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Plans are still being finalized, but CCA-Louisiana's David Cresson on Thursday confirmed that a corporate sponsorship had been secured and the popular TAG Louisiana program will continue.

CCA-Louisiana: Popular TAG Louisiana program to continue

Just five weeks after an announcement by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries that the popular TAG Louisiana program would be ending, it appears the popular volunteer fish-tagging and reporting program isn’t dead yet.

In an interview with Thursday afternoon, David Cresson, executive director with Coastal Conservation Association-Louisiana, encouraged volunteer taggers to “just keep doing what you’re doing.”

January 12 at 5:20pm
The Louisiana recreational red snapper season kicks off in state waters on Wednesday, Feb. 1, according to the LDWF.

State season for red snapper begins Feb. 1

The recreational season for red snapper in Louisiana state waters will begin on Wednesday, Feb. 1 and continue until further notice, according to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. 

January 05 at 3:33pm
Charlie Melancon, the secretary of the LDWF, tendered his resignation effective Dec. 31, citing problems with employees within the agency, CCA and the state's outdoor writers in hindering his attempts to bring about reform.

LDWF’s Melancon tenders resignation effective Dec. 31

In a hand-delivered letter to Gov. John Bel Edwards on Wednesday, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Charlie Melancon tendered his resignation effective Dec. 31 — specifically citing the Coastal Conservation Association of Louisiana, the state’s outdoor writers and LDWF employees for sabotaging reforms he was attempting to bring about.

December 22, 2016 at 11:35am
Hopefully, Gov. John Bel Edwards will name a Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries secretary who will be more conscious of issues important to Louisiana's sportsmen than Charlie Melancon.

Commentary: Melancon debacle should be lesson in LDWF appointment

Often the best lessons are learned not by success but by failure. So the debacle of Charlie Melancon's reign at the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries should give Gov. John Bel Edwards a lot to chew on as he contemplates naming a successor.

While agency appointments are often made with politics in mind, hopefully Edwards has learned the importance of choosing someone to lead the LDWF who has some connection with the agency's constituency — and a firm understanding of the isssues that motivate those outdoorsmen.

December 19, 2016 at 4:50am
The resignation of LDWF Secretary Charlie Melancon was confirmed last night by Gov. Jon Bel Edwards, but the agency head will remain in office until a replacement is named.

Melancon's resignation confirmed, but he's not going anywhere yet

Gov. John Bel Edwards confirmed in an emailed statement last night the resignation of Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries' Secretary Charlie Melancon, but a spokesman for the governor said the embattled agency head isn't leaving just yet.

"Secretary Melancon is not stepping down immediately," Richard Carbo, Edwards' communications director, told via email this morning. "He will remain on while the governor conducts the search (for a successor)."

December 15, 2016 at 8:28am
LDWF Secretary Charlie Melancon has reportedly been asked to resign.

LDWF's Melancon asked to resign, source says

Embattled Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Charlie Melancon has been asked to resign but "is still coming to work," a source told

The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said it was unclear if Melancon has actually tendered his resignation, despite news reports.

December 14, 2016 at 4:33pm

Recreational weekend-only red snapper season ends in state waters

The weekend-only red snapper season in state waters is effectively over because LA Creel estimates indicate harvest numbers have been reached, according to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

December 14, 2016 at 3:41pm
The TAG Louisiana program, a study that uses volunteers to both tag fish and report recaptures, is being axed by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries because the department says it isn't delivering useful information to biologists.

LDWF to axe TAG Louisiana program

In the wake of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ move to axe the popular TAG Louisiana program, the executive director of Coastal Conservation Association - Louisiana sent out a strong email Wednesday critical of the decision, hinting the move was a political one to punish CCA.

December 01, 2016 at 9:25am
Simple tackle is all that is needed to catch bull reds once they are located. Both men used spinning reels.

Bulling it out — How to catch and clean big reds

When the guide slid the landing net under the fish, the chef’s face lit up like a Hollywood marquee.

Was it a tender-fleshed and delectable speckled trout? No.

Was it a savory, mild-tasting red snapper. No.

It wasn’t a flounder, tripletail or grouper, either.

December 01, 2016 at 7:00am
Robert Barham, who served as secretary of the LDWF from 2008 to 2016, responded to allegations in a leaked audit report and said he personally saw no evidence of any misappropriation of BP oil spill funds during his tenure at the department.

Former LDWF secretary refutes alleged misappropriation of BP funds

Robert Barham is no longer biting his tongue.

October 20, 2016 at 10:38am
When the surf’s up, kayakers need to paddle swiftly and directly into the breaking waves. Once across the sandbar, things settle down — until the return to the beach.

Kayak snapper

A chunk of dead bait swirls through clear blue water toward the bottom. Before it lands, it’s inhaled by a fat red snapper.

October 18, 2016 at 12:55am
Most of the night’s hunting was done near the edges of ponds where the water was slightly clearer.

Bowfishing ‘black eye’ undeserved, bowfishermen say

After the hunt, while floating quietly in the black night and enjoying a soda, I found out why David Lastrapes asked me before the hunt what I expected.

October 15, 2016 at 7:00am
According to a letter from NOAA, the federal agency could be prohibited from sharing red snapper data with the five Gulf states if Rep. Garret Graves' legislation pushing for state-managed red snapper becomes law.

NOAA: Red snapper data can’t be shared with states

A letter written late last month by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration indicates  that if red snapper are ultimately removed from federal oversight to be managed by the five Gulf states, much of the data currently collected on the species by NOAA — including stock assessments — would not be shared with the states.

October 11, 2016 at 2:25pm
Louisiana anglers will enjoy a Friday through Sunday fall red snapper season beginning tomorrow (Oct. 7). The season is expected to last until Dec. 2.

Weekend red snapper season opens Friday

The 2016 red snapper season reopens Friday for weekends-only fishing, with a two fish daily limit and 16-inch total length minimum size.

The fall season was announced at today’s Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission meeting in Baton Rouge.

The regular 2016 state season closed Labor Day, but LDWF’s Jason Adriance said this year’s total allowable catch had not been reached.

October 06, 2016 at 4:43pm