The Giant Salvinia issue continues to be the devil incarnate for all those who enjoy their time on Lake Bistineau whether it's just a day of fishing, boating or it's a business dependent on the lake for its income or even those who just enjoy living on the lake.

Because of this issue, Lake Bistineau is currently drawn down to try and kill some of the salvinia and this draw down, which normally doesn't happen until nearly Labor Day, actually began last month and has essentially destroyed all water sports on the lake for the entire summer.

Because of this, the recently appointed, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary, Jack Montoucet and his staff, will be holding an informational meeting June 20 to outline the department's efforts for salvinia control and to gain public opinion on the situation.  This meeting was originally scheduled for this Thursday, June 15, but will now be held next Tuesday, June 20 at 6:30 pm at the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Region 1 Office at 9961 Hwy. 80 in Minden.

The meeting will include an update on the current status of the lake, and LDWF staff will field questions concerning the management of the lake and giant salvinia. A new idea will be discussed concerning a scheduled “Weevil Day”, planned by LDWF to provide salvinia weevils to the public for stocking into Lake Bistineau. Everyone interested in Lake Bistineau is encouraged to attend.

Space is limited to 100 individuals, so please keep this in mind when making plans to attend.

For additional information regarding the meeting, contact Jeff Sibley, LDWF Biologist Manager, at jsibley@wlf.la.gov or (318) 371-3066.