Fishing

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.

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.

LDWF Provides Update on Bussey Brake Renovation Project

Release Date: 06/07/2018

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries would like to update the public on the status of the Bussey Brake Wildlife Management Area renovation project in Morehouse Parish.
 
Since International Paper donated the 2,000-acre freshwater reservoir in 2012, the department has been working diligently to make the lake and its resources available to the sportsmen and women of north Louisiana, despite delays that have occurred beyond our control.
 
The department’s plan for the restoration project includes a complete renovation of the waterbody.
 
The department began renovations in 2016 after receiving all necessary permits through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and dedicated funding through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The lake was drained, initially, to remove the overabundance of rough fish species including carp, buffalo, and others.
 
The project has experienced numerous setbacks including two flood events that refilled the lake with water and inundated the pump and electric motor used to refill the reservoir. Due to the age of the pump and the damage to the motor during flooding, the department must completely replace the old system, including running new electrical service. 
 
An engineering firm has been hired to redesign a new pumping system. LDWF anticipates the new design will be put out for bid later this year, with construction beginning this fall.
 
“Please be assured that that we are working towards the goal of providing an exceptional recreational area for Morehouse Parish,” ensured LDWF Secretary Jack Montoucet. “The setbacks have been numerous and significant, but we are continuing down a successful path and are making good headway.”
 
Marked boat lanes and island construction projects to improve boater access and angler opportunity have been completed. In addition, LDWF has completed numerous fish stockings of popular game fish including bass, bream, catfish and crappie to begin rebuilding the fishery.
 
The department is also in the design and engineering phase of constructing several ADA accessible fishing piers and a wave break project. This work is scheduled to begin in the fall of 2018. LDWF anticipates the lake will open to the public upon completion.
 
Bussey Brake was constructed in the mid 1950’s by International Paper to serve as an alternative water source for the Louisiana mill. In 2012, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission established Bussey Brake Reservoir as a WMA.

Get Hooked During Free Fishing Weekend in Louisiana

Release Date: 06/05/2018

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries invites you to take part in its annual Free Fishing Weekend on Saturday, June 9 and Sunday, June 10. Louisiana’s Free Fishing Weekend is an opportunity for Louisiana residents and visitors alike to fish Louisiana waters without an otherwise required fishing license. 
  
“This weekend we encourage all of our residents to grab a pole, get outside and enjoy our beautiful Sportsman’s Paradise,” said Secretary Jack Montoucet. “Whether your interest is saltwater or fresh, Louisiana offers some of the best and most diverse fishing opportunities in the world, and we welcome you to become part of the long-standing tradition of Louisiana fishing.  

While a fishing license is not required, all fishing regulations, including size, season, catch limits and gear restrictions will remain in effect. 
  
With the exception of free fishing weekend, anglers 16 and older must possess a Louisiana fishing license when fishing in any Louisiana public waters. Louisianians who decide to continue fishing the remainder of the year are invited to purchase a state fishing license at https://la-web.s3licensing.com
  
By purchasing a fishing license you also help provide funding for public fishing and boating access, fishing programs and education and fisheries management through the Sport Fish Restoration Fund.

 

 

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.

Renew Your Louisiana Fishing and Hunting License

Release Date: 06/01/2018

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries reminds all sportsmen that all 2017-18 recreational fishing and hunting licenses will expire on June 30, 2018. Licenses for the 2018-19 seasons are available for purchase beginning June 1 and are valid until June 30, 2019.

 

Licenses can be purchased in several ways.   They may be purchased online at https://la-web.s3licensing.com, at local license vendors or at LDWF offices in Baton Rouge, Opelousas, Lake Charles, Pineville, and Monroe.   Acceptable methods of payment for purchases made online are Visa, MasterCard, Discover.

 

Earlier this year, the department transitioned to a new license sales system with added conveniences for outdoor enthusiasts.   The new system allows license holders to reprint copies of their license during the year at no charge, create login information, and eventually the option to auto-renew.

 

If you need assistance with your online purchase, please contact the 24-hour help desk at 888-362-LDWF (5393).  If you have other licensing questions call the license office at 225-765-2887 or 225-765-2898, during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

Anglers are also invited to take part in the agency’s Free Fishing Weekend on Saturday, June 9 and Sunday, June 10.   The weekend is an opportunity for Louisiana residents and visitors alike to fish Louisiana waters without an otherwise required fishing license. While a fishing license is not required, all fishing regulations, including size, season, catch limits and gear restrictions will remain in effect.

 

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.

Louisiana Oyster Task Force to Meet Tuesday, May 29

Release Date: 05/24/2018

Louisiana Oyster Task Force Meeting                                                
John Tesvich, Chairman
Tuesday, May 29, 2018, 1 p.m.
UNO Advanced Technology Center
2021 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 210
New Orleans 70122
 
AGENDA
 
I.              Pledge of Allegiance 
II.             Roll call and introduction of guest
III.            Approval of April 24, 2018, minutes and May 29, 2018, agenda
IV.            Treasury Report
                A. Oyster tag sales
                B. LOTF financial report
V.             Committee Reports
                A. Public and Private Oyster Grounds Committee (Mitch Jurisich)
                B. Enforcement (Major Chad Hebert)
                C. Legislative (Jakov Jurisic)
                D. Reserach (Earl Melancon)
                E. Coastal Restoration (Dan Coulon)
                F. Marketing (LDWF)
                G. Health (Justin Gremillion)
                H. Sustainability (LDWF)
                I. Professionalism (LDWF)
                J. Aquaculture (Steve Pollock)
                K. Joint Task Force Working Group (Mitch Jurisich)
VI.           New Business
                A. To hear final update on the 2017-18 oyster season (LDWF)
                B. To hear a presentation of survey results from the LFF Sediment Diversion       
                     Panel and discussion (SeaGrant)
                C. To hear discussion and consider funding to order OTF name tags and shirts 
                     (OTF)
VII.           Public Comment
VIII.          Set next meeting
IX.            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/1074084712810039299
 
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.
 
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 the contact at the top of
this announcement at least 72 hours prior to the meeting date. 

2018 Louisiana Recreational Red Snapper Season to Open Friday, May 25: Anglers Encouraged to Participate in Voluntary Electronic Reporting to Improve Landings Data

Release Date: 05/22/2018

 
The 2018 recreational red snapper season will begin on Friday, May 25 in both state and federal waters. The season will run 7 days a week with a daily bag limit of two fish per person and a 16-inch total length minimum size limit.   The season will remain open until recreational landings approach or reach Louisiana’s annual private recreational allocation of 743,000 pounds of red snapper according to estimates from LA Creel.
 
State and federal seasons will run 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 will be allowed to fish red snapper in the state territorial seas and adjoining federal EEZ, from shore to 200 nautical miles, during the season set by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission. NOAA Fisheries will continue to regulate federal for-hire charter vessels.
 
Those who opt to fish under the EFP also have the option to test electronic reporting via the ROLP smartphone application or mobile and desktop version of the ROLP website. If you opt in to voluntary electronic reporting, you must declare each red snapper trip prior to departure and report your catch once you return from each red snapper trip. LDWF hopes that voluntary use of electronic reporting will provide the department with a larger sample size than standard dockside and telephone sampling, improving the quality of recreational landings data to make future management recommendations. Electronic reporting could also provide landings data even faster than LA Creel. If you opt in to voluntary electronic reporting, you may also be contacted to participate in LA Creel.
 
Only resident and non-resident recreational anglers are eligible to fish under the EFP and are reminded of the following:

  • Anglers can sign up via the  ROLP website  or smartphone application ( Google Play  or  iTunes ) to participate. Log into your ROLP account and click the link to register to fish for red snapper under the EFP. Once you have registered, save an electronic copy on your mobile device or print a copy of your ROLP indicating your EFP registration and carry it on your person along with applicable licenses while fishing under the EFP.

All EFP participants will be subject to periodic, random LA Creel dockside surveys and associated online and phone effort surveys, as has been the case since 2014 when LA Creel began. While these surveys are voluntary, we strongly urge your participation, as this will be the primary method for tracking harvest. The accuracy and reliability of harvest estimates depend on angler participation in LA Creel, so we need as many anglers as possible to complete both dockside and phone and email surveys.
 
For additional questions regarding the upcoming red snapper season, the Exempted Federal Fishing Permit, or voluntary electronic reporting, please reference our FAQs.

 
 

 

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