COMMISSION PROPOSES RULE CHANGE FOR BAG AND POSSESSION LIMITS FOR SPOTTED SEATROUT IN PARTS OF CALCASIEU AND CAMERON PARISHES

Release Date: 01/13/2006

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission issued a notice of intent at the Jan. 5, 2006 meeting to modify the existing spotted seatrout rule in a defined area of Cameron and Calcasieu parishes, including Calcasieu and Sabine Lakes and adjacent offshore waters. 


The intent of the proposed rule is to change the current 25 fish daily bag limit to a daily take and possession limit of 15 fish within that area, regardless of where taken, with no more than two spotted seatrout exceeding 25 inches total length.  Those spotted seatrout exceeding 25 inches in length would be considered as part of the daily recreational bag limit take and possession limit.


The rule would be effective within those areas of the state, including coastal territorial waters, south of Interstate 10 from its junction at the Texas Louisiana boundary eastward to its junction with Louisiana Highway 171, south to Highway 14, and then south to Holmwood, and then south on Highway 27 through Gibbstown south to Louisiana Highway 82 at Creole and south on Highway 82 to Oak Grove, and then due south to the western shore of the Mermentau River, following this shoreline south to the junction with the Gulf of Mexico, and then due south to the limit of the state territorial sea.


Interested parties may submit comments relative to the proposed rule to Harry Blanchet, Marine Fisheries Division, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000, prior to April 6, 2006.


EDITORS: For more information, contact Harry Blanchet at 225-7652889 or hblanchet@wlf.louisiana.gov.