LDWF News Release

April 2018, Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Meeting Agenda

Release Date: 04/02/2018

The next regular Commission Meeting will be held at 1:00 PM on Thursday, April 5, 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. Adoption of March 1, 2018 Commission Meeting Minutes 

5. Commission Special Announcements / Personal Privilege

6. Enforcement Report March 2018 – Captain Edward Skena

7. Receive an Update Regarding Legislation Filed for the 2018 Regular Session – Cole Garrett, Executive Counsel

8. Receive and Consider a Resolution Supporting House Bill 687, Restructuring of Hunting and Fishing Licenses – Cole Garrett, Executive Counsel 

9. Receive an Update on Chronic Wasting Disease Response Activities – Johnathan Bordelon, Wildlife Biologist

10. Receive a Presentation of a Request for Proposals (RFP) for Waterfowl Breeding Grounds Habitat Work for 2018-2020 – Larry Reynolds, Wildlife Biologist 

11. Receive and Consider Notice of Intent to Modify Reef Fish Harvest Regulations – Jason Adriance, Fisheries Biologist

12. Receive Presentation on the Exempted Fishing Permit Modifications to the Recreational Offshore Landing Permit (ROLP) Website and Mobile Application – Jason Adriance, Fisheries Biologist

13. Receive and Consider a Notice of Intent for the Addition of Shovelnose Sturgeon to the Domesticated Aquatic Organism (DAO) List – Rob Bourgeois, Fisheries Biologist

14. Consider the Notice of Intent for the Addition of Sterlet Sturgeon to the Domesticated Aquatic Organism (DAO) List for Final Rulemaking – Rob Bourgeois, Fisheries Biologist

15. Receive a report on Shrimp Sampling for the Spring Season – Peyton Cagle, Fisheries Biologist

16. Set August 2018 Commission Meeting Date

17. Receive Public Comments

18. 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/9092865894006494209 


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


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Registration Now Open for Louisiana’s 2017 Youth Hunter of the Year Contest

Release Date: 04/02/2018

April 2, 2018 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), the Louisiana Wildlife Federation and the Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association are seeking submissions for the 2017 Youth Hunter of the Year contest. The contest, for the 2017 calendar year, is open to Louisiana boys and girls ages 15 and younger.
Did you have a special hunt this past year? Harvested your first game animal or bird? Maybe just a hunting trip made great by sharing time in the outdoor with family and friends? Regardless, you could be a candidate for our male and female Youth Hunter of the Year contest.
Youth Hunters of the Year will receive a plaque in recognition of their achievement and a gift certificate from Bowie Outfitters. The two winners will also be recognized at the Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association conference in August 2018.
To apply, download the registration form on the LDWF web site (http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/yhrp). Entrants must submit the registration form along with a photograph and story describing the hunt. Entries must be postmarked by June 15, 2018. Applications can be sent by mail or submitted electronically.
For more information on this program and how to apply contact John Sturgis at 337-948-0255 or jsturgis@wlf.la.gov or Rebecca Triche at 225-344-6707 or Rebecca@lawildlifefed.org. For more information on the Louisiana Wildlife Federation, go to lawildlifefed.org.


LDWF Will Close Boeuf and Grassy Lake Wildlife Management Areas on March 30 Due to Flooding

Release Date: 03/29/2018

March 29, 2018 – Boeuf and Grassy Lake Wildlife Management Areas (WMA) will close Friday (March 30) due to flooding and remained closed to all activities until further notice, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced. Included in the closure is hunting season for turkey.
LDWF Secretary Jack Montoucet issued a declaration of emergency closing the WMAs in accordance with the emergency provisions of R.S. 49:953 of the Administrative Procedure Act and under authority of R.S. 56:115.
Excessive rains and backwater flooding in central and northern Louisiana forced the action.
The declaration of emergency reads, in part:
“Currently, due to excessive high water levels associated with excessive rainfall along with backwater flooding, Boeuf and Grassy Lake Wildlife Management Areas are inundated with floodwater and water levels are continuing to rise. These areas are nearly completely inaccessible by vehicle and hazardous conditions exist on the areas due to such water levels. Such conditions constitute a public safety hazard. Additionally, many wildlife species are stressed and displaced by such events, and public access to and use of these areas during this time will adversely impact such. Therefore, until the high water recedes, it is deemed necessary to close these Wildlife Management Areas to all use.’’
LDWF will reopen the WMAs when flooding subsides and repairs are made.
Boeuf WMA, which consists of 51,110 acres, is located 10 miles southeast of Columbia in Caldwell and Catahoula parishes. For more information on Boeuf WMA, go http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/32649.
Grassy Lake WMA, made up of 12,983 acres is located in northeastern Avoyelles Parish, approximately 12 miles from Bordelonville. For more information on this WMA, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/2767.


Big Bass Rodeo Winners Announced Including First All-Girls Team

Release Date: 03/28/2018

Big Bass Rodeo Winners Announced Including First All-Girls Team
Big Bass Rodeo Winners Announced Including First All-Girls Team
Big Bass Rodeo Winners Announced Including First All-Girls Team

On Saturday, March 24, City Park of New Orleans hosted the 71st annual Big Bass Rodeo, with over 500 anglers competing for the championship title. Although the wind made for some challenging casting, it didn’t stop the fish from biting. Throughout the day, many anglers brought in 3-pound bass to the scales.
Angler James Leman brought in a first place worthy largemouth bass weighing 5.46 pounds, earning him top honors for the day and the Joe Courcelle Award. The Paul Kalman award for the Junior Angler’s Bass Division went to Nicholas Foley for his 2.86-pound bass. Team Camo continued to keep their presence on the Cichlid and Bream Trim Team Challenge leaderboard with a combined weight of 5.87 pounds.
For the third year, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries hosted the student angler competition, Battle for the Bass. Nine different schools battled it out to earn the title and bragging rights for the upcoming year. The Cabrini Casters from Cabrini High School beat out 27 other teams with a winning two-fish combined weight of 3.58 pounds. Not only was this the Cabrini Casters first time to compete, but they were also the first all-girls team to enter the competition.
Boats on the Bayou continued to bring experienced kayak anglers to Bayou St. John but also encouraged novices as well. Courtesy of Massey’s Outfitters, interested anglers were able rent a kayak free of charge during the event. Participants could place in four different categories, and the 2018 winner of the Kaye Florane Award and largest bass went to Jon Carter with a weight of 3.89 pounds.
A complete list of winners is available below. For more information on Big Bass Rodeo, go to www.bigbassfishingrodeo.com or contact Danica Williams at dwilliams@wlf.la.gov .
Boats on the Bayou
1st; Jackson Lavarine; 0.19 lbs. 
2nd; Ryan Schellhaas, 0.18 lbs. 
3rd; Ryan Schellhaas; 0.15 lbs.
1st; Jon Carter; .68 lbs.
1st; Jon Carter; 3.89 lbs. 
2nd; Frank Roth; 1.75 lbs. 
3rd; Kevin Metz; 1.66 lbs.
Battle for the Bass
1st; Team Cabrini Caster - Cabrini High School - New Orleans; 3.58 lbs. 
2nd; Team Brother Martin #1 - Brother Martin High School - New Orleans; 3.39 lbs. 
3rd; Team Reel Men - Fontainebleau Jr. High School – Mandeville; 3.21 lbs.
Big Bass Rodeo   

Cichlid & Bream Trim - Team Event
1st; Team Camo; 5.87 lbs. 
2nd; Team Cichlids Rule Everything Around Me; 4.17 lbs. 
3rd; Team Stop, Drop & Reel; 2.52 lbs.
Fly Fishing- Bass
1st; Jody Coyne; 0.71 lbs. 
2nd; Charles Roccaforte; 0.52 lbs. 
3rd; Carter Sanchez 0.47 lbs.
Champions Challenge
1st; Damien Frey; 3.15 lbs.
Junior Anglers
1st; Michael Joseph; 0.38 lbs. 
2nd; David Haydel; 0.32 lbs. 
3rd; Caleb O'Neal; 0.31 lbs.
Junior Angler – Bass
1st; Nicholas Foley; 2.86 lbs. 
2nd; Brook Ritter; 2.45 lbs. 
3rd; Layla Milloit; 2.00 lbs.
Bass – Adult
1st; James Leman; 5.46 lbs. 
2nd; Justin Landry; 5.16 lbs. 
3rd; Douglas Blanda; 4.17 lbs.


LDWF’s Bodcau and Woodworth Shooting Ranges To Be Closed During Good Friday, Easter Sunday

Release Date: 03/27/2018

March 27, 2018 – The Bodcau and Woodworth Shooting Ranges will be closed Good Friday (March 30) and Easter Sunday (April 1) in observance of the holidays, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced. Both will be open Saturday (March 31) for normal business hours.
The Bodcau Shooting Range is located on the Bodcau Wildlife Management Area in Bossier and Webster parishes. The Woodworth Shooting Range is located in Rapides Parish.
For more information on these and other LDWF ranges go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/shooting-ranges.


LDWF to Open Shrimp Season in a Portion of Louisiana Offshore Waters April 2, 2018

Release Date: 03/27/2018

LDWF to Open Shrimp Season in a Portion of Louisiana Offshore Waters April 2, 2018

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced that shrimp season will reopen at 6:00 a.m. on April 2, 2018, in a portion of state outside waters seaward of Terrebonne Parish.

The area extends from the inside/outside shrimp line seaward to the 3-mile line, from the northwest shore of Caillou Boca at -90 degrees 50 minutes 27 seconds west longitude westward to the eastern shore of the Atchafalaya River Ship Channel at Eugene Island as delineated by the red buoy line.

According to the most recent data collected by LDWF biologists, small white shrimp have reached marketable sizes and the closure is no longer necessary. Significant numbers of smaller size white shrimp still remain in state outside waters west of the Atchafalaya River Ship Channel to the western shore of Freshwater Bayou Canal at -92 degrees 18 minutes 33 seconds west longitude, and these waters will remain closed to shrimping until further notice.

The opening dates for the 2018 spring inshore shrimp season will be considered by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission at their May 3, 2018, meeting.

Click the image above or http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/shrimp-seasons for a map detailing this opening.

For more information, contact Peyton Cagle (337) 491-2575 or pcagle@wlf.la.gov.

ICYMI: "We urge legislators to approve Montoucet’s plan, ensuring that this paradise won't be neglected for future generations."

Release Date: 03/26/2018

The Advocate:  Our Views: Want to keep Louisiana 'The Sportsman's Paradise?' Approve Jack Montoucet's plan

Editorial: March 23, 2018

The last time the state of Louisiana increased its licenses for hunting and fishing, at least in any across-the-board fashion, was 2000. During the intervening years, our Southern neighbors were raising their fees and restructuring their licenses to recoup federal matching funds. That allowed them to maintain their hunting preserves and fish stocks.

What also happened in the intervening years?

The price of oil rose, in fact to historic levels, and oil and gas production on land owned and managed by the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries went into the conservation fund.

Everyone now knows what has happened to the price of oil since 2014 — natural gas prices have also continued to be very low in historical terms — and W&F has been slowly depleting the conservation fund balances.

Click here to read the rest of the piece

Opinions requested from freshwater anglers regarding fish attractors

Release Date: 03/26/2018

(3-26-18) – The Southern Division of the American Fisheries Society’s Reservoir Committee, a working group of fisheries biologists across the Southeastern United States, and LDWF are conducting an online survey of fish-attractor and aquatic vegetation use by anglers who fish Southeastern reservoirs.  We are asking for help from our reservoir anglers across the state to take a 15-minute, anonymous online survey.  All of the information compiled will be analyzed and reported back to LDWF and other state fish and wildlife agencies for consideration in making management decisions.

The results of this project will guide and improve LDWF’s aquatic habitat enhancement programs in our lakes and reservoirs across the state.  Please click on the link to take the survey and thanks for your time!  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/fishattractor

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

Alligator Advisory Council to Meet on March 27, 2018 @ 9:00 AM.

Release Date: 03/26/2018

Alligator Advisory Council
Tuesday, March 27, 2018, 9:00 a.m.
4th floor conference room (Rm 459)
Baton Rouge LDWF Office


1.  Approval of minutes from the August 2, 2017 AAC meeting

2.  LDWF Alligator Program Update

3.  Alligator Nuisance Hunter Payment Program

4.  Public comment

5.  Executive Session: Discussion of RFP and Professional Services Contract pursuant to La. R.S. 42:17(A)(1)

6.  Adjourn


LDWF to Study Crappie Population Health and Fishing Pressure at Sibley Lake

Release Date: 03/23/2018

In response to concerns from the public and local lawmakers regarding potential crappie overfishing on Sibley Lake in Natchitoches, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will analyze recent data from biological sampling and angler creel interviews conducted from 2015 through 2017.


The data collected from fish sampled during the study period will provide population information such as crappie abundance, growth and condition estimates, spawning success and recruitment. Information collected during the angler interview process will help to determine the overall impact crappie anglers have on the population in Sibley Lake. This includes the number of fish caught per trip, the number of fish harvested and released per trip, and the size of the fish caught. The information will be compiled to determine if a change in regulations would benefit the crappie fishery in Sibley Lake.


LDWF routinely conducts stock assessments of lakes statewide to ensure the health of the fishery and determine the efficiency of existing and proposed regulations. These projects primarily focus on largemouth bass or crappie, but also include biological information gathered on other recreationally and commercially-important species. Such biological studies include intensive biological sampling and data collection over a 3-year period.


Once the data collection and scientific analysis is complete, the results of such will be made available to the public via the LDWF website and other venues.


For additional information regarding Sibley Lake, contact Villis Dowden at  vdowden@wlf.la.gov  or (318) 357-3214.


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 . To receive email alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup .

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