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A sunset provision has been added to HB 1082, which would raise Louisiana's saltwater license fee from $5.50 to $13.00. If the bill passes with the provision, it would have to be reauthorized in four years. Sunset provision added to House bill which would raise saltwater license fees
168 Views - Posted: Yesterday at 3:19 pm

A 4-year sunset provision has been added to House Bill 1082, which would increase a Louisiana resident’s saltwater fishing license fee from $5.50 to $13.00 and create a Saltwater Fish Research and Conservation Fund, officials said.


Port Sulphur man sentenced for oyster violations and public intimidation of law enforcement Port Sulphur man sentenced for oyster violations and public intimidation of law enforcement
330 Views - Posted: Yesterday at 9:26 am

A Plaquemines Parish man pleaded guilty on April 15 to his sixth offense of taking oysters in a polluted area and felony public intimidation of a game warden, according to a release from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.


A juvenile bald eagle was found shot and killed in St. Bernard Parish on April 4. Anyone with information on those responsible can contact Operation Game Thief at 1-800-442-2511. $7,500 reward offered in killing of bald eagle in St. Bernard Parish
943 Views - Posted: Yesterday at 8:54 am

A bald eagle was found shot to death in St. Bernard Parish, and officials are offering up to a $7,500 reward for information that leads to the arrest of those responsible, according to a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service official.


Long a favorite spot for speckled trout anglers south of Terrebonne Parish, structures making up the Pickets are scheduled to be removed and replaced by an artificial reef. Artificial reef that will ultimately replace the Pickets currently in design phase
1264 Views - Posted: April 16 at 4:19 pm

Design work has begun on Phase 1 of the artificial reef that will ultimately replace the Pickets, with the hope that construction of the 8- to 12-acre site will be completed later this summer, officials said.


Florida bass stockings conducted over the years by Louisiana and Texas have resulted in the presence of Florida (genetic) influence in 32.7% of the Toledo Bend bass sampled by the LDWF. Why all the big bass now?
63 Views - Posted: April 15 at 7:00 am

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ Ricky Yeldell pointed to two reasons for the recent rash of trophy bass coming from the waters of Toledo Bend.


Texas recreational hunters can pay helicopter companies to serve as gunners on feral hog control flights. The Lone Star state has an estimated population of 3.2 million hogs that cause about $400 million dollars in annual damages. LDWF investigating allowing recreational hunters to serve as helicopter gunners to help reduce feral hog population
4659 Views - Posted: April 14 at 5:33 pm

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is currently working with Texas Parks and Wildlife to investigate developing a program that would allow recreational hunters in Louisiana the opportunity to pay and serve as gunners on helicopter flights to help reduce the state’s feral hog population.


If your hunting property doesn’t have plenty of supplemental forage, your deer herd might suffer. Forage plantings critical for deer
1232 Views - Posted: April 14 at 9:00 am

In the movie Groundhog Day, Bill Murray was stuck in time on a cold winter’s day that would never end. While the cold weather this year made for a great deer season, this winter in Louisiana has been one that seemed like it too would never end.


Slot limits are being rescinded on five lakes statewide effective Sunday, April 20, after LDWF biologists determined length regulations have not proven effective. Black bass slot limit to be removed on five state lakes effective April 20
5093 Views - Posted: April 11 at 11:28 am

Regulations for black bass on several water bodies across the state will change on Sunday, April 20 after biologists determined that length regulations have not been effective, according to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.


The East End boat launch off La. Hwy. 82 at the Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge will be closed April 14 through May 2 for modifications to the back down ramps so the public will be able to launch in low tide conditions, LDWF said. East End Locks boat launch on Rockefeller Refuge to close for repairs on April 14
1124 Views - Posted: April 11 at 10:55 am

Modifications to the back down ramps at the Joseph Harbor boat launch off La. Hwy. 82 at the Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge in Grand Chenier are complete, and the facility is set to reopen Saturday morning, according to a press release from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.


Three cited for alleged game fish violations on Larto Lake, LDWF says Three cited for alleged game fish violations on Larto Lake, LDWF says
3804 Views - Posted: April 10 at 5:38 pm

Enforcement agents on Wednesday arrested three people for alleged game fish violations on Larto Lake, according to a press release from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.


In light of the official federal recreational snapper season lasting only 11 days this June, the LDWF announced today that Louisiana anglers can fish for red snapper in Louisiana waters seven-days-a-week beginning on April 14. LDWF to expand red snapper season to seven-days-a-week in state waters effective April 14
3757 Views - Posted: April 10 at 11:47 am

As expected, the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council on Thursday approved an 11-day federal recreational red snapper season set to start on June 1.


The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council is scheduled to vote Thursday on determining if there will be an 11-day red snapper season in federal waters this summer. Gulf Council Reef Fish Committee approves emergency 11-day recreational red snapper season
1447 Views - Posted: April 09 at 6:44 pm

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council’s Reef Fish Committee on Tuesday approved an emergency rule setting an 11-day red snapper season in federal waters this summer.


House Bill 1082 by Rep. Stuart Bishop (R-Lafayette), would increase the state's recreational saltwater license fee from $5.50 to $13. Bill to raise recreational saltwater license fee backed by CCA Louisiana
2317 Views - Posted: April 08 at 11:08 am

A bill introduced in the Louisiana House of Representatives would increase a resident’s recreational saltwater fishing license by $7.50 and create a Saltwater Fish Research and Conservation Fund, which could provide funding for the newly-implemented Louisiana Recreational Creel Survey, officials said.


Because many boat ramps are located north of the saltwater line, the LWFC amended a notice of intent that would shift the boundary line allowing the three-day possession limit of black bass northward to U.S. Hwy. 90. LWFC amends NOI boundary north to U.S. Hwy. 90 for three-day black bass possession limit
2930 Views - Posted: April 07 at 4:19 pm

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission last week amended a notice of intent that will push the northern boundary to U.S. Hwy. 90 for allowing possession of a three-day limit of black bass along the coast.


LWFC approves various upcoming hunting seasons, rules and regs LWFC approves various upcoming hunting seasons, rules and regs
3299 Views - Posted: April 07 at 2:40 pm

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission approved both the 2014-16 hunting season dates and the 2014-15 general and Wildlife Management Area rules and regulations, including some modifications to deer area boundaries, according to a press release. 


Monterey man pleads guilty to killing Louisiana black bear, LDWF says Monterey man pleads guilty to killing Louisiana black bear, LDWF says
2975 Views - Posted: April 04 at 3:51 pm

Duell Moreland pleaded guilty on April 3 to illegally killing a Louisiana black bear in Concordia Parish last November, according to a press release from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.


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