Fishing

August 2016 LA Wildlife and Fisheries Commission to Meet

Release Date: 08/01/2016

The next regular Commission Meeting will be held at 9:30 AM on Thursday, August 4, 2016, 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.     Approval of July 07, 2016 Commission Meeting Minutes

5.     Commission Special Announcements / Personal Privilege

6.     To hear Enforcement Reports July 2016

7.     Old Business         

8.     To recognize the National Archery in Schools Program National and World Champions

9.     To consider a Declaration of Emergency setting the 2016 Fall Inshore Shrimp Season

10.  To hear a presentation on Cervid Carcass Importation Ban Notice and summary of public comments received on the Cervid Carcass Importation Ban Notice of Intent

11.  To hear and consider suggestions for Public Hearing dates on Cervid Carcass Importation Ban

12.  Set December 2016 Meeting Date

13.  Receive Public Comments

14.  Adjournment 

A live audio/video stream of this meeting will be available via Gotowebinar.com. To
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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,
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Shrimp Season to Close August 1st in Mississippi Sound

Release Date: 07/28/2016

July 28, 2016 – Today, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced that the 2016 spring inshore shrimp season will close at 6 p.m. on Monday, August 1st, in the remainder of state inside waters except for the open waters of Breton and Chandeleur Sounds.  This action closes shrimping in the open waters of the Mississippi Sound.

Effective with this closure, all state inside waters will be closed to shrimping except for the open waters of Breton and Chandeleur Sounds as described by the double–rig line in R.S. 56:495.1(A)2.  All state outside waters seaward of the Inside/Outside shrimp line will remain open to shrimp harvesting 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 decision to close these waters was made to protect these developing shrimp and provide opportunity for growth to larger and more marketable sizes. The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission will meet on August 4th to consider opening dates for the fall inshore shrimp season.

For a map detailing areas that will remain open, click here:
 

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

LDWF Schedules Drawdown for Henderson Lake

Release Date: 07/28/2016

(July 28, 2016)  The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is working with St. Martin Parish Government, the town of Henderson, and the US Army Corp of Engineers to conduct a drawdown on Henderson Lake in St. Martin Parish.  Drawdown gates are scheduled for opening by the St. Martin Parish government during the first week of August, 2016.  Water levels will be lowered 2 to 4 inches per day to the desired level of 3 feet below normal pool stage.  The drawdown gates are scheduled for closure on November 1, 2016 to allow the lake to refill for winter and early-spring recreational activities.

The drawdown is part of an integrated management plan to control nuisance aquatic plants, primarily hydrilla, water hyacinth, and giant salvinia.  The drawdown will also improve sport fish habitat by drying and compacting bottom sediments, which allows for improved fish reproduction conditions.

The drawdown will expose shallow flats that are located throughout the lake to air and sunlight. These shallow areas are some of the most problematic locations for invasive aquatic plants. 

Although the lake will not be closed to fishing, caution is advised of boaters during the low water period as boat lanes will not provide normal clearance for underwater obstructions, in particular cypress stumps throughout the lake.

This action is a necessary component of LDWF’s integrated management plan to control overabundant aquatic vegetation growth and to improve the Henderson Lake sport fishery.   

The current LDWF Lake Henderson Management Plan can be viewed at:   http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/waterbody-management-plans-inland   

For additional information regarding the drawdown, contact Brac Salyers, LDWF Biologist Manager, at bsalyers@wlf.la.gov or (337) 373-0032. 

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.

 

False River Watershed Council Hosts Open House

Release Date: 07/27/2016

The False River Watershed Council invites you to an open house event to provide information and updates on the False River restoration project.
 
Who:  False River Watershed Council, including representatives from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Louisiana Department of Natural Resources, Pointe Coupee Parish Police Jury, local legislators, other state agencies and private citizens
 
What:  Open house meeting to discuss False River restoration project
 
When:  Tuesday, August 2, 2016, from 5 to 6:30 p.m.
 
Where:  Cottonport Community Center
                 208 East Main Street
                 New Roads, LA
 
Meeting topics include:

  •   Phase II – North Flat dredging project
  •   M1 and M2 project reports/updates
  •   2016-17 drawdown information
  •   Best management practices for riverbank stablilization and reduction of erosion on private property
  •   Creating habitat in the lake and around lakefront property

Gray Triggerfish State and Federal Fishing Season Will Remain Closed Through December 31, 2016

Release Date: 07/23/2016

July 23, 2016 – Today, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced the season for the recreational harvest of gray triggerfish will remain closed in Louisiana waters.  The recreational season was originally scheduled to re-open on August 1, after the June 1st – July 30th seasonal closure.

NOAA Fisheries has determined that the annual recreational catch target of 177,123 pounds has already been harvested, and the closure is necessary to prevent further harvest.  NOAA Fisheries announced that the Federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico, currently closed to recreational harvest of gray triggerfish, will not reopen on August 1as normally scheduled.

During the closure, recreational harvest or possession of gray triggerfish is prohibited in state and federal waters.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Charlie Melancon 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. 

Recreational Greater Amberjack State and Federal Fishing Season Will Remain Closed Through December 31, 2016

Release Date: 07/22/2016

July 22, 2016 – Today, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced that the recreational greater amberjack season will remain closed in Louisiana waters.  The recreational season was originally scheduled to re-open on August 1, after the June 1 - July 30 seasonal closure.

NOAA Fisheries has determined that the annual recreational catch target of 1,034,442 pounds has already been harvested, and the closure is necessary to prevent further harvest.  NOAA Fisheries has determined that the federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico will not reopen as scheduled on August 1. 

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 Charlie Melancon 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.  For press inquiries, contact Ashley Wethey at (225) 765-2396 or awethey@wlf.la.gov.

LDWF Delays Drawdown for Lake Bistineau

Release Date: 07/22/2016

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has delayed a drawdown of Lake Bistineau, originally scheduled for July 25 until Monday, August 15, 2016, to provide additional time for recreational use and removal of watercraft in advance of low water conditions. This drawdown delay will also allow the Department to evaluate the efficacy of such actions, which will inform future aquatic plant control decisions.

The annual drawdown is a necessary component of the department’s integrated lake management plan to control overabundant aquatic vegetation growth, particularly giant salvinia, and to improve the sport fishery.   Although there is a significant amount of giant salvinia in the lake, much of the lower portion of the lake remains accessible for fishing and other recreational activities.

The lake should dewater at a rate of 4 to 6 inches per day and will be lowered to a maximum drawdown level of 8 feet below normal pool stage. The Lake Bistineau control gates are scheduled for closure on November 30, 2016, to allow the lake to refill for winter and early-spring recreational activities.

During the drawdown, an estimated 10,000 acres of water will remain in the lake.  Boaters can access the lake 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. 

Drawdown recommendations are designed to optimize benefits to the aquatic ecosystem and balance the desires of multiple user groups that enjoy the lake for fishing, boating, duck hunting, water sports, and other activities.

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 drawdown, contact Jeff Sibley, LDWF Biologist Manager, at jsibley@wlf.la.gov or (318) 371-3066.  

Public/Private Oyster Grounds Committee to Meet July 26

Release Date: 07/21/2016

Public/Private Oyster Grounds Committee

Tuesday, July 26, 2016, 10:30 A.M.

UNO Advanced Technology Center

2021 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 210

New Orleans 70122

AGENDA

 

I.              Call to Order

II.             Discussion and Update on the 2016 Legislative Session

III.              Discussion of the Shrimping Industries’ Concerns of Oyster Lease Boundaries and Markers

IV.              Discussion of Dual Claimed Areas that Encompass Existing State Leases and Public Seed Grounds

V.             Public Comment

VI.          Set next meeting

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.

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.louisiana.gov, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb, or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

To sign up for LDWF commercial fishing alerts sent as text messages or as emails visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/signup.

For press inquiries please contact Rene LeBreton, 504-286-8745 or rlebreton@wlf.la.gov

 

 

 

LDWF Schedules Drawdown for Lake Bistineau

Release Date: 07/18/2016

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has scheduled a drawdown of Lake Bistineau (Webster, Bossier and Bienville parishes) for giant salvinia control, organic reduction and fish habitat improvement.  The drawdown is designed to reduce the further expansion of salvinia as summertime temperatures promote maximum growth.
 
The water control structure is scheduled to open on July 25, 2016, and the lake should dewater at a rate of 4 to 6 inches per day.  The water level will be lowered to a maximum drawdown level of 8 feet below normal pool stage.  The Lake Bistineau control gates are scheduled for closure on November 30, 2016, to allow the lake to refill for winter and early-spring recreational activities.
 
During the drawdown, an estimated 10,000 acres of water will remain in the lake.  Boaters can access the lake 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. 
 
This action 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.
 
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 drawdown, contact Jeff Sibley, LDWF Biologist Manager, at jsibley@wlf.la.gov or (318) 371-3066. 

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