Although listed among the items deep into the agenda for the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission, the entitled “Receive input on Red Snapper Management from members of the Louisiana commercial, charter, and private recreational sectors,” likely will highlight Thursday’s monthly meeting.

Chairman Chad Courville is scheduled to open the meeting at 1:30 p.m. in the Louisiana Room of state Wildlife and Fisheries headquarters on Quail Drive in Baton Rouge.

It was Courville who asked for the red snapper presentation saying he and the other six commission members needed further delineation on the wants and needs of these user groups in order to determine the future of the state’s approach to red snapper management.

In another top item, the LWFC will call on State Shrimp Program manager Jeff Marx for a presentation on the program’s operation, then discuss the possibility of a special late April meeting to set the spring inshore shrimp season. For most of the past 40 years, the commission met in the first week of May to consider the spring season’s opening dates in three coastal zones.

The LWFC will also receive final public comment, then undertake formal adoption of the 2017-2018 hunting seasons and regulations for resident and migratory game, and dates and rules for the same time frame on the more than 1 million acres of state wildlife management areas and federal lands.

Other items include:

  • Honoring Sgt. Scott Bullit with the Louisiana Wildlife Officer of the Year Award presented by Shikar Safari Club International;
  • Receiving an update on actions by the State Legislature involving the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries;
  • Considering an amendment to the proposed Experimental Fisheries Program;
  • and, setting meeting dates and locations for both its July and August meetings.

Try this out

Before the weather warms too much and the boaters and waters skiers take over the places like the Blind, Tickfaw and Tchefuncte rivers, consider these and the other Florida Parishes’ rivers and bayous to hunt — and most days catch — bluegill and goggle-eye.

Other than finding a good stretch of bank, and there’s lots to choose from, a box of crickets and light tackle is all you need.

And if the boat traffic gets too much, you can move into the tributaries of these rivers, waters named the Natalbany, Blood and Conway.

Travel farther to the east, and the East, Middle and West Pearl rivers are ready to give up goggle-eye and bluegill. There are days when sac-a-lait will eat crickets as readily as the bluegill.

The weather

Requests came in to repeat last week’s list of websites outdoorsmen can use for weekend conditions:

  • Weather Underground: wonderground.com. Users can type in locations across the state and the country and get current conditions, a 10-day forecast, and by clicking on a particular day can determine hour-by-hour predicted temperatures, winds, precipitation and barometric pressure.
  • National Weather Service’s River Forecast Center: crh.noaa.gov. Users can find out current Mississippi River states, get a seven-day summery and forecast, and a 28-day forecast of projected river levels from several Louisiana locations. Bly clicking on “Observed and Forecast River Conditions” (from the menu left of the Mississippi River clock) you can find river levels at five points along the Atchafalaya River, and stages of the main Florida Parishes’ river.
  • National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration’s Marine Forecasts: nws.noaa.gov. Find the “Coastal/Great Lakes Forecasts by Zones — Gulf — New Orleans, La.” and a map with 13 different nearshore, offshore and Lake Pontchartrain wind and waves predictions for the next five days.