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Construction Completed on Floating Docks at Grand Lac Boat Launch at Spring Bayou WMA

Release Date: 11/03/2017

New floating docks at Grand Lac boat launch.

Nov. 3, 2017 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has completed construction of floating docks at the Grand Lac Boat Launch at Spring Bayou Wildlife Management Area (WMA). The project replaced the damaged wooden docks.
 
The launch is located on Grand Lac, which is on the northwestern portion of the WMA at the end of Dr. Michel Road.
 
The 12,506 acre WMA is located in Avoyelles Parish. Fishing is excellent and popular during the spring and summer. Common species are largemouth bass, various pan fish and catfish. Spring Bayou WMA is located two miles east of Marksville of Louisiana Highway 115 and 452.
 
For more information, contact Tony Vidrine at tvidrine@wlf.la.gov or 337-948-0255.

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Gov. Edwards pledges support for commission, wildlife and fisheries

Release Date: 11/02/2017

BATON ROUGE, La.  – Gov. John Bel Edwards praised the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries for its maintenance of the “Sportsman’s Paradise” on Thursday.

Appearing for the first time at the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission meeting, Edwards called LDWF “Ambassadors of The State” for the way it is handling the state’s fishing and hunting programs.

 He described his visit to the commission meeting as a chance to show his appreciation for the work of the commission and LDWF.

“I want to thank you all for the work that you do,” he said, then directed special praise for the work done by the LDWF Enforcement agents and the dangerous situations involved in their day-to-day operations. He said they along with department biologists “sacrifice a lot to do what they do for Louisiana.”

He said he supported the recent effort by LDWF Secretary Jack Montoucet to push for more fishing opportunities for Louisiana anglers to catch red snapper. He said that sometimes there are disagreements on the red snapper subject. “It’s okay with me,” he said. “…We are not always going to agree.”

The governor urged the Commissioners to send questions or concerns they may have to his office, adding that “I want to continue working with all of you.” 

Tim Taylor Wins 2018 Louisiana Waterfowl Conservation Stamp Competition

Release Date: 11/02/2017

The 2018 Louisiana Waterfowl Conservation Stamp competition winner.

Nov. 2, 2017 - Tim Taylor of Mount Arlington, N.J., was selected the winner of the 2018 Louisiana Waterfowl Conservation Stamp competition sponsored by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF). The annual contest picks the artwork that will be used on what is called the Louisiana Duck Stamp.
 
Taylor finished fourth in the Federal Duck Stamp Contest in 2014 and 10th in 2007. He won the 2010-11 California Duck Stamp contest and was second the previous year. Taylor’s entry features a pair of canvasbacks flying in a cloud filled sky.
 
Garrett Jacobs of Orlando, Fla., was the runner-up for the second year in a row, and Tony Bernard, the 2015 and 2008 Louisiana Duck Stamp winner, was third.
 
“This year we received 15 entries, which was down from the recent past but overall the entries were much higher quality,’’ said Larry Reynold’s, the LDWF Waterfowl Program Manager. “The winning entry is an amazing piece of artwork. The detail is amazing. It’s going to make a great stamp because of the contrast between the bird and the background. The judging was as clear as it could be. The winning entry got the top score from all five judges in the first round and was the  unanimous first place choice in the second.’’
 
Judges for this year’s contest included Jeff Gleason, the Gulf of Mexico Bird Conservation Coordinator for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from Lacombe; Barry Wilson, the Coordinator of the Gulf Coast Joint Venture of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan from Lafayette; R.C. Davis, an artist from Amite who won the 1998 Louisiana Duck Stamp Contest, Murrell Butler, a wildlife artist from St. Francisville and the 1988 Artist of the Year for the National Wild Turkey Federation, and Ellis Guilbeau, Louisiana State Chairman for Duck’s Unlimited from Carencro.
 
The Louisiana Waterfowl Conservation Stamp program was established in 1988 by the Louisiana Legislature to generate revenue for conservation and enhancement of state wetlands, benefitting migratory waterfowl overwintering in Louisiana. The program has generated almost $13 million for wetlands conservation in Louisiana since 1989.
 
The 2018 stamp will go on sale June 1, 2018. The artist will retain the original artwork and will have reproduction rights to the image for prints and other commodities after LDWF has used the image to produce the stamps.
 
For more information, contact Larry Reynolds at lreynolds@wlf.la.gov or 225-765-0456.

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LDWF Restores Access to Navigable Waterways at Spring Bayou Wildlife Management Area

Release Date: 10/31/2017

Oct. 31, 2017 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has completed the clearing of trees that blocked navigable water access at the northeast corner of Spring Bayou Wildlife Management Area (WMA) known as the bean fields. LDWF WMA staff removed more than 100 trees that were felled in 2014, blocking waterways that connect Cocodrie Bayou to Lake Valerie.
 
LDWF WMA staff used a marsh excavator and floated the machine along waterways within the WMA to the site then removed the cut trees that were impeding navigation.
 
The 12,506 acre WMA is located in Avoyelles Parish. Spring Bayou WMA is located two miles east of Marksville of Louisiana Highway 115 and 452. These highways connect to Louisiana Highway 1 and 107 in the immediate vicinity of Marksville. Vehicle access to the east side is via an improved shell road off the Bordelonville levee. Access to the Boggy Bayou boat launch and campgrounds is via Spring Bayou Road.
 
For more information on the WMA, contact the Opelousas Field Office at 337-948-0255.

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Agenda for the November Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Meeting

Release Date: 10/30/2017

 

 

The next regular Commission Meeting will be held at 9:30 AM on Thursday, November 2, 2017, 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.  Governor’s Address to the Commission – Governor John Bel Edwards

5.  Adoption of October 5, 2017 Commission Meeting Minutes

6.  Commission Special Announcements / Personal Privilege

7.  Enforcement Report October 2017 – Captain Edward Skena

8.  Announcement of the 2017-18 State Duck stamp contest winner – Larry Reynolds, Wildlife Biologist

9.  Receive Gulf Council Update – Chris Schieble, Biologist

10.  Set March 2018 Commission Meeting Date

11.  Receive Public Comments

12.  Adjournment

To access a live stream of the event, please register for the October 2017 LWF Commission Meeting on November 2, 2017 9:30 AM CDT at:   https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/9020185972977693953

 

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 or www.FishLA.org. To receive recreational or commercial fishing email and text alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

All roads south of Louisiana Hwy. 15 on Russell Sage WMA to be closed Oct. 28-29

Release Date: 10/26/2017

Oct. 26, 2017 – All roads south of Louisiana Highway 15 on Russell Sage Wildlife Management Area (WMA) will be closed Saturday (Oct. 28) beginning at 7 p.m. until 5 a.m. Sunday (Oct. 29), the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced. This portion of the WMA will be closed to allow the U.S. Army to conduct nighttime driver training exercises.

Russell Sage WMA consists of 38,213 acres in Ouachita Parish and is located about seven miles east of Monroe and 10 miles west of Rayville. The WMA can be accessed via U.S. Highway 80 and 165, Louisiana Highway 15 and Interstate 20. There are 12 self-clearing permit stations located at major entrances to the WMA.

For more information on the WMA, contact Mitch McGee at mmcgee@wlf.la.gov or 318-343-4044.

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LDWF Suspends 2017 Drawdown on False River

Release Date: 10/25/2017

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, in conjunction with the False River Watershed Council and Pointe Coupee Parish Police Jury, has suspended the drawdown of False River for 2017.

The drawdown began on September 5 and the water level had been lowered at a rate of 1.5 inches per day, to approximately 5.5 feet below normal pool elevation, as a management tool to improve water quality, decrease sedimentation and improve sportfish habitat.

The drawdown structure was scheduled to close on January 15, 2018.  However, due to heavy rainfall over the past weekend the lake water level had increased to 17.4 feet MSL, 1.4 feet above pool stage, as of October 25, 2017.

The discharge rate of 1.5 inches per day precludes the lake from being lowered for a sufficient amount of time, and to a significant level this year in order to achieve appreciable benefits from a drawdown.

Due to the suspension of the drawdown this year and the limited benefits achieved from this drawdown, an additional drawdown will be considered in the future.   

For additional information regarding the suspension of the drawdown, contact Brian Heimann, LDWF Biologist Manager, at bheimann@wlf.la.gov, or (225) 765-2337. 

LDWF and Conservation Partners to Build “Matherne’s Reef” in St. John Parish Portion of Lake Pontchartrain

Release Date: 10/19/2017

 

 

Fall Brings More Opportunities to Fish LDWF Community Fishing Ponds

Release Date: 10/19/2017

Fall Brings More Opportunities to Fish LDWF Community Fishing Ponds

As part of the Get Out and Fish! community fishing program, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is stocking our community fishing sites this month with adult-sized channel catfish. Grab your fishing gear, and bring your friends and family to one of the following locations: Girard Park in Lafayette, Zemurray Park in Hammond, BREC’s Burbank Park in Baton Rouge, Kiroli Park in West Monroe, Turner’s Pond in Minden and William T. Polk Park in Vidalia to take advantage of this opportunity to catch some sizable catfish.
 
We’ve also added two additional community fishing sites to the program – Purple Heart Memorial Park in Ragley and Grambling City Park in Grambling. In honor of the program expansion, the department will host kick-off events at both sites on Oct. 21 in Ragley and Nov. 4 in Grambling. The ponds will be stocked with adult-size channel catfish prior to the event. Event activities include a fishing competition, open to all ages, as well as educational aquatic activities.
 
Participants 16 and older must possess a valid Louisiana fishing license. To purchase a fishing license online, visit https://www.la.wildlifelicense.com .
 
For more information about future fish stockings and the Get Out and Fish! program or to pre-register for one of our upcoming events, visit www.wlf.la.gov/get-out-and-fish-1 .
 
The Get Out and Fish! program seeks to increase the number of people with access to quality fishing, to recruit new anglers to the sport of fishing and to 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.
 
For more information, contact Megan MacMenamin at mmacmenamin@wlf.la.gov or (225) 765-2375. 

Deer Hunting Season in Maurepas Swamp WMA Reopened

Release Date: 10/19/2017

Oct. 19, 2017 – Deer hunting season in the Maurepas Swamp Wildlife Management Area (WMA) has been reopened, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced. The season was halted on Oct. 8 by a flood benchmark closure.
 
The benchmark closure, enacted by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission, closes deer hunting in the WMA when the flood gauge reaches 3.0 feet mean sea level, and reopens to deer hunting when water levels recede to 2.5 feet msl following a closure.
 
Maurepas Swamp WMA, which consists of two tracts totaling 124,568 acres in Ascension, Livingston, St. John the Baptist, St. James and Tangipahoa parishes, is located approximately 25 miles west of New Orleans along the south shore of Lake Maurepas west of Sorrento. For more information, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/2791 .
 
For more information on hunting regulations for Maurepas Swamp WMA, go to http://www.eregulations.com/louisiana/hunting/w-m-a-schedules/ or contact Jillian Day at jday@wlf.la.gov or 985-543-4777.

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