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Louisiana Inshore Shrimp Season to Close June 27, 2018, in a Portion of Zone 1 and Zone 2

Release Date: 06/21/2018

Louisiana Inshore Shrimp Season to Close June 27, 2018, in a Portion of Zone 1 and Zone 2

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced the 2018 spring inshore shrimp season will close at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 27, 2018, from the Mississippi/Louisiana state line westward to the western shore of Freshwater Bayou Canal except for the following waters: Lake Pontchartrain, Chef Menteur and Rigolets Passes, Lake Borgne, the Louisiana portion of Mississippi Sound, and the open waters of Breton and Chandeleur Sounds.

For a map detailing these closures see map above or click here.

All state outside waters seaward of the Inside/Outside Shrimp Line, as described in R.S. 56:495 will remain open to shrimping until further notice.  

Data collected in recent weeks by LDWF biologists indicate increased quantity, distribution and percentage of small, juvenile white shrimp within these waters. The decision to close these waters was made to protect these developing shrimp and provide an opportunity for growth to larger and more marketable sizes. The areas that remain open will continue to be monitored and will be closed when biologically appropriate.   

LDWF would also like to remind shrimpers there is a size restriction on saltwater white shrimp taken in either inside or outside (offshore) waters of Louisiana.  Saltwater white shrimp must be 100-count (whole shrimp per pound) or larger. This size restriction applies to the taking or possession of such shrimp aboard a vessel, EXCEPT from October 15 through the third Monday in December, when there is no possession count on saltwater white shrimp taken or possessed. When more than 50 percent by weight of the saltwater shrimp taken or possessed is seabobs or brown shrimp, then the maximum allowable amount of undersized white shrimp taken or possessed should not exceed 10 percent by weight of the total saltwater shrimp taken or possessed.  If compliance issues develop, remaining open areas will be closed.

 

For more information, contact Peyton Cagle at (337) 491-2575 or pcagle@wlf.la.gov.

Federal Funding Available to Accommodate Transient Boaters in Louisiana

Release Date: 06/21/2018

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is now accepting applications for the Sport Fish Restoration Boating Infrastructure Grant Program (BIG Program). The United States Fish and Wildlife Service designed this grant program to provide mooring accommodations for transient recreational boaters (i.e., boaters traveling to a single facility for day use or staying at a single facility for up to 15 days) with vessels greater than 26 feet in length.  

There are two levels of available funding - Tier I with a maximum of $200,000 and Tier II with a maximum of $1.5 million dollars. Tier II grant applications are nationally competitive.  Both funding opportunities have a minimum non-federal match requirement of 25 percent of the total project cost to be provided by the applicant. All project elements must be designed to accommodate recreational transient boaters.  More information on the BIG Program can be found here.

Applications for the BIG Program must be received by LDWF before August 3, 2018, to be considered for the current funding cycle.  

For questions or to request an application, please contact Melissa Longman at mlongman@wlf.la.gov or 225-765-2343.  

Benton Elementary School Captures World Championship in NASP World Tournament

Release Date: 06/20/2018

June 19, 2018 – Benton Elementary School won the elementary world championship in the bullseye and 3-D Challenge divisions of the National Archery in Schools Program World Tournament held in Louisville, Kentucky, on June 7-9.
 
A total of six schools represented Louisiana at the NASP World Tournament through the Archery in Louisiana Schools program, administered through the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF).
 
Benton Elementary compiled a score of 3,317 to win the title. Hannah McKenzie led Benton Elementary, finishing fifth individually in elementary girls with a score of 284. Teammate Emerson Fite was ninth (282) and Anna Young was 10th (280). A total of 616 girls competed in the elementary division.
 
Kingston Elementary finished second in the bullseye and the 3-D Challenge for the elementary division with a score of 3,290. Caden Staggs led Kingston with a score of 286 finishing eighth out of 762 elementary boys. Spencer Campbell finished ninth with a score of 286 also but with two less 10s. Mikayela Sanchez finished seventh in elementary girls with a score of 284.
 
In the middle school division, Benton Middle finished second out of 92 teams in the bullseye event with a score of 3,403. Emma Rutledge was the top shooter for Benton Middle with a score 291, placing her in fourth out of 885 middle school girls. 
 
Haughton Middle finished third in the middle school division with a score of 3,391. The Buccaneer’s top shooter was Katelyn Baker with a score of 289 landing her in ninth place in the middle school girl’s division.
 
In the NASP International Bowhunting Organization (IBO) 3-D Challenge, Benton Elementary’s first place team consisted of three top ten shooters contributing to their score of 1,645. Anna Young finished second out of 171 elementary girls with a score of 282. Mason Hicks shot a 278 with 15 bullseyes placing him ninth out of 204 elementary boys. Tyler Pope’s score of 278 with 12 bullseyes was good enough for a top ten finish. 
 
Kingston Elementary scored 1,633 which was good enough for a second place finish in the IBO 3-D challenge. Mikayela Sanchez finished seventh in elementary school girls with a score 280. Jackson Vickers finished seventh in elementary boys with a score of 279.  Spencer Campbell earned the eighth position with a score of 278.
 
Benton Middle’s Cassidy Walters help secure Benton’s third place finish with a score of 287, placing her in sixth place for middle school girls. Benton Middle scored 1,701.  Haughton Middle placed fourth out of 46 other teams with a team score of 1,685.
 
Northwood High School also represented Louisiana and shot a 1,580.
 
Northwood’s Case Smith had the highest score for the state in elementary boys with a 283. That score placed him fifth out of 204 elementary boys. 
 
The World Tournament provides an opportunity for students not only in the United States but also for other countries to come together to share the commonality and enthusiasm for the sport of archery. Countries that were invited to the event included the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Mongolia, British Virgin Islands, South Africa, Botswana, Namibia and Zambia. NASP is designed for student archers in grades four through 12.
 
The ALAS program teaches NASP to students as part of the in-school curriculum. The ALAS program is available to all Louisiana schools, public and private.
 
For more information about the ALAS program, contact Chad Moore at cmoore@wlf.la.gov or 318-230-4352.
 

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LDWF Accepting Applications for Lottery Dove Hunts at Elbow Slough WMA

Release Date: 06/19/2018

June 19, 2018 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is accepting applications for the 2018 Elbow Slough Wildlife Management Area (WMA) lottery dove hunts until July 27. 
 
Elbow Slough WMA is located near the intersection of U.S. Highway 1 and Louisiana Highway 3170 in Rapides Parish. The hunts will be conducted Sept. 1-2. 
 
Details on the application qualifications, requirements and deadlines are listed on the application form. Applications and more information may be obtained by contacting the LDWF Pineville Office at 318-487-5885 or by visiting the LDWF website at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/lottery-hunts.
 

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Body of Pearl River Man Recovered from the West Pearl River

Release Date: 06/16/2018

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents and St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Office (STPSO) deputies responded to a single fatal boating incident in the West Pearl River last night, June 15.

 

The body of Chad Panks, 33, of Pearl River, was recovered around 9 p.m. by the STPSO Marine Division and then turned over to the St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office to determine an official cause of death.

 

According to family members, Panks was with his dog in his 15-foot aluminum vessel traveling to his houseboat around 2 a.m. on June 15.   Panks’ dog showed up at his residence alone around 3:30 p.m.  

 

Family memberes initiated a search and found Panks’ sunken boat around 4:30 p.m. and notified authorities.   LDWF agents an STPSO deputies immediately started a search for Panks at that time.

 

LDWF will be the lead investigative agency for this fatal boating incident.   Panks’ body was found without a personal flotation device.     Agents believe at this time that Panks’ vessel struck a submerged tree in the water causing it to sink.
 
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us atwww.wlf.la.gov. To receive email alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

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Louisiana Red Snapper Landing Estimates Through June 3

Release Date: 06/14/2018

Louisiana anglers are taking full advantage of the red snapper season that opened May 25.
 
The latest catch statistics recorded by LA Creel, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries' near real-time data collection program is 159,969 pounds, or 22 percent of Louisiana’s allocation. This covers the period through June 3.
 
The season will remain open until recreational landings approach or reach Louisiana’s annual private recreational allocation of 743,000 pounds.
 
This year, state and federal seasons are running concurrently because federal fisheries managers approved the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ application for an Exempted Fishing Permit to manage the private recreational snapper season in state and federal waters in 2018 and 2019. Under the EFP, participating anglers are allowed to fish red snapper in the state territorial seas and adjoining federal EEZ, from shore to 200 nautical miles.
 
For more information on the 2018 red snapper season and detailed landing estimates, visit: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/red-snapper.
 
 
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us atwww.wlf.la.gov. To receive email alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

Louisiana Red Snapper Landing Estimates Through June 3

Release Date: 06/14/2018

Louisiana anglers are taking full advantage of the red snapper season that opened May 25.
 
The latest catch statistics recorded by LA Creel, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries' near real-time data collection program is 159,969 pounds, or 22 percent of Louisiana’s allocation. This covers the period through June 3.
 
The season will remain open until recreational landings approach or reach Louisiana’s annual private recreational allocation of 743,000 pounds.
 
This year, state and federal seasons are running concurrently because federal fisheries managers approved the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ application for an Exempted Fishing Permit to manage the private recreational snapper season in state and federal waters in 2018 and 2019. Under the EFP, participating anglers are allowed to fish red snapper in the state territorial seas and adjoining federal EEZ, from shore to 200 nautical miles.
 
For more information on the 2018 red snapper season and detailed landing estimates, visit: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/red-snapper.

LDWF Schedules Drawdown on Saline Lake

Release Date: 06/12/2018

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has scheduled a drawdown of Saline Lake in Natchitoches and Winn parishes for giant salvinia control, reduction of organic material and fish habitat improvement. The drawdown is designed to reduce the further expansion of salvinia as summertime temperatures promote maximum growth.
 
The water control structure is scheduled to open today, June 12, 2018, and the lake should dewater at a rate of 4 inches per day. The water level will be lowered to a maximum drawdown level of 8 feet below normal pool stage. The Saline Lake control gates are scheduled for closure on October 1, 2018, to allow the lake to refill for fall, winter and early spring recreational activities.
 
During the drawdown, an estimated 2,500 to 3,000 acres of water will remain in the lake.   Boaters may still access the main waterbody from the Mulligan Inn Boat Ramp with small craft, but caution is advised. Caution is also advised for boaters during the low water period, as the lake will not provide normal clearance of underwater structures.   
 
This action is a necessary component of LDWF’s integrated management plan to control overabundant aquatic vegetation growth, and to improve access for recreational activities.  An annual cycle of high and low water fluctuation can provide beneficial effects similar to natural conditions that occurred prior to impoundment.
 
For additional information regarding the drawdown, contact Villis Dowden, LDWF Biologist, at vdowden@wlf.la.govor (318) 357-3214. 

Women Perfect Fishing Skills at Women’s Fishing Workshops

Release Date: 06/11/2018

une 2018 Women’s Workshop participants and staff
 Ladies catch on quick to lessons on how to land redfish
Participants cleaning their catch after a successful snapper trip

During the first weekend of June, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries hosted a Women’s Fishing Workshop at the Grand Isle Fisheries Research Lab where 15 women perfected their angling skills under the supervision and assistance of LDWF staff and Aquatic Volunteer Instructors (VIPs).
 
The ladies began their weekend by learning how to set up their rods and reels and fishing along the shore Friday night. Saturday, LDWF staff and volunteers led inshore and offshore fishing trips providing a hands-on opportunity for the participants to utilize the skills previously learned. Despite strong winds and less than perfect wave conditions, the ladies were able to spend a full day on the water fishing for red snapper, speckled trout, and redfish. During this weekend workshop, the ladies also practiced fish cleaning, cast netting, trailering, and received a tour of the research facilities at the lab.

 

The Women’s Fishing Workshop consists of a one-day workshop at Cabela’s where angling techniques are taught to 30 women, 18 and older, who may lack either the opportunity or confidence to perform these skills. Every participant leaves the workshop as a more knowledgeable, independent angler. The women are then entered into a drawing to attend a fishing trip at the Grand Isle Fisheries Research Lab. 

The next workshop is scheduled for Spring 2019. For more information on this program visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishingworkshops.

This workshop is made possible by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation, Cabela’s, and the Coastal Conservation Association of Louisiana. 
 
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.louisiana.gov, on Facebook at www.facebook.com, on Instagram @WLFLA, or on Twitter @LDWF.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Announces Registration for 2018 Alligator Lottery Hunts

Release Date: 06/07/2018

June 7, 2018 – Registration for Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) 2018 alligator lottery hunts on wildlife management areas (WMA), public lakes and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACOE) property has opened, LDWF announced.
 
Registration is open to eligible alligator hunters through a lottery selection system on five LDWF Coastal and Nongame Resources WMAs, 14 LDWF Wildlife WMAs, 25 public lakes and one USACOE property.
 
Application forms can be found at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/lottery-hunts or requested by phone for CNR Division WMAs at 337-373-0032 or Wildlife WMAs and public lakes at 225-765-2346. Applications and non-refundable application fees of $5 must be submitted to the address indicated on corresponding applications and be postmarked by July 5.
 
CNR Division WMAs include Atchafalaya Delta WMA, St. Mary Parish; Pass A Loutre WMA, Plaquemines Parish; Pointe Aux Chenes WMA, Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes; Salvador/Timken WMAs, St. Charles Parish; and Lake Boeuf WMA, Lafourche Parish.
 
The Wildlife WMAs/USACOE properties include Big Lake WMA, Tensas Parish; Boeuf WMA, Caldwell Parish; Buckhorn WMA, Tensas Parish; Elm Hall WMA, Assumption Parish; Grassy Lake WMA, Avoyelles Parish; Joyce WMA, Tangipahoa Parish; Manchac WMA, St. John the Baptist Parish; Maurepas Swamp WMA, St. John the Baptist, St. James, Ascension, Livingston and Tangipahoa parishes; Sherburne WMA (state portion only), Pointe Coupee and St. Martin parishes; Spring Bayou WMA, Avoyelles Parish; Pearl River WMA, St. Tammany Parish; Richard K. Yancey WMA, Concordia Parish; Dewey W. Wills WMA, LaSalle and Catahoula parishes; and Russell Sage WMA, Ouachita and Morehouse parishes.
 
The USACOE property includes Indian Bayou (USACOE), St. Landry and St. Martin parishes.
 
The public lakes include: Lake Bistineau, Webster, Bossier and Bienville parishes; Lake Wallace, Caddo Parish; Black/Cypress Lake and Ivan Lake (Bodcau), Bossier Parish; Cross Lake, Caddo Parish; Kepler Lake, Bienville Parish; Bayou Desiard North, Ouachita Parish; Caney Lake, Jackson Parish; Bartholomew Lake, Ouachita and Morehouse parishes; Kincaid Lake, Rapides Parish; Indian Creek, Rapides Parish; Cotile Lake, Rapides Parish; Nantachie Lake, Grant Parish; Saline Lake, Winn Parish; Toledo Bend, Desoto and Sabine parishes; Lake Bruin, Tensas Parish; Lake Concordia, Concordia Parish; Lake St. John, Tensas Parish; Lake St. Joseph, Tensas Parish; Anacoco Lake and Vernon Lake, Vernon Parish; Caddo Lake, Caddo Parish; Black Lake, Natchitoches Parish; Bundicks Lake, Beauregard Parish; and Lake D’Arbonne, Union Parish.
 
To assist applicants in selecting specific WMAs/public lakes, LDWF has posted the percentage of lottery alligator harvest applicants selected in 2017 by WMA or public lake on its website at www.wlf.louisiana.gov/lottery-alligator-harvest-program. Only one of the three available lottery alligator harvest applications (CNR Division WMA, Wildlife WMA or Wildlife public lakes) may be submitted per applicant. Additional applications will result in voiding all applications of the applicant.
 
The lottery alligator harvests will be conducted between Aug. 29-Oct. 4. Exact harvest dates will vary by WMA/public lake and will be specified at the time selected hunters are notified. Selected hunters may be assigned specific areas to conduct alligator harvest activities on certain WMAs/public lakes.
 
Applicants must be legal Louisiana residents and 16 years of age or older. All successful applicants will be required to purchase an alligator hunting license ($25). Successful applicants for WMAs will be required to submit payments ($40) for each alligator tag allocated.
 
All applicants meeting the application requirements will be entered into a randomized computer drawing, which will take place in August. Selected hunters will be notified.
 
For more information on CNR Division WMAs, contact Jeb Linscombe at 337-373-0032 or jlinscombe@wlf.la.gov. For more information on Wildlife WMAs or public lakes, contact Steve Smith at 318-487-5885 or ssmith@wlf.la.gov.
 
 

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