Fishing

Become a volunteer instructor for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries!

Release Date: 04/13/2018

Are you interested in becoming a volunteer instructor for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF)? Through LDWF’s Aquatic Volunteer Instructor Program (Aquatic VIP), you can learn not only the basics of fishing and fisheries management, but also how to teach skills in order to get younger generations hooked on fishing too! This month, LDWF will be hosting an Aquatic VIP workshop in the Shreveport area on Wednesday, April 18th.  This workshop is perfect for teachers, Boy Scout leaders, homeschoolers, and everyone who enjoys fishing and the outdoors!  

At this hands-on workshop led by LDWF biologists, you’ll receive the training you need to become a volunteer instructor, an invaluable ally in LDWF’s efforts to increase fishing participation and wise utilization of natural resources across Louisiana. Topics and activities include basic fishing techniques, proper fish identification, invasive species awareness, fish biology, fisheries management and more. A binder full of lesson plans, activity guides, and educational materials will be given to all volunteers who attend the workshop. 

After completing the 8-hour workshop and passing a background check, volunteers can borrow equipment to help teach these topics to others. For example, if you’ve always wanted to host your own fishing clinic for youth, but didn’t have the materials and resources to offer an event, then this is your solution! We can provide fishing rods with basic tackle, a knot tying kit, art and crafts activities and more. Join us at our free* workshop to get started!  The workshop will be held at the LDWF District 1 Office (9961 Hwy. 80) in Minden, LA.

To find out more information or to sign up, please visit: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/ldwf-volunteer-programs.  For any questions about the Aquatic Volunteer Instructor Program, contact Alayna McGarry at (504) 286-4050 or at amcgarry@wlf.la.gov

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, on Facebook at www.facebook.com, on Instagram @WLFLA, or on Twitter @LDWF.

The Aquatic Volunteer Instructor Program is hosted in conjunction with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation.  The LWFF was formed to provide a means for individuals and corporations to become partners with the Department and Commission in the challenge of conserving Louisiana’s wildlife and fisheries resources. 

 

*A $25 registration fee is required to reserve your spot. This fee will be returned upon your arrival at the workshop. 

REMINDER: Registration is open to teachers for WETSHOP 2018

Release Date: 04/12/2018

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) would like to remind teachers that a few spaces are still available for WETSHOP 2018.  WETSHOP 2018 is a coastal awareness workshop for science, history and social studies teachers. The workshop is scheduled for July 8 – 13, 2018 at the LDWF Grand Isle Research Lab.

 

The focus of this 6-day workshop is to provide teachers with an in-depth look at issues related to wetland ecology and coastal land loss in Louisiana. Participating teachers will accrue 55 hours of instruction covering a wide variety of topics including wetland ecology, fisheries management, and coastal restoration. Teachers will also spend a portion of each day in the field learning about maritime forests, barrier island beach ecology, coastal restoration projects, bird life, marsh and swamp habitats and marine organisms. This year, participants will visit one of the largest coastal restoration projects in the world.

 

All participating teachers will receive standards-based correlated wetland lessons and many other educational resources from numerous sponsoring agencies and organizations. Lodging and meals are provided once participants reach the workshop site. Upon completion of the workshop, each participant will receive a $250.00 stipend. An additional stipend is available during the academic year upon completion of a wetland stewardship project.

 

WETSHOP is sponsored by LDWF in partnership with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation, Barataria Terrebonne National Estuary Program (BTNEP) and the Louisiana Sea Grant College Program. WETSHOP is also a collaborative effort with partners that provide experts in the field for presentations and educational materials. These agencies/organizations include BTNEP, Louisiana Department of Natural Resources, Louisiana Nature Conservancy, Louisiana Sea Grant College Program, Coastal Planning Protection and Restoration Act, and Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium.

 

Teachers interested in WETSHOP 2018 can register at: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wetshop . For more information, contact LDWF Biologist Supervisor Angela Capello at 318-623-4661 or acapello@wlf.la.gov .

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.

Oyster Task Force Marketing Committee to Meet April 10

Release Date: 04/09/2018

Oyster Task Force Marketing Committee

Tuesday, April 10, 2018, 1:00 P.M.

2021 Lakeshore Drive, STE 210

New Orleans, LA 70122

AGENDA

 

I.     Call to Order

II.    Pledge of Allegiance

III.   Discussion of Oyster Industry Commercial and Marketing Plan

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/6344542022443407619

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. For press inquiries please contact Rene LeBreton, 504-286-8745 or rlebreton@wlf.la.gov

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.

 

 

Oyster Task Force Marketing Committee to Meet April 10

Release Date: 04/09/2018

Oyster Task Force Marketing Committee

Tuesday, April 10, 2018, 1:00 P.M.

2021 Lakeshore Drive, STE 210

New Orleans, LA 70122

AGENDA

 

I.     Call to Order

II.    Pledge of Allegiance

III.   Discussion of Oyster Industry Commercial and Marketing Plan

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/6344542022443407619

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. For press inquiries please contact Rene LeBreton, 504-286-8745 or rlebreton@wlf.la.gov

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.govat least 72 hours prior to the meeting date.

 

 

LWF Commission Modifies Rules for Approved Domestic Aquatic Organisms

Release Date: 04/06/2018

Today, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission modified the rules and regulations for approved Aquatic Organisms to include the native Shovelnose sturgeon.
 
This action will allow the development of additional aquaculture business in Louisiana while providing safeguards to assist in protecting native fish species.
 
Permit restrictions and the full notice of intent are available here.
 
Persons interested in providing public comment should do so by June 1 to Robert Bourgeois, LDWF Fisheries Permit Manager, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898 or via email to rbourgeois@wlf.la.gov.

LWF Commission to Modify Reef Fish Harvest Regulations

Release Date: 04/06/2018

Today, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission considered a Notice of Intent (NOI) to modify rules and regulations for the harvest of reef fish in Louisiana waters in order to establish consistency with federal regulations, providing a simplified regulatory framework for anglers. 
 
Recreational Bag Limit Changes:

  • Reduction from 2 to no more than 1 gray triggerfish per person within the 20 fish aggregate limit. (Aggregate includes Vermilion snapper, lane snapper, gray triggerfish, almaco jack, goldface tilefish, and blueline tilefish).
  • Reduction from 4 to no more than 2 red grouper per person within the 4 grouper aggregate limit. (Aggregate includes speckled hind, black grouper, red grouper, snowy grouper, yellowedge grouper, yellowfin grouper, yellowmouth grouper, warsaw grouper, gag grouper, and scamp). 
  • Reduction from 10 to no more than 5 mutton snapper per person within the 10 fish aggregate limit. (Aggregate includes queen, mutton, blackfin, cubera, gray, silk, yellowtail, snappers, and wenchman).

Commercial Trip Limit Changes:

  • Increase in commercial trip limit of gray triggerfish from 12 to 16 fish per trip.

Recreational Size Limit Changes:

  • Increase in size limit of hogfish from 12 to 14 inches fork length.
  • Increase in size limit of gray triggerfish from 14 to 15 inches fork length.
  • Increase in size limit of mutton snapper from 16 to 18 inches total length.

Commercial Size Limit Changes:

  • Increase in size limit of gray triggerfish from 14 to 15 inches fork length.
  • Increase in the size limit of mutton snapper from 16 to 18 inches total length.
  • Increase in size limit of gag grouper from 22 to 24 inches total length.

Recreational Season Changes:

  • The greater amberjack season will close from January 1 through April 30 and from November 1 through December 31 of each year in addition to the regularly scheduled June 1 through July 31 closure.
  • The gray triggerfish season will close from January 1 through the end of February each year in addition to the regularly scheduled June 1 through July 31 closure.

The full notice of intent is available here.
  
Interested persons may submit comments relative to the proposed rule to Jason Adriance via email to jadriance@wlf.la.gov prior to June 7, 2018.

Big Bass Rodeo Winners Announced Including First All-Girls Team

Release Date: 03/28/2018

Big Bass Rodeo Winners Announced Including First All-Girls Team
Big Bass Rodeo Winners Announced Including First All-Girls Team
Big Bass Rodeo Winners Announced Including First All-Girls Team

On Saturday, March 24, City Park of New Orleans hosted the 71st annual Big Bass Rodeo, with over 500 anglers competing for the championship title. Although the wind made for some challenging casting, it didn’t stop the fish from biting. Throughout the day, many anglers brought in 3-pound bass to the scales.
 
Angler James Leman brought in a first place worthy largemouth bass weighing 5.46 pounds, earning him top honors for the day and the Joe Courcelle Award. The Paul Kalman award for the Junior Angler’s Bass Division went to Nicholas Foley for his 2.86-pound bass. Team Camo continued to keep their presence on the Cichlid and Bream Trim Team Challenge leaderboard with a combined weight of 5.87 pounds.
 
For the third year, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries hosted the student angler competition, Battle for the Bass. Nine different schools battled it out to earn the title and bragging rights for the upcoming year. The Cabrini Casters from Cabrini High School beat out 27 other teams with a winning two-fish combined weight of 3.58 pounds. Not only was this the Cabrini Casters first time to compete, but they were also the first all-girls team to enter the competition.
 
Boats on the Bayou continued to bring experienced kayak anglers to Bayou St. John but also encouraged novices as well. Courtesy of Massey’s Outfitters, interested anglers were able rent a kayak free of charge during the event. Participants could place in four different categories, and the 2018 winner of the Kaye Florane Award and largest bass went to Jon Carter with a weight of 3.89 pounds.
 
A complete list of winners is available below. For more information on Big Bass Rodeo, go to www.bigbassfishingrodeo.com or contact Danica Williams at dwilliams@wlf.la.gov .
 
Boats on the Bayou
 
Trashbash
1st; Jackson Lavarine; 0.19 lbs. 
2nd; Ryan Schellhaas, 0.18 lbs. 
3rd; Ryan Schellhaas; 0.15 lbs.
 
Trout
1st; Jon Carter; .68 lbs.
 
Bass
1st; Jon Carter; 3.89 lbs. 
2nd; Frank Roth; 1.75 lbs. 
3rd; Kevin Metz; 1.66 lbs.
 
Battle for the Bass
 
1st; Team Cabrini Caster - Cabrini High School - New Orleans; 3.58 lbs. 
2nd; Team Brother Martin #1 - Brother Martin High School - New Orleans; 3.39 lbs. 
3rd; Team Reel Men - Fontainebleau Jr. High School – Mandeville; 3.21 lbs.
 
Big Bass Rodeo   

Cichlid & Bream Trim - Team Event
1st; Team Camo; 5.87 lbs. 
2nd; Team Cichlids Rule Everything Around Me; 4.17 lbs. 
3rd; Team Stop, Drop & Reel; 2.52 lbs.
 
Fly Fishing- Bass
1st; Jody Coyne; 0.71 lbs. 
2nd; Charles Roccaforte; 0.52 lbs. 
3rd; Carter Sanchez 0.47 lbs.
 
Champions Challenge
1st; Damien Frey; 3.15 lbs.
 
Junior Anglers
1st; Michael Joseph; 0.38 lbs. 
2nd; David Haydel; 0.32 lbs. 
3rd; Caleb O'Neal; 0.31 lbs.
 
Junior Angler – Bass
1st; Nicholas Foley; 2.86 lbs. 
2nd; Brook Ritter; 2.45 lbs. 
3rd; Layla Milloit; 2.00 lbs.
 
Bass – Adult
1st; James Leman; 5.46 lbs. 
2nd; Justin Landry; 5.16 lbs. 
3rd; Douglas Blanda; 4.17 lbs.

 

LDWF to Open Shrimp Season in a Portion of Louisiana Offshore Waters April 2, 2018

Release Date: 03/27/2018

LDWF to Open Shrimp Season in a Portion of Louisiana Offshore Waters April 2, 2018

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced that shrimp season will reopen at 6:00 a.m. on April 2, 2018, in a portion of state outside waters seaward of Terrebonne Parish.

The area extends from the inside/outside shrimp line seaward to the 3-mile line, from the northwest shore of Caillou Boca at -90 degrees 50 minutes 27 seconds west longitude westward to the eastern shore of the Atchafalaya River Ship Channel at Eugene Island as delineated by the red buoy line.

According to the most recent data collected by LDWF biologists, small white shrimp have reached marketable sizes and the closure is no longer necessary. Significant numbers of smaller size white shrimp still remain in state outside waters west of the Atchafalaya River Ship Channel to the western shore of Freshwater Bayou Canal at -92 degrees 18 minutes 33 seconds west longitude, and these waters will remain closed to shrimping until further notice.

The opening dates for the 2018 spring inshore shrimp season will be considered by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission at their May 3, 2018, meeting.

Click the image above or http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/shrimp-seasons for a map detailing this opening.

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

Opinions requested from freshwater anglers regarding fish attractors

Release Date: 03/26/2018

(3-26-18) – The Southern Division of the American Fisheries Society’s Reservoir Committee, a working group of fisheries biologists across the Southeastern United States, and LDWF are conducting an online survey of fish-attractor and aquatic vegetation use by anglers who fish Southeastern reservoirs.  We are asking for help from our reservoir anglers across the state to take a 15-minute, anonymous online survey.  All of the information compiled will be analyzed and reported back to LDWF and other state fish and wildlife agencies for consideration in making management decisions.

The results of this project will guide and improve LDWF’s aquatic habitat enhancement programs in our lakes and reservoirs across the state.  Please click on the link to take the survey and thanks for your time!  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/fishattractor

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 www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

LDWF to Study Crappie Population Health and Fishing Pressure at Sibley Lake

Release Date: 03/23/2018

In response to concerns from the public and local lawmakers regarding potential crappie overfishing on Sibley Lake in Natchitoches, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will analyze recent data from biological sampling and angler creel interviews conducted from 2015 through 2017.

 

The data collected from fish sampled during the study period will provide population information such as crappie abundance, growth and condition estimates, spawning success and recruitment. Information collected during the angler interview process will help to determine the overall impact crappie anglers have on the population in Sibley Lake. This includes the number of fish caught per trip, the number of fish harvested and released per trip, and the size of the fish caught. The information will be compiled to determine if a change in regulations would benefit the crappie fishery in Sibley Lake.

 

LDWF routinely conducts stock assessments of lakes statewide to ensure the health of the fishery and determine the efficiency of existing and proposed regulations. These projects primarily focus on largemouth bass or crappie, but also include biological information gathered on other recreationally and commercially-important species. Such biological studies include intensive biological sampling and data collection over a 3-year period.

 

Once the data collection and scientific analysis is complete, the results of such will be made available to the public via the LDWF website and other venues.

 

For additional information regarding Sibley Lake, contact Villis Dowden at  vdowden@wlf.la.gov  or (318) 357-3214.

 

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 .

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