Fishing

Oyster Task Force Public-Private Oyster Seed Grounds Committee to Meet September 11

Release Date: 09/04/2018

Oyster Task Force Public-Private Oyster Seed Grounds Committee
Tuesday, September 11, 2018, 9:30 A.M.
2021 Lakeshore Drive, STE 210
New Orleans, LA 70122
AGENDA

I. Call to Order
II. Pledge of Allegiance
III. Discussion of the Draft Oyster Lease Moratorium Lifting NOI- OTF
IV. Public Comment
V. Set next meeting
VI. Adjourn

The meeting will be held in compliance with Louisiana’s Open Meetings Law as defined by Louisiana R.S. 42:11, et seq. The public is invited to attend. To listen in to the meeting via webinar register at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/110594770181899011

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The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is committed to accommodating all reasonable special requests regarding access to our meetings. Please direct all sign language interpreting services or other accommodation needs to rlebreton@wlf.la.gov at least 72 hours prior to the meeting date.

Elmer's Island to Close at 9:00 a.m. September 4

Release Date: 09/03/2018

Baton Rouge - The Louisaina Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announces the temporary closure of Elmer's Island, located on the southwestern tip of Jefferson PArish beginning September 4 at 9:00 a.m.

As a precautionary measure due to the projected path of Tropical Storm Gordon and anticipated impacts from this storm, Elmer's Island will remain closed until further notice.

 

 

Elmer's Island to Close at 9:00 a.m. September 4

Release Date: 09/03/2018

 

Louisiana Recreational Red Snapper Landings Estimates through August 12

Release Date: 08/23/2018

The latest preliminary landings statistics for recreational red snapper recorded by LA Creel, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries' near real-time landings data collection program, are 737,299 pounds, or 98 percent of Louisiana’s annual private recreational allocation of 743,000 pounds, through August 12. 
 
The recreational red snapper season was closed on Sunday, August 12, and no further recreational harvest is allowed at this time.
 
This year, state and federal seasons ran concurrently because federal fisheries managers approved LDWF’s 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 waters during times and seasons set by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission, from shore to 200 nautical miles.     
        
For more information on the 2018 recreational red snapper season and detailed landing estimates, visit: wlf.louisiana.gov/red-snapper

LDWF Schedules Drawdown for Lake Bruin in Tensas Parish

Release Date: 08/23/2018

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, in conjunction with the Lake Bruin Recreation and Water Conservation District, has scheduled a drawdown for Lake Bruin in Tensas Parish to begin on September 3, 2018.
 
The department recommended the drawdown to improve fisheries habitat and provide homeowners the opportunity to conduct shoreline and property maintenance.  
 
The water level will be lowered 5 feet below pool stage, and the water control structure will close on December 15, 2018, to allow the lake to refill to normal level.
 
Previous drawdowns on Lake Bruin have proven beneficial for gamefish populations.   Exposing the lake bottom helps to reduce layers of organic “muck” that accumulate over time and typically results in increased gamefish spawning success.
 
For additional information, refer to the Lake Bruin Management Plans: Part A (lake history and management issues) and Part B (waterbody evaluation and management recommendations).
 
All homeowners are advised to take appropriate measures, as boat access into the lake will be limited.  
 
For further information regarding the drawdown, contact Ryan Daniel, LDWF Biologist Manager, at (318) 343-4044 or Steve Maynord, President of the Lake Bruin Recreation and Water Conservation District, at (601) 868-1240.

 

LDWF Schedules Drawdown on Bundick Lake

Release Date: 08/22/2018

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has scheduled a drawdown on Bundick Lake in Beauregard Parish for aquatic vegetation control, bottom sediment compaction and repair and maintenance of facilities by landowners and the parish.
 
The drawdown will begin the week of September 10, and the lake level will be lowered 7 feet below pool stage.  The control structure is scheduled to close the week of January 14, 2019, to allow water levels to return to normal. 
 
Department recommendations include a drawdown on Bundick Lake every 5 years for habitat improvement and aquatic vegetation control.
 
During the drawdown period, the department is planning to construct and deploy artificial reefs in the lake to supplement habitat in this aging reservoir. 
 
Although the lake will not be closed to fishing, we advise boaters to use caution during the low water period, as boat lanes will not provide normal clearance for underwater obstructions.
 
The current Bundick Lake Management Plans can be viewed here: Part A and Part B
 
For additional information regarding the drawdown, contact Sean Kinney, LDWF Biologist Manager, at skinney@wlf.la.gov (337) 491-2575.  

 

Louisiana Red Snapper Landings Estimates through August 5

Release Date: 08/17/2018

The latest catch statistics for recreational red snapper recorded by LA Creel, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries' near real-time landings data collection program, are 701,774 pounds, or 94 percent of Louisiana’s annual private recreational allocation of 743,000 pounds through August 5. 

The current red snapper season was closed on Sunday, August 12. LDWF will provide a preliminary estimate of red snapper landings through the season at the end of next week.

This year, state and federal seasons ran concurrently because federal fisheries managers approved LDWF’s application for an  Exempted Fishing Permit (EFP) 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 waters during times and seasons set by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission, from shore to 200 nautical miles.    
       
For more information on the 2018 red snapper season and detailed landing estimates, visit:   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 at www.wlf.la.gov. To receive email alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

Recreational Gray Triggerfish Season to Close at 11:59 p.m. on August 16

Release Date: 08/15/2018

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced the season for the recreational harvest of gray triggerfish will close in Louisiana waters at 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, August 16, 2018.  
 
NOAA Fisheries has determined the Gulf-wide recreational annual catch target of 217,100 pounds has been met, and announced a closure in Federal waters to prevent overfishing. The closure in Louisiana state waters provides consistency with federal regulations and assists with enforcement.  
 
The season is scheduled to re-open on March 1, 2019.
 
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Jack Montoucet was authorized by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission in previously promulgated rules to change or modify the opening and closing dates for any recreational reef fish season in Louisiana waters when notified of a modification to a season by NOAA Fisheries.  
 
For more information, contact Jason Adriance at (504) 284-2032 or jadriance@wlf.la.gov.

LDWF Continues Improvements to False River with the Installation of Gravel Fish Spawning Beds

Release Date: 08/15/2018

LDWF Continues Improvements to False River with the Installation of Gravel Fish Spawning Beds
LDWF Continues Improvements to False River with the Installation of Gravel Fish Spawning Beds

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, in cooperation with the Pointe Coupee Parish Police Jury, recently completed the installation of six new gravel spawning beds and the expansion of three existing beds on False River near New Roads. Siltation had previously covered much of the lake’s natural hard bottom that is essential for nesting sportfish, so the beds were installed to enhance fish spawning habitat.
 
State Rep. Major Thibaut was instrumental in obtaining the necessary funding to purchase the gravel. “This cooperation among state and local agencies, as well as private citizens, is vital for the continuation of restorative efforts in and around False River,” stated Rep. Thibaut. “These beds play an important role in the restoration of False River and promote the spawning of bass, bream and sac-a-lait.”
 
Approximately 70 tons of gravel was distributed throughout nine locations. Each spawning bed is roughly 400 square feet, designed in strips of 20-feet by 20-feet or 10-feet by 40-feet, and measuring in thickness of about 4 inches of gravel. 
 
Watershed drainage alterations during the 1970s and 1980s resulted in deterioration of the water quality, aquatic vegetation and fisheries. A watershed management plan was drafted in 2013, and updated in 2018, to address issues within the watershed. The plan draws from the expertise of many parish, state and federal agencies including LDWF, the Department of Natural Resources, the Department of Environmental Quality, the Department of Health and Hospitals, the Department of Agriculture and Forestry, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, as well as other local stakeholders.
 
With the completion of this project, a total of sixteen gravel spawning beds have been installed in the lake as part of the False River Restoration Plan.

 

Recreational Red Snapper State Season To Close At 11:59 P.M. August 12, 2018

Release Date: 08/11/2018

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced that the state recreational red snapper season will close at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, August 12, 2018. 

Preliminary estimates from the LA Creel survey indicate that the State’s quota of 743,000 pounds of red snapper for the private sector of the recreational fishery is projected to be harvested by August 12, 2018.  The Secretary of the Department has the authority to re-open the recreational season if finalized landings data indicate such harvest would be within the quota allowed under the Federal Exempted Fishing Permit.

This year, state and federal seasons are running concurrently because federal fisheries managers approved LDWF’s application for an Exempted Fishing Permit (EFP) 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 waters, from shore to 200 nautical miles.  

 

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.la.gov. To receive recreational or commercial fishing email and text alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

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