The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission rebuffed the agreement the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries that allowed federal officials to dictate state recreational fishing closures by reopening all state waters immediately during a special meeting today (Aug. 20). […]
EDITORIAL: LWF Commission should ‘take LDWF to the woodshed,’ override latest recreational fisheries closures
My father had a simple rule when I was growing up: When he gave instructions, he didn’t repeat himself – without some physical reinforcement that made it uncomfortable to sit down. It seems those making decisions at the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries are in need of some of my good old dad’s style of education. […]
Three weeks after most fishing closures enacted in response to the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill were overturned by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission, there still are numerous areas closed to recreational anglers – and that didn’t change during today’s (Aug. 5) commission meeting. […]
Recreational fishing reopens at the mouth of the Mississippi River today at 6 p.m., the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness announced. The area has been closed since early May when oil from the destroyed BP Deepwater Horizon began making landfall. […]
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will hold six meetings between July 26 and Aug. 3 across the coastal region to address concerns of waterfowl hunters about potental impacts of oil in coastal marshes and the upcoming hunting season.
For the past three months, Louisiana’s recreational anglers have had to surf Internet sites and study maps with their GPS units in hand to determine if they could legally fish their favorite areas.
Those days, for the most part, have come to an end. […]
In a rare display of independence, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission today (July 8) refused to go along with recommendations of the agency it is charged with governing and overturned catch-and-release fishing only two days after being enacted. […]
After more than 60 days of fishing closures under the guise of protecting public safety, the state’s top fishery biologist admitted hydrocarbons can’t even pose a danger to anglers and their families. […]
Internet forums have become the modern-day town square, providing easy outlets through which to express opinions. Unfortunately, the anonymous nature of forum aliases mutes those voices, and those elected or appointed to represent us simply ignore complaints from these venues.
So it’s time LouisianaSportsman.com users step from behind the façade of aliases, and demand their right to catch the fish of this state’s coastal waters be renewed when the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission meets at 9:30 a.m. Thursday.
Only five days after saying that catch-and-release fishing in oiled waters would be an “enforcement nightmare,” Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries chief Robert Barham announced that anglers can now fish closed areas as long as all fish caught are immediately released. […]
Fishing closures on the east side of the Mississippi River were expanded dramatically this morning (July 5) by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, which shut down all fishing in Lake Borgne, the extreme eastern portion of Lake Pontchartrain, Hopedale, the eastern portion of Delacroix, and some Pointe a la Hache waters in response to the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill. […]
After shutting down fishing in a huge swath of the marshes east of the Mississippi River, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries officials announced a second closure just after 5:30 p.m. today (July 5) that stopped angling north of Main Pass near Venice eastward to Pointe a la Hache. […]
Strong winds and higher-than-normal tides associated with Hurricane Alex, along with the proximity of oil, have resulted in the immediate closure of all fishing in more waters in northern St. Bernard Parish, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries reported this afternoon (July 2). […]
Fishing was shut down again in some areas across the Southeast Louisiana coastline as a precaution “due to strong east to southeast winds and higher than normal tides influenced by Hurricane Alex and the proximity of oil in portions of inshore and offshore state waters, ” the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries reported today (July 1). The closures – which impact fishing in Breton and Chandeleur sounds, Barataria Bay, and the Cocodrie and Dularge marshes – went into effect about 10:15 a.m. […]