Fishing

LDWF Schedules Drawdown on Lake Martin for Aquatic Vegetation Control

Release Date: 08/01/2017

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has scheduled a drawdown for vegetation control on Lake Martin in St. Martin Parish. The drawdown is scheduled to begin after the Labor Day holiday on Tuesday, September 5, 2017.
 
The lake level will be lowered 2 to 3 feet below pool stage. This level is required to successfully dry out aquatic nuisance vegetation.  The lake is scheduled to return to pool stage by January 31, 2018, by pumping in water from Ruth Canal.  Filling the lake at this time will ensure adequate water levels for spring-time spawning.
 
This action is a necessary component of LDWF’s integrated management plan developed to control overabundant aquatic vegetation growth and to improve the Lake Martin sport fishery. It will also enhance the buttonbush and bald cypress forest regrowth in the bird rookery.  
 
While the drawdown may impact navigation in parts of the southern end of the lake for duck hunters in late fall and winter, it is anticipated that hunting and fishing on the majority of the lake will not be affected. The lake will not be closed to fishing during this time.
 
Other recent control efforts include regular herbicide applications for floating and emergent vegetation, and the release of 2,680 triploid grass carp in November 2015 to control the growth of submerged vegetation. Herbicide spraying will be conducted during the drawdown in accessible areas. 
 
For additional information regarding the drawdown, contact Jody David, LDWF Biologist Manager, at jdavid@wlf.la.gov or (337) 948-0255. 

LDWF Schedules Drawdown on False River

Release Date: 07/31/2017

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, in conjunction with the False River Watershed Council and Pointe Coupee Parish Police Jury, has scheduled a drawdown for False River on Tuesday, September 5, 2017, as a management tool to improve water quality, decrease sedimentation and improve sportfish habitat.
 
The lake will be lowered at a rate of 1.5 inches per day to a maximum of 6 feet below pool stage.
 
The drawdown structure is scheduled to close on January 15, 2018, and the lake will be allowed to refill.
 
Property owners should take necessary action to secure or remove vessels, floating docks and other items potentially impacted by the drawdown prior to its commencement.
 
The lake will remain open to fishing and other recreational use during the drawdown. However, caution is advised for boaters during the low water period, as boat lanes will not provide normal clearance of underwater structures.
 
For additional information regarding the drawdown, contact Brian Heimann, LDWF Biologist Manager, at bheimann@wlf.la.gov, or (225) 765-2337.

Red Snapper Season Continues as LDWF Monitors Landings

Release Date: 07/27/2017

Baton Rouge, LA – Louisiana anglers will be able to complete the month of July catching red snapper.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) catch estimates are still well below the harvest limit that would result in red snapper season being closed.

The latest catch statistics recorded by LDWF’s LA Creel, the state’s near real-time data collecting program, is 709,595 pounds. It covers the period through July 16. The last reported catch total was  655,603 pounds for the week ending July 9. 

The state’s self-imposed cutoff number is 1.04 million pounds for 2017. 

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission has ordered LDWF Secretary Jack Montoucet to end the red snapper season when it appears Louisiana’s harvest will meet the 1.04-million-pound limit. It is the goal of LDWF to be accountable for the state’s catch in order to improve its chances of receiving federal government permission allowing Louisiana to oversee its own red snapper season out 200 nautical miles from its coast.

The red snapper fishing season was extended 39 days as part of an agreement reached earlier this summer involving Louisiana, the four other Gulf states – Mississippi, Alabama, Texas and Florida - and the U.S. Department of Commerce. It allowed recreational anglers to fish out 200 miles from the Louisiana coast for red snapper for 39 days. Those dates included June 16-18, June 23-25, June 30-July 4, July 7-9, July 14-16, July 21-23, July 28-30, Aug. 4-6, Aug. 11-13, Aug 18-20, Aug. 25-27, and Sept. 1-4.

Any dates after this weekend will be cancelled immediately if the limit is reached before September 4.

Also under the agreement there would be no red snapper fishing in state waters – out nine miles from the Louisiana coast – on Mondays through Thursdays, except on July 3-4 and September 4. Anglers are limited to two fish, measuring at least 16 inches, per day.

*For more information on the 2017 red snapper landings estimates, visit:

http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/sites/default/files/pdf/page/41176-red-snapper-long-range-plan-facts/redsnapperwebsitedocument7-16-17-1.pdf

Louisiana Artificial Reef Council to Meet

Release Date: 07/26/2017

The Louisiana Artificial Reef Council will meet at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, August 29 in the Louisiana Room of the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries headquarters building, 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge.

Agenda:

I. Introduction and welcome
II. Approval of agenda
III. Approval of minutes
IV. Reef Program update - Mike McDonough
V. Presentation on the Artificial Reef Fund budget for FY 17-18*
VI. Evaluating alternative materials of opportunity (concrete culverts) - Craig Gothreaux
VII. Public comments
VIII. Other business
IX. Adjourn

*Action item for Council

Louisiana Oyster Task Force to Meet August 1

Release Date: 07/25/2017

Tuesday, August 1, 2017, 1:00 P.M.
UNO Advanced Technology Center
2021 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 210
New Orleans 70122
 
AGENDA
 
      I.         Roll call and introduction of guests
     II.         Approval of May 30, 2017 meeting minutes and August 1, 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.     To hear a presentation on the 2017 Oyster Stock Assessment and      
                          seaon reccomendations - Steve Beck
                 B.     Discussion of state cultch plants east of the River - Byron Encalade
                 C.     To consider a draft resolution for the state’s continued work on the Gulf 
                          hypoxia issue - Doug Daigle 
                 D.    Discussion of using hydrocoast maps for more successful fishing - John 
                         Lopez
                 E.     Discussion of buffer zones - Steve Voisin
                 F.     To consider funding and participation in the 2018 LA Alive and Acadiana 
                         events
  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/2667686072969500162
 
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. 

Louisiana Shrimp Task Force to Meet

Release Date: 07/21/2017

Wednesday, August 2, 2017, 10:00 a.m.

Terrebonne Council Meeting Room

8026 Main Street, Houma, LA 70360

 

The following is the agenda for the Louisiana Shrimp Task Force Meeting. The public is invited to attend.

 

AGENDA

I.             Roll call and Introduction of Guests

II.            Approval of the April 12, 2017, Meeting Minutes and the August 2, 2017, Agenda

III.           Treasury Report

A.     Budget Report- LDWF

IV.            Old Business

A.     Discussion of the White Shrimp “100 Count Law”- Jeff Marx

V.             New Business

A.     Update on the 2017 Fall Inshore Shrimp Season- Jeff Marx

B.     Discussion of Tow Time Enforcement- Acy Cooper

C.     Discussion of White Spot Disease- Acy Cooper

D.     Update on LA Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board Shrimp Industry Initiative Summary of Efforts- LSPMB Staff

VI.          Public Comment

VII.         Set Quarterly Meetings

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/8977246743102042370

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.

It’s official, red snapper anglers get another weekend

Release Date: 07/20/2017

(Baton Rouge, LA) – There’s more good news for red snapper fishermen in the state.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries estimates show that the season will be open through this weekend. So far, state anglers have not threatened the harvest limit that would trigger the closure of the red snapper season, according to LDWF.

The latest catch numbers recorded by LDWF’s LA Creel program, the states near real-time data collecting program, is about 655,603 pounds. Last week’s reported catch total was 539,154 pounds. The state’s self-imposed cutoff is 1.04 million pounds for 2017. The most recent estimates cover the period through July 9.

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission has ordered LDWF Secretary Jack Montoucet to close the red snapper season when it appears Louisiana’s catch will meet the 1.04-million-pound limit. It is the goal of LDWF to be accountable for the state’s catch in order to improve its chances of receiving federal government permission allowing Louisiana to oversee its own red snapper season out 200 miles from its coast.

The red snapper fishing season was extended 39 days as part of an agreement reached earlier this summer involving Louisiana, the four other Gulf states – Mississippi, Alabama, Texas and Florida - and the U.S. Department of Commerce. It allowed recreational anglers to fish out 200 miles from the Louisiana coast for red snapper for 39 days. Those dates include June 16-18, June 23-25, June 30-July 4, July 7-9, July 14-16, July 21-23, July 28-30, August 4-6, August 11-13, August 18-20, August 25-27, and September 1-4.

Any dates after this weekend will be canceled immediately if the pound limit is reached before September 4.

Also under the agreement, there would be no red snapper fishing in state waters – out nine miles from the Louisiana coast – on Mondays through Thursdays, except on July 3-4 and September 4. Anglers are limited to two fish, measuring at least 16 inches per day.

For more information on the 2017 red snapper landings estimates, go to: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/sites/default/files/pdf/page/41176-red-snapper-long-range-plan-facts/redsnapperwebsitedocument7-19-17-1.pdf

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 LDWF email alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

 

Louisiana Fisheries Forward Summit 2018 – Don’t Let it Catch You by Surprise

Release Date: 07/20/2017

Louisiana Fisheries Forward Summit 2018 – Don’t Let it Catch You by Surprise

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries together with their partners at Louisiana Sea Grant and LSU AgCenter are excited to announce the date has been set for the next Louisiana Fisheries Forward Summit for Tuesday, March 6, 2018, at the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner.
 
This free event is the Gulf South’s premier commercial fishing and seafood industry event, attracting hundreds of commercial fishermen, seafood dealers, processors and others.  This year’s summit will again be structured as an expo, with an open trade and ongoing demonstrations throughout the day. 
 
To facilitate planning and provide the best experience, the Seafood Summit and Expo will be held every other year. 
 
To participate in the expo as a vendor (free of charge), or for more information, visitwww.LaFisheriesForward.org/Summit.

LDWF Closes Fishing Pier at Lake Bistineau Spillway

Release Date: 07/18/2017

LDWF Closes Fishing Pier at Lake Bistineau Spillway

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has temporarily closed the fishing pier located at the Lake Bistineau spillway as a safety precaution following a recent inpsection. The pier, located in Bossier Parish, consists of a portion of the old Highway 154 bridge that was abandoned when the Officer Thomas LaValley Memorial Bridge was completed in 2002.  
  
The pier will remained closed until further notice. For more information regarding Lake Bistineau, please visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/lake-bistineau.
 
For additional information regarding the closing, contact Jeff Sibley, LDWF Biologist Manager, at jsibley@wlf.la.gov or (318) 371-3066.

Louisiana Shrimp Season to Close In Remaining Inside Waters on July 24

Release Date: 07/17/2017

Louisiana Shrimp Season to Close In Remaining Inside Waters on July 24

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced the 2017 spring inshore shrimp season will close on Monday, July 24 at 6 p.m. in Lake Pontchartrain, Chef Menteur and Rigolets passes, Lake Borgne, and the Louisiana portion of Mississippi Sound. With this action, all state inside waters will be closed with the exception of Breton and Chandeleur sounds.
 
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 closure will protect these developing shrimp and provide opportunity for growth to larger and more marketable sizes.
 
LDWF would also like to remind shrimpers there is a possession count on saltwater white shrimp of 100 count (whole shrimp per pound) taken in either inside or outside (offshore) waters of Louisiana. This size restriction applies to the taking or possession of such shrimp aboard a vessel, EXCEPT from Oct. 15 through the third Monday in December, when there is no possession count on saltwater white shrimp. 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 can be closed by the Secretary of the Department.

For more information, contact Jeff Marx at (337) 373-0032 or jmarx@wlf.la.gov.

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