Fishing

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.

Red Snapper season to remain open this weekend, maybe longer

Release Date: 07/13/2017

Baton Rouge, LA – Louisiana anglers can breathe a sigh of relief for now. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will not close the red snapper season as some had feared. In fact, there is a chance that the season will last until Sept. 4, the official closure date.

According to estimates from LDWF’s LA Creel, the states near real-time data program, if anglers continue to catch red snapper at the current rate, the season may last through Labor Day.

“The current harvest rates are certainly lower than we were expecting, so we are able to keep the season open at this time,” said Assistant Secretary for Fisheries Patrick Banks. However, he said, it is very unlikely the current average weekly catch of 66,000 will hold.

Louisiana has a self-imposed limit of approximately 15 percent of the total Gulf of Mexico catch. The self-imposed limit equals about 1.04 million pounds of red snapper for 2017.

According to the latest LA Creel estimated harvest rate Louisiana anglers would only catch 902,616 pounds of red snapper by Sept. 4. 

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 exceed the 1.04-million-pound limit. It is the goal of LDWF to manage the state’s catch responsibly in order to improve its chances of the federal government allowing Louisiana to oversee its own red snapper season out 200 miles from its coast.

Louisiana is part of an agreement reached earlier this summer with four other Gulf states and the U.S. Department of Commerce that allow recreational anglers to fish out 200 miles from the Louisiana coast for red snapper for 39 days. The altered season opened June 16-18 continued on June 23-25, June 30-July 4, July 7-9 and will continue 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.

Under the agreement that includes Louisiana, Texas, Alabama, Mississippi and Florida, 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 Sept. 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/redsnapperharvestupdateforwebsite-071317.pdf

 

Louisiana Shrimp Season to Close July 14 in the Majority of Inside Waters

Release Date: 07/10/2017

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced the 2017 spring inshore shrimp season will close at 6 p.m. on Friday, July 14 from the Louisiana/Mississippi state line westward to the eastern shore of the Mississippi River and from Freshwater Bayou canal westward to the Louisiana/Texas state line except for the following waters: Lake Pontchartrain, Chef Menteur and Rigolets Passes, Lake Borgne, the Louisiana portion of Mississippi Sound, and the open waters of Breton and Chandeleur Sounds.

For a map detailing these closures please click here.

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 decision to close these waters was made to protect these developing shrimp and provide opportunity for growth to larger and more marketable sizes. The areas that remain open will continue to be monitored and will close when the presence of smaller white shrimp make it biologically inappropriate to remain open.  

LDWF would also like to remind shrimpers there is a possession count on saltwater white shrimp taken in either inside or outside (offshore) waters of Louisiana of 100 count (whole shrimp per pound). 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 taken or possessed. 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 .

July 2017 Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Meeting Agenda

Release Date: 07/03/2017

The next regular Commission Meeting will be held at 9:30 AM on Thursday, July 6, 2017, at the Wildlife and Fisheries Headquarters Building located at 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA

 

AGENDA

1.     Call to Order

2.     Pledge of Allegiance

3.     Roll Call

4.     Adoption of June 08, 2017 Commission Meeting Minutes and June 12, 2017 Special Commission Meeting Minutes

5.     Commission Special Announcements / Personal Privilege

6.     Enforcement Report June, 2017 – Captain Edward Skena

7.     Presentation of Mississippi Flyway Council Waterfowl Enforcement Officer of the Year Award – Captain Edward Skena

8.     Receive LDWF’s response to the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority’s 2017 Master Plan – Todd Baker, Wildlife Management Division, and Harry Blanchet, Fisheries Management Division

9.     Presentation of update on the white-fronted goose research project: progress and plans for 2017-18 field season – Paul Link, LDWF NAWMP Coordinator

10.  Progress report on cooperative breeding habitat work in Saskatchewan and an update on current breeding habitat conditions in prairie Canada – Dave Kostersky, Ducks Unlimited Canada

11.  Presentation on proposed Sterlet Sturgeon operation – Johnny Ledet, Warbucks International Seafood

12.  Consider a Notice of Intent to Modify the Recreational Bag Limit and Set the Opening Date of the Commercial Season for King Mackerel – Jason Adriance, Biologist

13.  Presentation on La Creel and red snapper harvest estimates – Jason Adriance, Biologist

14.  Receive update on Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council’s June Meeting – Myron Fischer, Biologist

15.  Receive a presentation on the background of the Bohemia Salinity Control Structure – Patrick Banks, Assistant Secretary, Office of Fisheries

16.  Set time and location for August, 2017 Commission Meeting

17.  Set November, 2017 Commission Meeting Date

18.  Receive Public Comments

19.  Adjournment 

 

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Volunteer Participation Drives Successful Weevil Distribution Event on Lake Bistineau

Release Date: 06/29/2017

Volunteer Participation Drives Successful Weevil Distribution Event on Lake Bistineau
Volunteer Participation Drives Successful Weevil Distribution Event on Lake Bistineau
Volunteer Participation Drives Successful Weevil Distribution Event on Lake Bistineau
Volunteer Participation Drives Successful Weevil Distribution Event on Lake Bistineau

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries joined efforts with Lake Bistineau property owners and other concerned citizens this past Saturday to distribute over 110,000 giant salvinia weevils throughout the lake to help combat the growth of the invasive plant.  Distribution efforts targeted isolated areas of the lake that do not dewater and are disconnected from the main lake.
 
Sixty seven area residents volunteered by distributing weevil and larvae-infested plant material in areas near their property that hold water during lake drawdowns. Through volunteer labor alone, 102,000 adult weevils were stocked into the lake. LDWF personnel added an additional 8,400 insects to the total count. 
 
“This is the kind of community commitment that will help us in our battle to control salvinia on this beautiful lake,” LDWF Secretary Jack Montoucet said. “In my conversations with lake residents, they pledged to play a role in the fight. They proved it, and I applaud them. We are committed to continuing these types of cooperative efforts.”
 
Weevils are a natural enemy of giant salvinia in its native habitat and can serve to limit the growth of the plant. They only feed and reproduce on giant salvinia, and if established, can serve as a long-term biological control for the plant. The weevils for this particular effort were harvested from Iatt Lake in Grant Parish, where they are found in high densities and have survived two successive winters, increasing their likelihood of survival in the north Louisiana climate.
 
This stocking is an ongoing effort by the department to establish a weevil population on Lake Bistineau. Weevils were first stocked in 2007.  Following this stocking biologists will continue to monitor the lake for the presence of weevils. If successfully established, it is likely to be 2 to 3 years before any long-term results are visible.
 
The department will continue to collaborate with LSU AgCenter researchers to identify and evaluate new potential giant salvinia control techniques. Recent efforts have focused on identifying a population of giant salvinia weevils that can survive winter temperatures in north Louisiana.
 
LDWF uses an integrated management program of water level fluctuations, herbicide applications, and biological control measures to achieve combined benefits. This approach is designed to reduce vegetation levels while maximizing recreational use of Lake Bistineau for the public throughout the year.

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

Release Date: 06/29/2017

Louisiana Crab Task Force Meeting
Pete Gerica, Chairman
Tuesday, July 11, 2017, 1:00pm
Center for Energy Resource Management Building (CERM)
2045 Lakeshore Dr., STE 216
New Orleans, LA 70148

AGENDA
Note: Location changed from usual meeting room

 

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

II.         Approval of April 11, 2017 Minutes and July 11, 2017 Agenda

III.         Financial Report

IV.         Old Business

A.     Update on Crab Task Force Name Tags- -Allison West

V.         New Business

A.     Discussion of  Crab Marketing Opportunites- Thomas Hymel

B.     Discussion of Blue Crab Harvest Restrictions- Jeff Marx

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/4580803319462738435

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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.

LDWF Clarifies Commercial Shad Regulations

Release Date: 06/27/2017

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries would like to clarify regulations pertaining to the commercial shad fishery. 
 
Recent questions raised during the June Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission meeting indicated that a portion of the 2017 commercial fishing pamphlet may cause confusion regarding commercial shad harvest regulations. Although similar, shad seining and shad gill netting have different regulations.
 
Commercial shad gill netting is allowed only in Lake Palourde, Lake Verret, Lac Des Allemands, all waterways in Iberville Parish and certain portions of the Atchafalaya Basin. The gill netting season is closed beginning July 1 through the end of October and on all Saturdays and Sundays.
 
In addition, Act No. 109 of the 2017 regular session allows for the take of shad or skipjack using a shad gill net during the closed season and on Saturdays and Sundays for bait purposes only, with the following restrictions:
1.     The net shall not exceed 150 feet in length.
2.     No more than 50 pounds of shad or skipjack shall be taken per day.
3.     The net shall be attended at all times.
 
Commercial shad seining is allowed in all freshwater areas of the state, except the Pearl River and those water bodies where seine use is prohibited.  There is no closed season for commercial shad seining
 
For a detailed explanation of regulations for each gear type, please reference pages 26 and 27 of our commercial regulations pamphlet. Additional details are available here:
http://www.legis.la.gov/Legis/Law.aspx?d=206917,
http://www.legis.la.gov/Legis/Law.aspx?d=206918 and
http://www.legis.la.gov/Legis/ViewDocument.aspx?d=1051086.

Greater Amberjack Commercial Season to Close

Release Date: 06/20/2017

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced the 2017 commercial fishing season for greater amberjack in Louisiana state waters will close today, June 20 at 12:01 a.m.

 
Current landings data indicate the 2017 Gulf of Mexico commercial quota of 394,740 pounds will be harvested by June 20. 
 
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced that federal waters will also remain closed to commercial amberjack fishing until the season reopens on January 1, 2018. 

 

Louisiana Shrimp Season to Close June 23 in a Portion of Inside Waters

Release Date: 06/19/2017

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced the 2017 spring inshore shrimp season will close at 6 p.m. on Friday, June 23 from the eastern shore of the Mississippi River westward to the western shore of the Freshwater Bayou canal.

For a map detailing these closures please click here.

All remaining state inside waters as well as 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 decision to close these waters was made to protect these developing shrimp and provide opportunity for growth to larger and more marketable sizes. The areas that remain open will continue to be monitored and will  close when the presence of smaller white shrimp make it biologically inappropriate to remain open.  

LDWF would also like to remind shrimpers there is a possession count on saltwater white shrimp taken in either inside or outside (offshore) waters of Louisiana of 100 count (whole shrimp per pound). 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 taken or possessed. 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 shall 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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