Find structure, grass and find fish | Sports

It is one thing to talk about fishing, and quite another to talk about catching fish.

Of course, it’s easy to assume that everyone who “goes fishing” will “catch fish”, but we all know that the former is not directly related to the latter.

Take the guys heading for the swamps on the south side of Lake Pontchartrain, places like Chef Pass and The Rigolets, fishing in tough times. Hurricane Ida tore the bowels of the usually ultra-productive marshes between the MRGO and the Intracoastal Waterway. Ditto for some of the spots rich in trout / redfish from Delacroix. Catches are uneven and depend on the movement of water, whether this movement occurs in high tide or wind.

The last handful of foggy mornings means a decided lack of wind, so limited action.

This is not the case in the marshes, rivers and bays between Buras and Venice.

Veteran fisherman Jeff bruhl described the action there in one word – “awesome”.

“We fished for bass, rockfish, trout, and catfish, and that was because there was grass and structure,” Bruhl said. “The places I like to go, the Chef’s area, have no grass and no place to keep fish. So it’s hard to find fish there. There are guys who catch a few fish there, but it’s not like in previous years.

Bruhl added that bass fishermen are successful in the lower Pearl River system: “A limit of five bass up to 16 pounds is good there. Now is a good time to be there.”

At the risk of repeating the reports of the last two months, the fishermen of Fourchon and Chauvin waters south to Cocodrie and west in the Four Point area are hampered by debris left in Ida’s wake. The western part of the parish of Terrebonne does not have this problem, and the holds there are solid.

The Ducks

With the first divisions of the duck season coming to an end in both areas, there is little hope that the swamps will fill up with migrating ducks for the second division. This is because there is no cold weather in the north to push the ducks south. Heck, it was 60 degrees in the Dakotas last week, and nothing right now to believe the snow and ice are helping the migration. The success of the hunters was limited last week by warmer weather and early morning fog in parishes in the southeast.


The Fish and Wildlife Commission did not act on proposed changes to the daily or size limits for speckled trout catches at Thursday’s meeting in Baton Rouge.

Instead, the seven members voted to delay and any decision until October of next year, and further asked Marine Fisheries staff at Wildlife and Fisheries to present “updated trout data. sea ​​spotted at the February committee meeting, and quarterly thereafter. “

This means that the daily limit remains at 25 trout measuring a minimum total length of 12 inches, with a limit of 15 fish remaining in the Calcasieu lake area, where there is a limit of keeping only two trout over 25 inches. long.

Open range

After what has been described as “major renovations,” the Honey Island Shooting Range in the Pearl River Wildlife Management Area is open.

The shooting range includes a 100-meter shooting range, a 25-meter shooting range, a clay shooting range and an archery range.

CWD in Arkansas

The state’s wildlife and fisheries managers got the Fisheries and Wildlife Commission to approve an emergency declaration banning the placing of food and bait in the parishes of Morehouse and Union after a 2.5-year-old white-tailed doe was found with a chronic wasting disease in Union County, Arkansas, just over seven miles north of the Louisiana-Arkansas border.

The ban will begin on December 6.

The declaration of emergency also triggered the state agency’s MDC response plan, which means increased MDC surveillance in these two parishes. Cervid encephalopathy is a neurodegenerative disease in deer, still fatal in infected animals and detected in 26 states and three Canadian provinces.

Honored Agent

Sgt. Tim fox, from Metairie, was honored Thursday with the National Association of the State’s Navigation Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.


Until November 21, Louisiana’s private recreational red snapper catch stands at 715,568 pounds, or 88 percent of this year’s 816,439 pound allowance. The estimate comes from the state’s investigation in LA Creel and comes after weeks of allowed daily catch of four red snappers per day with a minimum size limit of 16 inches.

Ida M. Morgan