Thursday’s 1 p.m. regular monthly meeting for the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission is jammed with fishing, hunting and commercial items.

The long-awaited dates for the recreational red snapper season stand atop the agenda along with setting the dates for the remainder of the state’s spring inshore shrimp season other than the inside waters along the Central Coast, a season which opened Monday.

The only other “action” item is to ratify the amended dates and frameworks for the 2018-2019 resident-game seasons and the rules and seasons for state wildlife management areas and federal refuges.

Other than those, the remainder of the agenda includes:

  • A presentation of the survey taken from residents, landowners and hunters about the state’s Black Bear Management Program;
  • Summaries of state Wildlife and Fisheries’ monitoring along with waterfowl breeding habitat work in Canada, some of which was funded by Louisiana hunters;
  • An update on the state’s response to finding chronic wasting disease in Mississippi on lands near the Louisiana border;
  • Updates on the progress of the State Legislature’s action on bills involving sportsmen, commercial fishing operations and the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, and recent Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council activities;
  • And, a report on the extension of the Calcasieu Lake oyster season in Calcasieu Lake.
  • The LWFC meeting is available via webinar:

South Farm reopened

After weeks of high water because of Atchafalaya River flooding, the LDWF announced the South Farm on the Sherburne Wildlife Management Area is open to the public.

This is a popular recreational crawfishing spot with a limit of 100 pounds per person per day.

This area can be reached from the south off Interstate 10 by driving north of the Ramah exit, or from the north off U.S. 190 east of the bridge spanning the Atchafalaya River near Krotz Springs.

A map of the WMA can be found on the LDWF website: