Fishing

Commercial King Mackerel Season to Close in Louisiana Waters

Release Date: 05/24/2017

Today, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced the 2016-17 commercial season for king mackerel will close at 12:01 p.m. on Friday, May 26, 2017, in Louisiana waters. 
 
The 2017-18 season for the commercial harvest of king mackerel will open on July 1, 2017, as previously scheduled. 
 
Each year, a commercial quota is established by NOAA Fisheries for Gulf of Mexico king mackerel based on recommendations by the Gulf and South Atlantic Fishery Management Councils. Based upon new quota adjustments, the western Gulf of Mexico quota increased to 1.1 million pounds, leaving an additional 65,000 pounds available for harvest, allowing the department to reopen the commercial season earlier this month on May 11.

Louisiana Oyster Task Force to Meet May 30

Release Date: 05/23/2017

Tuesday, May 30, 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 April 18, 2017 Meeting Minutes and May 30, 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 Public Oyster Seed Grounds 2016/2017
                     Season Summary and Supplemental Information- LDWF Staff
            B.     To Hear an Update on the Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion Project- Seth
                     Irby
            C.     Discussion on the Gulf of Mexico Shellfish Initiative- Beth Walton
            D.     To Consider a Resolution for the State’s Continued Work on the Gulf Hypoxia  
                     Issue - Doug Daigle 
            E.     To Consider Funding to Close the Bohemia Salinity Control Structure- OTF
  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/2003952683443918083
 
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us atwww.wlf.la.gov. To receive email alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

 

Plenty of fish caught at LDWF's Get Out and Fish! event at William T. Polk City Park in Vidalia, LA

Release Date: 05/15/2017

On Saturday, May 13, 2017 Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the City of Vidalia partnered together to host a Get Out and Fish! event at William T. Polk City Park in Vidalia, LA. Prior to the event the pond was stocked with 600 pounds of adult size channel catfish. The event was a tremendous success with almost 200 participants joining in the fishing fun and educational fishing activities.

Winners in the “Catfish” Category included:

Little Angler                1st Charles Mossey, 2nd Tyler Smith, 3rd Fisher Owens
Junior Angler               1st Aiden Jennings, 2nd Gus Jennings, 3rd Barrett Barron
Adult Angler                1st Clayton Ferguson, 2nd Mark Cannon, 3rd Luke Jennings

Winners in the “Other” Category included:

Little Angler               1st Ace Brixey, 2nd Fisher Owens, 3rd Lawson Jones
Junior Angler             1st Brett Walsworth, 2nd Landon Kruger, 3rd Preston Higgins

Winners at this event took home great prizes and raffle items courtesy of our sponsors including, CCA, Walmart, Woodmen Life, Vidalia Women’s Club, Bumper to Bumper, Home Hardware, Family Dollar, Delta Bank, Cash Saver Grocery, Kim Bowlin, Hicks Chicks, Vidalia Market, Vidalia Dixie Youth.  Lunch was provided by the City of Vidalia.

“This was a great community event with tremendous support, said Danica Williams, LDWF Fisheries Outreach Program Manager.  There was no shortage of smiles on the faces of youth landing channel catfish that ranged from 2 to almost 4 pounds.”  So, grab your fishing gear and Get Out & Fish at William T. Polk City Park because there is still great opportunity to catch stocked channel catfish.  For more information about future stockings at this site you can visit www.wlf.la.gov/get-out-and-fish-1.

For more information on the Get Out & Fish program, contact Megan MacMenamin at mmacmenamin@wlf.la.gov or 225-765-2375.

 

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.

LDWF Offers Volunteer Opportunity for Aquatic Enthusiasts

Release Date: 05/10/2017

LDWF Offers Volunteer Opportunity for Aquatic Enthusiasts

There is still time to register to become a volunteer with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ Aquatic Volunteer Instructor Program. Join us on Wednesday, May 17 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the City Park Administration Building located at 1 Palm Drive in New Orleans for this free, instructional workshop.
 
At this hands-on workshop, participants will receive the training needed to become an aquatic volunteer instructor. Topics and activities include knot tying, casting skills, basic fishing techniques, proper fish identification, fisheries management and more. A binder of lesson plans, activity guides and educational materials for future use will be provided to those who attend. (Please note a $25 reservation fee is required to reserve your spot and will be refunded at the workshop).
 
Upon completion of the 8-hour workshop and background check, volunteers can participate in an equipment loaner kit program. Just as a library loans books, we can provide fishing rods with basic tackle, a knot tying kit, arts and crafts and more. The loaner kit program allows instructors to introduce budding anglers to fishing without having to purchase any equipment.
 
To find out more information or for other upcoming workshops, visit: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/ldwf-volunteer-programs. For questions about the Aquatic Volunteer Instructor Program, contact Alayna McGarry at (504) 286-4050 or at amcgarry@wlf.la.gov.

Rainy Weather Doesn’t Damper Family Fish Fest Celebration in Lake Charles

Release Date: 05/09/2017

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) hosted yet another successful Family Fish Fest on Saturday, April 29 at Calcasieu Point Landing in Lake Charles. Despite challenging fishing conditions due to high winds and rain, over 80 anglers joined the department to compete in the family-friendly fishing competition. 
 
Winners include:
 
Little Anglers - Shore Division
Other Category: Alice Luke, first
Catfish Category: Abigail Luke, first; Mike Luke, second; McKenzie Augustine, third
Croaker Category: Whitt Moffet, first; Heath Brook, second
Crab Category: McKenzie Augustine, first
 
Adult Anglers - Shore Division
Other Category: Leshiquet Blake, first; Jeremy Augustine, second; James Simpson, third
Redfish Category: William Luke, first
 
Junior Anglers - Boat Division
Redfish Category: Drew Robertson, first

In addition to the many great prizes awarded during the competition, numerous lucky participants also took home raffle prizes courtesy of our sponsors including Coastal Conservation Association, Petro Bowl, Putt-Putt of Lake Charles, Press Start, Club Tabby, Elliott’s Cajun Snowballs, Cinemark Theater, Once Upon A Child, L’Auberge Casino Resort Lake Charles, McNeese Cowboy Football, Texas Coffee Co. and Rotolo’s.
 
Lunch and refreshments were provided by Little Caesar’s Pizza, Coca Cola of Lake Charles, Starbuck’s Coffee and Industrial Refrigeration.

LDWF Family Fish Fest is hosted in conjunction with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation (LWFF).  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. 

Spring Shrimp Season Set to Open on Monday

Release Date: 05/04/2017

LOUISIANA SPRING SHRIMP SEASON TO OPEN

Today, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission set the opening dates of the 2017 Louisiana spring shrimp season based on data provided by Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries biologists and public comments.

The opening dates for the 2017 Louisiana spring shrimp season are as follows:

·       The portion of state inside waters from the Mississippi/Louisiana state line to the eastern shore of South Pass of the Mississippi River to open at 6 a.m. on Monday, May 15.

·       The portion of state inside waters from the eastern shore of South Pass of the Mississippi River to Freshwater Bayou to open at 6 a.m. on Monday, May 8.

·       The portion of state inside waters from Freshwater Bayou to the Louisiana/Texas state line to open at 6 a.m. on Monday, May 15.

LDWF biologists monitored hydrological parameters and conducted over 500 trawl samples throughout the state’s estuarine and nearshore waters over the last five weeks to develop management recommendations for spring inshore opening dates. The Department provided projections of the dates when a minimum of 50 percent of the inshore brown shrimp population sampled reach sizes of 100 count per pound or larger. 

The Commission granted authority to the Secretary of the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to delay these opening dates if biological and technical data indicate the need to do so, and; to close any portion of Louisiana's inside waters to protect small juvenile white shrimp if biological and technical data indicate the need to do so, or enforcement problems develop. The Secretary is further granted the authority to open any area, or re-open any previously closed area, and to open and close special shrimp seasons in any portion of state waters. 

For a map detailing these openings click here: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/commercial-shrimp

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

COMMERCIAL FISHERY FOR LARGE COASTAL SHARKS TO REMAIN CLOSED IN LOUISIANA WATERS

Release Date: 05/04/2017

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced the closure of the commercial fishery for large coastal sharks in Louisiana waters effective May 4 at 11:30 p.m. This closure is concurrent with the National Marine Fisheries Service’s closure of commercial fishing for large coastal sharks in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico. The season is currently closed in state waters, due to the annual seasonal closure of recreational and commercial shark harvest.  The season is scheduled to reopen in state and federal waters on January 1, 2018.
 
During the closed season, all commercial harvest, possession, purchase, exchange, barter, trade, sale or attempt to purchase, exchange, barter, trade or sell large coastal sharks or their fins is prohibited.
 
Vessels that have been issued or that possess a federal shark research permit may continue to operate under the conditions of that permit, which includes the presence of designated NOAA Fisheries observers aboard the vessel for the duration of the trip until the quota for the federal shark research fishery is achieved.
 
LDWF reminds all recreational anglers and commercial harvesters that Louisiana waters are closed for the harvest of all sharks from April through June. The season for the commercial harvest of small coastal sharks in Louisiana waters will resume on July 1, 2017, after the seasonal closure ends.
   

LDWF to Open Shrimp Season In Remaining Louisiana Offshore Waters May 1

Release Date: 04/26/2017

LDWF to Open Shrimp Season In Remaining Louisiana Offshore Waters May 1

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced the Louisiana shrimp season will reopen in a portion of state outside waters seaward of St. Mary, Iberia and Vermilion parishes at 6 a.m. on Monday, May 1.
 
The area extends seaward of the Inside/Outside Shrimp Line out to the three mile line, from the eastern shore of the Atchafalaya River Ship Channel at Eugene Island as delineated by the channel red buoy line to the western shore of Freshwater Bayou Canal at -92 degrees 18 minutes 33 seconds west longitude.
 
Trawl samples taken by LDWF biologists indicate white shrimp in the area have reached marketable sizes, and the closure is no longer necessary.
 
Opening dates for the 2017 spring inshore shrimp season will be considered by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission at their May 4 meeting.
 
For more information, contact Jeff Marx (337) 373-0032 or jmarx@wlf.la.gov.

Louisiana GCLA Partners with LDWF to Hold the First Annual Caddo Lake Fishing Rodeo

Release Date: 04/25/2017

The Louisiana Chapter of the Greater Caddo Lake Association (GCLA) in partnership with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will hold the first annual Caddo Lake Fishing Rodeo. The rodeo will launch on Saturday, May 6 concurrent with the kickoff of the annual Gusher Days events in Oil City and will conclude on Labor Day, Monday, September 4.
 
The department will collect, tag and release 50 fish of various species from the lake. Anglers who land a tagged fish can redeem the tag for prizes including gift certificates, tackle packages and up to $1,000 in cash. The Louisiana GCLA, Caddo Outdoors Bait and Tackle, Caddo Lake Drift In and Southern Smoke BBQ provide rodeo prizes. 
 
Bonus prizes will be awarded to anyone who catches a tagged fish who is an active member of the Louisiana GCLA, prior to the beginning of the event. For a complete list of prizes and rules, please visit one of the sponsor locations or go to the Louisiana Greater Caddo Lake Association’s Facebook page.
 
Caddo Lake is a natural jewel located on the Louisiana and Texas borders. The lake is filled with beautiful cypress trees and is a nature lover’s dream. The lake boasts an outstanding fishery known for its abundant bream, crappie and catfish; but Caddo Lake is best known as a trophy bass lake. Highly regarded as an excellent bass fishery by local anglers for years, it was ranked the seventh best bass fishing lake in the southeastern U.S. by Bassmaster Magazine in 2016. 

Get Out and Fish! launches newest community fishing site in Vidalia, LA

Release Date: 04/21/2017

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and The City of Vidalia invite you to join them for an event on Saturday, May 13th at William T. Polk City Park pond in Vidalia, LA. Prior to the event, the pond will be stocked with 600 pounds of adult channel catfish. In addition, there will be numerous fishing activities for the entire family including a mobile touch tank, casting inflatable, and a chance to meet Robbie the Redfish. 

Fishing competition categories include heaviest catfish and heaviest “other” fish.  Age divisions include Little Angler (ages 8 and under), Junior Angler (ages 9-15) and Adult Angler (ages 16 and older). You can pre-register for this event at www.wlf.la.gov/get-out-and-fish-1.

The event is free, and the first 100 youth registrants in attendance will receive a goody bag.  In addition, every participant will be entered into a raffle drawing to win prizes. Lunch will be provided by the City of Vidalia while supplies last.

Participants 16 & older must possess a valid Louisiana fishing license. If you would like to purchase a fishing license you can do so online at https://www.la.wildlifelicense.com. Don’t forget to bring your own gear, bait and tackle, and an ice chest to keep your fish.

The Get Out and Fish! Program seeks to increase the number of people with access to quality fishing. The program intends to recruit new anglers to the sport of fishing and promote outdoor activities for future generations.

This event 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 Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission in the challenge of conserving Louisiana’s wildlife and fish resources.

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.

For more information on Get Out and Fish! Program, contact Danica Williams at dwilliams@wlf.la.gov or (504) 628-7282. 

 

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