Release Date: 01/04/2007

In action taken at the Jan. 4 meeting, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission passed a notice of intent that would allow the incidental take and possession of paddlefish or as more commonly called spoonbill catfish.

The notice of intent states that properly licensed recreational fishermen using legal recreational fishing gear would be able to take paddlefish under the following conditions:

 The taking or possession of paddlefish would be closed in all saltwater areas of the state and in border waters shared with Texas.
 All possessed paddlefish must be dead and intact, and the transportation of live paddlefish would be prohibited.
 No person shall possess paddlefish eggs that are not fully attached to the fish on state waters.
 The daily take and possession limit would be two per person.
 All paddlefish greater than 30 inches measured by the lower jaw fork length standard would be returned to the water immediately.  Lower jaw fork length is the distance from the tip of the lower jaw to the mid-line of the caudel fin.
 Commercial take and possession of paddlefish would be prohibited.

Public comment may be submitted to Gary Tilyou, Administrator, Inland Fisheries Division, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000, prior to March 6, 2007.

For more information, contact Gary Tilyou at 225-765-2331 or