LDWF News Release

LDWF Reminds Harvesters of Upcoming Spring Shrimp Season

Release Date: 05/23/2014

LDWF Reminds Harvesters of Upcoming Spring Shrimp Season

May 22, 2014 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries reminds shrimp harvesters of the upcoming spring season beginning next Monday, May 26 at 6 a.m.


The 2014 Spring Shrimp Season openings are as follows:

  1. Monday, May 26, 6 a.m. - The portion of state inside waters from the eastern shore of South Pass of the Mississippi River westward to the western shore of Freshwater Bayou Canal, and the portion of state outside waters extending three nautical miles seaward from the shoreline from the Atchafalaya River Ship Channel at Eugene Island as delineated by the Channel red buoy line westward to the to the western shore of Freshwater Bayou Canal at -92 degrees 18 minutes 33 seconds west longitude.
  2. Monday, June 2, 6 a.m. - The portion of state inside waters from the Mississippi/Louisiana state line westward to the eastern shore of South Pass of the Mississippi River to open at 6 a.m. June 2.  However, the open waters of Breton and Chandeleur Sounds as described by the double-rig line are currently open to shrimping.
  3. Monday, June 2, 6 a.m. - The portion of state inside waters from the western shore of Freshwater Bayou Canal westward to the Louisiana/Texas state line.

LDWF Enforcement Agents also take this opportunity to remind harvesters of the areas that remain closed to all commercial activity due to the BP oil spill.  For a map detailing the 2014 Spring Shrimp Season and the areas currently closed to commercial fishing click here.

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 press inquiries please contact Laura Wooderson at lwooderson@wlf.la.gov or (504)430-2623.


L.D.W.F. Announces 2014 Alligator Lottery Hunts

Release Date: 05/23/2014

May 23, 2014 -- In order to continue to provide alligator harvest opportunities, to the general public, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will select eligible alligator hunters through a lottery selection system on 5 Coastal & Nongame Resources (CNR) Division Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs), 15 Wildlife Division WMAs, 1 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACOE) property and 25 public lakes for the 2014 alligator harvest season.
The CNR Division WMAs include: Atchafalaya Delta WMA, St. Mary Parish; Pass A Loutre WMA, Plaquemines Parish; Pointe Aux Chenes WMA, Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes; Salvador/Timken WMAs, St. Charles Parish; and Lake Boeuf WMA, Lafourche Parish.
The Wildlife Division WMAs/USACOE property include: Big Lake WMA, Tensas Parish; Boeuf WMA, Caldwell Parish; Buckhorn WMA, Tensas Parish; Elm Hall WMA, Assumption Parish; Grassy Lake WMA, Avoyelles Parish; Joyce WMA, Tangipahoa Parish; Manchac WMA, St. John the Baptist Parish; Maurepas Swamp WMA, St. John the Baptist, St. James, Ascension, Livingston and Tangipahoa parishes; Sherburne WMA (state portion only), Pointe Coupee and St. Martin parishes; Spring Bayou WMA, Avoyelles Parish; Pearl River WMA, St. Tammany Parish; Richard K. Yancey WMA, Concordia Parish; Dewey  W. Wills WMA, LaSalle and Catahoula parishes; and Russell Sage WMA, Ouachita and Morehouse parishes.
The USACOE property includes Indian Bayou Area (USACOE), St. Landry and St. Martin parishes.
The public lakes include: Lake Bistineau, Webster, Bossier and Bienville parishes; Lake Wallace, Caddo Parish; Black/Cypress Lake and Ivan Lake (Bodcau), Bossier Parish; Cross Lake, Caddo Parish; Kepler Lake, Bienville Parish; Bayou Desiard North, Ouachita Parish; Caney Lake, Jackson Parish; Bartholomew Lake, Ouachita and Morehouse parishes; Kincaid Lake, Rapides Parish; Indian Creek, Rapides Parish; Cotile Lake, Rapides Parish; Nantachie Lake, Grant Parish; Saline Lake, Winn Parish; Toledo Bend, Desoto and Sabine parishes; Lake Bruin, Tensas Parish; Lake Concordia, Concordia Parish; Lake St. John, Tensas Parish; Lake St. Joseph, Tensas Parish; Anacoco Lake and Vernon Lake, Vernon Parish; Caddo Lake, Caddo Parish; Black Lake, Natchitoches Parish; Bundicks Lake, Beauregard Parish; and Lake D’Arbonne, Union Parish.
Interested participants may print out an application from LDWF’s website at www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/lottery-hunts or request an application by phone for CNR Division WMAs at 337-373-0032 or Wildlife Division WMAs and public lakes at 225-765-2346.
To assist applicants in selecting specific WMAs/public lakes, LDWF has posted the percentage of lottery alligator harvest applicants selected in 2013 by WMA or public lake on its website at www.wlf.louisiana.gov/lottery-alligator-harvest-program.
Applications and non-refundable application fees ($5) must be submitted to the address indicated on corresponding applications and be postmarked by July 5th, 2014.  Only one of the three available lottery alligator harvest applications (CNR Division WMA, Wildlife Division WMA or Wildlife Division Public Lakes) may be submitted per applicant.  Additional applications will result in voiding all applications of the applicant.
The lottery alligator harvests will be conducted between Aug. 27 and Oct. 2.  Exact harvest dates will vary by WMA/public lake and will be specified at the time selected hunters are notified.  Selected hunters may be assigned specific areas to conduct alligator harvest activities on certain WMAs/public lakes.
Applicants must be a legal Louisiana resident and 16 years of age or older.  All successful applicants will be required to purchase an alligator hunting license ($25).  Successful applicants for WMAs will be required to submit payments ($40) for each alligator tag allocated.
All applicants meeting the application requirements will be entered into a randomized computer drawing, which will take place by August, 2014.  Selected hunters will be notified by mail.
For more information concerning CNR Division WMAs, contact Jeb Linscombe at 337-373-0032 or jlinscombe@wlf.la.gov  For more information concerning Wildlife Division WMAs or public lakes, contact Steve Smith at 225-765-2346 or ssmith@wlf.la.gov.

Salvador/Timken WMA Nighttime Activity Season to Begin June 1

Release Date: 05/22/2014

May 22, 2014 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is reminding the public that an experimental nighttime activity season begins at 12 a.m. on Sunday, June 1, 2014 at the Salvador/Timken Wildlife Management Area (WMA).
Salvador/Timken WMA is located in St. Charles Parish, along the northwestern shore of Lake Salvador about 12 miles southwest of New Orleans.
The season will run through official sunrise on August 15, 2014 and provides for the nighttime harvest of frogs and recreational fishing with a rod and reel. There is a possession limit of 50 frogs per vessel while on the WMA, and a minimum size of 5 inches for bull frogs and 3 inches for pig frogs.
Self-clearing permits are required for each person engaged in any nighttime activity on the WMA. Self-clearing permits may be obtained at Pier 90 Marina, Bayou Gauche boat launch and Bayou Segnette boat launch, and Airboat Adventures in Lafitte, La. Permits may also be downloaded from LDWF’s website at www.wlf.louisiana.gov/permit/self-clearing-permit.
Possession of firearms is prohibited on the WMA during this experimental nighttime season and all watercraft must have working running lights and the proper number of life jackets for passengers.
WMA users are reminded that it is illegal to harm or disturb alligators in any way. Only licensed alligator hunters can harvest alligators during the alligator season. Additionally, it is the public’s responsibility to know the WMA boundaries and refrain from trespassing on private property.
For more information on the experimental season at Salvador/Timken WMA, consult the 2014 Louisiana Recreational Fishing Regulations booklet (pages 50-51) available at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/regulations , or call Shane Granier at 504-284-5269.


Commercial Fishing for Large Coastal Sharks to Remain Closed in Louisiana until 2015

Release Date: 05/22/2014

May 22, 2014 - Commercial fishing for large coastal sharks will remain closed in state and federal waters until January 1, 2015.  The National Marine Fisheries Service closed the federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico earlier this week.
In an effort to protect shark pupping, the state of Louisiana is currently under a seasonal closure that runs from April 1 through June 30 of each year.  The season will not reopen at the end of this annual closure until 2015 because the quota is projected to be met. 
During the closed season, all commercial harvest, possession, purchase, exchange, barter, trade, sale or attempt to purchase, exchange, barter, trade or sell Large Coastal Sharks or their fins is prohibited.
Vessels that have been issued or that possess a federal shark research permit may continue to operate under the conditions of that permit, which includes the presence of designated NOAA Fisheries observers aboard the vessel for the duration of the trip, until the quota for the federal shark research fishery is achieved.
The season for the commercial harvest of small coastal sharks in Louisiana waters remains open at this time.
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 press inquiries please contact Laura Wooderson at lwooderson@wlf.la.gov or (504)430-2623.



LDWF Family Fish Fest Heads to South Louisiana This Saturday

Release Date: 05/21/2014

(May 21, 2014) - With the success of last weekend’s Family Fest in north Louisiana, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will host yet another event this Saturday, May 24 in south Louisiana at Campo’s Marina on Shell Beach.
Fishing season is in full swing, and the Department strives to provide as many opportunities as possible to educate young anglers about the popular statewide sport.  Outside of the main fishing event, the Department will provide numerous outdoor activities for the entire family including mobile touch tank, fish identification, knot tying lessons, fish ageing, cast net lessons, minnow races, arts and crafts and casting tutorials.  Robbie the Redfish, LDWF’s newest mascot, will also be onsite for photo opportunities and to greet guests.
Divisions include Little Angler (10 and under), Junior Angler (11-16) and Team (adult and youth), with categories for both boat and shore anglers.  (See guidelines on the event website for additional categories).  Participants are asked to bring their own equipment, bait and live fish transport containers.  Live redfish and speckled trout will be tagged and released by LDWF biologists in conjunction with the Louisiana Cooperative Marine Fish Tagging Program.
Entry for the event is $10 per participant and includes a t-shirt and lunch.  The first 50 registrants will receive a complimentary rod and reel, courtesy of Pure Fishing, and the first 100 registrants will receive a fishing goodie bag.  Pre-registration is available online at http://www.wlf.la.gov/familyfishfest
Last weekend’s event in partnership with the Ronald McDonald House in Monroe was a huge success, and event winners took home a slue of prizes compliments of Pure Fishing, CCA Louisiana, Ronald McDonald House, Toledo Tackle, T.P. Outdoors and P&M Hardware.
Winners include Little Angler (bream) first place, Mary Ward; second place, Kimberly Morehead; third place, Jacob Morehead; other, Justice Sittner.  Junior Angler (largemouth bass) first place, Cody Edmiston; second place, Hayden Adams; third place, Spencer Daniel.  Junior Angler (bream) first place, Alexander Brown; second place, Destiny Morehead; third place, Logan Trimm.  Junior Angler (other) first place, Makayla Ward; second place, Walter Brown.
The LDWF Family Fish Fest 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 Department and Commission in the challenge of conserving Louisiana’s wildlife and fish resources.
Saturday’s sponsors include CCA Louisiana, Coca Cola Bottling Company, Pure Fishing, New Orleans Zephyrs, Coon Neck Wildlife and Art Gallery, Dufrene Building Materials, Faux Pas Prints, Marsh and Bayou Outfitters and Emprint Moran Printing.
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.la.gov, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.
For more information, contact Danica Williams at dwilliams@wlf.la.gov or (504) 628-7282.  For press inquiries, contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov or (225) 721-0489.


L.D.W.F. Accepting Lease Bids and Lottery Applications for Houseboat Mooring Sites at Pass-a-Loutre W.M.A.

Release Date: 05/21/2014

May 21, 2014  – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is accepting bids and lottery applications through July 31, 2014 for five available houseboat mooring sites at Pass-a-Loutre Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Plaquemines Parish.
Two successful bidders will be awarded a five-season lease agreement allowing houseboat mooring from Sept. 1 to March 15 for the duration of the lease. LDWF will award the remaining three mooring permits to applicants whose names are drawn for a one-year permit to use assigned mooring pilings at designated sites in Southeast Pass on the WMA. The permit for the lottery sites provides the same Sept. 1 to March 15 houseboat mooring privileges.
The houseboat permits issued will allow for outdoor opportunities including hunting (deer, ducks, hogs, rabbits, etc.), fishing and boating.  However, no houseboat permit holder or permit holder guest may act as a hunting guide, outfitter, or in any other capacity for which they are paid for services rendered on the WMA.
Additional houseboat lease bid and lottery application details, the lease bid application form and the lottery application form are available on the LDWF website at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma under the Pass-a-Loutre WMA heading, or by mail, upon request.
Completed lease bid and lottery applications, and a check or money order required for each, must be submitted to LDWF by 10 a.m. on July 31, 2014. Bid applications can be mailed to LDWF Houseboat Bids, 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70808, ATTN: Tracy Mancuso, Room 422. Applications can also be delivered to LDWF Headquarters, Room 422, 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70808.
For questions about any details, or to obtain an application form via US mail, call Shane Granier at 504-284-5264 or Cassidy Lejeune 337-373-0032 or send an email to sgranier@wlf.la.gov or clejeune@wlf.la.gov .
Lease bid application packets will be opened on July 31 at 10:30 a.m. at LDWF’s Headquarters Building at 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70808. The public can attend and all winning bidders not present will be notified by phone. Lottery winners will be notified in writing by August 15, 2014.
Pass-a-Loutre WMA is located in southern Plaquemines Parish at the mouth of the Mississippi River, approximately 10 miles south of Venice, and is accessible only by boat. The nearest public launches are in Venice. This area is owned by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and encompasses some 115,000 acres.

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.



Louisiana’s Free Fishing Weekend Set for June 7-8

Release Date: 05/21/2014

(May 21, 2014) - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries invites Louisianans of all ages to fish for free the first weekend in June without a fishing license on any of the state’s public waters. 

Louisiana offers miles of shoreline and a myriad of freshwater lakes, marsh, and bayous to take opportunity of during this annual event.

The Department hopes the weekend will introduce newcomers, visitors and people with rusty skills to one of Louisiana’s most popular sports.  If you already have a fishing license, consider taking a friend or family member who has never been fishing. 

Anglers are allowed to fish on all public bodies of waters without a license, but all fishing regulations still apply.

In conjunction with Free Fishing Weekend, LDWF is working with supporting sponsors to offer the following events on Saturday, June 7:

LDWF Family Fish Fest

Myrtle Grove Marina, 161 Marina Road, Port Sulphur

  • Event runs from 6 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • $10 entry fee per angler, which includes a t-shirt and lunch.
  • First 50 youth to enter will receive a free rod and reel courtesy of Pure Fishing, and the first 100 youth to enter will receive a goodie bag.
  • Competitive categories include Little Angler, Junior Angler, Team and Scavenger Hunt.
  • Additional Activities include fish identification, seining, cast netting, knot tying, fish tagging, minnow racing, casting and more.
  • Online pre-registration is available at www.wlf.la.gov/familyfishfest  For more information, contact Danica Williams at (504) 628-7282.

Lake D’Arbonne State Park Fishing Derby

3628 Evergreen Road, Farmerville

  • Registration begins at 8 a.m.
  • Fishing contest begins at 9 a.m., and bait casting contest begins 10 a.m.
  • Awards will be presented before noon.
  • Eligible for kids 6 to 14 years of age.
  • Bait will be provided by LDWF.
  • Park entrance fee: $2/person; free entry for Seniors (62 and older) and children (3 and under)

The 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 at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

For press inquiries, contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov or (225) 721-0489.



Teachers Can Register Now for WETSHOP 2014

Release Date: 05/20/2014

May 20, 2014 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced today that registration is open for WETSHOP 2014, a coastal awareness workshop for science, history and social studies teachers.  The workshop is scheduled for July 6 through 11, 2014 at LDWF’s Marine Fisheries Lab on Grand Isle.
The focus of this six-day workshop is to provide teachers with an in-depth look at issues related to wetland ecology and coastal land loss in Louisiana.  Participating teachers will accrue 55 hours of instruction covering a wide variety of topics including wetland ecology, fisheries management and coastal restoration.  Teachers will also spend a portion of each day in the field learning about maritime forests, barrier island beach ecology, coastal restoration projects, bird life, marsh and swamp habitats, and marine organisms.
All participating teachers will receive GLE-correlated wetland lessons and many other educational resources from numerous sponsoring agencies and organizations.  Lodging and meals are provided once participants reach the workshop site.  Upon completion of the workshop, each participant will receive a $250 stipend.  An additional stipend is available during the academic year upon completion of a wetland stewardship project.
WETSHOP is sponsored by LDWF with grant funding provided by the Barataria Terrebonne National Estuary Program (BTNEP).  In addition to this funding, WETSHOP is a collaborative effort with partners that provide experts in the field for presentations and educational materials.  These agencies/organizations include:  BTNEP, Louisiana Department of Natural Resources, Louisiana Nature Conservancy, Louisiana Sea Grant College Program, Coastal Planning Protection and Restoration Act and Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium.
Teachers interested in WETSHOP 2014 can contact LDWF Biologist Supervisor Angela Capello at 318-748-6914 or acapello@wlf.la.gov.


Fishing and Hunting License Buyers Can Contribute Funds to Hunters for the Hungry Beginning June 1, 2014

Release Date: 05/19/2014


May 19, 2014  -- Anyone purchasing a Louisiana fishing or hunting license, and wishing to make a monetary donation to Hunters for the Hungry (HFH), will be able to do so at the point of sale beginning June 1, 2014.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced today that  ACTIVE Network, the agency’s contracted hunting and fishing license vendor, has arranged for vendors to collect monetary donations during the license sales transaction. ACTIVE has provided the necessary software and staff time at no cost to LDWF to make the donation option available to LDWF license buyers.
“We support the Hunters for the Hungry mission and commend ACTIVE for making this fund donation option a simple process for our outdoors men and women,” said LDWF Secretary Robert Barham.
“ACTIVE Network is delighted to team up with our long-time customer, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, on the innovative and inspiring Hunters for the Hungry program that distributes game and fish to the needy in the state,” said Gary Evans, Vice President and General Manager of ACTIVE Outdoors. “Our software now enables hunters and anglers to donate to this worthwhile effort.”
HFH is a non-profit organization that has been working for over 20 years with hunters and fishermen throughout the state to make a difference in the lives of our neighbors by sharing our bounty of wild game and fish in order to combat hunger. When someone donates part or all of their harvest or catch to a designated HFH processor, that donation is processed at no cost to the donor.
The game or fish is then distributed to the needy in the area of donation via food banks, soup kitchens, shelters, and other agencies that can provide high quality protein to those who need it most. In addition to freshly harvested game or fish donations, HFH welcomes monetary donations that can now be made at the purchase point for hunting or fishing licenses. Donated funds assist with the processing and distribution costs of the game and fish donations and with some administrative expenses. 
Learn more about the Louisiana Hunters for the Hungry program, their mission and how you can help at hunters4hungrylouisiana.org
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, contact Bo Boehringer at 225-765-5115 or bboehringer@wlf.la.gov.



LDWF Hosting Kids Fishing Day Camp in June at Woodworth Outdoor Education Center

Release Date: 05/16/2014

May 16, 2014 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is hosting a Kids Fishing Day Camp for children 10 to 15 years of age at Woodworth Outdoor Education Center from June 9 through 12.
The Monday through Thursday day camp will provide activities from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the education center located at 661 Robinson Bridge Road in Woodworth, south of Alexandria.  The camp is designed to create responsible anglers by providing campers with an appreciation for the sport of fishing and the basic skills needed to enjoy this outdoor recreation activity.
Campers will be supervised by LDWF education staff and volunteers during activities that will include  how to rig fishing equipment, fish identification, boating safety, cast netting, kayak fishing, how to clean the catch and much more.
Registration fees are $75 per child and the camp is limited to the first 20 participants registered. Lunch will be provided daily and each child will receive a rod/reel combo and stocked tackle box provided by the Association of Louisiana Bass Clubs and the Woodmen of the World.
For more information, or to obtain a registration form, contact Angela Capello at (318) 748-6914 or acapello@wlf.la.gov. Registration forms are also available via the LDWF website at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing-camp .

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