Fishing

Louisiana Red Snapper Landing Estimates Through July 7

Release Date: 07/19/2019

Baton Rouge, La. -- The latest catch statistics recorded by LA Creel, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries' (LDWF) near real-time data collection program, is 466,001 pounds, or 57 percent of Louisiana’s allocation. This estimate covers the period through July 7. 

The season will remain open until recreational landings approach or reach Louisiana’s annual private recreational allocation of 816,439 pounds of red snapper approved under the Exempted Fishing Permit, according to landings estimates from LA Creel. The EFP allows the state to manage the private recreational red snapper fishery in both state and federal waters.  

The private recreational red snapper season began May 24 in both state and federal waters. This season will run weekends only (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, including the Monday of Memorial Day and Thursday of Fourth of July) with a daily bag limit of two fish per person and a 16-inch total length minimum size limit.

Louisiana is operating under its second year of an EFP which allows the state to manage the private recreational red snapper season in state and federal waters. 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, during the season set by the LDWF Secretary or Commission. NOAA Fisheries continues to regulate federal for-hire vessels (charter and headboats). State charter captains (those who do not have a federal Gulf of Mexico charter permit for reef fish) may only fish for red snapper in state waters when the state recreational red snapper season is open.  
   
For more information on the 2019 red snapper season and detailed landing estimates,visit:   http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/red-snapper.

The department urges anglers’ voluntary participation in its electronic reporting program to improve recreational harvest data collection. To learn how to participate in voluntarily reporting your catch, please reference the appropriate link below, depending on the make of your cellular device.

ROLP mobile app (Android phone)
ROLP mobile app (iPhone)

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.

Aquatic Volunteer Instructor Training to be Held August 7 in Baton Rouge

Release Date: 07/18/2019

Aquatic Volunteer Instructor Training to be Held August 7 in Baton Rouge

This August, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), in partnership with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation, will be hosting their last scheduled free* Aquatic Volunteer Instructor workshop for 2019 in Baton Rouge. It will be held on Wednesday, August 7th, from 8:30 to 4:30 at LDWF’s Waddill Wildlife Refuge and is open to all. 

Through LDWF’s Aquatic Volunteer Instructor Program (Aquatic VIP), volunteers will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to teach today’s youth about fishing and other fishing related topics. This program is a perfect opportunity for teachers, Scout leaders, homeschoolers, and anyone who is passionate about fishing and the outdoors!

At this hands-on workshop led by LDWF biologists, you’ll receive the training necessary to become a volunteer instructor, a vital ally in LDWF’s efforts to increase fishing participation and wise utilization of natural resources across Louisiana. Topics and activities include knot tying, casting skills, basic fishing techniques, fish identification, fisheries management, and more. All attendees will be provided with lesson plans and activity guides for grades K-12, as well as additional educational materials.

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 run one, then this is your solution! We can provide fishing rods with basic tackle, a knot tying kit, art and crafts activities, and more.

To find out more information or to sign up online, please visit: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/ldwf-volunteer-programs. If you cannot make it to this workshop but have a group of people interested in taking this training together, then we can come to your area and set-up a private workshop. For any questions about the Aquatic Volunteer Instructor Program or to set-up your private workshop, contact Alayna Ader at (504)286-4050 or at amcgarry@wlf.la.gov.

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

The Fisheries Extension Outreach Program fosters responsible, licensed anglers by organizing community fishing events and developing opportunities for anglers to participate in the conservation of Louisiana’s aquatic resources. The program promotes awareness of the Sport Fish Restoration Program, which utilizes angler support to help ensure the future of recreational fishing in Louisiana for generations to come.

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.

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation (LWFF) also supports this program. 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 Reopens Elmer’s Island after Hurricane Barry

Release Date: 07/16/2019

LDWF has reopened Elmer’s Island today, the effects of Hurricane Barry have passed and is safe for visitors.
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 for Lake Bistineau

Release Date: 07/11/2019

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has scheduled a drawdown of Lake Bistineau in Webster, Bossier, and Bienville parishes for the purpose of reducing further expansion of giant salvinia. The drawdown will additionally benefit fisheries production by improving aquatic habitat and reducing the amount of organic matter on the lake bottom.
 
LDWF has requested the Department of Transportation and Development open the water control structure on July 22. Once the water control structure is open, the lake should dewater at a rate of 4 to 6 inches per day until it reaches a potential maximum drawdown level of 8 feet below pool stage. This dewater rate could be impacted, however, by local rainfall in the surrounding watershed. During the drawdown, the department will monitor aquatic habitat conditions to determine the best time to conclude the drawdown and allow the lake to refill for early spring recreational activities.
 
The public is reminded to be aware that the department will be installing floating boom during the drawdown for experimental purposes. The boom is intended to collect floating aquatic vegetation to allow for more effective herbicide spraying. The boom is highly visible and will be marked to indicate areas for easy boat passage.    
 
LDWF’s Lake Bistineau Waterbody Management Plan is designed to provide as much use of the lake as possible prior to water levels dropping. However, during the summer, salvinia growth is at its peak. Due to the lake’s large watershed and giant salvinia’s rapid growth capability, the likelihood of a drawdown being effective for the management of salvinia is reduced with a later start date.
 
During the drawdown, an estimated 10,000 acres of water will remain in the lake. Boaters can still access the lake during the drawdown from the following public boat launches: Port of Bistineau Launch, Bossier Public Launch, Grice’s, and Bayou Dorcheat Public Launch. Boaters are advised to use caution during the low water period, as boat lanes will not provide normal clearance of underwater obstructions.   
 
The drawdown is a necessary component of LDWF’s integrated management plan to control overabundant aquatic vegetation growth and to improve the Lake Bistineau sport fishery. An annual cycle of high and low water fluctuation can provide beneficial effects similar to a natural overflow lake system. Herbicide applications will continue during the drawdown period.
 
To assist the department with control efforts, click here to report sightings of invasive aquatic plants on the lake.
 
For additional information regarding the drawdown, contact Jeff Sibley, LDWF Biologist Manager, at jsibley@wlf.la.gov or 318- 371-3066.

Louisiana Red Snapper Landing Estimates Through June 30

Release Date: 07/11/2019

The latest catch statistics recorded by LA Creel, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries' (LDWF) near real-time data collection program, is 348,331 pounds, or 43 percent of Louisiana’s allocation. This estimate covers the period through June 30. 

The season will remain open until recreational landings approach or reach Louisiana’s annual private recreational allocation of 816,439 pounds of red snapper approved under the EFP according to landings estimates from LA Creel.

The private recreational red snapper season began May 24 in both state and federal waters. This season will run weekends only (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, including the Monday of Memorial Day and Thursday of Fourth of July) with a daily bag limit of two fish per person and a 16-inch total length minimum size limit.

Louisiana is operating under its second year of an EFP which allows the state to manage the private recreational red snapper season in state and federal waters. 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, during the season set by the LDWF Secretary or Commission. NOAA Fisheries continues to regulate federal for-hire vessels (charter and headboats). State charter captains (those who do not have a federal Gulf of Mexico charter permit for reef fish) may only fish for red snapper in state waters when the state recreational red snapper season is open. 
  
For more information on the 2019 red snapper season and detailed landing estimates,  visit:  http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/red-snapper.

The department urges anglers’ voluntary participation in its electronic reporting program to improve recreational harvest data collection. To learn how to participate in voluntarily reporting your catch, please reference the appropriate link below, depending on the make of your cellular device.

ROLP mobile app (Android phone) 
ROLP mobile app (iPhone)

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 to close Elmer’s Island due to tropical system on Thursday, July 11 at 9 a.m.

Release Date: 07/10/2019

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will temporarily close Elmer's Island beginning on Thursday, July 11 at 9 a.m., due to the anticipated impacts of the tropical system in the Gulf of Mexico. As a precautionary and preparedness measure Elmer's Island will remain closed until further notice.

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 Red Snapper Landing Estimates Through June 23

Release Date: 07/05/2019

BATON ROUGE, La. -- The latest catch statistics recorded by LA Creel, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries' (LDWF) near real-time data collection program, is 304,555 pounds, or 38 percent of Louisiana’s allocation. This estimate covers the period through June 23. 

The season will remain open until recreational landings approach or reach Louisiana’s annual private recreational allocation of 816,439 pounds of red snapper approved under the EFP according to landings estimates from LA Creel.

The private recreational red snapper season began May 24 in both state and federal waters. This season will run weekends only (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, including the Monday of Memorial Day and Thursday of Fourth of July) with a daily bag limit of two fish per person and a 16-inch total length minimum size limit.

Louisiana is operating under its second year of an EFP which allows the state to manage the private recreational red snapper season in state and federal waters. 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, during the season set by the LDWF Secretary or Commission. NOAA Fisheries continues to regulate federal for-hire vessels (charter and headboats). State charter captains (those who do not have a federal Gulf of Mexico charter permit for reef fish) may only fish for red snapper in state waters when the state recreational red snapper season is open.  
   
For more information on the 2019 red snapper season and detailed landing estimates,  visit:   http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/red-snapper .

The department urges anglers’ voluntary participation in its electronic reporting program to improve recreational harvest data collection. To learn how to participate in voluntarily reporting your catch, please reference the appropriate link below, depending on the make of your cellular device.

ROLP mobile app (Android phone)  
ROLP mobile app (iPhone)

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 http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup .

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.

LDWF: All segments of fishing community that show impacts are covered by Governor’s fishery disaster declaration request

Release Date: 07/03/2019

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) continues to measure the impacts  that the historic flooding event has had on the state’s crucial aquatic life.

Last month, Gov. John Bel Edwards’ requested a federal fisheries disaster declaration which could provide financial assistance to any segment of Louisiana’s fishing industry impacted and can document a proven financial loss.

“Let’s be clear. The request will be for all fisheries, all sectors of those fisheries, all basins along our coast that are experiencing the impacts and where impacts can be documented according to federal thresholds”, said Patrick Banks, LDWF’s assistant secretary for fisheries.

The governor’s letter, Banks said, was a critical first step in the fisheries disaster process. “It simply gave a heads up to the federal government that we have a problem here in Louisiana and, although it mentioned examples, it was meant to be general in nature and it will include all fisheries, all fishing sectors, and all areas of our coast as long as the data support that declaration.”

The impact analysis, in cooperation with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA), will take months to complete. LDWF emphasizes that the flooding event is ongoing and that damages will likely continue to mount. LDWF cautions against any premature assessment.

LDWF has already documented losses to oysters, crabs, shrimp, fish and finfish over the past several months. (Preliminary sampling results as of June 28, 2019, are available here.)

However, there are variables that could affect the timing of federal monetary assistance.

“Certainly, we welcome the help of local parish governments to request that federal fisheries disaster declaration and to request Congress to appropriate funding to help our fishermen rebound from this,” Banks said.  “But, ultimately the timing is up to the United State Congress to appropriate that money.”

To that end, Congress could decide at any moment, even before an official application is made, provide some financial assistance to those affected. “I’m sure Secretary (Jack) Montoucet at his agency and Gov. Edwards would absolutely support that,” Banks said.

LDWF will continue to collect the data and once completed, it will be submitted to NOAA for its inspection.

An interview with Assistant Secretary Patrick Banks and b-roll footage is available for use by media outlets here: https://ldwf.canto.com/v/2019FisheriesFloodImpacts

 

 

 

 

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