LDWF News Release

Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Appeals Board to Meet

Release Date: 04/19/2018

The Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Appeals Board will meet on Tuesday, April 24, 2018. The meeting will convene at 9:00 a.m. in the second-floor conference room of the University of New Orleans’ Advanced Technology Center located at 2021 Lakeshore Drive in New Orleans.  

Agenda items for the meeting of the Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Appeals Board are as follows:

1.             Roll Call of Board Members

2.             Approval of agenda

3.             Approval of Minutes from October 3, 2017 Meeting

4.             Hearing of New Renewal Permit Appeals

a.     Mark Tinney 

5.             Receive Public Comments

6.             Set next meeting date

7.             Adjournment

This Board was established by Act 922 of the 2008 Regular Legislative Session for the purpose of hearing appeals of vessel permit denials by LDWF. Act 922 requires that anyone commercially harvesting oysters on the public oyster seed grounds and reservations, except those in Calcasieu Lake and Sabine Lake, must do so from a vessel holding a public oyster seed ground vessel permit issued by LDWF. 

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.

For more information, please contact Ty Lindsey at 225-765-2387 or tlindsey@wlf.la.gov.  

Recreational Greater Amberjack Season to Reopen

Release Date: 04/19/2018

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced that the recreational greater amberjack season will reopen in Louisiana waters on May 1, 2018, and remain open through May 31, 2018. The recreational fixed closed season from June 1, 2018, through July 31, 2018 will remain in effect. Following the fixed closed season, the recreational season will reopen on August 1, 2018, and remain open until October 31, 2018, or until the annual quota is met or projected to be met.   
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries had temporarily closed the season prior to promulgating new spring and fall recreational greater amberjack seasons.
LDWF Secretary Jack Montoucet was authorized by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission in previously promulgated rules (LAC 76.VII.335.G.5) to change or modify the opening and closing dates for any recreational reef fish season in Louisiana waters when notified of a modification to a season in federal waters adjacent to Louisiana by NOAA Fisheries.
For more information, contact Jason Adriance at (504) 284-2032 or jadriance @wlf.la.gov.

Greater Amberjack Commercial Season to Remain Closed in State Waters

Release Date: 04/19/2018

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced that the 2018 commercial fishing season for greater amberjack in Louisiana state waters will remain closed until January 1, 2019. 
The season is currently closed, and current landings data indicate that 106.4 percent of the 2018 Gulf of Mexico commercial quota (277,651 pounds) has been harvested. 

The state closure has been set in conjunction with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries. NOAA announced that federal waters would also remain closed to commercial amberjack fishing until the season reopens on January 1, 2019. 

Louisiana GCLA Partners with LDWF to Hold Second Annual Caddo Lake Fishing Rodeo

Release Date: 04/19/2018

The Louisiana Chapter of the Greater Caddo Lake Association (GCLA), in partnership with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, is hosting the second annual Caddo Lake Fishing Rodeo. The rodeo launched on Saturday, April 7 and will conclude on Labor Day, Monday, September 3. 
The department has collected, tagged and released 110 fish of various species in the lake. Anglers who land a tagged fish can redeem the tag for prizes including gift certificates, tackle packages and up to $1,000 in cash. The Louisiana GCLA, Caddo Outdoors Bait and Tackle, Caddo Lake Drift Inn, Southern Smoke BBQ, Saulsbury Equipment Service, Mechanical Concepts, Gusher Days, and Southfield Family Dentistry are providing rodeo prizes.  
Bonus prizes will be awarded to anyone who catches a tagged fish who is an active member of the Louisiana GCLA prior to the beginning of the event. For a complete list of prizes and rules, please visit one of the sponsor locations or go to the Louisiana Greater Caddo Lake Association’s Facebook page 
Caddo Lake is a natural jewel located on the Louisiana and Texas borders. The lake is filled with beautiful cypress trees and is a nature lover’s dream. The lake boasts an outstanding fishery known for its abundant bream, crappie and catfish; but Caddo Lake is best known as a trophy bass lake. Highly regarded as an excellent bass fishery by local anglers for years, it was ranked the thirteenth best bass fishing lake in the southeastern U.S. by Bassmaster Magazine in 2017. 

Oyster Task Force to Meet April 24 at 1:00 p.m.

Release Date: 04/18/2018

Louisiana Oyster Task Force Meeting

John Tesvich, Chairman

Tuesday, April 24, 2018, 1 p.m.

2021 Lakeshore Dr., STE 210 

New Orleans, LA 70122


I.        Pledge of Allegiance 

II.        Roll call and introduction of guests 

III.        Approval of March 20, 2018 Minutes and April 24, 2018 Agenda

IV.        Treasury Report

A.      Oyster Tag Sales

B.      LOTF Financial Report

V.        Committee Reports

A.    Public and Private Oyster Grounds Committee  (Mitch Jurisich)

B.      Enforcement (Major Chad Hebert)

C.      Legislative (Jakov Jurisic)

D.     Research (Earl Melancon)

E.      Coastal Restoration (Dan Coulon)

F.      Marketing (LDWF)

G.      Health (Justin Gremillion)

H.     Sustainability (LDWF)

I.       Professionalism (LDWF)

J.     Aquaculture (Steve Pollock)

K.    Joint Task Force Working Group (Mitch Jurisich)

VI.        New Business

A.     Discussion and Updates on the 2017-2018 Oyster Season- LDWF

B.    To Hear a Presentation on the 2018 LFF Summit Fisheries Diversion Panel- Sea Grant

C.    Planning for Management of State Oyster Leasing and Public Seed Grounds Affected by Coastal Projects- OTF

D.   To Consider Funding for Drone Purchase and Training for LDWF Oyster Enforcement- OTF

E.    To Hear Discussion on Proper Weights and Measures as it Pertains to Oyster Gallon Containers (Buckets)- OTF

F.    To Discuss a Proposal to Increase Oyster Violations for ‘Theft’ and ‘Fishing in Closed Areas’ – OTF

VII.        Public Comment

VIII.        Set Next Meeting

IX.        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/2467337468216937986

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.For press inquiries please contact Rene LeBreton, 504-286-8745 or rlebreton@wlf.la.gov

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is committed to accommodating all reasonable special requests regarding access to our meetings. Please direct all sign language interpreting services or other accommodation needs to rlebreton@wlf.la.govat least 72 hours prior to the meeting date.

Courtesy TEDs Check by NOAA Fisheries Gear Specialists

Release Date: 04/17/2018

Shrimpers in Southeast Louisiana will have the opportunity to have TEDs measured and approved to be sure they are properly installed — NO enforcement actions will be taken during these courtesy checks.


Dale Stevens, Canh Nguyen, and Jason Letort, gear specialists with NOAA Fisheries, will visit shrimp boats to make sure TEDs are at the proper angle to reduce shrimp loss, as well as properly release sea turtles.


Fishermen should release and hang their nets properly so that TEDs are a few feet above the deck prior to arrival. The whole process takes only a few minutes per net.


Dock Schedule

April 18, 2018 – Grand Isle & Port Fourchon

  • Port Fourchon - 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
  • Grand Isle - 3:00 – 5:00 pm

April 19 & 20, 2018 – Dulac

  • David Chauvin’s Dock - 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
  • Dulac (any boats in area) - 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

April 25, 2018 - Hopedale
  • Hopedale Marina - 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

April 26, 2018 - Venice 

  • D & C Seafood-9:00am–2:00pm

April 27, 2018 - Buras 

  • Henry’s Seafood - 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Please use the time on the schedule as a reference of when you should be at the dock since it may change based on how many boats participate. If you have any questions, please contact Canh Nguyen at (228) 355-8372.


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.

Pearl River WMA to Close When Flood Gauge Reaches 16.5 Feet

Release Date: 04/17/2018

April 17, 2018 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will close the Pearl River Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in St. Tammany Parish when the Pearl River flood gauge reaches 16.5 feet, which is expected Wednesday (April 18). The closure is an automatic benchmark set by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission.
The gate at the entrance to the WMA on Old Highway 11 will be closed and locked when the flood gauge reaches 16.5 feet. Included in the closure is the Pearl River-Honey Island Shooting Range, located in the Pearl River WMA.  Once the gauge goes below 16.5 feet, the WMA will reopen.
The Pearl River WMA, which consists of 35,618 acres, is located approximately six miles east of Slidell and approximately one mile east of Pearl River.
For information on this WMA, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/2789 or contact Bradley Breland at bbreeland@wlf.la.gov or 985-543-4777.


LDWF to release an Inshore Artificial Reef Request for Industry Input and Quote (RFIQ) from qualified non-profit organizations

Release Date: 04/16/2018

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is releasing a Request for Industry Input and Quotes from qualified non-profit organizations per La R.S. 56:639.8 for the purpose of creating a cooperative endeavor agreement for the design and placement of an artificial reef system in inshore coastal Louisiana waters. This project will be funded by the Louisiana Artificial Reef Fund.


The Artificial Reef Program (Program) is responsible for the planning, siting, material selection, permitting, and monitoring oversight of inshore artificial reef development. Inshore reefs are those artificial reefs developed solely in Louisiana state waters between the Louisiana Intracoastal Waterway and the Louisiana coastline and within Lake Pontchartrain. These reefs can be utilized by a great number of Louisiana’s fishermen due to short travel distances and provide options to stay closer to shore or inshore during inclement weather conditions. The overall mission of the Program is to enhance fishing opportunities, reduce or eliminate conflict between user groups, and construct new reefs based on: siting criteria; input expressed by advisory organizations; the fishing public and other constituents; increase accessibility to fishing sites; have a net positive impact to fisheries; and increase fishing opportunities while keeping a management focus.


The deadline to submit responses is May 25, 2018, by 2:00 PM. A link to the complete RFIQ can be found at here

For more information, please contact Ashley Ferguson at 225-761-2395 or via e-mail at aferguson@wlf.la.gov 

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.

LDWF wins approval of EFP for red snapper fishing, Commission to set season

Release Date: 04/16/2018

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has approved the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) request for state managerial control of red snapper for private recreational anglers fishing in 2018 and 2019.  Although LDWF requested to also manage the charter sector, NOAA has chosen to retain management authority for that sector and is expected to set a gulf-wide charter season in the near future.

The approval of LDWF’s Exempted Fishing Permit (EFP) application allows the state to manage the private recreational red snapper fishery in both state and federal waters. The permit exempts Louisiana from certain federal regulations and allows the state to set those regulations in federal waters.

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission is expected to determine when the season should open and the number of red snapper harvested per day by each angler at its meeting in May. LDWF’s EFP application recommended that the state’s red snapper season open the Friday before Memorial Day, May 25 in both state and federal waters.

Private recreational anglers will be able to fish in both state and federal waters, but are required to hold a valid Louisiana Recreational Offshore Landing Permit (ROLP) in addition to regular basic and saltwater fishing licenses.

“Once the commission makes its determination, Louisiana anglers will be able to enjoy red snapper fishing under consistent regulations for both state and federal waters,” said LDWF Secretary Jack Montoucet. “State management of the red snapper season has been pushed for the past several years by the department and has received strong support from Gov. John Bel Edwards, along with other state and Congressional officials.”

The state’s recreational landings data program, known as LA Creel, will monitor landings on a weekly basis. The fishing season will close when landings approach or reach the requested allocation of red snapper approved under the EFP application.  That allocation is equal to approximately 743,000 pounds of red snapper, which is the historical average annual harvest of the fish by the private recreational sector.  LA Creel harvest monitoring will be coupled with a test of electronic harvest reporting via a smart phone app and online web portal.  To participate under the terms of the EFP and to participate in the electronic reporting, visit https://rolp.wlf.la.gov.

State charter boats, those that do not have a federal reef fish permit, are not covered by the terms of this EFP. They can fish for red snapper in state waters only, when the season is open in such state waters.

The Commission will meet May 3 at the LDWF headquarters at 2000 Quail Drive.

Press can access photos and b-roll from Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries at: https://ldwf.cantoflight.com/s/PJ9GV

Get Out and Fish! has success at the newest community fishing site in Youngsville, LA

Release Date: 04/13/2018

1st place Little Angler winner Wes Ouber with his 8.09 pound channel catfish
Anglers display their catch from Saturday’s Get Out and Fish! event at Southside Regional Park

On Saturday, April 7th, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, The East Regional Library in Youngsville, and the Lafayette Consolidated Government partnered together to host a Get Out and Fish! event at the newest site at  Southside Regional Park – Fabacher Field in Youngsville.  Prior to the event, the pond was stocked with 600 pounds of adult size channel catfish.  Over 300 anglers participated in the fun fishing competition and fishing activities for all ages.

Winners in the “Catfish” Category included:


Little Angler               

1stWes Ouber (8.09 pound catfish)

2ndGunner Simon (8.04 pound catfish)

3rdAlayna Lafleur (3.08 pound catfish)

Junior Angler               

1stJackson Lavin (4.08 pound catfish)

2ndAiden Smith (3.12 pound catfish)

3rdLandon Hotard (2.14 pound catfish)

Adult Angler               

1stRygan Bourge (2.12 pound catfish)

2ndRandy Boudreaux (2.11 pound catfish)

3rdMegan Louviere (2.09 pound catfish)


Winners in the “Other” Category included:


Little Angler               

1stBen Broussard (largemouth bass)

Junior Angler             

1stGrant Martin (largemouth bass)

2ndLandon Hotard (largemouth bass)

3rdLuke Robinson (warmouth)

Adult Angler               

1st  Joe Zetty (bluegill)

The event was made possible through the generous donations from our sponsors including: Academy Sports and Outdoors, Buckfins N Feathers, Acadiana Cane Cutters Baseball, Raising Cane’s, Walmart (415- Broussard, LA), Starbucks, LA Soar, Lafayette Oil Men’s Bass Fishing Club, The Lafayette Public Library, and the Louisiana Master Naturalists.

Lunch was generously provided by the Kiwanis Club of Lafayette.

There is still a good opportunity to catch a stocked channel catfish at Southside Regional Park – Fabacher Field so grab your fishing gear and try your luck. For more information about future stockings and directions to all of our community fishing sites, you can visit www.wlf.la.gov/get-out-and-fish-1.

The Get Out and Fish! Program seeks to increase the number of people with access to quality fishing and to promote outdoor activities for future generations. In order to accomplish this mission, public water bodies that meet the required specifications are chosen by LDWF biologists to join the Get Out and Fish! community fishing program. These community fishing sites are stocked in the Spring and Fall with adult size channel catfish and in the winter with rainbow trout if weather permits. 

LDWF Get Out & Fish 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 Department and Commission in the challenge of conserving Louisiana’s wildlife and fisheries resources. 

For more information on the Get Out & Fish program, contact Megan MacMenamin at mmacmenamin@wlf.la.govor 225-765-2375.

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.la.gov, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffbor follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

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