LDWF to Open Shrimp Season In Remaining Louisiana Offshore Waters May 1

Release Date: 04/26/2017

LDWF to Open Shrimp Season In Remaining Louisiana Offshore Waters May 1

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced the Louisiana shrimp season will reopen in a portion of state outside waters seaward of St. Mary, Iberia and Vermilion parishes at 6 a.m. on Monday, May 1.
The area extends seaward of the Inside/Outside Shrimp Line out to the three mile line, from the eastern shore of the Atchafalaya River Ship Channel at Eugene Island as delineated by the channel red buoy line to the western shore of Freshwater Bayou Canal at -92 degrees 18 minutes 33 seconds west longitude.
Trawl samples taken by LDWF biologists indicate white shrimp in the area have reached marketable sizes, and the closure is no longer necessary.
Opening dates for the 2017 spring inshore shrimp season will be considered by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission at their May 4 meeting.
For more information, contact Jeff Marx (337) 373-0032 or

Louisiana GCLA Partners with LDWF to Hold the First Annual Caddo Lake Fishing Rodeo

Release Date: 04/25/2017

The Louisiana Chapter of the Greater Caddo Lake Association (GCLA) in partnership with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will hold the first annual Caddo Lake Fishing Rodeo. The rodeo will launch on Saturday, May 6 concurrent with the kickoff of the annual Gusher Days events in Oil City and will conclude on Labor Day, Monday, September 4.
The department will collect, tag and release 50 fish of various species from the lake. Anglers who land a tagged fish can redeem the tag for prizes including gift certificates, tackle packages and up to $1,000 in cash. The Louisiana GCLA, Caddo Outdoors Bait and Tackle, Caddo Lake Drift In and Southern Smoke BBQ provide rodeo prizes. 
Bonus prizes will be awarded to anyone who catches a tagged fish who is an active member of the Louisiana GCLA, prior to the beginning of the event. For a complete list of prizes and rules, please visit one of the sponsor locations or go to the Louisiana Greater Caddo Lake Association’s Facebook page.
Caddo Lake is a natural jewel located on the Louisiana and Texas borders. The lake is filled with beautiful cypress trees and is a nature lover’s dream. The lake boasts an outstanding fishery known for its abundant bream, crappie and catfish; but Caddo Lake is best known as a trophy bass lake. Highly regarded as an excellent bass fishery by local anglers for years, it was ranked the seventh best bass fishing lake in the southeastern U.S. by Bassmaster Magazine in 2016. 

Get Out and Fish! launches newest community fishing site in Vidalia, LA

Release Date: 04/21/2017

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and The City of Vidalia invite you to join them for an event on Saturday, May 13th at William T. Polk City Park pond in Vidalia, LA. Prior to the event, the pond will be stocked with 600 pounds of adult channel catfish. In addition, there will be numerous fishing activities for the entire family including a mobile touch tank, casting inflatable, and a chance to meet Robbie the Redfish. 

Fishing competition categories include heaviest catfish and heaviest “other” fish.  Age divisions include Little Angler (ages 8 and under), Junior Angler (ages 9-15) and Adult Angler (ages 16 and older). You can pre-register for this event at

The event is free, and the first 100 youth registrants in attendance will receive a goody bag.  In addition, every participant will be entered into a raffle drawing to win prizes. Lunch will be provided by the City of Vidalia while supplies last.

Participants 16 & older must possess a valid Louisiana fishing license. If you would like to purchase a fishing license you can do so online at Don’t forget to bring your own gear, bait and tackle, and an ice chest to keep your fish.

The Get Out and Fish! Program seeks to increase the number of people with access to quality fishing. The program intends to recruit new anglers to the sport of fishing and promote outdoor activities for future generations.

This event 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 Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission in the challenge of conserving Louisiana’s wildlife and fish resources.

The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources.  For more information, visit us at, on Facebook at or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

For more information on Get Out and Fish! Program, contact Danica Williams at or (504) 628-7282. 


LDWF to Offer Expanded Licensing Services in South Louisiana

Release Date: 04/20/2017

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will offer new commercial fishing licenses and renewals and motorboat registration from the following locations:

St. Bernard Parish Government Building
8201 West Judge Perez Drive
Chalmette, La.
April 25-27      
8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Lake Charles Office
1213 North Lakeshore Drive
Lake Charles, La.
May 2-4
8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Fishermen are reminded that acceptable forms of payment will include personal checks, cashier's checks, money orders and cash.  No credit cards.  To avoid processing delays, those purchasing licenses are asked to bring their license renewal notices with them. 
 First-time applicants can apply by mail or in-person.  Renewals can be completed online at When applying in person you must provide the following:
·       Resident applicants must provide proof of residency such as a Louisiana driver’s license, (held continuously for 12 months) voter’s registration, vehicle registration and state income tax.
·       Non-residents applicants must provide proof of residency from their domiciliary state, such as driver's license, voter's registration, vehicle registration and state income tax.
·       Applicants applying for a license in a business name must provide documentation showing proof of valid federal tax ID# assigned to business name and proof of authorized signature, or an occupational license will be required.
For commercial licenses inquiries, contact (225) 765-2898.

Louisiana Artificial Reef Program to Consider Proposals for Special Artificial Reef Sites

Release Date: 04/18/2017

At their April 10 meeting, the Louisiana Artificial Reef Council approved lifting the Louisiana Artificial Reef Program’s moratorium on new proposals to create Special Artificial Reef Sites (SARS). The Council originally enacted this moratorium in 2008.
The Council also approved revisions to the Louisiana Artificial Reef Plan’s Amendment II (the “SARS” Amendment), intended to improve the SARS proposal and approval process.
Amendment II and a flowchart detailing the SARS process can be found at
For more information, please contact Mike McDonough at (225) 763-5418 or

Louisiana Oyster Task Force to Meet April 18

Release Date: 04/13/2017

Louisiana Oyster Task Force Meeting
John Tesvich, Chairman
Tuesday, April 18, 2017, 1 p.m.
2021 Lakeshore Dr., STE 210
New Orleans, LA 70122


I.Roll call and introduction of guests

II.Approval of March 17, 2017 Meeting Minutes and April 18, 2017 Agenda

III.Treasury Report

A.      Oyster Tag Sales

B.      LOTF Financial Report

·      Annual Financial Disclosure Filing Reminder

IV.Committee Reports

A.      Public and Private Oyster Grounds Committee  (Mitch Jurisich)

B.      Enforcement (Captain Chad Hebert)

C.      Legislative (Jakov Jurisic)

D.     Research (Earl Melancon)

E.      Coastal Restoration (Dan Coulon)

F.      Marketing (LDWF)

G.      Health (Lance Broussard)

H.     Sustainability (LDWF)

I.        Professionalism (LDWF)

J.      Aquaculture (John Supan)

                      k.      Joint Task Force Working Group (Mitch Jurisich)

V.New Business

A.     To Consider Recommendations and Changes to the Oyster Lease Acquisition Program- Duncan Kemp

B.     To Consider the use of the Oyster Seed Grounds and Oyster Development Accounts to Close Mardi Gras Pass- Al Sunseri

VI.Public Comment

VII.Set Next Meeting


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 To receive email alerts, signup at

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 at least 72 hours prior to the meeting date.



LDWF Schedules Drawdown for Lake Bistineau

Release Date: 04/12/2017

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has scheduled a drawdown of Lake Bistineau in Webster, Bossier, and Bienville parishes for giant salvinia control, organic reduction and fish habitat improvement. The water control structure is scheduled to open on May 1, 2017.
Giant salvinia is growing rapidly. Despite LDWF contractors treating over 5,000 acres since February 20, 2017, significant coverage is still present. The department estimates the plant covers 3,349 acres of the lake based on an aerial survey conducted on March 23, 2017.
The drawdown is designed to reduce the further expansion of salvinia as summertime temperatures promote maximum growth. Spray efforts are ongoing in areas of the lake that will not dewater during the drawdown. Intensive herbicide applications will continue during the drawdown in an effort to further reduce salvinia on the lake.
The lake should dewater at a rate of 4 to 6 inches per day and will be lowered to a maximum drawdown level of 8 feet below normal pool stage. The Lake Bistineau control gates are scheduled for closure on November 30, 2017, to allow the lake to refill for winter and early-spring recreational activities.
During the drawdown, an estimated 10,000 acres of water will remain in the lake. Boaters can access the lake from the following public boat launches: Port of Bistineau Launch, Bossier Public Launch, Grice’s and Bayou Dorcheat Public Launch. Boaters are advised to use caution during the low water period, as boat lanes will not provide normal clearance of underwater obstructions. 
This action is a necessary component of LDWF’s integrated management plan to control overabundant aquatic vegetation growth and to improve the Lake Bistineau sport fishery. An annual cycle of high and low water fluctuation can provide beneficial effects similar to a natural overflow lake system.
The current LDWF Lake Bistineau Management Plan can be viewed at:
For additional information regarding the drawdown, contact Jeff Sibley, LDWF Biologist Manager, at or (318) 371-3066. 


Gulf Council motion could lead to La.’s control over red snapper fisheries

Release Date: 04/10/2017

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries had a motion passed at the recent meeting of the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (GMFMC) that could eventually allow Louisiana the ability to manage the recreational red snapper fishery in federal waters in addition to state waters.

“This motion is a victory for all anglers fishing from Louisiana ports. If this amendment is approved, federal waters will no longer be off limits for large portions of the season,” said Jack Montoucet, secretary of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

“The motion is in keeping with Gov. John Bel Edwards’ long-held support of state management of red snapper for the recreational angling community.”

“LA Creel is an integral part of our scientific data collection program and the cornerstone for passage of this motion,” Montoucet said. “Louisiana anglers will be rewarded for their efforts in making LA Creel one of the best data collection programs in the country.”

LA Creel is the harvest data program designed and implemented by LDWF to closely track the amount of fish caught by recreational anglers in Louisiana. It has been widely recognized by other states and the National Marine Fisheries Service as the best in the gulf and enables LDWF to manage fishing seasons in near real time.

The Gulf Council passed by an 11-5 vote the motion to begin the amendment to allow Louisiana the new powers at its April 6 meeting in Birmingham, Ala.

The Gulf Council will deliberate on the new amendment over the next year to refine the “Louisiana only” plan. Under this amendment, Louisiana would act as pilot for the other Gulf states. The amendment would only allow Louisiana control of the recreational red snapper fishery in federal waters adjacent to the state for three years (2019 through 2021). If the pilot is successful, a similar program could be implemented Gulf-wide. 

This action includes both the private angling and for-hire components of the recreational fishery.

The LDWF thanks the private anglers and for-hire fishermen who have taken the time to express their opinions at the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council and Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission meetings.  

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