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L.D.W.F. News Release

“Speck”tacular Forecast for Saturday’s Louisiana Saltwater Series Trout Tournament

Release Date: 05/02/2012

(May 2, 2012) – Speckled trout anglers, get your rods ready, on May 5 the Louisiana
Saltwater Series is headed to The Dock/Dockside Bait and Tackle in Slidell for its second
annual trout tournament. With a perfect weather forecast and excellent fishing conditions,
it’s expected to be a great day out on the water.

The entry fee is only $100 per team, and there is a 100% payout, plus loads of prizes.
Teams may consist of one, two, three or four members. For teams consisting of three or
more members, only two of the members may be 16 or older.

At 6 a.m., anglers will venture out to cast lines and reel in the big ones. Because speckled
trout can be challenging to keep alive, participants are allowed to bring in their fish
beginning at 8 a.m., when the scales open. They’ll have until 3 p.m. to make their way back
to shore and weigh in. The aim is for the Department to tag as many fish as possible, so
anglers are encouraged to bring in call of their catch (within limit), but can only designate
two fish as their weigh fish.

Hosted by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, the series was created to
promote the Louisiana Cooperative Marine Sport Fish Tagging Program and catch-and-
release saltwater angling. The program provides an avenue for anglers with an interest in
conservation to assist in collecting scientific information about the movements and biology
of tagged fish by tagging targeted species of marine gamefish.

Last year at the inaugural tournament, 78 speckled trout were tagged and released back in
to the wild.

Online registration for the tournament will close on Thursday at noon, but those interested
in participating can register at The Dock from 4 to 5:30 a.m., the morning of the event. A
$20 fee for all onsite tournament registrants will be incurred per team. Only cash and
checks will be accepted for onsite registrants.

For complete information, including rules, regulations and registration go to
www.lasaltwaterseries.com. The Louisiana Saltwater Series will host a second trout
tournament on October 20 in New Orleans at SeaBrook Harbor.

Tournament sponsors include Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board,
Academy Sports and Outdoors, Category 5 Outdoors, Daybrook, Omega Protein,
Plaquemines Parish, Dockside Marine, Skinny Water Products, Slayer, Blackfin Skeg, Faux

Pas Prints, Frabill, Marsh and Bayou Magazine, Power-Pole, Pro-Drive Shallow Water
Outboards, Sea tow, Stick It Anchor Pins, Cabela’s, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Swamp Swatter,
Whole Foods Market, Shakespeare/Berkley, Bollinger Shipyards, Chik-fil-A, Jus Grab
it Glove, To Fish Charters, Tony Spell Insurance Agency, Southern Eagle and Standard
Mapping.

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.

For press inquiries, contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov (225) 765-2396.

North Louisiana Duo Takes Home Top Prize at Louisiana Saltwater Series Redfish Tournament in Lake Charles

Release Date: 05/01/2012

Pictured from left to right: Saturday’s winners, Jess Griffith and John Sloan of Shreveport, La.

(May 1, 2012) -John Sloan and Jess Griffith of Shreveport weighed in a two-redfish limit that totaled 13.95 pounds to take home first prize at the Louisiana Saltwater Series tournament in Lake Charles on Saturday. 

To win the tournament, which operated out of Calcasieu Point Landing, the duo anchored on a western jetty by a break in the rocks where the current was coming through and remained in the spot through the morning.  “After pre-fishing the marsh on Friday and only catching a couple of redfish, we decided we would fish the jetties, no matter how hard the wind was blowing,” explained Sloan. 

The anglers took home a $2,300 cash prize for their winning fish. 

Hosted by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation, the 2012 Louisiana Saltwater Series is comprised of 13 fishing events and targets the tag and release of redfish, speckled trout, yellowfin tuna and tarpon.  With low entry fees, the tournaments allow anglers to fish close to home and compete for cash prizes while simultaneously giving back to the resource through tag and release fishing. 

The LASS has seen a significant surge in participation this year, with the number of teams nearly doubling for the Lake Charles tournament.  This increase in participation is also reflected in the number of fish tagged.  Thus far, the Department has safely tagged and released 266 redfish caught during its first two tournaments.  The results of the tagging will aid conservation efforts for redfish in the future, helping to ensure healthy populations and a successful recreational fishing industry.

For redfish tournaments, teams may consist of one, two, three or four members.  For teams consisting of three or more members, only two of the members may be 16 or older.  There is a $200 entry fee per team for each event.  There is a 90 percent payout for the first six events with 10 percent retained for the championship. Payout is determined separately for each event based upon the total number of boats entered. 

For complete information, including rules, regulations and registration go to www.lasaltwaterseries.com, and be sure to mark your calendars for our trout tournament on May 5 in Slidell at The Dock/Dockside Bait and Tackle.

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.govon Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffbor follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

For more information, contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov(225) 765-2396.

 

Agenda For Commission Meeting

Release Date: 04/30/2012

The next regular Commission Meeting will be held at 9:30 AM on Thursday, May 3, 2012, in the Louisiana Room at the Wildlife and Fisheries Building, 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA.

The following items will be discussed:

1. Roll Call

2.  Approval of Minutes of April 5, 2012

3. Commission Special Announcements/Personal Privilege

4. To hear Enforcement & Aviation Reports/April

5. To hear Proclamation for Safe Boating Week

6. To hear Information on State Gulfward Boundary

7.  To hear and consider a Notice of Intent on Red Snapper Regulations

8.  To consider a Declaration of Emergency on Fisheries Closures due to Oil Spill

9. To hear and consider a Declaration of Emergency on Setting the Opening Dates of the 2012 Spring Inshore and Territorial Sea Shrimp Seasons

10.  To receive Final Public Comment on Notice of Intent on 2013 – 14 Hunting Season Dates

11. To receive Final Public Comment on Notice of Intent on General/WMA Hunting Regulations

12. To hear Report from Ducks Unlimited on Waterfowl and Breeding Grounds Work in Saskatchewan

13. To hear LDWF Monitoring Report on Ducks Unlimited work in Saskatchewan

14. To recognize Biloxi Marsh Lands Corporation

15. To hear Request for Designation of “Free Fishing Days” Scheduling in June

16. Set September 2012 Meeting Date

17. Receive Public Comments

18. Adjournment

Catahoula Lake Drawdown Delayed Due to Oil-Drilling Activity

Release Date: 04/30/2012

April 30, 2012 – The annual drawdown at Catahoula Lake, scheduled to begin on May 1st and detailed in a Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries April 25 press release, has been delayed until June 18 to allow for continuation of oil-drilling activity on leases administered by Louisiana Department of Natural Resources (LDNR) on the lakebed.  The water level needs to be maintained at or above 34 feet MSL for oil-drilling equipment to operate and move between drilling sites.

Catahoula Lake is currently at slightly over 34 feet and no water will be released until June 18.  Water level will then be lowered to approximately 30 feet by July 15 and to 27.5 feet by August 15, rainfall and runoff permitting.

In the future, intended drawdown dates at Catahoula Lake will be included with LDNR’s lease notifications to better coordinate habitat management and oil activities.

For more information contact Larry Reynolds at (225) 765-0456 or Lreynolds@wlf.la.gov.

 

Spring Beach Sweep Set for May at Elmer’s Island

Release Date: 04/30/2012

(April 30, 2012) -The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries in conjunction with Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program is calling for volunteers for their annual Elmer’s Island Beach Sweep on Saturday, May 12.  Enjoy a morning on the beach and in the dunes while cleaning up Elmer’s Island from 8 a.m. to noon.

Trash is often dumped directly into the Gulf of Mexico by careless recreational and commercial boaters, and is also left on site by beach-goers.  This is the third annual event to rid the beach of this unsightly and harmful debris.

The annual beach sweep is made possible by numerous partnerships including the Louisiana Wildlife Federation and The Nature Conservancy and through the sponsorship of Barefoot Wines. 

Anyone can participate – individuals, families, schools, youth groups, civic and conservation clubs or businesses.  Lunch and all necessary supplies will be provided.

Pre-registration is encouraged, but not required.  To register, contact Joe Dantin at (985) 449-4715.

Elmer’s Island Refuge is a barrier island located in Jefferson Parish southwest of Grand Isle, bordered by LA 1 and the Gulf of Mexico.  The island is well known for excellent fishing opportunities for many popular species such as speckled trout, white trout, flounder, redfish, kingfish, black drum, croaker, Spanish mackerel and many other species that frequent the state's coastal beaches and passes. It also provides non-consumptive outdoor opportunities to observe wading, shore and seabirds as well as coastal marine life.

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.govon Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffbor follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

BTNEP is one of 28 National Estuary Programs throughout the United States and its territories.  The National Estuary Program was established by Congress through section 320 of the Clean Water Act or 1987.  The Barataria-Terrebonne estuarine complex became a National Estuary in 1990.

For press inquiries, contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov (225) 765-2396.

LSPMB Marketing/Sponsorship Subcommittee to Meet Monday in New Orleans

Release Date: 04/27/2012

April 27, 2012 –The next meeting of the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board Sponsorship/Marketing Committee will be April 30, 2 p.m. at the UNO Advanced Technology Center, 2021 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 310, New Orleans.

The agenda for the meeting is as follows:

       I. Call to order

       II.  Adoption of 3/2/2012 Marketing Committee Report

      III.  Review of budget through 3/31/2012

      IV.  Old Business

         A.  Update on approved sponsorships

       V.  New Business

         A.  Consideration of new proposals

       VI.  Set Next Meeting

       VII.  Adjourn

This meeting is open to the public.

For more information please contact Ashley Roth at Ashley@louisianaseafood.com or (504)286-8735.

 

Correction: LDWF’S Louisiana Saltwater Series Continues On APRIL 28 At Calcasieu Point Landing

Release Date: 04/27/2012

(April 26, 2012) -The third annual Louisiana Saltwater Series, hosted by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation, continues to its next scheduled tournament site on April 28, 2012, in Lake Charles, La. at Calcasieu Point Landing. 

Over $10,000 in cash and prizes has already been awarded, and there are lots of new promotions and prizes up for grabs this year.

Teams may consist of one, two, three or four members.  For teams consisting of three or more members, only two of the members may be 16 or older.  There is a $200 entry fee per team for each event.  There is a 90 percent payout for the first six events with 10 percent retained for the championship. Payout is determined separately for each event based upon the total number of boats entered. 

A youth division is also available for no additional cost to introduce our young anglers to the sport of fishing and to teach the catch-and-release approach to conservation.  Youth division participants compete against one another for trophy catch.  All anglers in this division will be recognized. 

The remaining 2012 redfish tournament schedule is as follows:

May 19 Lafitte, SeaWay Marina;

June 23 Delacroix, Sweetwater Marina;

July 14 Slidell, Rigolets Marina;

August 25 Cocodrie, Boudreaux’s Marina

Championship October 5 and 6 Venice, Venice Marina.

For complete information, including rules, regulations and registration go to www.lasaltwaterseries.com.  Online registration for the Lake Charles tournament is closed, but those interested in participating can register at Calcasieu Point Landing from 4 to 5:30 a.m., the morning of the event.    A $20 fee for all onsite tournament registrants will be incurred per team.   Only cash and checks will be accepted for onsite registrants. 

Tournament sponsors include Academy Sports and Outdoors, Category 5 Outdoors, Daybrook, Omega Protein, Plaquemines Parish, Dockside Marine, Skinny Water Products, Slayer, Blackfin Skeg, Faux Pas Prints, Frabill, Marsh and Bayou Magazine, Power-Pole, Pro-Drive Shallow Water Outboards, Sea tow, Stick It Anchor Pins, Cabela’s, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Swamp Swatter, Whole Foods Market, Shakespeare/Berkley, Bollinger Shipyards, Chik-fil-A, Jus Grab it Glove, To Fish Charters, Tony Spell Insurance Agency, Southern Eagle and Standard Mapping. 

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.govon Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffbor follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

For more information, contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov(225) 765-2396.

 

LDWF’S Louisiana Saltwater Series Continues On April 26 At Calcasieu Point Landing

Release Date: 04/26/2012

(April 26, 2012) -The third annual Louisiana Saltwater Series, hosted by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation, continues to its next scheduled tournament site on April 28, 2012, in Lake Charles, La. at Calcasieu Point Landing. 

Over $10,000 in cash and prizes has already been awarded, and there are lots of new promotions and prizes up for grabs this year.

Teams may consist of one, two, three or four members.  For teams consisting of three or more members, only two of the members may be 16 or older.  There is a $200 entry fee per team for each event.  There is a 90 percent payout for the first six events with 10 percent retained for the championship. Payout is determined separately for each event based upon the total number of boats entered. 

A youth division is also available for no additional cost to introduce our young anglers to the sport of fishing and to teach the catch-and-release approach to conservation.  Youth division participants compete against one another for trophy catch.  All anglers in this division will be recognized. 

The remaining 2012 redfish tournament schedule is as follows:

May 19 Lafitte, SeaWay Marina;

June 23 Delacroix, Sweetwater Marina;

July 14 Slidell, Rigolets Marina;

August 25 Cocodrie, Boudreaux’s Marina

Championship October 5 and 6 Venice, Venice Marina.

For complete information, including rules, regulations and registration go to www.lasaltwaterseries.com.  Online registration for the Lake Charles tournament is closed, but those interested in participating can register at Calcasieu Point Landing from 4 to 5:30 a.m., the morning of the event.    A $20 fee for all onsite tournament registrants will be incurred per team.   Only cash and checks will be accepted for onsite registrants. 

Tournament sponsors include Academy Sports and Outdoors, Category 5 Outdoors, Daybrook, Omega Protein, Plaquemines Parish, Dockside Marine, Skinny Water Products, Slayer, Blackfin Skeg, Faux Pas Prints, Frabill, Marsh and Bayou Magazine, Power-Pole, Pro-Drive Shallow Water Outboards, Sea tow, Stick It Anchor Pins, Cabela’s, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Swamp Swatter, Whole Foods Market, Shakespeare/Berkley, Bollinger Shipyards, Chik-fil-A, Jus Grab it Glove, To Fish Charters, Tony Spell Insurance Agency, Southern Eagle and Standard Mapping. 

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.govon Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffbor follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

For more information, contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov(225) 765-2396.

Crowley Man Arrested for Illegal Firearm Possession

Release Date: 04/26/2012

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents arrested a Crowley man for alleged illegal firearm possession by a convicted felon and migratory game bird (MGB) violations on April 25 in Crowley.

Agents cited Larry J. Marceaux Jr., 30, for hunting ducks during a closed season, using lead shot in an area designated for steel shot, hunting MGBs with an illegal firearm, hunting ducks or geese without a federal stamp, hunting MGBs without a state duck license or basic license, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

After receiving a complaint of somebody hunting illegally, agents were dispatched to a canal at the end of South Ave. in Crowley around 6:35 p.m. on April 25.  When agents arrived the Crowley Police Department already had Marceaux detained.  Marceaux stated that he shot a wood duck in a canal by his house with a rifle.

Marceaux did not have a resident license, state MGB stamp or a federal MGB stamp. Agents identified the duck as a wood duck hen and the rifle as a Marlin .17 caliber rifle.

Upon further investigation, agents learned that Marceaux was a convicted felon who had four years of probation remaining before he could possess a firearm.

Agents arrested Marceaux and booked him into the Acadia Parish Correctional Facility. Agents seized the wood duck and donated it to the Welcome House in Crowley.  Agents also seized the Marlin .17 caliber rifle for evidence.

Hunting ducks during a closed season, using lead shot illegally, hunting MGBs with an illegal firearm, hunting ducks or geese without a federal stamp each bring a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Hunting MGBs without a state duck license or basic hunting license each carry a $50 fine and up to 15 days in jail.

Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon brings a fine between $1,000 and $5,000 and 10 to 20 years in jail.

Agents involved in the case were Senior Agent Jason Stagg and Senior Agent Anthony Verret.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

L.D.W.F. Teams Up With Cabela’s To Host The 2nd Annual “Lousiana Women In The Wild” Fishing Basics Workshop

Release Date: 04/26/2012

April 26, 2012- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and Cabela’s presented the 2nd Annual “Louisiana Women in the Wild” Fishing Basics Workshop on Saturday, April 21 at the Cabela’s Gonzales location.

LDWF staff from the Education Section and Fisheries Extension Office provided instruction in fishing basics to 31 participants for a one-day workshop packed with hands-on demonstrations for the ladies.

Instruction included fishing tackle and techniques, boater education, boat hauling/trailering, launching a boat, casting, fish identification, fish cleaning, fish tagging, LDWF Sportfish Restoration activities, fish otilith removal and the aging process.

Hands-on activities included backing up a trailered boat, rigging fishing poles, baiting hooks, casting, tagging redfish, cleaning largemouth bass, and fishing in the Cabela’s pond.  Each participant received complimentary outdoor items from Cabela’s and Fisheries Extension, as well as literature from the Education Section for other outdoor activities the department offers. 

The next scheduled “Louisiana Women in the Wild” Workshop featuring “Hunting Basics” is scheduled for August 25, 2012 at the Waddill Outdoor Education Center in Baton Rouge.  For more information, contact Karen Crabtree at (318) 766-8144 or kedwards@wlf.la.gov.

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.govon Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffbor follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

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