Fishing

Postponed Drawdown on Iatt Lake

Release Date: 05/28/2015

(May 28, 2015) - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has postponed a scheduled drawdown on Iatt Lake in Grant Parish.   The drawdown has been delayed indefinitely due to the high water level in the Red River, prohibiting the lake from draining. 
 
The Department will continue to monitor the situation and adjust the drawdown schedule as necessary.
 
The intent of the drawdown is to control nuisance aquatic vegetation.
 
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/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.
 
For additional information regarding the drawdown, contact Ricky Moses, LDWF Biologist Manager, at rmoses@wlf.la.gov or (318) 487-5885. 
 
For press inquiries contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov or (225) 721-0489.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Reminds Shrimpers of Turtle Excluder Device Requirements and Tow Time Restrictions

Release Date: 05/12/2015

 
May 12, 2015 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) reminds shrimpers that Turtle Excluder Devices (TED) and tow time restrictions are required in Louisiana waters.  Federal regulations, which are enforced by U.S. Coast Guard and NOAA Fisheries, require any shrimp trawler in the Atlantic Area or Gulf Area to have an approved TED installed in each net that is rigged for fishing. However, certain exemptions to these requirements may apply (e.g. vessels without power or mechanical means of net retrieval, test trawls, skimmer and butterfly nets in compliance with tow time restrictions). A net is rigged for fishing if it is in the water, or if it is shackled, tied, or otherwise connected to any trawl door or board, or to any tow rope, cable, pole or extension, either on board or attached in any manner to the shrimp trawler.
 
Skimmer and butterfly nets are exempt from TED use; however, federal regulations require skimmer and butterfly net fishermen to limit tow times if they do not use TEDs.  The tow time is measured from the time the cod-end of the net enters the water until it is removed from the water.  Maximum tow times are 55 minutes from April 1 – October 31 and increase to 75 minutes from November 1 – March 31.
 
The 2015 Louisiana inshore shrimp season will open statewide at 6:00 a.m. Monday, May 18. For more information about the season and a map detailing the areas currently open to shrimping visit www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/shrimp-seasons.
 
The 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/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.
 
For more information, contact Jeffrey Marx (337) 373-0032 or jmarx@wlf.la.gov. For press inquiries, contact Ashley Roth at aroth@wlf.la.gov or (504) 286 -4162.

 

Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Sets 2015 Spring Shrimp Season

Release Date: 05/07/2015

Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Sets 2015 Spring Shrimp Season

 May 7, 2015 – Today, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission announced the opening date for the 2015 Louisiana spring shrimp season. The spring shrimp season was set based on information provided by Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries biologists and on public comments.
 
LDWF provided projections of the dates when a minimum of 50 percent of the inshore brown shrimp population would reach sizes of 100 count per pound or larger.
 
The 2015 Louisiana inshore shrimp season will open statewide at 6:00 am Monday, May 18 as well as that portion of state outside waters extending 3 nautical miles seaward from the shoreline from the Atchafalaya River Ship Channel at Eugene Island as delineated by the Channel red buoy line westward to the to the western shore of Freshwater Bayou Canal at -92 degrees 18 minutes 33 seconds west longitude.
 
In addition to the open waters of Breton and Chandeleur Sounds, all state outside waters are currently open to shrimping except for outside waters extending 3 nautical miles seaward from the shoreline from the Atchafalaya River Ship Channel at Eugene Island westward to the to the western shore of Freshwater Bayou Canal.
 
For a map detailing today’s actions please click here.
 
The Commission granted authority to the Secretary of the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to delay these opening dates if biological and technical data indicate the need to do so, and; to close any portion of Louisiana's inside waters to protect small juvenile white shrimp if biological and technical data indicate the need to do so, or if enforcement problems develop.  The Secretary is further granted the authority to open any area, or re-open any previously closed area, and to open and close special shrimp seasons in any portion of state waters. 
 
LDWF reminds fishermen that federal Turtle Excluder Device (TED) regulations require skimmer net fishermen to limit tow times.  Maximum tow times are 55 minutes from April 1 – October 31 and increase to 75 minutes from November 1 – March 31.
 
The 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/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.
 
For more information, contact Jeffrey Marx (337) 373-0032 or jmarx@wlf.la.gov. For press inquiries, contact Ashley Roth at aroth@wlf.la.gov or (504) 286 -4162.
 
 
 

Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Adopts Notice of Intent for Crappie Regulations on Eagle Lake

Release Date: 05/07/2015

(May 7, 2015) - Today, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries commission adopted a notice of intent to modify current crappie regulations on Eagle Lake in Madison Parish.
 
Passage of this NOI will change the daily take and size regulations to 30 fish per person with an 11-inch minimum length limit in order to establish consistency with Mississippi, who borders the lake on the east.  Provided identical regulations are approved in Mississippi, the rule will become effective on October 1, 2015, and will remain in effect for a four-year period.
 
Future management will be determined after a population stock assessment and angler opinion survey are administered after the four-year period.
 
To view the full notice of intent, please visit here.
 
Interested persons may submit comments relevant to the proposed rule by July 6, 2015, to Randy Myers, Office of Fisheries, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-1000 or via email at rmyers@wlf.la.gov.
 
The 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/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.
 
For press inquires, contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov or (225) 721-0489.

Commercial Fishing Season for Large Coastal Sharks Closed in Louisiana Waters

Release Date: 05/06/2015

May 6, 2015 –The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced today that effectively immediately, commercial fishing for large coastal sharks is closed in Louisiana waters. The National Marine Fisheries Service also closed commercial fishing for large coastal sharks in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico earlier this week.  The season will remain closed in state and federal waters until January 1, 2016, when the season is scheduled to reopen. 
 
During the closed season, all commercial harvest, possession, purchase, exchange, barter, trade, sale or attempt to purchase, exchange, barter, trade or sell large coastal sharks or their fins is prohibited.
 
Vessels that have been issued or that possess a federal shark research permit may continue to operate under the conditions of that permit, which includes the presence of designated NOAA Fisheries observers aboard the vessel for the duration of the trip, until the quota for the federal shark research fishery is achieved.
 
The season for the commercial harvest of small coastal sharks in Louisiana waters remains open at this time.
 
For more information, contact Jason Adriance at (504) 284-2032 or jadriance@wlf.louisiana.gov.  For press inquiries please contact Ashley Roth at aroth@wlf.la.gov or (504) 286-4162.
 

 

LDWF Schedules Drawdown for Iatt Lake

Release Date: 04/29/2015

(April 29, 2015) – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries in conjunction with the Grant Parish Police Jury will conduct a drawdown on Iatt Lake to control nuisance aquatic vegetation.  The drawdown is scheduled to begin on May 14, and the control structure will remain closed no later than October 15, 2015.
 
The water level will initially be lowered 6 feet from pool stage to evaluate the lake bottom.  If necessary, the lake will be drained an additional 2 feet in order to successfully dry out nuisance vegetation. 
 
The upcoming drawdown is part of the Department’s comprehensive management control plan for Iatt Lake.  Additional control recommendations include herbicide treatments and the stocking of 49,000 triploid (sterile) grass carp.
 
Although the lake will not be closed to fishing, caution is advised of boaters during the low water period, as boat lanes will not provide normal clearance for underwater obstructions.
 
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/ldwffb, on Instagram @wlfla or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.
 
For additional information, contact Ricky Moses, LDWF Biologist Manager, at rmoses@wlf.la.gov or (318) 487-5885. 
 
For press inquiries contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov or (225) 721-0489.

Louisiana Saltwater Series Heads to Empire This Saturday

Release Date: 04/27/2015

(April 27, 2015) – The Louisiana Saltwater Series is as popular as ever and hopes to continue to attract new anglers each year, and it’s not too late to get in on the action in 2015.
 
Who:  Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation in conjunction with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
 
What:  Tag and release redfish fishing tournament
 
When:  Saturday, May 2, 2015
4 to 6 a.m.  – Registration
6 a.m. – Captain’s meeting
1:30 to 3:00 pm – Weigh-in
 
Where:  Delta Marina, Empire, La.
 
Visit www.lasaltwaterseries.com for additional details and to register.  Registration is $200 per two-man team, with exceptions for youth entrants.  The tournament series is 100% payout.
 
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/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.
 
 
For press inquiries, contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov or (225) 721-0489.

LDWF Announces Closures on Elmer’s Island for Beach & Dune Restoration

Release Date: 04/15/2015

(April 15, 2015) – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced a two-phase closure on Elmer’s Island for the Caminada Headland Beach and Dune Restoration Project.
 
Phase one includes closure of the Elmer’s Island access road on Thursday, April 16 and Friday, April 17.
 
During phase two of the project, the west side of Elmer’s Island will close, but the east side and access road will remain open.  This closure will go into effect Monday, April 20.
 
Construction for this critical habitat restoration project will begin on or near May 1.  Visitors to the refuge are asked to yield to construction vehicles and equipment when traveling and parking along the access road.
 
The Caminada headland is located south and east of Port Fourchon in Lafourche Parish and is a 14-mile long undeveloped beach that stretches from West Belle Pass on the west to Caminada Pass on the east.  To view a map of the area closure, click here.
 
The Caminada Headland Beach and Dune Restoration Project is managed by the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority.  The goal of the project is to restore and protect shoreline habitats across the Caminada headland through the direct placement of approximately 5.4 million cubic yards of sandy material from Ship Shoal, an offshore borrow source.  A total of 489 acres of beach and dune habitat will be restored. 
 
The 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/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF. 
 
For media inquiries, contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov or (225) 721-0489.
 
 

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