Fishing

LDWF Announces Closure of Seed-Oyster Harvest in Public Areas East of the Mississippi River

Release Date: 11/10/2011

Seed-Oyster Harvest Closure  11.14.11

November 10, 2011 –Today, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Robert Barham signed an order to close seed-oyster harvest in selected public oyster areas east of the Mississippi River effective Monday, November 14, at one-half hour past sunset. 

The harvest of legal-size oysters (≥ 3 inches) for market sales is allowed to continue in these areas until further notice. 

The following areas are affected by the seed-oyster harvest closure:

1.      The public oyster seed grounds north of the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet; and

2.      The public oyster seed grounds and reservations south of the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet and west of a line that generally runs from California Point northeast to Point Gardner.

These areas were determined by LDWF biologist to hold only small amounts of seed oyster stock and a significant portion of the available stock has been harvested thus far during the 2011/2012 oyster season.  Additionally, sampling of seed-oyster loads on commercial vessels has determined that excessive amounts of non-living cultch material (reef shell, etc.) is being removed during seed harvest.  This activity threatens the long-term sustainability of the reefs by removing critical settlement substrate upon which oyster larvae settle and grow.  Based on current harvest pressure and the estimated low oyster stock size, these areas should be closed to protect from further impacts. 

All other details, rules and regulations of the 2011/2012 oyster season remain in effect until further notice.

For the latest on the 2011/2012 oyster season visit:   http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/oyster-seasons

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.

For more information, please contact Laura Wooderson at lwooderson@wlf.la.gov or (225) 610-2363.

LDWF Officials Reach an Agreement with Temple Inland for Fish Kill

Release Date: 11/07/2011

Settlement of $760,245.86 will ensure ongoing sampling of fish in Pearl River and continued restoration efforts

November 7, 2011 – This afternoon, officials with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries reached an agreement with Temple Inland for the civil restitution of the August fish kill that killed an estimated 590,000 fish and freshwater mussels. The Pearl River fish kill, caused by low levels of dissolved oxygen resulting from discharge that exceeded their permitted levels released over the course of several days by the Temple Inland paper mill, is estimated to have killed more than 160,000 fish and more than 430,000 freshwater mussels. The settlement with Temple Inland includes the Louisiana portion of the fish and mussels included in the kill, all expenditures by LDWF involved in the fish kill response effort, a planned three-year recovery and monitoring plan, and the costs to restock portions of the Pearl River with largemouth bass and bluegill sunfish.

The total value for the fish included in the kill was $816,022.40. LDWF officials worked to recover half of the total value, which was $408,011.20; officials with Mississippi are responsible to recover their portion of civil restitution values -- the remainder of the total estimated value.

In addition to the $408,011.20, the settlement included nearly $44,000 for expenditures made by LDWF during the fish kill response, approximately $88,000 for the planned three-year recovery and monitoring plan along the Pearl River, and restocking efforts to the tune of $220,400. The combined total of all of these parts is $760,245.86.

“Today’s settlement allows us to put to rest the civil restitution for fish and mussels so that we may focus on the truly important part of our work, restocking, restoring and improving access for recreational fishing in the Pearl River,” said LDWF Secretary Robert Barham.

Last week, LDWF fisheries biologists stocked 27,000 catfish and 24,000 bluegill at various points along the Pearl River in response to the August fish kill.

“We are ready to continue stocking, habitat restoration and access projects throughout the Pearl River,” said LDWF Assistant Secretary Randy Pausina. “We know that with dedication and commitment to restoration projects in the Pearl River it may be an even more exciting place for anglers from all over the southeast to fish for years to come.”

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

For press inquiries, contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov (225) 765-5113.

LDWF Brings New Life to Pearl River

Release Date: 11/02/2011

LDWF Fisheries Technician Mickey Miller displays a net full of channel catfish fingerlings, less than a year old.
Thousands of fish, reared at Booker Fowler Fish Hatchery in central Louisiana, are released into the Pearl River.
Thousands of fish, reared at Booker Fowler Fish Hatchery in central Louisiana, are released into the Pearl River.

Nearly 30,000 catfish and 24,000 bluegill fingerlings stocked

(Nov. 2, 2011) – Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) biologists took the first step in restoring fish to the Pearl River this afternoon by releasing thousands of fish into the river.  Approximately 30,000 channel catfish and 24,000 bluegill fingerlings were stocked at sites along the river in St. Tammany and Washington parishes. 

The stocking enhances the recovery of local fish populations following the Temple-Inland incident that killed over 500,000 fish and freshwater mussels in the river.  Although the fish population is expected to recover naturally, extra fingerlings were allocated to Pearl River to speed up the natural process.  Anglers have already reported catching fish in the affected area, prior to the stocking. 

“The department recognizes how important fishing in the Pearl River is to the local communities and anglers of south Louisiana,” said LDWF Assistant Secretary Randy Pausina.  “And we are making great efforts to restore the river as quickly as possible.”

The fish were raised and distributed from the Booker Fowler Fish Hatchery in central Louisiana.  The native fish were spawned this spring and are less than a year old.

“This is a healthy batch of fish.  They are about 4 to 5 inches long and average 40 fish per pound.  Because of their size, survival rates are expected to be high,” said Director of Inland Fisheries Mike Wood. “The fish were dispersed in multiple areas with optimal habitat to increase their chances of survival.”

The Department is currently in the preliminary stages of assessment following a fish kill caused by a discharge from Temple-Inland Paper Mill in Bogalusa, La.  Prescribed values for each impacted fish and mussel were recently submitted to Temple-Inland for review. 

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

For press inquiries, contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov (225) 765-5113.

FALL SPECKLED TROUT TOURNAMENT

Date: 
Sat, 10/22/2011

•        Presented by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries

•        Saturday, October 22, 2011

•        The Dock/Dockside Bait & Tackle, Slidell, LA

•        Tag & Release tournament

•        $100 entry fee per team

•        For teams consisting of 3 members, only 2 of the teams may be 16 or older

•        Scales will be open all day, and there will be hourly prize winners.

•        For more information and to register, visit www.lasaltwaterseries.com

LDWF Secretary Enacts Two-Week Delay of Oyster Season to Allow for Ongoing NRDA Sampling

Release Date: 10/11/2011

 

October 11, 2011 – Today, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Secretary Robert Barham made effective a delay of the 2011-2012 Oyster Season on certain public seed grounds for up to two weeks to allow for continued sampling as part of the BP Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA).

Last week, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission gave authority to Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Secretary Robert Barham to postpone the season opening on public seed grounds for up to two weeks, from October 17 to October 31, 2011. An official authorization of that delay was issue today by the Department. 

Officials with LDWF continue to work with NRDA teams to ensure that sampling efforts are completed as quickly as possible. If sampling is completed before the end of the two-week delay period, Secretary Barham will open the season following a 72-hour public notice.

Sampling efforts of oysters on public seed grounds are ongoing as part of the NRDA process to assess injuries caused by the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.  The NRDA sampling currently taking place is intended to collect a number of data sets, including oyster density, size frequency, biomass and sediment samples, in an effort to assess injuries to oysters as a result of the spill.

The 2011-2012 Oyster Season on public seed grounds was set to open October 17, 2011, with the exception of Calcasieu and Sabine lakes. No other changes have been made to the season opening dates established by the Commission at its September meeting.

The oyster season in the west cove portion of the Calcasieu Lake Public Oyster Area (Department of Health and Hospitals’ harvest area 30) is scheduled to open at one-half hour before sunrise on Tuesday, November 1, 2011.  The sack limit during this time period is set at 10 sacks per person per vessel per day.

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.louisiana.gov on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

 

For press inquiries, please contact Olivia Watkins at owatkins@wlf.la.gov or at 225-610-8660.

 

LDWF Celebrates National Hunting & Fishing Day Outdoor Festivals Sept. 24

Release Date: 09/22/2011

LDWF Celebrates National Hunting & Fishing Day Outdoor Festivals Sept. 24
LDWF Celebrates National Hunting & Fishing Day Outdoor Festivals Sept. 24
LDWF Celebrates National Hunting & Fishing Day Outdoor Festivals Sept. 24

Sept. 22, 2011 - Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will host its annual celebrations of National Hunting and Fishing Day Outdoor Festivals on Saturday, Sept. 24.  LDWF invites citizens of all ages to attend these free events and enjoy time outside with family and friends. There are four events held across the state in Baton Rouge, Monroe, Minden and Woodworth.  Admission is free at all four locations with a wide variety of activities to enjoy.

“These events offer the best opportunities for our citizens to experience first hand what Louisiana offers in recreational outdoor sports,” said LDWF Secretary Robert Barham. "Hunting, fishing and other outdoor sports are fun, healthy activities for everyone, from the toddler to the grandparent.  We offer something for everyone at National Hunting and Fishing Day.”

Admission is free at all locations.  Some of the demonstrations include bow-hunting, fly-casting and tying, bait casting, Labrador retrieving, falconry and cannon nets (capturing wildlife.) The activities include skeet shooting, air rifles, canoeing, fishing, youth fishing contest and much more. Many of the education displays include live animals. The Baton Rouge event will include a 1400-gallon aquarium. 

There is great local food at all locations.  At the Baton Rouge event, local chefs are preparing seafood and wild game.  Chef Celeste Gill, Chef James Window and the Louisiana Culinary Institute will be on hand preparing shrimp, catfish, wild boar and venison for everyone to taste. 

To find out more about National Hunting and Fishing Day Outdoor Festival in your area, visit LDWF at www.wlf.louisiana.gov or contact one of the LDWF offices listed below.   To watch the 2011 National Hunting and Fishing Day Outdoor Festival video click here!

Baton Rouge

Waddill Outdoor Education Center

4142 N. Flannery Road

(225)765-2800


 

Minden

Bodcau Wildlife Management Area


1700 Bodcau Dam Rd.


Haughton, LA.  71037


(318) 371-3050

 

Monroe

LDWF District 2 Office


368 Centurylink Dr.


Monroe, LA.  71203


(318) 343-4044

 

Woodworth

Woodworth Outdoor Education Center


661 Robinson Bridge Rd.


Woodworth, LA.  71485


(318) 484-2212

 

Drawndown Underway at Eunice City Lake

Release Date: 09/20/2011

(Sept. 20, 2011) – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is currently lowering the water level of Eunice City Lake as part of a $1 million rehabilitation project.  The Department will completely drain the lake in order to remove the existing fish population and will restock it with bass, bluegill, redear sunfish and sac-a-lait. 

The water level in the lake will remain lowered for approximately 18 months in order to complete the project.

The Department, in cooperation with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation and the city of Eunice,are launching a project to rehabilitate Eunice City Lake after a Union Pacific Railroad explosion in May 2000 potentially released hazardous materials and chemicals into the surrounding area.  Although it was determined that there were no health risks involved in eating fish from the lake, concerns about fish contamination discouraged recreational use of the lake. 

Other site improvements include the construction of a deck and pier, restroom facility, picnic pavilions, nature walk, welcome center and asphalt road, and parking.  Repairs will be made to the existing fishing and boat dock, boat slip and the existing lake control structure will be replaced. 

Existing facilities will also be revitalized to accommodate those seeking an outdoor recreational refuge within the community.  A large pavilion will be constructed as a revenue-generating space available to the community for private outdoor events.

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

For press inquiries, contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov (225) 765-5113.

LDWF Sets Public Meetings to discuss Drawdown for Anococo Lake

Release Date: 09/14/2011

(Sept. 14, 2011)– The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the Vernon Parish Lake Commission will hold two public meetings in Leesville, La., to discuss a drawdown for Anacoco Lake in Vernon Parish.  The meetings are being held to provide additional information and address public concerns. 

The lake will be lowered approximately 18 feet below pool stage beginning January 9, 2012, and will remain lowered until November 1, 2012.

The drawdown is being conducted to reduce muddy water and renovate the lake bottom.  It will also allow property owners the opportunity to conduct shoreline and property maintenance. 

The meeting dates, times and locations are as follows:

  • Sept. 20 – 6:30 p.m. at the Vernon Parish Fairgrounds Auditorium, 276 HM Stephens Blvd., Leesville
     
  • Oct. 11 – 6:30 p.m. at the Vernon Parish Government Complex Building, 300 S. Third St., Leesville

For further information regarding the drawdown, contact Eric Shanks, LDWF Inland Fisheries Manager, at (337) 491-2577.

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

For press inquiries, contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov (225) 765-5113.

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