The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is now accepting applications to participate in a lottery drawing for fishing permit access to the White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area (WCA) between March 1 and Aug. 15, 2006.
A total of 75 permits will be issued in the lottery drawing and winning applicants will be notified of their opportunity to purchase a permit for $30. White Lake WCA is located south of Gueydan in Vermilion Parish.
The area that will be open for fishing will be limited to the Florence Canal and Oil Field Location canals off of the Florence Canal. There will be no fishing in any of the WCAs marsh areas or in the main camp canal or other areas that are marked "NO FISHING." Successful applicants will be provided a map of the fishing area. Boats used by permitees will be limited to the use of motors with 40 horsepower or less. Additional rules and regulations are outlined in an attachment to the application.
A non-refundable administrative fee of $5 must accompany each completed application in the form of a check or money order made payable to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. Only one application per person will be accepted, and submitting more than one application will be considered grounds for disqualification. Completed applications are due to the department by close of business on Feb. 13, 2006.
Applications may be mailed to: Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Attention: White Lake Fishing, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898. They may also be turned in to Room 461 of the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Headquarters Building, located at 2000 Quail Drive in Baton Rouge. Persons interested in obtaining an application may call the department at 225-765-2806 or download a copy from the departments Web site at www.wlf.louisiana.gov. From the home page, click on WHITE LAKE FISHING LOTTERY APPLICATIONS under WHATs NEW.
Applicants are advised that the department has surveyed the freshwater fisheries resource at White Lake WCA and found few recreational fish available due to the adverse impacts of Hurricane Rita.
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