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The red snapper season in state waters will close at 11:59 p.m. on Labor Day, when officials believe the state's quota of 1,116,732 pounds will be reached, according to the LDWF.

State's red snapper season to close on Labor Day, LDWF says

The recreational red snapper season in state waters will close at 11:59 p.m. on Sept. 5, according to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

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Congressman Garret Graves addressed the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Thursday morning, where LDWF Secretary Charlie Melancon referred to his presentation on H.R. 3094 as a 'four-Pinocchio speech,' in the public meeting, Graves said.

LDWF secretary refers to Congressman Garret Graves as 'Pinocchio'

Congressman Garret Graves made a surprise appearance at Thursday’s Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission, intending to set the record straight on specifics regarding his legislation that would transfer management of red snapper from the federal government to the five Gulf states.

But Graves (R-Baton Rouge) never anticipated that his presentation to the commission would be interrupted by Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Charlie Melancon, who referred to it as “four-Pinocchio speech,” he said. 

August 04 at 5:19pm

Six cited for illegal possession of red snapper

Agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries cited six people last weekend for allegedly possessing red snapper in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico, according to a release.

August 02 at 4:35pm
Cade Candies of Thibodaux poses with his second-place 160-pound, 8-ounce tarpon caught this weekend during the 2016 International Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo.

2016 International Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo final results

Here are final results from the 2016 International Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo held this past weekend out of Sand Dollar Marina. 

August 01 at 2:19pm
Team Paint Bucket shows off their red snapper stringer at the 2016 Faux Pas Lodge Rodeo held at Venice Marina.

2016 Faux Pas Lodge Rodeo final results

Here are final results from the 18th annual Faux Pas Lodge Rodeo held this past weekend out of Venice Marina.

August 01 at 11:27am

LDWF’s red snapper stance a big step back

Change is inevitable when new administrations come into power. So it’s no surprise that Charlie Melancon, appointed head of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries by Gov. John Bel Edwards, is doing things differently than his predecessor.

August 01 at 7:00am

18th Faux Pas Lodge Rodeo set for July 28-30 out of Venice Marina

The 18th Annual Faux Pas Lodge Rodeo is set to roll next week out of Venice Marina, and this year’s event features a brand new five-fish red snapper stringer division made possible because the state waters line has been pushed beyond the old 3-mile boundary.

July 22 at 10:02am
A survey of all Gulf states by LouisianaSportsman.com reveals Louisiana is the only one concerned about a potential lack of federal funding in overseeing the red snapper fishery if control is ultimately stripped from the federal government.

Louisiana is only Gulf state not supporting regional red snapper management bill

Louisiana currently stands alone as the only Gulf state indicating it would be unable to afford to oversee red snapper management if oversight authority of the fishery is ultimately stripped away from the federal government.

In interviews with LouisianaSportsman.com, marine fisheries representatives from the other four Gulf states have confirmed they are still supporting H.R. 3094 from Baton Rouge Congressman Garret Graves and had no reservations about moving forward because federal funding was stripped from the bill last month.

July 15 at 10:22am
Patrick Banks, LDWF's assistant secretary in the Office of Fisheries, told the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Thursday the price tag for Year 1 of regional red snapper management would cost $10,039,000.

Red snapper management would cost Louisiana $10 million-plus in first year, LDWF says

If red snapper management is ultimately turned over to the individual Gulf states through Garret Graves’ bill currently moving through Congress, the program would come with a $10,039,000 price tag for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries in its first year, according to the state’s head fisheries biologist.

July 07 at 6:22pm
State management of red snapper likely will require more money than the LA Creel program provides, the state's highest-ranking fisheries biologist said.

LA Creel not enough to cover full snapper management, biologist says

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Charlie Melancon’s opposition to a congressional bill to hand over red snapper management to the Gulf states hinged on the bill’s lack of federal funding and what he estimated could be a $10 million annual price tag.

But that flew in the face of previous statements by his predecessor’s administration, which said in a congressional hearing that the agency had plenty of money for state management thanks to a saltwater fishing license increase instituted to fund the data-collection program known as LA Creel.

So who’s correct?

July 05 at 11:33am
Julie Hebert's was dismissed from the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission earlier this year, and she claims the reason stems from her resolution to support a congressional red snapper bill.

Hebert claims dismissal from LWF Commission payback for red snapper resolution

Former Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission member Julie Hebert attributed her dismissal from the governing board earlier this year to her April resolution supporting Congressman Garret Graves' bill giving control of red snapper management to the Gulf states, a New Orleans-based website reported.

"I said, 'You know what? As a commission, we need to support this,'" Hebert told NOLA.com. "Well, I got absolutely no feedback from the (Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries). I asked for feedback, and it was coming, it was coming, it was coming."

July 02 at 5:00am
Bluegills are suckers for worm-tipped tube jigs.

Atchafalaya fruit salad — The Basin offers multi-species fishing opportunities this month

When the winter-spring floodwaters fall out of the Atchafalaya Basin, everything that swims bites.

Unless a fisherman is a single-species snob, a day’s catch can include, largemouth and spotted bass, white bass, yellow bass, two species of crappie, three or four species of bream, blue catfish, channel catfish and the odd flathead catfish.

July 01 at 7:00am
Most of the fish around a platform tend to concentrate on the upcurrent side of the rig.

Pulling the trigger — How to catch triggerfish out of Grand Isle

“But nobody actually fishes for TAAAW-PON during the Grand Isle TAAAW-PON Rodeo!” Artie roared. 

“Yeah!” Doc laughed, as a baffled Anthony (Trisha’s Floridian brother-in-law) frowned and looked around. “So who’s the wise guy who named a fishing tournament in a place famous for its seafood eatery after a fish NOBODY EATS!” 

July 01 at 7:00am
Rep. Garret Graves said he plans to continue to push regional red snapper management despite LDWF's concerns over the lack of federal funding.

Funding objections to regional red snapper management ‘political crap,’ congressman says

The Baton Rouge author of a congressional bill that would transfer management of red snapper to the five Gulf of Mexico states fired back this week at the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries secretary, who last week issued a statement saying a lack of federal funding could prevent the state from participating in any regional management program.

“Obviously this is political crap going on, and we’re just trying to figure out where it’s coming from and why,” Congressman Garret Graves told LouisianaSportsman.com. “This isn’t a partisan issue, and it shouldn’t be something that becomes controversial. If they want to play political games, they can play them by themselves.

June 30 at 5:25pm
Secretary Charlie Melancon said he's in favor of regional red snapper management, but didn't know if the LDWF could afford to tackle the program now that federal funding has been removed from Rep. Garret Graves' bill in Congress.

Funding concerns reason for Melancon’s opposition to red snapper bill

In an interview Thursday from the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council meeting in Clearwater Beach, Fla., Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries secretary Charlie Melancon clarified his position on a bill in Congress that would transfer management of Gulf red snapper to the five Gulf states.

June 23 at 4:51pm
LDWF secretary Charlie Melancon has came out against Rep. Garret Graves' bill in Congress that would give management authority of Gulf red snapper to the five Gulf states, saying the program could be too costly to implement without any federal assistance.

Melancon opposes bill giving Gulf states control of red snapper management

A surprise statement this week from Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries secretary Charlie Melancon opposing a bill in Congress that would transfer management of red snapper from the federal government to the five Gulf states has dented the previously unified front between the LDWF and Coastal Conservation Association - Louisiana, which has long-advocated for the switch on behalf of recreational anglers.

June 22 at 4:38pm