Fishing

Agents Cite Three Men for Possessing 189 Speckled Trout Over the Limit

Release Date: 09/26/2017

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited three men for alleged recreational fishing violations on Sept. 24 in Lafourche Parish.

Agents cited Alec Galliano, 30, of Galliano, Winston Hohensee, 76, of Larose, and Bo Boura, 31, of Galliano, for over the limit of speckled trout and possessing fish that weren’t kept intact while on the water.  Galliano was also cited for not possessing basic and saltwater fishing licenses.

Agents were on patrol in Tidewater Canal near Leeville when they stopped a vessel with the three men on board to perform a creel and license check.  Agents noticed a handful of ice chests in the boat and found bags full of filleted fish inside.

Agents found a total of 478 filets of speckled trout, which put the men in possession of 239 speckled trout.  Since there were only two licensed fishermen on the vessel, the men were only allowed to possess up to 50 speckled trout while on the water.  It is also a violation to possess speckled trout that are not kept intact while on the water.

Agents seized the fish and donated them to a local charity.

Failing to keep speckled trout intact while on the water brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Possessing 50 or more speckled trout over the limit carries a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Failing to possess a basic and saltwater license each brings up to a $50 fine and 15 days in jail.

The men may also face civil restitution for the illegally possessed fish totaling up to $7,000.

Agents participating in the case are Lt. Joseph Arnaud and Senior Agent Richard Bean.

LDWF Announces Public Meeting to Discuss Bass Regulation Change on Caney Creek Reservoir

Release Date: 09/19/2017

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will hold a public meeting regarding the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission’s recent Notice of Intent (NOI) to remove the protective slot limit regulation for black bass on Caney Creek Reservoir in Jackson Parish. Results from the recent stock assessment study on the bass population in Caney will be discussed, and anglers will have the opportunity to provide written public comment on the proposed change.

Who:  LDWF Inland Fisheries staff
 
What:  Public meeting on Caney Creek Reservoir
 
When:  Monday, September 25, 2017, at 7 p.m.
 
Where:    Jimmie Davis State Park Conference Center
                1209 State Park Rd.
                Chatham, LA 71226
 
The current LDWF Caney Creek Reservoir Management Plan can be viewed at: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/waterbody-management-plans-inland.
 
The largemouth bass stock assessment report for Caney Creek Reservoir is available here: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/sites/default/files/pdf/document/41525-caney-creek-reservoir/caney_lmb_project_abbreviated_version.pdf.
 
The meeting is open to the public, and all persons interested in the conservation and management of the fisheries resources in Caney Creek Reservoir are encouraged to attend.
 
For additional information regarding the meeting, contact Jeff Sibley, LDWF Biologist Manager, at jsibley@wlf.la.gov or (318) 371-3066. Comments regarding the NOI may be submitted via email or in writing and mailed to 9961 Hwy. 80 Minden, LA 71055 prior to November 20, 2017.

 

LDWF to Celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day on Saturday, September 23

Release Date: 09/15/2017

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will host National Hunting and Fishing Day (NHFD) events on Saturday, Sept. 23 in four locations throughout the state including Baton Rouge, Haughton, Woodworth and West Monroe.  
 
All four of the events are free, and the number and types of exhibits vary depending on the location. All events will feature exhibits on LDWF management programs, Ducks Unlimited, Safari Club, Coastal Conservation Association of Louisiana and supporting businesses from the local communities. Attendees will have a chance to try their skills at shooting, fishing and boating, as well as learn about wildlife with live animals.
 
Details for the four events are as follows:
 
Waddill Wildlife Refuge
4142 North Flannery Road
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70814
8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
(225) 765-2927
 
The department will stock adult-sized channel catfish in the lake prior to the event, and anglers are urged to bring their own rod, reel and ice chest to keep their catch. Limited bait will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
 
Bodcau Wildlife Management Area Shooting Range
168 Ben Durden Rd.
Haughton, Louisiana 71037
(318) 371-3050
 
Woodworth
LDWF Outdoor Education Center Shooting Range
661 Robinson Bridge Road
Woodworth, Louisiana 71485
8 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
(318) 484-2276
 
Ouachita Parish Rifle Range
357 Sheriff Fewell Road
West Monroe, Louisiana 71292
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
(318) 343-4044
 
NHFD is a national event celebrated in all 50 states on the fourth Saturday in September. It was created in 1972 when Congress passed two bills establishing a specific day to celebrate the conservation contributions of the nation’s hunters and anglers. Over forty years later, the events are still going strong.
 
LDWF introduced its first NHFD event in 1982 at the Monroe district office. In the following years, three more locations were added in Baton Rouge, Minden and Woodworth.  Today, more than 10,000 people statewide attend the celebrations, making NHFD the biggest public event for the department.
 
The department would like to thank the following sponsors for their generous support: Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation, CCA Louisiana, Coca-Cola Baton Rouge, Associated Grocers of Baton Rouge, Louisiana Fish Fry, Armstrong's Cricket Farm, CenturyLink, Ryan Auto Group, ENTERGY, Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office, Hixson Ford of Alexandria, WoodmenLife, Doggett Equipment Services, Burger King, Sayes Office Supply, Van Mol Tire and Equipment, Louisiana Wildlife Agents Association and many other local business who made in-kind and monetary donations to help make these events a continued success.
 
 
For more additional event information, visit: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/nhfd2017.

Get Out and Fish! launches new community fishing site in Ragley, LA

Release Date: 09/14/2017

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and South Beauregard Recreation District invite you to join them for an event on Saturday, October 21st at Purple Heart Memorial Park pond in Ragley, LA (intersection of Hwy 171 and Hwy 190). Prior to the event, the pond will be stocked with 800 pounds of adult channel catfish. In addition, there will be numerous fishing activities for the entire family including a mobile touch tank, a casting inflatable, and a chance to meet Robbie the Redfish. 

Event Schedule:

Registration:                         7:00 am – 10:00 am

Fishing/Weigh – In:              7:00 am – 11:00 am

Activities:                             9:00 am – 11:30 am

Lunch:                                 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Awards Ceremony:              11:30 am

Fishing competition categories include heaviest catfish and heaviest “other” fish.  Age divisions include Little Angler (ages 8 and under), Junior Angler (ages 9-15) and Adult Angler (ages 16 and older). You can pre-register for this event at www.wlf.la.gov/get-out-and-fish-1.

The event is free, and the first 100 youth registrants (age 15 and under) in attendance will receive a goody bag.  In addition, every participant will be entered into a raffle drawing to win prizes. Lunch will be provided by the South Beauregard Recreation District while supplies last.

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://www.la.wildlifelicense.com. Don’t forget to bring your own gear, bait and tackle, and an ice chest to keep your fish.

The Get Out and Fish! Program seeks to increase the number of people with access to quality fishing. The program intends to recruit new anglers to the sport of fishing and promote outdoor activities for future generations.

This event 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.

The 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/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

For more information on Get Out and Fish! Program, contact Megan MacMenamin at mmacmenamin@wlf.la.gov or (225) 765-2375.  

DOTD Announces Drawdown on Vernon Lake

Release Date: 09/13/2017

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development announced the drawdown of Vernon Lake in Vernon Parish to evaluate the condition of the dam following heavy rains associated with Hurricane Harvey.
 
In order to adequately assess the complete extent of the damage to the dam, the lake will need to be significantly lowered below pool stage. The extent and duration of the drawdown are not known at this time. Additional information will be provided as it becomes available.
 
Anacoco Lake, located downstream of Vernon Lake, is near pool stage. The intent is to maintain Anacoco Lake near pool stage while Vernon Lake is under the drawdown.
 
For more information regarding the drawdown, contact Brad Sticker at (318) 561-5280 or Jonathan Lachney at (318) 561-5103.

LWF Commission Sets 2017-2018 Louisiana Oyster Season

Release Date: 09/07/2017

LWF Commission Sets 2017-2018 Louisiana Oyster Season
LWF Commission Sets 2017-2018 Louisiana Oyster Season
LWF Commission Sets 2017-2018 Louisiana Oyster Season

Today, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission set the 2017-2018 oyster season based on the annual oyster stock assessment provided by Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries biologists and comments received from members of the public, including the oyster industry.
 
The following dates were set for the upcoming oyster season:

  • Wednesday, November 1, 2017 – Calcasieu Lake: West Cove only
     
  • Monday, November 13, 2017 - all Public Oyster Seed Grounds east of the Mississippi River, north of the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet (DHH Shellfish Harvest Areas 1-4), Bay Long/American Bay sacking-only area, Sister Lake, and the Vermilion/East and West Cote Blanche Bay/Atchafalaya Bay Public Oyster Seed Grounds will open at one half-hour before sunrise
     
  • Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - the following areas will close to seed harvest on November 13 but remain open as sacking-only areas: all Public Oyster Seed Grounds east of the Mississippi River, north of the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet (DHH areas 1-4) and Sister Lake 

During the 2017-2018 open oyster season, the following provisions will be in effect:
 
1.    Any vessel from which any person(s) takes or attempts to take oysters from the      public oyster seed grounds and reservations described above shall:
 
a.     Be limited to a daily take and possession limit not to exceed 50 sacks of oysters per vessel, except for in the Sister Lake Public Oyster Seed Reservation where the limit shall not exceed 35 sacks per vessel, and except for in the West Cove portion of Calcasieu Lake where the limit shall not exceed 7 sacks per person per vessel per day. A sack of oysters for the purposes of this declaration of emergency shall be defined as the size described in R.S. 56:440. If sacks smaller than the size described in R.S. 56:440 are used, the daily harvest and possession limit shall be based on the number of sacks harvested. The daily take and possession limit will not apply to vessels harvesting seed oysters for bedding purposes. The possession limit will not apply to vessels operating under a valid Oyster Cargo Vessel Permit, and these vessels cannot harvest oysters.
b.     Be limited to either harvesting market oysters for direct sale (sacking) or harvesting seed oysters for bedding purposes on any one day and is specifically prohibited from doing both.
 
2.    If any person on a vessel takes or attempts to take oysters from the Public Oyster Seed Grounds, Reservations, or areas described above, all oysters contained on that vessel will be deemed to have been taken from said seed ground, reservation, or area from the time harvest begins until all oysters are offloaded dockside.
 
3.    Prior to leaving Public Seed Grounds or Reservations with oysters harvested from said seed ground or reservation for market purposes: all oysters must be sacked, the number of sacks shall be recorded in a log book, and each sack shall be properly tagged.
 
4.    All vessels located in Public Seed Grounds or Reservations during those times between one half-hour after sunset and one half-hour before sunrise must have all oyster scrapers unshackled.
 
5.    In Calcasieu Lake, oyster scrapers are prohibited on vessels actively harvesting oysters.
 
The following areas will remain closed for the entire 2017-18 oyster season:

  • the area east of the Mississippi River as described in LAC 76:VII:511, south of the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet (DHH Shellfish Harvest Areas 5,6,7,8), excluding the American Bay area defined above;
     
  • the Bay Gardene, Hackberry Bay, and Bay Junop Public Oyster Public Oyster Seed Reservations as described in R.S. 56:434;
     
  • the Little Lake Public Oyster Seed Grounds as described in LAC 76:VII:521;
     
  • the Barataria Bay, Deep Lake, Lake Chien, Lake Felicity, Lake Tambour, and Lake Mechant Public Oyster Seed Grounds as described in LAC 76:VII:517;
     
  • the east side of the Calcasieu Lake Public Oyster Area;
     
  • the Sabine Lake Public Oyster Area as described in R.S. 56:435.1. 

Closure dates, adjustments in sack limits and/or sacking-only areas will be determined by LDWF Secretary Jack Montoucet on an “as needed” basis, based on biological and harvest data, or if enforcement issues are encountered. The Secretary is also authorized by the Commission to take emergency action to reopen areas previously closed if the threat to the resource has ended and to open public 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 and Hospitals for public health concerns.
 

Oyster Task Force Public-Private Oyster Grounds Committee to Meet

Release Date: 09/01/2017

Oyster Task Force Public-Private Oyster Grounds Committee

Tuesday, September 5, 2017, 9:30 A.M.

UNO Advanced Technology Center

2021 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 210

New Orleans 70122

 

 

AGENDA
I.              Call to Order
II.             To Receive an Updated Draft NOI with Proposed Changes
III.            Discussion of Stock Assessment and Season Recommendation  
(Habitat Suitability Index)
IV.            Discussion of the Shell Budget
V.             Discussion of Tagging Regulations for Mini-Sacks
VI.            Public Comment
VII.           Set next meeting
VIII.          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/4948304087345110785

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 to Meet September 5

Release Date: 09/01/2017

Louisiana Oyster Task Force Meeting

John Tesvich, Chairman

Tuesday, September 5, 2017, 1 p.m.

2021 Lakeshore Dr., STE 210

New Orleans, LA 70122

 

I.Roll call and introduction of guests

II.Approval of August 1, 2017 Meeting Minutes and September 5, 2017 Agenda

III.Treasury Report

A.      Oyster Tag Sales

B.      LOTF Financial Report

IV.Committee Reports

A.      Public and Private Oyster Grounds Committee  (Mitch Jurisich)

B.      Enforcement (Captain Chad Hebert)

C.      Legislative (Jakov Jurisic)

D.     Research (Earl Melancon)

E.      Coastal Restoration (Dan Coulon)

F.      Marketing (LDWF)

G.      Health (Lance Broussard)

H.     Sustainability (LDWF)

I.        Professionalism (LDWF)

J.      Aquaculture (John Supan)

                     K.      Joint Task Force Working Group (Mitch Jurisich)

V.New Business

A.     Consideration of a State-Wide (Public/ Private Leases) 3-Inch Minimum Size Limit on Market Oysters- Steve Beck

B.     To Consider a Draft Resolution for the State’s Continued Work on the Gulf Hypoxia Issue- OTF

C.     Discussion of Tagging Regulations for Mini-Sacks- Brad Robin

D.    To Hear a Presentation on Oyster Import Data- Jack Isaacs

E.     To Hear an Update on the Summer 2016 Oyster Die-Off - Steve Beck

F.     To Hear an Update on the Assessment of Oyster Loss on Public Reefs East of the MS River – Steve Beck

G.     To consider funding and Participation in the 2018 LA Alive & Acadiana Events- OTF

VI.Public Comment

VII.Set Next Meeting

VIII.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/6279452028767510017

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.

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