Current regulations for both species were set over 30 years ago. Since then, a number of factors - including a large increase in number of anglers and extensive loss of habitat - have led to their declines. As a result, both species currently have Spawning Potential Ratios (SPRs) below their conservation standards.
The redfish NOI calls for the following change:
- Current: 5 fish, 16 - 27 inch slot, one over slot allowed
- Proposed: 3 fish, 18 - 24 inch slot, none over slot
The trout NOI calls for the following change:
- Current: 25 fish, 12 inch minimum
- Proposed: 15 fish, 13 - 20 inch slot, two allowed over slot
While conservationists are delighted about these proposals, they're just that - proposals. An NOI must go through a public comment period, followed by approval from the Legislative Oversight Committee, and then it becomes rule.
For this reason, there is still much left to do to insure these NOIs become regulation. We strongly urge fly fishers, kayak anglers, and other champions of conservation to contact the following folks who will help with the final decision process:
LWFC NOI comments sent to:
LA Senate Natural Resource Committee Members
| Fesi, Michael "Big Mike"
| Allain, R. L. Bret
| Hewitt, Sharon
|Lambert, Eddie J.
| McMath, Patrick
LA House Natural Resource Committee Members
| Coussan, Jean-Paul
| Bourriaque, Ryan
| Butler, Rhonda Gaye
| Carrier, R. Dewith
| Cormier, Mack
| Fisher, Adrian
| Hilferty, Stephanie
| Kerner, Timothy P.
| McKnight, Scott
| Mincey, Jr., Buddy
| Orgeron, Joseph A.
| Riser, Neil
| Romero, Troy D.
| Wheat, Jr., William "Bill"
| Magee, Tanner
| Schexnayder, Clay
In addition, there will be a special public meeting on September 21st at LDWF Headquarters in Baton Rouge regarding speckled trout regulations. We urge anyone who can make this meeting to attend.