LDWF News Release

New Waterfowl Impoundment Completed at Dewey W. Wills WMA, Access Details Provided

Release Date: 11/20/2015

Nov. 20, 2015 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is informing WMA users that a new waterfowl impoundment has been completed within the acreage north of the Catahoula Lake Diversion Canal at Dewey W. Wills WMA.
The purpose of the project was to enhance forested wetland habitat for waterfowl along the Muddy Bayou watershed north of the Catahoula Lake Diversion Canal.  The reservoir is dependent upon rainfall for flooding, and will provide habitat for wintering waterfowl and public hunting opportunities.
Flooding within the new waterfowl impoundment has temporarily restricted vehicle access.  Camp Bayou Rd., accessible from Hwy. 28, is temporarily closed to regular vehicle traffic.  A parking area located near the gate can be used to offload ATVs and UTVs, which may be used on the portion of the road that is closed. Hunters can walk or paddle into the impoundment from any designated access point. Additional access points on the southwest corner, the southeast corner and northern edge of the impoundment are available near the Self Clearing permit stations. Those using ATVs or UTVs must stay on the trails provided. Once the water recedes after hunting season and road conditions allow, vehicular traffic will resume on Camp Bayou Rd.  
To view a map of the WMA and the new waterfowl impoundment, go to: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/2753.
Partnering with Wildlife and Fisheries on this new impoundment project were Ducks Unlimited, Wetlands America Trust, Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana, and the North American Wetlands Conservation Council.     
Dewey W. Wills WMA is located in the southern portion of LaSalle and Catahoula parishes in central Louisiana approximately 20 miles northeast of Alexandria. For more information, contact Cliff Dailey at 318-487-5885 or adailey@wlf.la.gov .

LDWF Schedules Saline Lake Drawdown for Aquatic Vegetation Control

Release Date: 11/17/2015

(Nov. 17, 2015) - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has scheduled a drawdown for Saline Lake in Natchitoches and Winn parishes on Thursday, November 19 for giant salvinia control.
The control structure will be closed once the water level reaches two feet below pool stage but will be reopened again on Monday, December 7 until the lake level reaches a total of 8 feet below pool stage.
The date of completion for the drawdown will be announced following an assessment of aquatic vegetation on the lake.
Although the lake will not be closed to fishing, caution is advised of boaters during the low water period, as boat lanes will not provide normal clearance for underwater obstructions.
For additional information regarding the drawdown, contact Jason Brancamp, LDWF Biologist Manager, at jbrancamp@wlf.la.gov or (318) 487-5888.

Louisiana Fall Red Snapper Season to Begin Friday

Release Date: 11/16/2015

(Nov. 16, 2015) - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries would like to remind recreational anglers of the upcoming fall snapper season to begin this Friday, November 20 until further notice.
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. 
“Our data reflects the reality,” said Robert Barham, LDWF Secretary. “Through our real-time quota monitoring program, La Creel, we have identified a fishery that is healthy and thriving with additional opportunity for harvest.”
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.

Delhi Man Charged with Deer Hunting Violations

Release Date: 11/13/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited a Delhi man for alleged deer hunting violations on Nov. 10 in Franklin Parish.
Agents cited Frederick W. Fudickar Jr., 32, for taking deer during a closed season, criminal trespassing and criminal damage to property.
On Sept. 25, LDWF agents responded to a complaint of two bucks dumped beside a box deer stand on private property in northern Franklin Parish.  The deer’s heads and back straps were removed.
On Nov. 6, LDWF agents received another complaint from the same people about extensive damage to the exact same piece of property.  Damage was done by trucks and tractors that had gotten stuck in the mud and then retrieved.  A game camera got partial photos of one of the tractors involved.
On Nov. 7, LDWF agents found the tractor and interviewed the owner who told them that Fudickar had gotten stuck and called several people to come help him.
LDWF agents went to Fudickar’s residence on Nov. 7 to interview him about the property damage and the two deer.  When they pulled into his driveway they noticed two buck heads lying on top of the shed in the back yard.
On Nov. 10, Fudickar admitted to killing the two bucks on Sept. 21 and dumping them beside the adjoining landowners deer stand.  Deer season in Franklin Parish didn’t open until October.
Taking deer during a closed season brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to six months in jail.  Criminal trespassing brings a $100 to $500 fine and up to 30 days in jail.  Criminal damage to property carries up to a $1,000 fine and six months in jail.  Fudickar may also face civil restitution for the replacement value of the deer totaling $4,066.
Agents involved in the case are Lt. Scott Watson, Sgt. Joe Chandler and Sgt. Bear Fletcher.
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: 11/12/2015

(Nov. 12, 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 November 1 include Mark Baur, Michael Herpich, Payton Jolley, Clay Wilcoxon and Tanner Womack.
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 halfway through 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/

Louisiana Crab Task Force to Meet on November 17th

Release Date: 11/12/2015

Louisiana Crab Task Force Meeting

Pete Gerica, chairman

Tuesday, November 17, at 1:00 p.m.

UNO Advanced Technology Center

2021 Lakeshore Dr., Room 210

New Orleans, Louisiana 70122



             I.            Roll Call and introduction of guests

            II.            Approval of October 8 meeting minutes and November 17 agenda

           III.            Financial Report

           IV.            Old Business

 A.     Update on commission item to suspend entry into the Louisiana Fisheries Forward Program

             V.  New Business

A.     Preliminary result of the commerical crab harvest – Jack Isaacs

B.     Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) recommendations on Mississippi River Sediment Diversions  

C.     Crab meat importation- Trudy Luke

D.    Sustainability Cerification- Damon Morris


                          VI.              Public Comment

                         VII.              Set Next Meeting

                         VIII.             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 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.

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For press inquiries please contact Rene LeBreton, 504-286-8745 or rlebreton@wlf.la.gov




Telemetry Tagging Event to Take Place on Lake Pontchartrain

Release Date: 11/10/2015

Telemetry Tagging Event to Take Place on Lake Pontchartrain
Telemetry Tagging Event to Take Place on Lake Pontchartrain

As part of an ongoing study of speckled trout, red drum and bullsharks in Lake Pontchartrain, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will again host its annual fall acoustic telemetry tagging event during the week of November 16.
In the fall of 2012, the department launched the project to collect continuous data on individual movements of these species over time. The data collected provides insight to seasonal migration patterns, habitat use and how movements may vary between sexes.
Tagging events are held twice a year, in the fall and spring. The department depends on volunteer anglers to capture fish and carefully transport them to a nearby LDWF surgery boat. There, the fish are weighed, measured, tagged with an external dart tag and surgically implanted with an acoustic tag. Tagged fish are held in a recovery tank for a minimum of thirty minutes to ensure a healthy release.   
Acoustic tags are much more effective for tracking fish movement than traditional tagging techniques.  Conventional tagging involves marking and releasing a fish that will hopefully be recaptured at a future date, yielding very few data points. Acoustic tagging allows scientists to repeatedly locate and track tagged fish in remote or inaccessible settings, thus providing a more detailed look at patterns, usage and behavior.
Since the program’s inception, biologists have tagged 218 speckled trout, 56 red drum and 18 bullsharks.  With four years of data already in hand, the agency has arrived at some interesting conclusions.
Speckled trout movements are most strongly influenced by salinity. The salinity in Lake Pontchartrain is low during the spring, and tagged trout can be observed leaving the lake from March through May. The salinity in the lake begins to rise in the fall, and trout begin returning in November. “Many Lake Pontchartrain anglers reference ‘World Series trout’ because they begin to catch them around the time of the World Series baseball tournament, which occurs in late October to early November,” explained LDWF biologist Ashley Ferguson. “The fall migration observed with the tagged trout correlates very closely with angler observations, lending legitimacy to the fable.”
Biologists have also used acoustic tagging technology to determine that bullsharks in the lake are mostly influenced by temperature and can be observed leaving the lake in cold winter months.
“Red drum have only been tagged for one year of the program. They can be observed using all habitats in the lake but spend a majority of their time along natural shorelines,” explained Ferguson. “We will be tagging additional red drum during this upcoming event to determine how their future behavior compares.”
Movement trends of all acoustically tagged fish can easily be observed using our online Fish Tracker.
Anglers are encouraged to report all tagged fish recaptures. These tagged fish are very valuable to this research project, and we ask that if caught, they be released so that data can continue to be collected.  Tagged fish that are part of this program can be recognized by a blue external dart tag.  Please call the number provided on the blue tag, and report the date, time, location of catch and health of the fish when released. 
Anglers interested in volunteering for the fall tagging event can email aferguson@wlf.la.gov for additional information. 

Oyster Industry Workshop to Address Key Legislative Issues

Release Date: 11/10/2015

(Nov. 10, 2015) - Louisiana Fisheries Forward, a Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and Louisiana Sea Grant collaborative program, will host a free, educational oyster industry workshop in Houma. Workshop topics include oyster harvesting tags and requirements, methods of sale of oysters, private seed production and industry legislative updates. These presentations are designed to help those in the oyster industry thrive in a constantly changing marketplace.
The free workshop will be held:
Friday, November 13, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Dumas Auditorium
301 West Tunnel Blvd.
Houma, LA 70360
Hands-on demonstrations will include new refrigeration techniques and equipment, including the LFF Seafood Quality Training Lab. A light meal will be provided, so registration is encouraged to accommodate all participants; visit here.
LFF is a voluntary education program, established with the goal of improving the economic success of Louisiana’s commercial fishing industry by showcasing new technology and best practice methods.
Fishermen requesting more information should contact Darren Bourgeois at dbourgeois@wlf.la.gov or (504) 284-2033.

Oyster Harvest to Close in Sister Lake

Release Date: 11/09/2015

Oyster Harvest to Close in Sister Lake

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has announced that the harvest of oysters shall close in the Sister Lake Public Oyster Seed Reservation (POSR) in Terrebonne Parish at one half hour after sunset on Friday, November 13, 2015.  This public oyster seed reservation holds a limited oyster supply and harvest pressure during the oyster season, which opened on October 19, has significantly reduced the 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 Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ Secretary Robert J. Barham to take emergency action to close areas, on an as-needed basis, based on biological 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 resource 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.

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.

Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Appeals Board to Meet

Release Date: 11/09/2015

Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Appeals Board to Meet

The Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Appeals Board will meet on Tuesday, November 10, 2015. The meeting will convene at 10:00 a.m. in the second floor conference room of the University of New Orleans’ Advanced Technology Center located at 2021 Lakeshore Drive in New Orleans.  

Agenda items for the meeting of the Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Appeals Board are as follows:

1.     Roll Call of Board Members

2.     Approval of Minutes from August 26, 2015 Meeting

3.     Hearing of New Renewal Permit Appeals

a.     Michael Anglin

b.     John W. Parker, Jr.

c.     Myron Prosperie

4.     Hearing of New Re-Issuance Permit Appeals

a.     Durvin Lombas, Jr.

5.     Update on Recommendations Made at August 26, 2015 Meeting

6.     Discuss legislation concerning the Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit

7.     Receive Public Comments

8.     Set next meeting date

9.     Adjournment

This Board was established by Act 922 of the 2008 Regular Legislative Session for the purpose of hearing appeals of vessel permit denials by LDWF. Act 922 requires that anyone commercially harvesting oysters on the public oyster seed grounds and reservations, except those in Calcasieu Lake and Sabine Lake, must do so from a vessel holding a public oyster seed ground vessel permit issued by LDWF.

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.

For more information, please contact Ty Lindsey at 225-765-2387 or tlindsey@wlf.la.gov



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