Fishing

Pointe-aux-Chenes WMA

Acreage

33,488

Contact

sgranier@wlf.la.gov; 504-284-5264

Parish

Terrebonne, Lafourche

Owner/manager

LDWF

Description

Pointe-aux-Chenes WMA is mostly marsh, varying from intermediate to brackish and interspersed with numerous ponds, bayous, and canals. The only timber stands are located on the Point Farm Unit of the area and on areas adjacent to natural bayous and older oil and gas canals.

LDWF manages the property through water control, mainly using variable crested weirs and levees, to increase productivity of the marshes for furbearers, waterfowl, alligators, and fish.

Activities and Amenities

Hunting and trapping: Available game species include waterfowl, deer, rabbit, squirrel, rails, gallinules, and snipe. There is also an annual youth deer lottery hunt on the WMA. See regulations for details.

Fishing and boating: Recreational fishing on Pointe-aux-Chenes WMA is excellent for inland saltwater fish species, crabs, and shrimp. Freshwater fish are available in the more northern portions of the WMA. See regulations for details.

Camping: There is a tent-only campground along Hwy 665, north of the headquarters area.

Directions

Pointe-aux-Chenes WMA is located about 15 miles southeast of Houma. Access to the interior is typically limited to boats due to the lack of roads. There are boat launches into the interior on Island Rd and Hwy 665, south of the headquarters area.

Pearl River WMA

Acreage

35,619

Contact

bbreland@wlf.la.gov(985)-543-4777; 42371 Phyllis Ann Dr, Hammond, LA 70403

Parish

St. Tammany

Owner/manager

LDWF

Description

Pearl River WMA has flat terrain with poor drainage and is subject to annual flooding. The forest cover varies from an all age hardwood stand in the northern 45 percent, to cypress tupelo in the middle 35 percent, and intermediate marsh in the southern 20 percent. The mixed hardwoods are made up of water, nuttall, cow, obtusa, overcup, and live oak; bitter pecan; hickory; beech; magnolia; sweetgum; and elm. The overstory varies from moderately open to closed.

Activities and Amenities

Hunting and trapping: Available game species include white-tailed deer, squirrel, rabbit, waterfowl, snipe, and woodcock. There are youth deer and squirrel seasons as well as youth and general turkey lottery hunts. Trapping is available for furbearers, including beaver, nutria, mink, muskrat, opossum, raccoon, coyote, and bobcat. See regulations for details.

Shooting range: There is a shooting range on Pearl River WMA that is available for public use at specified times. Click here or call 985-643-3938 for details.

Fishing and boating: There are numerous streams and bayous on Pearl River WMA available for fishing, crawfishing, canoeing, and boating. There are also several ponds on the northern end of the WMA along I-59. See regulations for details.

Camping: Camping is available at Crawford Landing.

Other: hiking, photography, birding

Directions

Pearl River WMA is located about 6 miles east of Slidell and about 1 mile east of the town of Pearl River. You can access the WMA by vehicle from Old Hwy 11 and by boat. There are several boat ramps along U.S. Hwy 90 and concrete ramps at Davis and Crawford Landings, all of which have ample parking. There is also a commercial ramp at Old Indian Village.

When the river gauge at the town of Pearl River reaches 16.5 feet, Old Hwy 11 and all hunting, except waterfowl, are closed. Click here to monitor water levels.

Pass-a-Loutre WMA

Acreage

115,000

Contact

sgranier@wlf.la.gov; 504-284-5264

Parish

Plaquemines

Owner/manager

LDWF

Description

Pass-a-Loutre WMA is characterized by river channels and their associated banks, natural bayous, and manmade canals which are interspersed with intermediate and freshwater marshes. Hurricane damage and subsidence have contributed to a major demise of vegetated marsh areas and the subsequent the formation of large ponds. LDWF is developing habitat on the WMA primarily by diverting sediment-laden waters into open bay systems (i.e., creating delta crevasses), which promotes delta growth.

Activities and Amenities

Hunting and trapping: Waterfowl and other migratory game bird hunting, rabbit hunting, and archery hunting for deer are permitted on Pass-a-Loutre WMA. There is also a youth deer season. See regulations for details.

Fishing and boating: Fishing is excellent in both fresh and saltwater areas. Common fish species in the interior marsh ponds include bass, bream, catfish, crappie, warmouth, drum, and garfish. Common saltwater species include redfish, speckled trout, flounder, and crabs. See regulations for details.

Camping: There are multiple tent-only campgrounds on this WMA.

Directions

Pass-a-Loutre WMA is located at the mouth of the Mississippi River, approximately 10 miles south of Venice. You can only access this WMA by boat. The nearest public launches are in Venice.

LDWF MODIFIES CLOSURES IN PORTION OF TERRITORIAL SEAS BELOW EMPIRE TO RECREATIONAL AND COMMERCIAL FISHING

Release Date: 05/19/2010

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Secretary Robert Barham announced the following additional closure of a portion of the territorial sea, west of the Mississippi River in lower Plaquemines Parish to recreational and commercial fishing activities effective tomorrow, May 20, 2010, at sunrise. These modifications have no impact on fishing in the Grand Isle area.

Territorial Sea Closure

The state's territorial seas seaward of the inside-outside shrimp line from the eastern shore of Chaland Pass at 89 degrees 44 minutes 06.3 seconds west longitude, eastward to the mouth of Red Pass at 89 degrees 28 minutes 13.4 seconds west longitude.

LDWF continues to work closely with DHH in an effort to assess all opportunities to resume normal fishing activities on Louisiana's Coast and guarantee the safety of Louisiana's seafood.

All other closures remain in place.

For more information related to the oil spill, visit http://www.emergency.louisiana.gov. Connect with us on www.facebook.com/GOHSEP and on Twitter @GOHSEP. View photos in from the state's response efforts at http://www.flickr.com/photos/lagohsep.

Editors: For more information please contact Laura Deslatte at ldeslatte@wlf.la.gov or 225.765.2335 or 225.610.2363.

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LDWF and DHH Issue Additional Closures to Fishing and Oyster Harvesting Areas in the Territorial Seas near Marsh Island Due to Reports of Oil

Release Date: 05/18/2010

Officials Continue Aggressive Testing; Seafood on the Market Safe

The Louisiana departments of Health and Hospitals (DHH), and Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced today the closure of recreational and commercial fishing activities, and oyster harvesting  near Marsh Island and in harvesting bed Area 28 due to confirmed reports of oil associated with the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

LDWF Secretary Robert Barham announced the following closure to recreational and commercial fishing activities effective sunset today, May 18, 2010, due to confirmed reports of oil. LDWF staff documented oil on the Marsh Island beach, east of Southwest Pass.

Territorial Sea Closure

All state outside waters extending seaward of the inside/outside shrimp line from South Point of Marsh Island at 91 degrees 45 minutes 48 seconds west longitude westward to the eastern shore of Freshwater Bayou at 92 degrees 18 minutes 27 seconds west longitude.

All other closures remain in place.  For a map detailing these closures click here. http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/pdfs/news/fishing-closure.jpg

Oyster Harvesting Closure

DHH Secretary Alan Levine and State Health Officer Dr. Jimmy Guidry signed the closure order for Area 28, which will take effect at sunset today, Tuesday, May 18. Area 28, which is south of Vermillion Bay, is west of the Mississippi River in Iberia Parish.

Areas 2 through 4, 8, 14, 15 and 17 also are closed. Areas 5, 6, 7, 9 and 13 were recently reopened.

Closures will remain in effect until officials have determined that environmental conditions are within the requirements specified by the National Shellfish Sanitation Program.

Additional Testing

LDWF and DHH continue to work together to assess closures in order to maintain the safety of Louisiana seafood. 

DHH officials have also been working closely with other local, state and federal agencies to monitor the oil plume that continues to grow off of the Louisiana coastline for its potential impacts on oyster harvesting areas. Meanwhile, employees with DHH's Office of Public Health Molluscan Shellfish Program have continued regular testing of 8 million acres of coastal waters along the Louisiana shoreline.

In addition, DHH scientists and engineers are conducting enhanced testing of oyster meat taken from the closed beds to monitor the presence of oil, called hydrocarbon testing. Additional testing is also being conducted in unaffected oyster beds. These tests will create a baseline, which will be used to ensure the safety of oysters once the incident clears in order to reopen beds. Oysters being harvested in open areas are considered safe.

The public is encouraged to call a toll-free hotline, 1-800-256-2775, to report the presence of oil or an oil sheen.

Officials with LDWF and DHH are working closely the Governor's Office for Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness as the situation develops. For more information related to the oil spill, visit www.emergency.louisiana.gov. Connect at www.facebook.com/GOHSEP and on Twitter at #GOHSEP. Also find more about DHH at www.dhh.louisiana.gov.

For more information please contact Laura Deslatte at ldeslatte@wlf.la.gov or 225.765.2335 or 225.610.2363.

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Hogfish

Size Limit: 

12” min fork length

Bag and Posession Limit: 

5 daily per person

Lesser Amberjack

Size Limit: 

14” min fork length
22” max fork length

Bag and Posession Limit: 

5 daily per person in aggregate

Greater Amberjack

Size Limit: 

30” min fork length

Bag and Posession Limit: 

1 daily per person

No harvest of red snapper, greater amberjack or grouper of any species is allowed for the captain and crew of vessel, under charter (their creel limit is zero).

Goldface

Size Limit: 

none

Bag and Posession Limit: 

20 daily per person in aggregate

Two day limit allowed in possession only on charter vessels and headboats on multi day trips, if the vessels have two licensed operators as required by the U.S. Coast Guard for trips more than 12 hours, and if each angler has in possession a receipt issued on behalf of the vessel verifying the length of the trip.

Tilefish

Size Limit: 

none

Bag and Posession Limit: 

20 daily per person in aggregate

Two day limit allowed in possession only on charter vessels and headboats on multi day trips, if the vessels have two licensed operators as required by the U.S. Coast Guard for trips more than 12 hours, and if each angler has in possession a receipt issued on behalf of the vessel verifying the length of the trip.

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