LDWF News Release

LDWF to Close Harvest of Seed Oysters for Bedding in Hackberry Bay

Release Date: 10/19/2015

(Oct. 19, 2015) - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will close the harvest of seed oysters for bedding purposes in the Hackberry Bay Public Oyster Seed Reservation one half-hour after sunset on Friday, October 23. The area will remain open for sacking purposes.
This small, public oyster seed reservation in Jefferson and Lafourche parishes holds a limited oyster supply, and harvest pressure during the season opening on October 19 has depleted the already small oyster resource. Protection of the remaining oyster reef resources is in the long-term best interest of oyster conservation in this area. 
The Commission authorized LDWF Secretary Robert Barham to take emergency action to close areas on an as-needed basis based on ecological data or if enforcement problems are encountered. The Secretary was also authorized to take emergency action to reopen areas previously closed if the threat to the resources has ended and to open areas if substantial oyster resources are located.
Public notice of any opening, delay or closure of a season will be provided at least 72 hours prior to such action unless such closure is ordered by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals for public health concerns. 

Legendary Deer Taken Illegally in Avoyelles Parish

Release Date: 10/19/2015

A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) agent cited an Abbeville man for alleged deer hunting violations on Oct. 17 in Avoyelles Parish.

Senior Agent Douglas Anderson cited Glen Toups Jr., 40, for not possessing basic season and big game hunting licenses and not possessing deer tags.

Around 10 a.m. Senior Agent Anderson was notified about a buck that was taken on an Avoyelles Parish hunting club’s property near Simmesport by a guest hunter.  The hunting club notified the agent to help measure the deer for record purposes.  When the agent arrived he was told that the deer may have been harvested by a non-licensed hunter.

Around 11 a.m. Senior Agent Anderson made contact with Toups Jr who told him he shot the deer with an arrow around 9 a.m.  Toups Jr. confessed that he did not have the required basic season and big game licenses or deer tags.  The agent issued the citations to Toups Jr and seized the deer.

The deer was unofficially scored as a 208 class buck.  The deer meat was donated to a local charity and the antlers and head are being held as evidence by LDWF.

Not possessing deer tags carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Hunting without basic and big game licenses each brings a $50 fine and up to 15 days in jail.  Toups Jr. may also face civil restitution charges totaling $2,033 for the replacement value of the illegally taken deer.

Agents further learned that Toups Jr. could not obtain a hunting license since he is under a hunting license revocation.  Charges are pending for Toups Jr. for hunting while under hunting license revocation.  Hunting while under hunting license revocation brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

LDWF’s License to Win! Sweepstakes Winners Announced

Release Date: 10/19/2015

(Oct. 19, 2015) - As part of it’s first annual License to Win! promotion, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries in partnership with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation awarded five lucky winners for its September saltwater license holder drawing. Winners drawn on October 1 include Steve Brown, Jonathan Phan, Michael Verges, Timothy Washam and Nicholas Whalen.
The winners were among thousands of names entered when they purchased a 2015-16 recreational saltwater fishing license.
The sweepstakes includes fives monthly prize winners of a YETI Tundra 45 ice chest, Shimano Curado G-Loomis Combo or gift cards from Academy Sports and Outdoors, Texaco and Whole Foods Market.
The License to Win! sweepstakes encourages anglers to provide accurate contact information to participate in a survey (LA Creel) that helps LDWF manage their fishery. LA Creel is the data-gathering survey that allows LDWF biologists to manage our fisheries at localized levels across the state. The success of LA Creel will not only allow the Department to better manage fisheries, but will ultimately maximize the amount of fishing opportunities for Louisiana anglers. 
We’re only five months into this year long promotion, leaving plenty opportunity for your chance to be our next lucky winner.  Visit your nearest license vendor or go online (www.wildlifelicense.com) to purchase your recreational saltwater license to be eligible for next month’s drawing. The department will continue to select five winners each month, and one lucky angler will take home the grand prize, a 22 foot bay boat, trailer and motor donated by Venice Marina, Mercury Outboards and Mike Gerald’s Trailer Depot.
Rules, photos and additional information can be found at http://www.fishla.org/license-win-sweepstakes/

Hunting and Fishing Advisory Education Council Scheduled to Meet Oct. 20, 2015

Release Date: 10/15/2015

The Hunting and Fishing Advisory Education Council will meet Tuesday, Oct. 20 at 1:30 p.m. at the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries headquarters building located at 2000 Quail Drive in Baton Rouge.

The agenda for Tuesday’s meeting in the Louisiana Room is as follows:


1.  Roll Call


2.   Approval of Minutes of June 23, 2015


3.  Welcome and Opening Comments from Chairman


4.  Enforcement Division Report


5.  Office of Wildlife: Duck Hunter Survey Overview and Zone Proposal


6.  Office of Fisheries: LA Creel Program Overview


7.  2015 Hunters for the Hungry Campaign Report


8.  Set Next Meeting Date


9.  Receive Public Comments


10.  Adjournment


LDWF to Open Fall Red Snapper Season in State Waters

Release Date: 10/09/2015

News Release


For Immediate Release
October 9, 2015


Contact: Rene LeBreton

Public Information

(504) 286-8745


The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is excited to announce Louisiana recreational anglers will be able to target red snapper this fall in state waters beginning Friday, November 20  until further notice.  

This year, LA Creel estimated that Louisiana’s recreational fishermen landed a total of 993,963 pounds of red snapper through September 8, 2015 when Louisiana’s state water red snapper season was closed. These landings account for 92% of our historical average for both the private angler and charter boat components of the recreational sector (1,082,786 pounds). This season will allow our private recreational anglers to harvest the remaining 88,823 pounds of red snapper. 

The fall season will run seven days a week in state waters with a daily bag and possession limit of two fish per person at a 16-inch minimum total length. 

The Louisiana Gulfward Boundary

In June 2012, the Commission took action to extend Louisiana state waters from three miles offshore to three marine leagues, or approximately 9 nautical miles, offshore.

LDWF officials encourage fishermen to use caution and their own personal judgment when fishing beyond the three-mile boundary that is currently recognized as federal waters, as it is fully expected that federal agents will continue to enforce federal law. Until U.S. Congress confirms Louisiana’s action, the battle will continue over Louisiana’s state water boundary.

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.

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.

Oyster Task Force Announces Lease Moratorium Lifting Sub Committee Meeting

Release Date: 10/08/2015

Oyster Task Force

Oyster Lease Moratorium Lifting Committee

John Tesvich, Chairman

Wednesday, October 14, 2015, 1:00 P.M.

UNO Advanced Technology Center

2021 Lakeshore Dr., STE 210

New Orleans, LA 70122




I.               Roll Call and introduction of guests

II.             Continuing discussion on issues and parameters to follow in lifting oyster lease moratorium

III.           Set next meeting date

III.         Adjourn


The meeting will be held in compliance with Louisiana’s Open Meetings Law as defined by Louisiana R.S. 42:11, et seq.  The public is invited to attend.  To listen in to the meeting via webinar register at




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.

Commercial Netting Season on False River, Lake Bruin and Lake Providence Now Open

Release Date: 10/06/2015

(Oct. 6, 2015) - The reoccurring commercial net season for False River, Lake Bruin and Lake Providence is now open and will continue through sunset on February 29, 2016.
In 2014, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission extended the season by one month.  The Department hopes the season extension will increase commercial angler participation and harvest of fish including buffalo, carp and freshwater drum. 
During this season the use of gill and trammel nets greater than or at least a minimum of 3.5 square inches (7 inches stretched) is allowed.  Commercial fishing activity will only be allowed during daylight hours with the exception of gear that can be set overnight; however, all fish caught should be removed during daylight hours only.
For False River season information, contact Biologist Manager Rachel Walley at rwalley@wlf.la.gov or (225) 765-2336, or Lake Bruin and Lake Providence season information, contact Ryan Daniel at rdaniel@wlf.la.gov or (318) 343-4044. 

LDWF Proposes New Waterfowl Hunting Zones for 2016-2021

Release Date: 10/05/2015

Current Waterfowl Zones (2015)
Proposed Waterfowl Zones for 2016-2021 (not this year)

Oct. 5, 2015 – In action taken at the Oct. 1 Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission meeting, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) was directed to present to the public revised waterfowl hunting zones that would be considered for the 2016-21 waterfowl hunting seasons.


Zones for waterfowl hunting can be changed every 5 years, and this opportunity comes at the same time the review/approval process for setting waterfowl hunting regulations is being moved to an earlier time frame in the calendar year.  Consequently, changes to waterfowl hunting zones must be decided prior to December 1, 2015 to take effect for the 2016-17 hunting season. 


A map depicting the proposed new zone boundaries is available: HERE


New proposed boundaries are:


East Zone:  The area of the state between the Mississippi  State line and the line going south on Hwy 79 from the Arkansas  border to Homer; then south on Hwy 9 to Arcadia; then south on Hwy 147 to Hodge; then south on Hwy 167 to Turkey Creek; then south on Hwy 13 to Eunice; then west on Hwy 190 to its junction with Hwy 171 at Ragley; then south on Hwy 171 to Lake Charles; then south and east on Hwy 14 to its junction with Hwy 90 in New Iberia; then east on Hwy 90 to its junction with the Atchafalaya River; then south along the east bank of the Atchafalaya River to the boundary of Atchafalaya Delta WMA; then along the eastern boundary of the Atchafalaya Delta WMA to the end of Point au Fer Island ; then due south to the end of state waters.


West Zone:  The area between the Texas State  line and the line going east on Hwy 190/12 to Eunice; then north on Hwy 13 to Turkey Creek; then north on Hwy 167 to Hodge; then north on Hwy 147 to Arcadia; then north on Hwy 9 to Homer; then north on Hwy 79 to the Arkansas border.


Coastal Zone:  Remainder of state.


The major changes conferred by the proposed new zones include moving the marshes of southeast Louisiana from the Coastal into the East Zone; moving a large amount of rice-growing acreage in Evangeline, Jefferson Davis, Acadia, and Vermilion Parishes from the Coastal to the East Zone; and moving a portion of NW LA from the East Zone to the West Zone.


LDWF Wildlife Division staff received comments and suggestions on waterfowl hunting zone changes from waterfowl hunters at public meetings conducted in September. 


Proposed changes to the waterfowl hunting zones are available for public comment through Nov. 5, 2015. The Department is requesting comments be sent to Larry Reynolds, Waterfowl Program Manager, lreynolds@wlf.la.gov by Oct. 30, 2015, but additional comment can be provided directly to the Commission at the Nov. 5, 2015 meeting in Baton Rouge.  Public comment received by Oct. 30, 2015 on the proposed waterfowl hunting zone changes will be summarized and presented to the Commission at their Nov. 5, 2015 meeting.


Waterfowl hunting zones approved by the Commission in November would take effect in the 2016-17 waterfowl hunting season and remain in place for 5 years.  There will be no changes to the current zone alignment for the 2015-16 waterfowl season.


To make a comment, or if you have additional questions or comments, please contact Larry Reynolds at 225-765-0456 or lreynolds@wlf.la.gov.

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.


Body of Cameron Man Recovered from Calcasieu River

Release Date: 10/05/2015

Search and rescue crews recovered the body of a Cameron man this morning, Oct. 5, in the East Pass of the Calcasieu River in Cameron Parish.

Search crews from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Office, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Coast Guard began searching for Ronald B. Moore, 44, on Oct. 2 around 4 p.m.

Moore’s body was recovered around 9 a.m. on Oct. 5 near the town of Cameron.

According to witnesses they heard a noise and saw Moore floating in the water while his 16 foot aluminum vessel was circling around him.  The witnesses saw Moore bob up and down a few times and before disappearing.  The witnesses were able to call for help.

LDWF will be the lead investigative agency for this boating incident.  Moore’s body was turned over to the Calcasieu Parish Coroner’s Office to determine an official cause of death.

It is unknown at this time what caused Moore to be ejected from the vessel.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

Temporary Closure Scheduled for Bonnabel Boat Launch

Release Date: 10/05/2015

(Oct. 5, 2015) - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries in partnership with Jefferson Parish have scheduled a temporary closure of Bonnabel Boat Launch, a public access facility on the south shore of Lake Pontchartrain, for ramp improvements. 
The launch will close beginning Tuesday, October 13 and is tentatively scheduled to reopen in February 2016.
Site improvements include replacement and extension of four concrete boat ramps, providing a safer and more enjoyable experience for boaters in the future. 
Improvements are funded through the Wallop-Breaux Boating Access Program administered by LDWF and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  Jefferson Parish is providing matching funds and continued maintenance of the facility upon completion.
During the temporary closure, boaters can access Lake Pontchartrain at Seabrook Boat Launch in New Orleans and at the Williams Boat Launch in Kenner.  Locations and additional details for these launches and public boat launches statewide can be found at http://www.fishla.org/find-boat-launch/.

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