Fishing

Introduce Your Family to the Fun of Fishing at LDWF’s Family Fish Fest in Lake Charles

Release Date: 04/10/2017

Introduce Your Family to the Fun of Fishing at LDWF’s Family Fish Fest in Lake Charles

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) invites you to join us at our next installment of our Family Fish Fest series on Saturday, April 29 at Calcasieu Point Landing in Lake Charles, La. Everyone is encouraged to attend for a day of fun, fishing, educational activities and the chance to win great prizes.
 
Competitive divisions include Little Angler (ages 8 and under), Junior Angler (ages 9-15) and Adult Angler (ages16 and older). There are competitive categories for both shore and boat anglers. All participants must supply their own fishing equipment and bait.  
 
Little Caesars will provide lunch while supplies last. In addition, each registered participant will automatically be entered for the chance to win great raffle prizes. Pre-registration and event information are available online at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/family-fish-fest. The first 100 youth registrants will receive a fishing goody bag.
   
This event is made possible by local sponsors including Coastal Conservation Association of Louisiana, Little Caesars, Coca Cola, Press Start, L’Auberge, Academy Sports and Outdoors, Club Tabby, Putt Putt Lake Charles, Petro Bowl, Cinemark, Once Upon a Child, Elliott’s Cajun Snowball, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Texas Coffee Co., Rotolo’s, Lake Charles Children’s Museum, Creole Nature Trail and the Adventure Center.
 
Participants 16 and older must possess a valid Louisiana fishing license. To purchase a fishing license online, visit https://www.la.wildlifelicense.com.
 
LDWF Family Fish Fest 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 Department and Commission in the challenge of conserving Louisiana’s wildlife and fish resources.
 
For more information, contact Danica Williams at dwilliams@wlf.la.gov or (504) 628-7282. 

LDWF Soliciting Red Snapper Public Comment

Release Date: 04/07/2017

 

As the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) and Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries continue to work towards a resolution regarding the management of red snapper, the LWFC invited representatives from the Louisiana commercial, charter and private sectors to their monthly meeting to provide input. Two representatives from each sector expressed their respective group’s concerns and comments on the topic.

The department urges Louisiana red snapper fishermen to voice their opinions and will continue to accept public comments on red snapper management via their website and email. Individuals interested in submitting a comment can visit the department’s homepage and navigate to the 'red snapper management' button, click here or email redsnapper@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.

 

Crab Task Force to Meet Tuesday April 11 at 1:00 p.m.

Release Date: 04/05/2017

Louisiana Crab Task Force Meeting

Pete Gerica, chairman

Tuesday, April 11, 2017, 1:00 p.m.

UNO Advanced Technology Center

2021 Lakeshore Dr., Room 210

New Orleans, Louisiana 70122

 

AGENDA

 

I.         Roll Call and Introduction of New Task Force Members and Guests

II.        Approval of February 7, 2017 Minutes and April 11, 2017 Agenda

III.       Financial Report

A.     Financial Disclosure Filing Reminder

         IV.         Old Business

A.  Update on the Derelict Crab Trap Removal Program- Jeff Marx

B.         Update on the Joint Task Force Working Group Meeting- Warren Delacroix

V.         New Business

A.     Discussion of Crab Trap Clean Up Boat Registration-Paul Alfonso

B.     Discussion of Task Force Name Tags/ Email Addresses-Paul Alfonso

C.     Discussion of  Crab Marketing Opportunites- Thomas Hymel

D.     Discussion of Imported Crab Tariffs- Eric Blanchard

E.     Officer Elections

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/6999010917597021697

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 rlebreton@wlf.la.gov at least 72 hours prior to the meeting date.

 

Shrimp Task Force to Meet April 12 at 10:00 a.m.

Release Date: 04/05/2017

Shrimp Task Force Meeting

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

Wednesday, April 12, 2017, 10:00 a.m.

Terrebonne Council Meeting Room

8026 Main Street, Houma, LA 70360

 

AGENDA

I.               Roll call and Introduction of Guests

II.             Approval of the February 8, 2017 Meeting Minutes and April 12, 2017 Agenda

III.           Treasury Report

A.     Budget Report- LDWF

B.     Financial Disclosure Filing Reminder

IV.            New Business

A.     To Hear a Presentation on the report “Building Land in Coastal Louisiana - Expert Recommendations for Operating a Successful Sediment Diversion that Balances Ecosystem and Community Needs”- Corey Miller

B.     To Hear a Presentation on the 2017 Spring Shrimp Season- Jeff Marx

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

D.     Update on the Inside/ Outside Shrimp Line- Jeff Marx

E.     Discussion of Shrimp Pre-season Ride-Alongs- Jeff Marx

F.     Discussion of Shrimp Management and Increasing the Value of Domestic Shrimp- Lance Nacio

G.     Update from the 2017 Shrimp Industry Washington Trip- Acy Cooper

H.    Officer Elections

V.              Public Comment

VI.            Set Quarterly Meetings

VII.          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/8779884403550075137

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 rlebreton@wlf.la.gov at least 72 hours prior to the meeting date.

     

April 2017 Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Committee Agenda

Release Date: 04/03/2017

The next regular Commission Meeting will be held at 1:30 PM on Thursday, April 6, 2017, at the Wildlife and Fisheries Headquarters Building located at 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA
 
The following items will be discussed:
 
1.     Call to Order
 
2.     Pledge of Allegiance
 
3.     Roll Call
 
4.     Adoption of March 02, 2017 Commission Meeting Minutes
 
5.     Commission Special Announcements / Personal Privilege
 
6.     Enforcement Reports March, 2017 – Captain Edward Skena
 
7.     Presentation of the 2016 Louisiana Wildlife Officer of the Year Award to Sergeant Scott Bullit – Mr. Chris Kinsey, Shikar Safari Club International
 
8.     Receive Legislative Update – Cole Garrett, Attorney / Legislative Liaison
 
9.     Consider a Notice of Intent to Amend the Experimental Fisheries Program – Cole Garrett, Attorney / Legislative Liaison
 
10.  Receive a Presentation on Local Game and Fish Preserves Governance and Authority – Daniel Henry, Jr., Deputy General Counsel
 
11.  Receive a Final Summary on Public Comments and Consider Formal Adoption of Amendments to previously approved Notice of Intent for the General and Wildlife Management Area Rules and Regulations for the 2017-2018 Season, the Resident Game Hunting Season for the 2017-2019 Hunting Seasons, the General and Wildlife Management Area Rules and Regulations for the Turkey Season, the Turkey Hunting Areas, and Seasons, and Bag Limits for the 2018 Turkey Season, and the Migratory Bird Seasons, Regulations, and Bag Limits for the 2017-2018 Hunting Season – Steve Smith, WMA Program Manager
 
12.  Consider Formal Adoption to previously approved Notice of Intent to Amend the General and Wildlife Management Area Rules and Regulations for the 2017-2018 Season, the Resident Game Hunting Season for the 2017-2019 Hunting Seasons, the General and Wildlife Management Area Rules and Regulations for the Turkey Season, the Turkey Hunting Areas, and Seasons, and Bag Limits for the 2018 Turkey Season, and the Migratory Bird Seasons, Regulations, and Bag Limits for the 2017-2018 Hunting Season – Steve Smith, WMA Program Manager
 
13.  Receive a Presentation on the LDWF Shrimp Management Program and Discuss the possibility of a Special Commission meeting in late April for the setting of the 2017 Spring Shrimp Season – Jeff Marx, Biologist and Shrimp Program Manage
 
14.  Receive input on Red Snapper Management from members of the Louisiana commercial, charter, and private recreational sectors
 
15.  Set July, 2017 and August, 2017 Commission Meeting Dates
 
16.  Receive Public Comments
 
17.  Adjournment
 
A live audio/video stream of this meeting will be available via Gotowebinar.com.  To attend this meeting via webinar visit: 

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8069688952446445314

 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

 

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 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. 

LDWF to Offer Expanded Licensing Services in South Louisiana

Release Date: 03/31/2017

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will offer new commercial fishing licenses and renewals and motorboat registrations from our Bourg location.

Bourg Office
468 Texas Gulf Rd.
Bourg, La.
April 11-13, 2017
8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Future locations coming soon.

Fishermen are reminded that only personal checks, cashier's checks, money orders and cash will be accepted at the Bourg office.  No credit cards will be accepted.  To avoid processing delays, those purchasing licenses are asked to bring their license renewal notices with them. 

First-time applicants can apply by mail or in-person.  Renewals can be completed online at www.wlf.la.gov .  When applying in person you must provide the following:

·      Resident applicants must provide proof of residency such as a Louisiana driver’s license the he has held continuously during 12 months immediately prior to the date on which he applies for any license, voter’s registration, vehicle registration and state income tax.

·      Non-residents applicants must provide proof of residency from their domiciliary state, such as driver's license, voter's registration, vehicle registration and state income tax     

·      Applicants applying for a license in a business name must provide documentation showing proof of valid federal tax ID# assigned to business name and proof of authorized signature, or an occupational license will be required.

For commercial licenses inquiries, contact (225) 765-2898.

LDWF to Hold Lake Bistineau Public Meeting

Release Date: 03/28/2017

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will conduct an informational meeting concerning Lake Bistineau.
 
Who: LDWF inland fisheries staff
 
What: Public information meeting on Lake Bistineau
 
When: Tuesday, April 11, 2017, at 6:30 p.m.
 
Where: Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Region 1 Office
             Jonathan Glasscock Memorial Classroom
             9961 Hwy. 80
             Minden, LA 71055
 
The meeting will include an update on the current status of the lake, and LDWF staff will field questions concerning the management of the lake and giant salvinia. Everyone interested in Lake Bistineau is encouraged to attend. 
 
Space is limited to 100 individuals, so please keep this in mind when making plans to attend.  
 
The current LDWF Lake Bistineau Management Plan can be viewed at: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/waterbody-management-plans-inland
 
For additional information regarding the meetings, contact Jeff Sibley, LDWF Biologist Manager, at jsibley@wlf.la.gov or (318) 371-3066.

Recreational Greater Amberjack Fishing Season Will Close March 30, 2017

Release Date: 03/27/2017

Today, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced that the recreational greater amberjack season will close in Louisiana waters on Thursday, March 30.

NOAA Fisheries has projected that the adjusted annual recreational catch limit of 335,741 pounds will be harvested, and the closure is necessary to prevent further harvest.  Previous annual catch limit overruns in 2016 led to a reduction in the 2017 recreational quota (1,255,600 pounds to 335,741 pounds).  Federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico are scheduled to reopen on January 1, 2018. 

During the closure, recreational harvest or possession of greater amberjack is prohibited in state and federal waters.  This closure is necessary to protect the greater amberjack resource. The greater amberjack population is considered overfished (the population is too low) and limiting harvest is necessary for the population to recover.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Jack Montoucet was authorized by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission in previously promulgated (LAC 76.VII.335.G.5) rules to change or modify the opening and closing dates for any recreational reef fish season in Louisiana waters when notified by NOAA Fisheries.  

For more information, contact Jason Adriance at (504) 284-2032 or jadriance @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.

Commercial and Crab Trap Closure to End March 22

Release Date: 03/16/2017

The 30-day closure of the blue crab commercial fishery and use of crab traps will end Tuesday, March 21 at 11:59 p.m. Commercial and recreational crabbers may return their crab traps to Louisiana state waters beginning 30 minutes before legal sunrise, as described in statue, on Wednesday, March 22. 
 
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries would like to remind commercial crabbers and recreational users of crab traps of the following regulations:
 
Effective January 1, 2017, and to extend through 2019:
 
The commercial harvest of immature female blue crabs is prohibited. There is an exception for immature female blue crabs held for processing as softshell crabs or being sold to a processor for the making of softshell crabs. Only crabs at the “white line” stage or later can be held for making of softshell crabs. Additionally, legally licensed commercial crab fishermen may have an incidental take of immature female crabs not to exceed two percent of the total number of crabs in possession. Crabs in a work box, used to sort or cull undersized and/or immature female crabs, are not subject to the restriction while held aboard an active fishing vessel.
 
An immature female crab, also known as a “maiden” or “V-bottom” crab, can be identified as having a triangular shaped apron on her abdomen. A mature female crab can be identified as having a dome shaped apron on her abdomen.
 
Effective November 15, 2017:
 
A minimum of three escape rings should be placed on the vertical, outside walls flush with the trap floor or baffle with at least two rings located in the upper chamber of each trap. The minimum size of rings should be 2 and 3/8 inches inside diameter. Any crab trap constructed of wire mesh 2 and 5/16 inches square or greater is exempt from escape ring requirements. The above escape ring requirements will be effective in Lake Pontchartrain on November 15 as well.

 

Louisiana Catch and Cook Program

Louisiana Catch and Cook Program

Nothing wraps up a long day on the water better than the smell of fish sizzling on the grill, but not all anglers prefer to cook their own catch. So, why not leave it to the professionals?

Welcome to the Louisiana Catch and Cook Program and Permit, a program that brings together the recreational sport fishing and restaurant industries to allow anglers the opportunity to enjoy dining on their catch-of-the-day, prepared by a professional chef, only hours after coming off the water.

One of the biggest barriers for those new to fishing or out-of-town anglers is what to do with their catch after a fishing trip. Permitted establishments can now prepare and serve fish caught by licensed fishermen.

Any retail food establishment wishing to participate in the program can apply to be issued a free permit by the department. Participating restaurants may charge the guest any amount they chose for preparing the item.

Please contact permitted restaurants well in advance of your scheduled fishing trip to make arrangements.

Participant Rules:

  1. Have the recreational angler who brings the fish in for preparation sign an assumption of risk form. The completed, dated and signed form should be maintained at the food establishment for a period of time no less than 90 days.
  2. The restaurant should provide the completed forms to state health officers upon request.
  3. The restaurant should receive only fish that have been cleaned, filleted, placed in clean, food-grade single-service packaging and properly refrigerated.
  4. The restaurant should inspect the fish for freshness and proper receiving temperature.
  5. The fish should be properly labeled with the date, time and name of the recreational angler.
  6. The restaurant should store, prepare and otherwise handle the fish separately from products being prepared for and served to the general public.
  7. The restaurant should store, prepare and others handle the fish in compliance with provisions of the state Sanitary Code.
  8. The restaurant should prepare and serve the fish to the recreational angler or any person in his party within four hours of the receipt of the fish.
  9. Containers, preparation tables, cutting boards, utensils and other food preparation equipment used to prepare and serve the fish should be properly cleaned and sanitized in accordance with provisions of the state Sanitary Code prior to use preparing foods to serve to the general public.
  10. The fish should be served directly to the recreational anglers or individuals in his party immediately upon the completion of cooking and should not be served to the general public.

Application and Resources are available at: http://catchandcook.wlf.la.gov


 

 

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