LDWF News Release

LDWF to Open Fall Red Snapper Season in State Waters

Release Date: 10/07/2016

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission, at its regularly scheduled October meeting, took action allowing recreational anglers to harvest additional red snapper in state waters beginning at 12:01 am on Friday, October 7, 2016, during weekends only.  Weekends are restricted to Friday, Saturday and Sunday only.  
This action was taken by the Commission after receiving a red snapper landings update from the Department.  Preliminary estimates from the Department’s LA Creel Program indicate Louisiana’s recreational fishermen (private anglers and charter-for-hire) landed a total of 1,041,321 pounds of red snapper through September 6, 2016, when Louisiana’s state water red snapper season closed. These landings account for approximately 93 percent of our historical average for both the private angler and charter boat components of the recreational sector (1,116,732 pounds).
This fall season will allow recreational anglers the opportunity to harvest the remaining 75,411 pounds of red snapper in state waters, with a daily bag and possession limit of two fish per person at a 16-inch minimum total length.  The department will monitor harvest, and the Secretary was given the authority to close the season when necessary to protect the resource.
Recreational Offshore Landing Permit
LDWF reminds anglers that a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit is required in order to possess certain species, including red snapper.  Anglers may obtain or renew the permit, free of charge at https://rolp.wlf.la.gov. Anglers may renew their permits up to 30 days prior to expiration. A valid Louisiana fishing license number is required to obtain a permit. A confirmation number is allowed for a temporary (trip) license.
Recreational anglers and charter captains are required to obtain a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit to possess tunas, billfish, swordfish, amberjacks, groupers, snappers, hinds, cobia, wahoo and dolphin. Minors (under 16) are not required to obtain a recreational offshore landing permit. Angling customers on a paid-for-hire charter trip also do not need a permit as long as the charter captain has a valid Charter Recreational Offshore Landing Permit.

LWF Commission Proposes Commercial Fishing Season on Poverty Point Reservoir

Release Date: 10/06/2016

Today, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission considered a Notice of Intent (NOI) to modify the ban on commercial fishing gear and establish a commercial fishing season on Poverty Point Reservoir in Richland Parish.
The NOI proposes a removal of the current net ban to allow for the legal harvest of commercial fish during a special recurring trammel and gill netting season to begin on October 1 and close at sunset on the last day of February the following year.  Commercial fishing will only be allowed in designated areas, and although gear can remain overnight, fish must be harvested during daylight hours only. 
The use of hoop nets, wire nets and fish seines will remain prohibited.
To view the full notice of intent, please visit here.
Interested persons may submit comments relative to the proposed rule to Ryan Daniel, District 2 Fisheries Biologist Manager, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, 368 Century Link Dr., Monroe, LA 71203-8732 or via email to rdaniel@wlf.la.gov prior to December 5, 2016.

LWF Commission Updates List of Established Recreational Reef Sites

Release Date: 10/06/2016

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission took action at today’s monthly meeting on a Notice of Intent (NOI) to update the list of established recreational reef sites in Louisiana inshore waters.
In Calcasieu Lake, the Commission proposes to remove the inshore planning area encompassing Oyster Reefs 1, 2, and 3 (also known as the Chenier Reefs) from to the list of established recreational reef sites. This action would allow for the future harvest of market-size oysters known to exist in the area. A new area of water bottoms in the lake would be designated and set aside as a recreational reef (planned East Calcasieu Reef in Cameron Parish), and oyster harvest would be restricted in this area. 
New reef sites in Lake Pontchartrain include the recently created 10-acre West End reef site near the south shore of the lake in Orleans Parish, and the new 10-acre St. John reef site in the southwestern part of the lake in St. John the Baptist Parish.
Other site changes include the removal of duplicate reef sites coordinates, consistency corrections and subsequent renumbering of reef sites.
To view the full notice of intent and for reef site coordinates, please visit here.
Interested persons may submit comments relative to the proposed modifications to Craig Gothreaux, Artificial Reef Program Manager, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries – Fisheries Extension, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000 or via email to cgothreaux@wlf.la.gov prior to November 28, 2016.

LDWF and the Louisiana Trappers and Alligators Hunters Association to Hold Trapping Workshops Dec. 3, 10

Release Date: 10/05/2016

Oct. 5, 2016 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and the Louisiana Trappers and Alligator Hunters Association will hold trapping workshops Dec. 3, in Abbeville, and Dec. 10, in Benton.
The Dec. 3 workshop will be held at Palmetto State Park in Abbeville, located at 19501 Pleasant Road. The Dec. 10 event will be held at Cypress Black Bayou in Benton, located at 135 Cypress Park Drive.
Both workshops, which are free, will begin at 8 a.m. with a meet-and-greet and run from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Anyone age 14 and older interested in learning the basics of trapping is invited to attend. Lunch will be provided.
Topics to be discussed include state regulations, trapping equipment, trapping safety, ethics, historical considerations, best management practices and trapping demonstrations.
To register for either event or for more information, contact LDWF biologist supervisor Jennifer Hogue at 337-373-0032 or jhogue@wlf.la.gov. The registration deadline is Nov. 20.


LDWF Extends Drawdown on Saline Lake

Release Date: 10/05/2016

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and Saline Lake Commission have extended the current drawdown on Saline Lake in Natchitoches and Winn parishes until November 1, 2016.  The extension is due to unusually heavy rainfall, which kept the area inundated for most of August.
The 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.
The current LDWF Saline Lake Aquatic Vegetative Management Plan can be viewed at:http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/waterbody-management-plans-inland
For additional information regarding the drawdown, contact Villis Dowden, LDWF Biologist, at vdowden@wlf.la.gov or (318) 357-3214. 

LDWF Stocks Popular Louisiana Urban Fisheries

Release Date: 10/04/2016

Continuing its popular Get Out and Fish! Community Fishing Program, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will stock several south Louisiana urban fisheries this month. For those who think the cooler weather will put a damper on their fishing season, nothing could be farther from the truth. One of life’s greatest outdoor pleasures is experiencing the thrilling fight of a channel cat on the end of a line during one of the most beautiful seasons of the year.
Girard Park in Lafayette and BREC’s Burbank Park in Baton Rouge will each receive 300 pounds of adult size channel catfish later this week. Sidney Torres Park in Chalmette will also be stocked later this month.
The channel catfish is a highly prized sportfish and can be enticed to bite a hook baited with a kernel of canned corn, shrimp, live worms or chicken livers. At previous events, the bait of choice was dead shrimp fished on the bottom.
The fish were produced at the department’s Booker Fowler Fish Hatchery in Forest Hill, La.
The Get Out and Fish! Program seeks to increase the number of people with access to quality fishing, recruit new anglers to the sport of fishing and to promote outdoor activities for future generations. 
For more information, contact Danica Williams at dwilliams@wlf.la.gov or (504) 628-7282. 

October 2016 Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Meeting Agenda

Release Date: 10/04/2016

Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission to Meet October 6, 2016 - 9:30 A.M.

2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70898

Louisiana Room

Committee Agenda


1.     Call to Order         

2.     Pledge of Allegiance

3.     Roll Call

4.     Adoption of July 07, 2016; August 04, 2016; and September 01, 2016 Commission Meeting Minutes

5.     Commission Special Announcements / Personal Privilege         

6.     Enforcement Reports September, 2016 – Captain Edward Skena

7.     Receive Report on Delinquent and/or Non-Filed Notices of Intent and Declarations of Emergency – Angela Thomas, LWF Commission Secretary and Catherine Brindley, Office of State Register Editor

8.     Receive and Consider an Amended Notice of Intent to Modify the Gag Season and Increase the Gag and Black Grouper Size Limit – Jason Adriance, Biologist

9.     Receive and Consider Red Snapper Season Update and Receive and Consider a Declaration of Emergency for Reopening of State Waters to Red Snapper Recreational Harvest – Jason Adriance, Biologist

10.  Receive and Consider a Notice of Intent to Amend LAC 76:VII.5.537 to Update List of Established Recreational Reef Sites – Craig Gothreaux, Biologist

11.  Receive and Consider Updated Report on Calcasieu Lake Oysters and Consider a Declaration of Emergency for the Calcasieu Lake Oyster Season – Steven Beck, Biologist

12.  Receive an Update on Special Artificial Reef Sites (SARS) Moratorium – Mike McDonough, Biologist

13.  Receive and Consider a Notice of Intent Modifying the Ban on Commercial Fishing Gear and Establishing a Commercial Fishing Season in Poverty Point Reservoir – Ryan Daniel, Biologist

14.  Receive Summary Report of Recent LDWF Assessments, Including Blue Crab, Mullet, Black Drum, Sheepshead, Flounder, Spotted Seatrout and Red Drum – Jason Adriance, Biologist

15.  Receive Update on Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council – Myron Fischer, Biologist

16.  Receive and Consider a Notice of Intent to Reduce the Wild Alligator Return Rate  – Edmond Mouton, Biologist

17.  Public Hearing to Receive Comment on Amended Provisions to Notice of Intent for the Cervid Carcass Importation Ban – Johnathan Bordelon, Biologist

18.  Set January, 2017 Commission Meeting Date

19.  Receive Public Comments

20.  Consider Holding an Executive Session, Pursuant to R.S. 42:17(A)(2) for Discussion of Settlement Offer in the Matter Entitled Stroud Petroleum, Inc. v. Pintail Properties, L.L.C., et al; NO. 34865, 39th JDC, Parish of Red River and other related cases involving the Albritton Servitude – Ryan Seidemann, Assistant Attorney General and Yolanda Martin, LDWF General Counsel

21.  Consider Holding an Executive Session, Pursuant to R.S. 42:17(A)(2) for Discussion of Settlement Payment for Valuation of Loss of the Guitreau and Lambert Tracts from Maurepas Swamp Wildlife Management Area from Old Republic National Title Insurance Company – Yolanda Martin, General Counsel

22.  Adjournment  

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Louisiana Fur Advisory Council to Host Fur Trappers Seminar Oct. 15 at Woodworth Outdoor Education Center

Release Date: 09/30/2016

Sept. 30, 2016 – The Louisiana Fur Advisory Council will hold a seminar for fur trappers Oct. 15, 2016, at the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Woodworth Outdoor Education Center in Woodworth.
The free seminar will run from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The featured speaker will be Jason White, president of Northwest Company’s wild fur division. Several other speakers will be on hand, including a representative of the Fur Advisory Council and fur marketing consultant Brent Poley. There will also be a roundtable discussion period.
No registration is required and anyone interested in learning more about Louisiana fur trapping is welcome. Lunch will be provided.
For more information, contact Jennifer Hogue Manuel at 337-373-0032 or jhogue@wlf.la.gov.


LWFC Okays Resolutions Adding Acreage to Peason Ridge, Tunica Hills WMAs

Release Date: 09/29/2016

Sept. 29, 2016 – The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) approved resolutions to add land to the Peason Ridge and Tunica Hills Wildlife Management Areas (WMA) during its monthly meeting in September in Baton Rouge.
Peason Ridge WMA will add 23,300 acres and Tunica Hills WMA 627 acres.
The Peason Ridge WMA acreage addition increases the WMA’s size to more than 74,000 acres. Peason Ridge WMA is located 18 miles north of Leesville and in Vernon, Sabine and Natchitoches parishes.
Tunica Hills WMA will grow to more than 6,500 acres with the added land, being provided by the Office of State Parks. Tunica Hills WMA is composed of two separate tracts lying northwest of St. Francisville in West Feliciana Parish.
Peason Ridge WMA is owned by the U.S. Army and maintained by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF). Hunting, fishing and trapping are permitted on the WMA. Camping is not permitted but is allowed on adjacent U.S. Forest Service lands.
Game species available for hunting include deer, squirrel, rabbit, quail, woodcock, dove and turkey. Bow hunting is allowed for deer. Trapping is allowed for raccoon, fox, bobcat, skunk, opossum, mink and coyote. All hunters and trappers must obtain an annual permit from the U.S. Army and daily check-in is required.
Tunica Hills WMA, owned by LDWF and Department of Recreation and Tourism, Office of State Parks, is open to a variety of outdoor recreational activities, including hunting, trapping, birdwatching, hiking, horseback riding, bike riding, sightseeing and photography. Hunting is allowed at specified times for deer, turkey and small game. Trapping is allowed for coyote, fox, bobcat, raccoon and opossum. A tent-only camping area is located off of Parker Road on the South Tract. 
For more information on Peason Ridge WMA, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/2792 or contact the LDWF Lake Charles field office at 337-491-2575.
For more information on Tunica Hills WMA, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/2752 or contact Forest Burks at fburks@wlf.la.gov or 985-543-4781.


Fordoche Men Cited for Deer Hunting Violations in Parish

Release Date: 09/27/2016

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited two men for alleged deer hunting violations on Sept. 25 in Pointe Coupee Parish.

Agents cited Ashton J. Prejean, 22, and James Scott 19, both of Fordoche, for taking deer during a closed season, taking deer during illegal hours with artificial light and possession of illegally taken deer.

Agents found Prejean and Scott in possession of an illegally taken four point buck.  During the investigation agents learned that the deer was taken several nights prior to the investigation with a crossbow and spotlight at night in the vicinity of Fordoche.

Agents seized a crossbow, spotlight and the deer.

Taking deer during a closed season and during illegal hours with artificial light each brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail for each offense.  Possession of an illegally taken deer carries a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Prejean and Scott could face civil restitution for the illegally taken deer totaling $1624.61.

Agents participating in the case are Senior Agents Channing Duvall and Tyler Smith.

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