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Via LDWF email;

The central and southern regions of the state are reporting a rash of fish kills caused, in part, by the combination of soaring temperatures and storms, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries reports. The combination of conditions are causing hypoxia, or the depletion of oxygen in the water, which LDWF says will lead to more fish kills.

Here’s how the unhealthy condition occurs. High-temperature water has a low carrying capacity for dissolved oxygen, creating a delicate balance between oxygen-producing and oxygen-consuming aquatic life. When something alters that balance, the scales can tip in the wrong direction and cause a hypoxic (low oxygen) fish kill. Factors that can tip the scales in the wrong direction are stagnant water, rainfall, extended cloudy weather, decaying debris/vegetation, turbid runoff, and nutrient-laden runoff. 

Besides creating potentially harmful runoff, thunderstorms with high winds and/or heavy rain can also result in the mixing of the hypoxic water and sediment in the bottom layer with the higher oxygen water in the top layer, dropping the oxygen levels for the entire water column to levels that some species may not be able to tolerate. Different species and sizes of fish have different tolerance levels for hypoxia, so sometimes fish kills only affect some sizes and species of fish while other sizes and species survive. Aeration of ponds, if possible, can help to alleviate hypoxic conditions and aid in the decomposition process after fish kills occur.

Heat- and storm-related fish kills have occurred in Louisiana since before recorded history, and the ecosystems have evolved to be resilient and bounce back from them. Decomposers and scavengers, including microbes, crawfish, crabs, fish, alligators, turtles, raccoons, and birds, will do their part in helping to clean up fish carcasses.

Many fish and aquatic organisms will find refuge from the hypoxic waters and live to take part in the boom year of reproduction that will surely follow since there will be fewer predators and more resources available by next spring.

While fish kills are shocking to experience and can appear devastating, they often lead to a rejuvenated system that is healthy and naturally replenished in the following years. LDWF Inland Fisheries biologists monitor and manage many waterbodies statewide and can recommend stocking following a storm if the need is warranted, but fisheries will normally recover naturally if we give them the time to do so. Therefore, stocking is usually not warranted unless it is some extremely unusual case.   

News and Information / New license structure
« Last post by WestwegoMan on Jun 02, 2022, 7:35 PM »
This is the new license structure that went into effect for June 1, 2022
Don’t ever think Johnny law isn’t watching, even at 9pm.

From LDWF email:
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited three Louisiana men for alleged bowfishing and boating violations in St. Charles Parish on July 11.

Agents cited Shawn Matherne, 38, of Paradis, for violating Wildlife Management Area (WMA) rules and regulations.  Rodney Curry, 37, of Luling, was cited for failing to comply with personal flotation device (PFD) requirements.

Agents were on patrol on July 11 around 9 p.m. on the Salvador WMA when they noticed a vessel outfitted with LED lights typically used for bowfishing.  The agents then observed the subjects bowfishing from the vessel inside the Salvador WMA.

The agents made contact with the subjects and notified them that bowfishing is prohibited in the Salvador WMA.  The agents also found that the subjects did not have enough PFDs for everyone on board the vessel.

Failing to comply with PFD requirements brings up to a $50 fine and 15 days in jail.  Violating WMA rules and regulations carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.
The photo shows a screen shot of a Facebook post by one of the Westwego councilmen. Apparently they want to make the launch accessible to only Westwego residents. The post has since been taken down by the poster.

If memory serves correctly, way back, when you would cross the levee just before the public launch, there was a sign that read something like ‘Entering unincorporated Jefferson Parish.’ Wouldn’t this mean the launch resides outside Westwego city limits? I like having certain perks when it comes to being a Westwego resident but wasn’t this public launch reconstruction paid for with state dollars that were obtained partly through the work of then Rep. Billiot?

Just doesn’t seem to be right to all the others that use the launch.

The boat launch and day use area are now open. They will be open daily from 6am - 6pm.

Click here for more info.
A message from LDWF

Recently, LDWF has had to respond to several fake news articles, one regarding increased fishing fines and, most recently, the supposed forced closure of hunting and fishing season because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
None of it is true.

Any valid information regarding LDWF actions is on our website at or our Facebook page at  Please verify the accuracy of any information at these sites before sharing it on social media.

“It is incredibly unfortunate that some individuals would go out of their way to spread false information with the intent of creating confusion for the wonderful people of Louisiana,” said LDWF Secretary Jack Montoucet. “At a time when we are pulling together to deal with a deadly health crisis, there are some who find such actions amusing.”

LDWF supports the recent comments by Gov. John Bel Edwards encouraging people “to go outside and to stay active during this time, as long as they practice social distancing when they are around their neighbors.”
It is essential to remember that people should not gather in groups of more than 10, that you practice social distancing – stay at least six feet apart - and that you strictly follow the state and local orders related to the pandemic.

We hope your families are well during these challenging days and have the opportunity to spend time outdoors together – whether relaxing in your backyard, biking in your neighborhood, hiking a nature trail, taking advantage of our upcoming turkey season, or going fishing near your home.
As always, you’ll need a valid fishing or hunting license and must follow all fish and game regulations for the state of Louisiana.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at or signup to receive email alerts.
This includes the boat launch.

Bayou Segnette State Park is closed to the public, effective immediately. The site will serve as a potential overflow isolation site, as the New Orleans area is the most impacted at this time. We do apologize for the inconvenience, but we are doing our part to help minimize the impact of COVID-19 to the state of Louisiana.

Please see the following link for this morning's press release on the situation:
News and Information / Re: Cooking in duck blind ends in boat fire
« Last post by WestwegoMan on Dec 25, 2019, 8:32 AM »
I have to agree. The gas and all the dry materials used in making a duck blind. Thankfully for them, it didn’t turn out worse.
News and Information / Re: Cooking in duck blind ends in boat fire
« Last post by Floyd on Dec 22, 2019, 11:29 AM »
Glad he was ok but how dumb can you be with an open fire around gas.
News and Information / Cooking in duck blind ends in boat fire
« Last post by WestwegoMan on Dec 22, 2019, 10:30 AM »
This is from a post on the Louisiana Ducks Unlimited Facebook page by Jennifer Moseley on 12/21/19.

Y'all stay safe out there.

My son and two friends were in a horrible accident this morning. They started to cook breakfast in their blind like they’ve done a hundred times before. Suddenly my sons sleeve caught on fire and in a panic he started swinging his arm and his waders that were around his ankles caught on fire. He was sitting next to the gas tank and it caught on fire along with the blind. One of his friends grabbed him and threw him in the water. He jumped back in the boat to get his gun. Some hunters that were close by came to help and they were all screaming at him to get out of the boat. Within seconds everything around him including the blind was on fire. When he jumped, the gas tank blew. They said it was like watching a movie. Thankfully, by the grace if God and help from fellow hunters, they are shaken up, but all ok.

I don’t know who the men were that helped them and they didn’t get their names, but I want to thank them from the bottom of my heart for helping my boy and his friends. God certainly had you in the right place at the right time. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU. May God bless you beyond measure. I know this could have been a lot worse.
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