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Bodcau, Woodworth, Sherburne Shooting Ranges Will Have Some Closures During Holidays

Release Date: 12/20/2018

Dec. 20, 2018 – The shooting ranges at the Woodworth Education facility and Bodcau Wildlife Management Area (WMA) will be closed Saturday and Sunday (Dec. 22-23) in observance of the Christmas holiday, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced.
 
The Sherburne WMA Skeet/Trap Range No. 2 will be closed Dec. 27-29. All other ranges on the Sherburne WMA will remain open.
 
The Woodworth shooting range is located at 661 Robinson Bridge Road in Woodworth. For more information on the Woodworth shooting range, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/shooting-range/woodworth-shooting-range or call 318-484-2212.
 
The Bodcau shooting range is located at 168 Ben Durden Road in Benton. For more information on the Bodcau shooting range, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/bodcau-wma or call 318-326-3225.
 
The Sherburne WMA shooting range is located at 1132 Sherburne Road in Lottie. For more information on the Sherburne shooting range, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/shooting-range/sherburne-shooting-range or call 337-566-2251.
 
Information on all LDWF shooting ranges can be found at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/shooting-ranges .
 

LDWF to Close Oyster Harvest in East portion of Calcasieu Lake

Release Date: 12/20/2018

LDWF to Close Oyster Harvest in East portion of Calcasieu Lake

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will close oyster harvest in the East portion of the Calcasieu Lake Public Oyster Area in Cameron Parish, at one half-hour after sunset on Monday, December 31, 2018.

The oyster population in Calcasieu Lake is managed on a harvest threshold, and the recommended harvest threshold has been reached.  Continued harvest may threaten the long-term sustainability of the remaining oyster resources in this public oyster area.  Protection of the remaining oyster resources is in the long-term best interest of the oyster populations in this area. The West Cove portion of the Calcasieu Lake Public Oyster Area will remain open until further notice.

To view a map of the current oyster closure areas see above or visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/oyster-season.

The Commission authorized Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ Secretary Jack Montoucet to take emergency action to close areas, on an as-needed basis, based on biological data or if enforcement problems are encountered.  The Secretary was also authorized to take emergency action to reopen areas previously closed if the threat to the resource has ended and to open areas if substantial oyster resources are located.

Public notice of any opening, delay, or closure of a season will be provided at least 72 hours prior to such action, unless such closure is ordered by the Louisiana Department of Health for public health concerns.

LDWF to Close Oyster Harvest in East portion of Calcasieu Lake

Release Date: 12/20/2018

LDWF to Close Oyster Harvest in East portion of Calcasieu Lake

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will close oyster harvest in the East portion of the Calcasieu Lake Public Oyster Area in Cameron Parish, at one half-hour after sunset on Monday, December 31, 2018.

The oyster population in Calcasieu Lake is managed on a harvest threshold, and the recommended harvest threshold has been reached.  Continued harvest may threaten the long-term sustainability of the remaining oyster resources in this public oyster area.  Protection of the remaining oyster resources is in the long-term best interest of the oyster populations in this area. The West Cove portion of the Calcasieu Lake Public Oyster Area will remain open until further notice.

To view a map of the current oyster closure areas see above or visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/oyster-season.

The Commission authorized Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ Secretary Jack Montoucet to take emergency action to close areas, on an as-needed basis, based on biological data or if enforcement problems are encountered.  The Secretary was also authorized to take emergency action to reopen areas previously closed if the threat to the resource has ended and to open areas if substantial oyster resources are located.

Public notice of any opening, delay, or closure of a season will be provided at least 72 hours prior to such action, unless such closure is ordered by the Louisiana Department of Health for public health concerns.

Louisiana Shrimp Season to Close December 24 in Portions of State Outside Waters

Release Date: 12/20/2018

Louisiana Shrimp Season to Close December 24 in Portions of State Outside Waters

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced the 2018 shrimp season will close at official sunset on Monday, December 24, 2018, in portions of state outside waters between Calliou Boca and Freshwater Bayou Canal.

The closure area is defined as follows:

  • The eastern boundary line of the closure area originates on the northwest shore of Caillou Boca at 29 degrees 02 minutes 46 seconds north latitude, -90 degrees 50 minutes 27 seconds west longitude and ends at a point on the three mile line as described in R.S. 56:495(A) at 28 degrees 59 minutes 30 seconds north latitude, -90 degrees 51 minutes 57 seconds west longitude.  The western boundary line of the closure area originates on the western shore of Freshwater Bayou Canal at 29 degrees 32 minutes 03 seconds north latitude, -92 degrees 18 minutes 33 degrees west longitude and ends at a point on the three mile line as described in R.S. 56:495(A) at 29 degrees 29 minutes 02 seconds north latitude, -92 degrees 19 minutes 34 seconds west longitude.

See above or click here for a map of the closure area.

The following state waters will remain open to shrimping until further notice:

  • Chef Menteur and Rigolets Passes, Lake Borgne, Mississippi Sound, Mississippi River Gulf Outlet (MRGO), a section of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (GIWW) in Orleans parish from the GIWW East Closure Sector Gate westward to the GIWW intersection with the Inner Harbor Navigation Canal, and the open waters of Breton and Chandeleur Sounds as bounded by the double-rig line described in R.S. 56:495.1(A)2.
  • All state outside waters east of Caillou Boca as well as all state outside waters west of Freshwater Bayou Canal

Recent biological sampling conducted by the department indicates that the average white shrimp size within large portions of state inside waters is smaller than the minimum possession count allowed by law.  A closure is needed to protect the small white shrimp in these waters and provide opportunity for growth to larger and more valuable sizes. R.S. 56:498 provides that the possession count on saltwater white shrimp for each cargo lot shall average no more than 100 (whole specimens) per pound, except from October 15 through the third Monday in December.

The department will continue to monitor the remaining open areas and will close them when biologically appropriate. Notice of any opening, delaying or closing of a season by the secretary will be made by public notice at least 72 hours prior to such action.   

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

LDWF stocks community fishing sites throughout Louisiana this Fall

Release Date: 12/20/2018

Pure joy after youth lands large catfish at LDWF Get Out and Fish pond

The Get Out and Fish! community fishing program brings high quality, fun fishing locations to a community near you. LDWF has partnered together with local governments and community organizations to bring fishing sites to easily accessible park and neighborhood ponds throughout the state. This month our community fishing sites were stocked with adult size channel catfish, so grab your fishing gear and bring your friends and family to one of our 12 community fishing sites. Click here for a list and directions to all LDWF Get Out & Fish sites throughout the state.  

LDWF plans to stock rainbow trout at each of our sites in January, so follow us on facebook @ldwfgetoutandfish for up to date stocking information.

Participants 16 & older must possess a valid Louisiana fishing license. If you would like to purchase a fishing license, you can do so online at https://la-web.s3licensing.com/

This 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 Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission in the challenge of conserving Louisiana’s wildlife and fish resources.

For more information, contact Megan MacMenamin at mmacmenamin@wlf.la.gov or 225-765-2375. 

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 Shows Appreciation for our Aquatic Volunteer Instructors

Release Date: 12/20/2018

2018 Most Outstanding Volunteer, Bob Bateman, and LDWF Fisheries Outreach staff
Aquatic Volunteer Instructors gather for a group photo at the Aquatic Volunteer Instructor Continued Education Workshop and Appr

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) showed their appreciation for the state’s aquatic volunteers at the Aquatic Volunteer Instructor Program (VIP) Continued Education Workshop on Thursday, November 15th. Aquatic volunteers from across the state came out to the Oak Lodge in Baton Rouge to expand their knowledge on Louisiana’s fisheries.

The volunteers were offered the choice of attending two different seminars to enhance their knowledge of current environmental issues in Louisiana. LDWF Biologist, Angela Capello, led a seminar discussing “Coastal Erosion in Louisiana” and how Louisiana’s coastline is vanishing at an alarming rate. The other seminar offered was on “Invasive Species in Barataria-Terrebonne Estuary” which was taught by the Invasive Species Coordinator, Michael Massimi, for the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program. Both seminars provided the Aquatic Volunteers with new perspectives and plenty of teaching material. After the workshops, the outstanding Aquatic Volunteers were recognized over dinner.

In the past year, the Aquatic Volunteer Instructors assisted at 67 different events with over 2500 hours of service. These events range from fishing tournaments to classroom visits to church festivals and more. LDWF Aquatic Volunteers are required to volunteer at least once after becoming certified. However, many volunteers go above and beyond their minimum requirement. Volunteer recognition was broken down into three different categories:

2018 Most Outstanding Volunteer: Bob Bateman (152 hours of service)

 

1st Tier of Top Volunteers: (8 days of service and 40 hours)
Alfred Levy
Bob Bateman
Christy Flynn
Debrina Baham
Don Montgomery
Jenn Manuel
Kathleen Nichols
Melanie Dupre
Michael White-Lewis
Rachael Mathews
Rachel Duplechain
Stephanie Vidrine
 
2nd Tier of Top Volunteers: (4 days of service and 20 hours)
Charlie Bush
Christa Dedebant
Conni Pope
Cory MacMenamin
Eric Lacefield
Hank Marchal
Jan Mistich
Jay Schwander
Jeff Schaffer
Joe France
Keith McDavid
Kristy Carter
Laura Palmer
Lonnie Kennair
Michael Nolan
Pamela Deese
Robert Johnson

In addition to the awards and workshops, volunteers were also made aware of LDWF updates, program statistics and the future of Aquatic VIP.

A special thank you to the sponsors who helped to make the event so special: KYSEK, Guy Harvey, Bass Pro Shops, Egret Baits, John Preble Art, Falcon Lures, Louisiana Lottery, and Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation.

Aquatic VIP is a statewide program that anyone with a passion for instructing the public about Louisiana’s great fisheries can join. Does that sound like you? Lesson plans are even attached to the activities for teachers to incorporate fishing into their classroom. If you are interested in becoming an Aquatic Volunteer Instructor for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, please visit our website at: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/ldwf-volunteer-programs. For questions, contact Alayna McGarry at amcgarry@wlf.la.gov or (504) 286-4050.

This event is hosted in conjunction with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation (LWFF). The LWFF was formed to provide a means for individuals and corporations to become partners with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission in the challenge of conserving Louisiana’s wildlife and fish resources.

 

LDWF Stocks over 8 Million Fish Across the State in 2018

Release Date: 12/20/2018

LDWF Stocks over 8 Million Fish Across the State in 2018

This year, in cooperation with the USFWS Natchitoches National Fish Hatchery, the City of Shreveport’s Cross Lake Fish Hatchery, and LDWF’s Rockefeller Refuge, the Inland Fisheries Hatchery Program stocked over 8 million fish into 59 waterbodies around the state.  Species stocked include Florida largemouth bass, northern largemouth bass, hybrid striped bass, channel catfish, bluegill, redear, black crappie, threadfin shad, golden shiners, and triploid grass carp.  These fish species are stocked to enhance sport fishing through improving the genetics of largemouth bass by stocking the Florida largemouth bass, enhancing waterbodies where natural reproduction is limited or non-existent, improving the forage base available for sportfish, to, or to improve sport fishing access. The Florida subspecies of largemouth bass grow larger than Louisiana’s native Northern largemouth bass, so they are stocked with the goal of increasing an angler’s chance of catching a larger than average largemouth bass. 

 

Below is a table of the stocking totals listed by species.

Species

Number Released

Florida largemouth bass

7,339,000

Bluegill

412,000

Redear

117,000

Northern largemouth bass

58,000

Hybrid striped bass

42,000

Channel catfish

27,000

Triploid grass carp

13,000

Threadfin shad

7,000

Black crappie

15,000

Golden shiners

5,000

Total

8,035,000

 

In addition to the fish releases in the table above, the Red River Waterway Commission (RRWC) with stocking 90,000 advanced Florida largemouth bass fingerlings purchased for the Red River by the RRWC.  These fingerlings were stocked into the five pools of the Red River to enhance the largemouth bass populations in the Red River. 

LDWF’s fish hatcheries primarily stock fish in the spring and early summer, then again in the fall, when fingerlings are large enough to be handled and water temperatures are conducive to fish stocking.

The LDWF Inland Fisheries section is responsible for the monitoring and management of the state’s freshwater resources. These efforts include sportfish population monitoring and management, providing boating access through aquatic vegetation control, sportfish production and stocking through the hatchery system, and aquatic nuisance species monitoring and outreach.

For a detailed list of stocking efforts by waterbody, please email kbutler@wlf.la.gov 

To view an interactive map of our stocked waterbodies with details about species and sizes stocked click this link http://arcg.is/0GuDKb , then choose ‘Get On the Water’ and select ‘Stocked Lakes’.

For b-roll video or photography of LDWF stocking efforts, visit https://ldwf.cantoflight.com/v/Fishstocking/landing.

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.

Full Steam Ahead for False River Restoration Project

Release Date: 12/20/2018

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is ramping up its restoration efforts this winter on False River, the popular oxbow lake in Point Coupee Parish.   
 
The agency is continuing to work towards improving the overall health and productivity of the lake through this multifaceted project, including fish stockings and dredging operations.
 
Last week, both black crappie and bluegill were stocked in the lake to help enhance the fishery.   Over 4,800 black crappie, with an average size of 5 inches, and 4,600 bluegill, with an average size of 4 inches, were released into the lake. The fish were reared at LDWF’s Booker Fowler Fish Hatchery in central Louisiana, and agency staff anticipates an additional stocking of black crappie later this week. Lake stockings are expected to continue at regular intervals.
 
Dredging on the north side of the lake, in an area known as “the North Flats,” will begin in mid-January. An estimated 94,500 cubic yards of sediment will be dredged from the lake bottom and pumped to an area adjacent to the lake. Through the use of geotubes, sediment is filtered from the water, and clean water is returned to the lake. The dredging operation is expected to last no longer than 210 days.
 
The dredging work will increase average depths in the area, and boost available fisheries habitat. Additionally, removing the unconsolidated sediments will reduce turbidity and ultimately improve overall water quality.
 
Funding for the dredging project was secured from the state legislature under the leadership of state Rep. Major Thibaut in cooperation with the False River Watershed Council.
 
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.
 
To view the False River Restoration Plan, click here.
 
LDWF fish stocking videos and images are available here.

 

BOAT REGISTRATION INCREASE TO BEGIN IN 2019

Release Date: 12/18/2018

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Licensing Section advises all Louisiana boat owners that beginning January 1, 2019, motorboat registration will increase by $9 for each boating length category.  Motorboat registration is valid for a three-year period. 

Below is a table showing the fee increases by boat length.

 

Length

Old Fee

New Fee

Length

Old Fee

New Fee

14’ or less

$23

$32

27’ 1” - 28’ 0”

$53

$62

14’ 1” - 17’ 11”

$28

$37

28’ 1” - 29’ 0”

$55

$64

18’

$33

$42

29'1"-30'0"

$57

$66

18’ 1” - 19’ 0”

$35

$44

30’ 1” - 31’ 0”

$59

$68

19’ 1” - 20’ 0” 

$37

$46

31’ 1” - 32’ 0”

$61

$70

20’ 1” - 21’ 0”

$39

$48

32’ 1” - 33’ 0”

$63

$72

21’ 1” - 22’ 0”

$41

$50

33’ 1” - 34’ 0”

$65

$74

22’ 1” - 23' 0”

$43

$52

34’ 1” - 35’ 0”

$67

$76

23’ 1” - 24’ 0”

$45

$54

35’ 1” - 36’ 0”

$69

$78

24’ 1” - 25’ 0”

$47

$56

36’ 1” - 37’ 0”

$71

$80

25’ 1” - 26’ 0”

$49

$58

37’ 1” - 38’ 0”

$73

$82

26’ 1” - 27’ 0”

$51

$60

For each foot greater than 38’

Add $2 per foot

Add $2 per foot

 

The additional fees are a result of Act 698 of the 2018 Regular Legislative Session and will be dedicated to LDWF’s Aquatic Plant Control Fund and will be used to fight aquatic plants and invasive aquatic species across the state.

For additional information, please contact LDWF’s Licensing Section at 225-765-2898 or visit our website at www.wlf.la.gov.

 

 

LDWF WMA Self Clearing Permit App Allows Users to Check In With Mobile Device

Release Date: 12/17/2018

LDWF WMA Self Clearing Permit App Allows Users to Check In With Mobile Device

Dec. 17, 2018 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) would like to remind wildlife management area users of the new app which is now available that allows those visiting WMAs to check in and out of WMAs via their mobile device or through an online web portal.
 
While physical WMA self-clearing permit stations are still available, this convenient mobile option allows easy compliance with the mandatory process. This application features a convenient organized drop down interface to use when visiting WMAs.
 
To see a video demonstration of how to use the app, go to https://youtu.be/D9W9xeWG6jM
.
 
To download, users may:
 
Visit www.wlf.louisiana.gov/apps  
 
It is available on both Android and Apple platforms.
 
For more information, contact Steve Smith at ssmith@wlf.la.gov or 225-765-2359 or 318-487-5885 or David Hayden at dhayden@wlf.la.gov or 318-487-5885.
 

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