Fishing

Louisiana Red Snapper Landings Estimates through July 15

Release Date: 07/26/2018

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 506,360 pounds, or 68 percent of Louisiana’s annual private recreational allocation of 743,000 pounds.

The current weekends-only season will continue to run until recreational landings approach or reach Louisiana’s allocation. 

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. 

LDWF requests that recreational red snapper fishermen try out the tool developed to report catch electronically through the ROLP website or app. Though voluntary, reporting electronically will help us test this method of harvest data collection. Our goal is to continually improve our harvest data collection techniques to ensure our fishery resources are managed precisely and our fishermen have every possible opportunity to go out and catch fish. To get started on electronic reporting, go to  wlf.louisiana.gov/snapper-efp-faqs and see question #14 (If I opt to participate in voluntary electronic reporting, how do I report my catch?). 

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 atwww.wlf.la.gov. To receive email alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

Louisiana Oyster Task Force to Meet July 30

Release Date: 07/26/2018

Louisiana Oyster Task Force Meeting

John Tesvich, Chairman

Monday, July 30, 2018, 1 p.m.

2021 Lakeshore Dr., STE 210 

New Orleans, LA 70122

 

I.   Pledge of Allegiance 

II.  Roll call and introduction of guests 

III. Approval of May 29, 2018 Minutes and July 30, 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.   Research (Earl Melancon)

E.    Coastal Restoration (Dan Coulon)

F.     Marketing (LDWF)

G.    Health (Justin Gremillion)

H.   Professionalism (LDWF)

I.     Aquaculture (Steve Pollock)

J.     Joint Task Force Working Group (Mitch Jurisich)

VI.        New Business

A.     To Hear Recommendations for the 2018-2019 Oyster Season- LDWF

B.    To Hear an Update from the OTF Washington, D.C. Trip- OTF

C.    To Consider Funding and Participation in the 2019 LA Alive Event- OTF

D.   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/1672724815040409603

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 Coastal Restoration Committee To Meet July 30

Release Date: 07/26/2018

Oyster Task Force Coastal Restoration Committee

Monday, July 30, 2018, 9:30 A.M.

2021 Lakeshore Drive, STE 210

New Orleans, LA 70122

AGENDA

 

I.    Call to Order

II.   Pledge of Allegiance

III.  To Discuss Planning for Management of State Oyster Leasing and Public Seed Grounds Affected by Coastal projects and Natural Hydrological Changes

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/6667723676672895745

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.

LDWF to Deploy Floating Boom During Lake Bistineau Drawdown

Release Date: 07/20/2018

Location of boom deployment

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will begin its previously announced drawdown of Lake Bistineau on July 23.  The Department has begun to deploy a temporary floating boom to aid in giant salvinia control efforts. The boom is intended to control the drift of floating aquatic plants as the water level decreases, keeping it from spreading as easily, and allowing more effective herbicide application on the aggregated plants.

The floating boom will be deployed across both Bossier Slough and the Main Channel, including the wooded area in between, as depicted in the attached map. The boom is highly visible and will be marked with additional lights and signs. Passageways will be marked in both Bossier Slough and the Main Channel.

The drawdown is scheduled to begin July 23, 2018, and the lake should dewater at a rate of 4 to 6 inches per day. The maximum drawdown level is 8 feet below normal pool stage. Aquatic habitat conditions in the lake will be evaluated during the drawdown to determine the most appropriate time to end the drawdown and allow the lake to refill for recreational activities.

For additional information, contact Daniel Hill at (225) 765-2328 or dhill@wlf.la.gov.

 

 

Louisiana Red Snapper Landings Estimates through July 8

Release Date: 07/19/2018

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 407,117 pounds, or 54 percent of Louisiana’s annual private recreational allocation of 743,000 pounds.

The current weekends-only season will continue to run until recreational landings approach or reach Louisiana’s allocation. 

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. 

LDWF requests that recreational red snapper fishermen try out the tool developed to report catch electronically through the ROLP website or app. Though voluntary, reporting electronically will help us test this method of harvest data collection. Our goal is to continually improve our harvest data collection techniques to ensure our fishery resources are managed precisely and our fishermen have every possible opportunity to go out and catch fish. To get started on electronic reporting, go to wlf.louisiana.gov/snapper-efp-faqs and see question #14 (If I opt to participate in voluntary electronic reporting, how do I report my catch?).
    
For more information on the 2018 red snapper season and detailed landing estimates, visit: wlf.louisiana.gov/red-snapper .

Women Perfect Fishing Skills at Women’s Fishing Workshop Fishing Trip

Release Date: 07/19/2018

Women Perfect Fishing Skills at Women’s Fishing Workshop Fishing Trip

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries hosted their annual Women’s Fishing Workshop fishing trip this past weekend at the Grand Isle Fisheries Research Lab, where 14 women perfected their angling skills under the supervision and assistance of experienced LDWF staff and Aquatic Volunteer Instructors. 
 
The primary component of the two-part workshop is a classroom-style instructional course held at Cabela’s in Gonzales. Angling techniques are taught to a group of 30 women, 18 and older, who may lack the opportunity or confidence to learn these skills. The ladies leave the workshop as more knowledgeable, independent anglers. Interested participants are then entered into a drawing for an opportunity to attend a fishing trip based out of the department’s Grand Isle Fisheries Research Lab.  
  
The ladies hit the ground running on Friday evening, learning proper technique to set up their rods and reels followed by casting practice from the dock. On Saturday, LDWF staff and volunteers led both inshore and offshore fishing trips, providing a hands-on opportunity for the participants to utilize the skills previously learned. After escaping early morning storms, the ladies were able to spend a full day on the water fishing for red snapper, speckled trout and redfish. When not on the boat, the ladies practiced fish cleaning, cast netting, trailering and toured the research lab.
 
The next workshop is scheduled for spring 2019. For more information on this program visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishingworkshops.

Finfish Task Force to Meet Friday, July 20

Release Date: 07/19/2018

Finfish Task Force Agenda

Friday, July 20, 2018, 10:00AM

LDWF Headquarters in the Louisiana Room

2000 Quail Drive

Baton Rouge, LA 70898

 

AGENDA

I. Call to Order 

II. Roll Call and Introduction of Guests

III. Approval of the May 17, 2018 Meeting Minutes 

IV. Approval of the July 20, 2018 Meeting Agenda

V. New Business

A.     Discussion of Potential Changes to Black Drum Recreational and Commercial Harvest, Size, and Bag Limits- FTF

B.     Discussion of Mullet Season- FTF

C.     Discussion of Finfish Trawling- FTF

D.    To Hear an Update on the Status of Red Snapper -Rep. John Stefanski

E.     Discussion of Shad Seine Gear Regulations- Daniel Edgar

VI. Public Comment

VII. To Hear Future Agenda Item Proposals 

VIII. Set Next Meeting Date and Location

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/3041621189405405955

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.

LDWF Schedules Drawdown for Black-Clear Lake in Natchitoches Parish

Release Date: 07/17/2018

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has scheduled a drawdown of Black-Clear Lake in Natchitoches Parish 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 on August 6, 2018, and the lake should dewater at a rate of 3 to 6 inches per day. The water level will be lowered to a maximum drawdown level of approximately 4 feet below normal pool stage to a target level of 95 mean sea level. The Black-Clear Lake control gates are scheduled for closure on January 29, 2019, to allow the lake to refill for early spring recreational activities.
 
During the drawdown, an estimated 7,000 to 8,000 acres of water will remain in open areas of Black-Clear Lake. Boaters may still access the lake from either the Black Lake Lodge or Chandler’s Camp ramps, located on the north side of the Hwy 9 Bridge. Caution is also advised when on the water, as numerous obstructions that are normally not seen are present.
 
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 a natural overflow lake system.
 
The current LDWF Black-Clear Lake Aquatic Vegetative Management Plan can be viewed at: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/waterbody-management-plans-inland

Louisiana Red Snapper Landing Estimates Through July 1

Release Date: 07/13/2018

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 344,029 pounds, or 46 percent of Louisiana’s allocation of 743,000 pounds. It is important to note that these data do not cover the full Fourth of July holiday week (only the weekend ending July 1).  That week, on average yields higher landings than other weeks. 

 

The season reopened this morning at 12:01a.m.  for weekends only (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday). The weekend-only season will continue to run until recreational landings approach or reach Louisiana’s annual private recreational allocation. 
  
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 at www.wlf.la.gov. To receive email alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

LDWF Schedules Drawdown on Henderson Lake in St. Martin Parish

Release Date: 07/12/2018

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is working with the St. Martin Parish Government, the Town of Henderson and the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers to conduct a drawdown on Henderson Lake in St. Martin Parish beginning in August 2018.
 
The drawdown is part of LDWF’s integrated management plan to control several aquatic nuisance plants including hydrilla, water hyacinth and giant salvinia. The drawdown will also improve sport fish habitat through the drying and compacting of bottom sediments throughout the lake.
 
The water control structure is scheduled to open the first week of August, and the lake level will be lowered at a rate of approximately 2 to 4 inches per day until it reaches the desired height of 3 feet below pool stage, or 6 feet mean sea level at the United States Geological Survey Lake Pelba gauge. At this level, the flats directly north and south of the I-10 Bridge that experience chronic issues with nuisance aquatic plants will be exposed to air and sunlight.
 
The drawdown gates are scheduled to close November 1, 2018, to allow the lake to refill for winter and early spring recreational activities. 

Although the lake will not be closed to fishing, caution is advised for boaters during the low water period, as boat lanes will not provide normal clearance of cypress stumps and other underwater obstructions.
 
The current LDWF Lake Henderson Management Plan can be viewed at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/waterbody-management-plans-inland   
 
For additional information regarding the drawdown, contact Brac Salyers, LDWF Biologist Manager, at bsalyers@wlf.la.gov or (337) 262-2080. 

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