 Ben Durden Road in Benton. For more information on the Bodcau shooting range, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/bodcau-wma or call 318-326-3225.
Information on all LDWF shooting ranges can be found at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/shooting-ranges .


LDWF to construct the first artificial reef in Vernon Lake

Release Date: 12/12/2017

Baton Rouge – LDWF will deploy a new freshwater artificial reef into Vernon Lake on Thursday, December 14.

The artificial reef will provide additional habitat for juvenile fish and offer anglers increased fishing opportunity on Vernon Lake.

The reef will be composed of PVC pipe that would have otherwise ended up in a landfill.  Woody debris like trees and branches make for great artificial cover and are part of the habitat enhancement tool kit. However, wood and small limbs decompose relatively quickly and buoyancy can sometimes be an issue. Longer lasting artificial structures, using more durable materials, maximizes the benefits over time, so in recent years LDWF has switched to plastic as the material of choice for freshwater artificial reef structures.

Material for this project was secured through a partnership with Entergy Louisiana and the Vernon Parish Game and Fish Commission.

This project on Vernon Lake will increase the LDWF freshwater artificial reef total to 69 reefs on 15 waterbodies across the state.  For more information about the locations of our artificial reefs across the state, check out our ‘Outdoor Explorer Map Tool’ at: http://arcg.is/0GuDKb and then click the 'Get on the Water' tab.

LDWF staff will be available to media at the Spillway Park on the south end of Vernon Lake at noon on Thursday for interviews and to facilitate photos of reefs on the lake bed after deployment.

 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.



2018 Turkey Season Lottery Hunt Applications Now Available

Release Date: 12/12/2017

Dec. 12, 2017 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is accepting applications for the 2018 turkey season lottery hunts on state wildlife management areas (WMAs). The deadline to submit applications is Feb. 9, 2018.
Regular turkey lottery hunts will be held on nine WMAs this spring. Youth lottery hunts will be held on 11 WMAs.
The application forms for these WMA hunts for adult and youth hunters are now available on the LDWF website at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/lottery-hunts. The forms list all lottery hunt dates and locations.
The 2018 wild turkey season will open April 7 on private lands in three designated areas with varying end of season dates as follows: Area A, April 7-May 6; Area B, April 7-29; and Area C, April 7-22. For a detailed map, go to http://www.eregulations.com/louisiana/hunting/turkey-hunting-seasons/ .
The statewide youth and physically challenged hunter weekend for private lands will be March 30-April 1. To access additional information on turkey season, review the 2017-18 Louisiana Hunting Regulations booklet at http://www.eregulations.com/louisiana/hunting/ .
For more information, contact Cody Cedotal at ccedotal@wlf.la.gov or 225-765-2361.

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