Fishing

Fall Shrimp Season Opening Dates Announced

Release Date: 08/05/2016

For Immediate Release

(8-4-16) - The opening dates of the 2016 Louisiana fall shrimp season were announced at the August 4 meeting of the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission. The Commission set the dates based on information provided by Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries biologists and public comments.

The opening dates for the 2016 Louisiana fall shrimp season are as follows:

·      The portion of state inside waters from the Mississippi/Louisiana state line westward to the Atchafalaya River Ship Channel Buoy Line to open at 6 p.m. on Monday, August 15

·      The portion of state inside waters from the Atchafalaya River Ship Channel Buoy Line westward to the Louisiana/Texas state line to open at 6 a.m. on Monday, August 22

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 reopen 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.

Tow Time Regulations Reminder

Federal Turtle Excluder Device (TED) regulations require skimmer net fishermen to limit tow times.  Maximum tow times are 55 minutes from April 1 to October 31 and increase to 75 minutes from November 1 to March 31.

Please Report Hangs

 

The Fishermen's Gear Compensation Fund is for fishing gear lost within the Louisiana coastal zone due to unreported obstructions.  Only one application is taken for a given location.  Application packets are available, and the known sites are published, on the Department of Natural Resources website at: http://dnr.louisiana.gov/index.cfm?md=pagebuilder&tmp=home&pid=100, and recent sites are listed in the Louisiana Lagniappe newsletter of LA Sea Grant.  Only commercial fishermen earning more than 50% of their income from fishing are eligible for application.

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

LDWF to Hold Two Public Meetings for Proposed Artificial Reef Sites in Lakes Pontchartrain and Calcasieu

Release Date: 08/05/2016

 

News Release

 

For Immediate Release
August 5, 2016

Contact: Rene LeBreton
Public Information
LDWF
(504) 286-8745

rlebreton@wlf.la.gov

 

 

LDWF to Hold Two Public Meetings for Proposed Artificial Reef Sites in Lakes Pontchartrain and Calcasieu

 
 

 

 

Lake Pontchartrain, St. John Parish - Proposed artificial reef flyer and map

Calcasieu Lake, Cameron Parish - Proposed artificial reef flyer and map

 
 

Lake Pontchartrain Artificial Reef Meeting

Who:  LDWF Artificial Reef Staff
What: Public information meeting to receive comments and provide information about a proposed artificial reef site located in the southwest portion of Lake Pontchartrain at the site of an existing shell pad approximately 1.3 miles from Frenier Landing
When: Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at 6:00 pm
Where: East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W Napoleon Ave, Metairie, LA 70001

For additional information, questions, or comments please contact:
Ashley Ferguson at 225-761-2395 or aferguson@wlf.la.gov

Calcasieu Lake Artificial Reef Meeting

Who:  LDWF Artificial Reef Staff
What:  Public information meeting to provide information and receive comments about the reef site located in the southern portion of Calcasieu Lake
When: Wednesday, August 17, 2016 at 6:00 pm
Where:  Calcasieu Parish LSU AgCenter Office, 7101 Gulf Hwy., Lake Charles, LA 70607

For additional information, questions, or comments please contact:
Craig Gothreaux at 225-761-2396 or cgothreaux@wlf.la.gov

These meetings will be open to the public.

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.

 
 
 

 

LDWF and CPRA announce progress of Elmer’s Island beach and dune restoration and shift in construction activities

Release Date: 08/04/2016

LDWF and CPRA announce progress of Elmer’s Island beach and dune restoration and shift in construction activities

For Immediate Release:

(August 3, 2016) –Beginning on August 10, 2016 the beach area of Elmer’s Island will be closed for 12 days to the public as construction activities progress near the public parking area where the access road meets the beach.

Construction activities on the west side of Elmer’s Island access road will be near completion on August 22 and, once construction activities safely progress to the east past the parking area, foot traffic will reopen to the west side of the island. Parking and pedestrian access areas will be marked accordingly. Project construction is anticipated to continue on the east side of the island through the fall.

To view a map of the areas to be closed see above.

The Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) is restoring the beach habitat of the Caminada Headland by transporting sand from Ship Shoal, an underwater sand body located approximately 30 miles away in the Gulf of Mexico to restore habitat on the barrier shoreline. The restoration of the headland occurred in two project increments. Increment I of the project (the western half) was completed in December of 2014 and restored approximately 300 acres and 6 miles of beach and dune habitat. Increment I was funded with Coastal Impact Assistance Program (CIAP) and state surplus funds. Increment II (the eastern half) is larger and will restore approximately 500 acres and 7 miles of beach and dune. Increment II is being funded through the Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund, which was established by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill to manage funds resulting from the settlement of federal criminal charges against BP and Transocean. In total, the two projects will restore 13 miles of Louisiana’s barrier shoreline and represent one of the largest restoration projects ever constructed by the CPRA with a combined project investment of over $200 million.

“We are pleased with the progress being made on this project and are doing all we can to limit the impact to our recreational users and fishermen as construction activities continue,” said Charlie Melancon, Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

“The Caminada Headlands project is significant in a number of ways: at over $200 million it is the largest restoration project CPRA has implemented to date; by fortifying 13 miles of the headland it will truly make an impact on the landscape; and it is significant because it represents the way that the work put into our Coastal Master Plan is now and will continue to be used to drive the implementation of the most crucial projects for our coast”, said CPRA Chairman Johnny Bradberry.

For further information, contact Rene LeBreton at the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries at rlebreton@wlf.la.gov, 504-286-8745.

Drawdown Scheduled on Cheniere Lake

Release Date: 08/03/2016

The Ouachita Parish Police Jury has scheduled a drawdown on Cheniere Lake to facilitate repair work on LA Highway 3033, which was severely damaged by flooding earlier this year. The project also includes the installation of a new bridge and spillway.
 
The drawdown is scheduled to begin Wednesday, August 10, 2016. The lake will be lowered approximately 4 inches per day to a maximum depth of 6 feet below pool stage. Repair work will take approximately 12 to 18 months to complete. 
 
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries supports the drawdown, as it is an effective fisheries management tool. LDWF has made similar recommendations in years prior to accelerate the decomposition of leaf litter and improve the spawning substrate for bottom nesting fish. These drawdowns have met opposition from both waterfowl hunters and anglers. As a compromise, LDWF has lowered the lake to 3 feet below pool stage on an annual basis since 1998.
 
Although the lake will not be closed to fishing or other activities, caution is advised of boaters during this period, as most boat lanes will not provide for adequate clearance of underwater obstructions.
 
For additional information regarding the drawdown, contact the Ouachita Parish Police Jury at (318) 327-1340.

LDWF Schedules Drawdown on Clear-Smithport Lake

Release Date: 08/02/2016

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the Bayou Pierre Game and Fish Commission have scheduled a drawdown on Clear-Smithport Lake in Desoto Parish 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 August 18, 2016, and the lake should dewater at a rate of 2 to 4 inches per day.  The water will be lowered to a maximum drawdown level of 4 feet below normal pool stage.  The Clear-Smithport control gates are scheduled for closure on December 1, 2016, to allow the lake to refill for winter and early spring recreational activities.
 
During the drawdown, an estimated 600 to 700 acres of water will remain in open areas.  Boaters may still access the main waterbody with small craft from the Desoto Parish Ramp at the Highway 509 Bridge.  Caution is advised during launching and when on the water, as numerous boating hazards will be present.
 
This action is a necessary component of LDWF’s integrated management plan to control overabundant aquatic vegetation growth and to improve access for recreational activities.  An annual cycle of high and low water fluctuation can provide beneficial effects similar to a natural overflow lake system.
 
For additional information regarding the drawdown, contact Villis Dowden, LDWF Biologist, at vdowden@wlf.la.gov or (318) 357-3214.  

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
attend this meeting via webinar visit: attend this meeting via webinar visit:
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.

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
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