Release Date: 02/21/2006

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has extended the White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area (WCA) fishing lottery applications deadline until the department receives a total of 75 applications.

The original application deadline was Feb. 13, 2006, and LDWF was going to draw 75 applications at random to issue 75 fishing permits for the area. However, LDWF has not received 75 applications and is willing to keep the application period open until the permits are filled. Applicants will be notified by LDWF of their opportunity to purchase a permit for $30. White Lake WCA is located south of Gueydan in Vermilion Parish.

Permittees will be able to fish at White Lake WCA between March 1 and Aug. 15, 2006. The areas 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 permittees 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.
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.

Click here to download the application.

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.

EDITORS: For more information, contact Wayne Sweeney at 337-479-1894 or sweeneykw@bellsouth.net.