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Body of Missing Boater Found in Lake Pontchartrain

Release Date: 08/02/2017

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) enforcement agents recovered the body of a missing boater in Lake Pontchartrain this morning, Aug. 2.

The body of Lawrence Guimont, 57, of New Orleans, was found about 7 a.m. near where his capsized vessel was found the previous day under the Hwy. 11 Bridge in Orleans Parish.

LDWF agents along with the U.S. Coast Guard, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office, Louisiana State Police responded to a report of a capsized vessel under the Hwy. 11 Bridge on the morning of Aug. 1.  LDWF agents were able to recover the vessel along with the attached trolling motor.

The search and rescue crews were able to link Guimont to the vessel and a truck at a nearby boat launch and then contacted his family who confirmed he went out fishing.  The search and rescue crews searched throughout the night before finding his body this morning.

It is unknown at this time what caused the vessel to capsize.  LDWF will be the lead investigative agency for this boating incident.  Guimont was found without wearing a personal flotation device and his body was turned over to the Orleans Parish Coroner’s Office to determine an official cause of death.

LDWF Schedules Drawdown on Lake Martin for Aquatic Vegetation Control

Release Date: 08/01/2017

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has scheduled a drawdown for vegetation control on Lake Martin in St. Martin Parish. The drawdown is scheduled to begin after the Labor Day holiday on Tuesday, September 5, 2017.
 
The lake level will be lowered 2 to 3 feet below pool stage. This level is required to successfully dry out aquatic nuisance vegetation.  The lake is scheduled to return to pool stage by January 31, 2018, by pumping in water from Ruth Canal.  Filling the lake at this time will ensure adequate water levels for spring-time spawning.
 
This action is a necessary component of LDWF’s integrated management plan developed to control overabundant aquatic vegetation growth and to improve the Lake Martin sport fishery. It will also enhance the buttonbush and bald cypress forest regrowth in the bird rookery.  
 
While the drawdown may impact navigation in parts of the southern end of the lake for duck hunters in late fall and winter, it is anticipated that hunting and fishing on the majority of the lake will not be affected. The lake will not be closed to fishing during this time.
 
Other recent control efforts include regular herbicide applications for floating and emergent vegetation, and the release of 2,680 triploid grass carp in November 2015 to control the growth of submerged vegetation. Herbicide spraying will be conducted during the drawdown in accessible areas. 
 
For additional information regarding the drawdown, contact Jody David, LDWF Biologist Manager, at jdavid@wlf.la.gov or (337) 948-0255. 

AMENDED - August 2017 Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Meeting Agenda

Release Date: 08/01/2017

The next regular Commission meeting will be held at 1:30 PM on Thursday, August 3, 2017, at the Grand Isle Fisheries Lab located at 195 Ludwig Annex Grand Isle, LA 70358.

 

 Agenda:

1.     Call to Order

2.     Pledge of Allegiance

3.     Roll Call

4.     Adoption of July 6, 2017 Commission Meeting Minutes

5.     Commission Special Announcements / Personal Privilege

6.     Enforcement Report July, 2017 – Captain Edward Skena

7.     House and Senate Natural Resources Committee Update – Chairman Chabert and Chairman Bishop

8.     Receive and Consider a Resolution to Add Property to Salvador Wildlife Management Area – Alvin Landry, Land Attorney

9.     Receive and Consider a Resolution to Add Property to Joyce Wildlife Management Area – Alvin Landry, Land Attorney

10.  Receive and Consider a Notice of Intent to add Sterlet sturgeon to the Domesticated Aquatic Organism (DAO) list – Rob Bourgeois, Biologist

11.  Presentation on Red Snapper harvest estimates – LDWF staff

12.  Receive presentation on Louisiana Management for Recreational Red Snapper Draft Amendment – LDWF staff

13.  Receive update on Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council’s August Meeting – LDWF staff

14.  Receive and Consider a Declaration of Emergency setting the Fall Inshore Shrimp Season – Jeff Marx, Biologist

15.  Set December, 2017 Commission Meeting Date

16.  Receive Public Comments

17.  Adjournment 

A live audio/video stream of this meeting will be available via Gotowebinar.com.  To attend this meeting via webinar visit: 

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5307185781503222786

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is committed to accommodating all reasonable special requests regarding access to our meetings. Please direct all sign language interpreting services or other accommodation needs to the contact at the top of this announcement at least 72 hours prior to the meeting date. 

 

 

LDWF Schedules Drawdown on False River

Release Date: 07/31/2017

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, in conjunction with the False River Watershed Council and Pointe Coupee Parish Police Jury, has scheduled a drawdown for False River on Tuesday, September 5, 2017, as a management tool to improve water quality, decrease sedimentation and improve sportfish habitat.
 
The lake will be lowered at a rate of 1.5 inches per day to a maximum of 6 feet below pool stage.
 
The drawdown structure is scheduled to close on January 15, 2018, and the lake will be allowed to refill.
 
Property owners should take necessary action to secure or remove vessels, floating docks and other items potentially impacted by the drawdown prior to its commencement.
 
The lake will remain open to fishing and other recreational use during the drawdown. However, caution is advised for boaters during the low water period, as boat lanes will not provide normal clearance of underwater structures.
 
For additional information regarding the drawdown, contact Brian Heimann, LDWF Biologist Manager, at bheimann@wlf.la.gov, or (225) 765-2337.

Louisiana Schools Claim Championships in National Archery in the Schools Program World Event

Release Date: 07/31/2017

Benton Middle and Elementary school participants in NASP World Tournament.
Benton High participants in NASP World Tournament.
Haughton Middle School participants in NASP World Tournament.
Kingston Elementary School participants in the NASP World Tournament.
Northwood Middle School participants in the NASP World Tournament.

July 31, 2017 – Benton Middle School and Kingston Elementary captured world titles in their divisions of the 2017 National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP®) World Tournament and 2017 NASP World International Bowhunting Organization (IBO) 3-D Challenge held July 21-22 in Orlando, Florida.
 
Benton Middle School won the middle school championship and Kingston Elementary took home the elementary school crown. Benton Elementary finished as the runner-up in the elementary division. Haughton Middle School was fourth in the middle school division. Weston Wray and Thomas Allen, both from Kingston, earned second and sixth place in the elementary boy’s bullseye competition.
 
For the companion event, the NASP IBO 3-D Challenge, Benton Elementary finished second and Kingston Elementary was third in the elementary category. Benton Middle was fourth in the middle school division and Haughton Middle finished sixth.
 
Thomas Allen from Kingston took second place for the elementary boy’s 3-D division. Cassidy Walters, also from Kingston, took second place and Madeline Lowry of Benton Middle earned fourth place in the elementary girl’s 3-D division. Abbie Rutledge from Benton High took fifth place in the girl’s high school 3-D division.
 
A total of 149 student archers from eight schools represented Louisiana at the NASP World tournament. All Louisiana schools participate in NASP through the Archery in Louisiana Schools Program, administered by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and supported by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation.
 
“Louisiana is now known worldwide for its outstanding student archers,’’ said Jan McGovern, LDWF’s ALAS Coordinator. “We would like to recognize and congratulate all the Louisiana archers, teams and coaches who participated in the 2017 NASP World Tournament. They have achieved great things and our state is proud of them.”
 
The world tournament provides an opportunity for students not only in the United States but also other countries to come to together to share the commonality and enthusiasm for the sport of archery.
 
The 2017 NASP World Tournament, held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, saw 3,764 students from 276 schools from around the world take part in the bullseye competition and 1,270 archers from 145 schools in the IBO 3-D portion of the tournament.
 
Countries that were invited to the event included the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Mongolia, British Virgin Islands, South Africa, Botswana, Namibia and Zambia. NASP is designed for student archers in grades four through 12.
 
Other Louisiana schools that competed in the world tournament included Northwood High School, Greenacres Middle School and Apollo Elementary School.
 
The ALAS program teaches NASP to students as part of the in-school curriculum. The ALAS program is available to all Louisiana schools, public and private.
 
For more information about the ALAS program, contact McGovern at jmcgovern@wlf.la.gov or 985-543-4930.   

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LDWF Accepting Applications for WMA Waterfowl Lottery Hunts for 2017-18 Season

Release Date: 07/28/2017

July 28, 2017 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is accepting applications for waterfowl lottery hunts on wildlife management areas (WMAs) for the 2017-18 hunting season.
 
The hunts include the WMA Youth Waterfowl Lottery Hunts at Bayou Pierre, Russell Sage and Sherburne WMAs, the Sherburne WMA Disabled Veterans Waterfowl Lottery Hunt, the Sherburne WMA General Waterfowl Lottery Hunt and the Bayou Pierre WMA General Waterfowl Lottery Hunt.
 
These special hunts are restricted to hunters selected through the lottery application process. These hunts offer the opportunity for selected hunters to experience an enjoyable, wildlife oriented outdoor experience on these WMAs.
 
Details on the qualifications, application requirements and dates of the hunts are listed on the application forms. The application deadline is Sept. 29.
 
Successful applicants will be selected by a random computer drawing. Applications for the lottery must be submitted to LDWF by the deadline listed on the application. A $5 administrative fee must be submitted with each application.
 
Applications and more information may be obtained by contacting your local LDWF field office or by visiting the LDWF web site at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/lottery-hunts .
 
Applications may be delivered in person to Room 442 of the LDWF headquarters building located at 2000 Quail Dr. in Baton Rouge or by mail.  The mailing address is: Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Wildlife Division, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000.
 
For more information, contact Steve Smith at 225-765-2359 or ssmith@wlf.la.gov .
 

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LDWF Accepting Applications for Physically Challenged and Disabled Veterans Deer Lottery Hunts

Release Date: 07/28/2017

July 28, 2017 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is accepting deer lottery hunt applications for physically challenged hunters on Sabine and Floy McElroy Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) and disabled veterans on Camp Beauregard WMA for the 2017-18 hunting season.
 
These special hunts are restricted to hunters selected through the lottery application process. These hunts offer the opportunity for selected hunters to experience an enjoyable, wildlife oriented outdoor experience on these WMAs.
 
Details on the qualifications, application requirements and dates of the hunts are listed on the application forms. The application deadline is Sept. 1.
 
Successful applicants will be selected by a random computer drawing.  Applications for the lottery must be submitted to LDWF by the deadline listed on the application. A $5 administrative fee must be submitted with each application.
 
Applications and more information may be obtained by contacting your local LDWF field office or by visiting the LDWF web site at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/lottery-hunts .
 
Applications may be delivered in person to Room 442 of the LDWF headquarters building located at 2000 Quail Dr. in Baton Rouge or by mail. The mailing address is: Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Wildlife Division, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000.
 
For more information, contact Steve Smith at 225-765-2359 or ssmith@wlf.la.gov.

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Red Snapper Season Continues as LDWF Monitors Landings

Release Date: 07/27/2017

Baton Rouge, LA – Louisiana anglers will be able to complete the month of July catching red snapper.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) catch estimates are still well below the harvest limit that would result in red snapper season being closed.

The latest catch statistics recorded by LDWF’s LA Creel, the state’s near real-time data collecting program, is 709,595 pounds. It covers the period through July 16. The last reported catch total was  655,603 pounds for the week ending July 9. 

The state’s self-imposed cutoff number is 1.04 million pounds for 2017. 

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission has ordered LDWF Secretary Jack Montoucet to end the red snapper season when it appears Louisiana’s harvest will meet the 1.04-million-pound limit. It is the goal of LDWF to be accountable for the state’s catch in order to improve its chances of receiving federal government permission allowing Louisiana to oversee its own red snapper season out 200 nautical miles from its coast.

The red snapper fishing season was extended 39 days as part of an agreement reached earlier this summer involving Louisiana, the four other Gulf states – Mississippi, Alabama, Texas and Florida - and the U.S. Department of Commerce. It allowed recreational anglers to fish out 200 miles from the Louisiana coast for red snapper for 39 days. Those dates included June 16-18, June 23-25, June 30-July 4, July 7-9, July 14-16, July 21-23, July 28-30, Aug. 4-6, Aug. 11-13, Aug 18-20, Aug. 25-27, and Sept. 1-4.

Any dates after this weekend will be cancelled immediately if the limit is reached before September 4.

Also under the agreement there would be no red snapper fishing in state waters – out nine miles from the Louisiana coast – on Mondays through Thursdays, except on July 3-4 and September 4. Anglers are limited to two fish, measuring at least 16 inches, per day.

*For more information on the 2017 red snapper landings estimates, visit:

http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/sites/default/files/pdf/page/41176-red-snapper-long-range-plan-facts/redsnapperwebsitedocument7-16-17-1.pdf

Louisiana Artificial Reef Council to Meet

Release Date: 07/26/2017

The Louisiana Artificial Reef Council will meet at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, August 29 in the Louisiana Room of the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries headquarters building, 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge.

Agenda:

I. Introduction and welcome
II. Approval of agenda
III. Approval of minutes
IV. Reef Program update - Mike McDonough
V. Presentation on the Artificial Reef Fund budget for FY 17-18*
VI. Evaluating alternative materials of opportunity (concrete culverts) - Craig Gothreaux
VII. Public comments
VIII. Other business
IX. Adjourn

*Action item for Council

LDWF Accepting Applications for Dove Lottery Hunts at Elbow Slough WMA

Release Date: 07/26/2017

July 26, 2017 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is accepting applications for dove lottery hunts at Elbow Slough Wildlife Management Area (WMA) during the 2017 hunting season.
 
Elbow Slough WMA is located near the intersection of U.S. Highway 1 and Louisiana Highway 3170 in Rapides Parish. The hunts will be conducted Sept. 2-3.
 
Details on the qualifications, application requirements and application deadlines are listed on the application form.

Successful applicants will be selected by a random computer drawing. Applications for the lottery hunts must be submitted to LDWF by close of business (4:30 pm) on Aug. 11. A $5 administrative fee must be submitted with each application.

Applications and more information may be obtained by contacting the LDWF Pineville Office at 318-487-5885 or by visiting the LDWF web site at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/lottery-hunts .

Applications may be delivered in person to Room 442 of the LDWF headquarters building located at 2000 Quail Drive in Baton Rouge or by mail. The mailing address is: Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Wildlife Division, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000.
 
For more information, contact Steve Smith at 225-765-2359 or ssmith@wlf.la.gov .

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