The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will be tagging several hundred crappie (white perch) in the Poverty Point Reservoir located in Richland Parish in an effort to learn more about the crappie population.

The success of the project will rely heavily on angler participation. LDWF is urging anglers to turn in tags from the marked crappie to the Poverty Point Reservoir State Park south gate office or marina. The tags will be a highly visible orange color and attached near the dorsal fin.  

The Poverty Point Reservoir District has provided funding to reward all anglers who return tags. Anglers will be rewarded with a free cap for each tagged fish reported. In addition, every tag returned is an entry for a grand prize package valued at over $200, which includes a custom crappie rod and reel.  

It is important for all Poverty Point Reservoir anglers to participate so that LDWF biologists can obtain an accurate assessment of the crappie population. Information gained will be used to provide data for scientifically based management decisions for crappie in Poverty Point. 

For more information, contact Ryan Daniel with the LDWF Inland Fisheries Division in Monroe at 318-343-4044 ext. 235.