If there’s one thing a man turns to in the spring, it’s fishing!
It’s not what you expected, but it’s a “want” that’s hard to ignore, but the question these days is “can you?”
It will be difficult if you fish almost anywhere in the swamps east of the Mississippi River.
Water levels are so low around many launches and marinas that it’s hard to believe you can find anywhere you caught fish four months ago.
That’s for two reasons: it’s hard to believe that southern Louisiana is in a drought, but we are, and the lack of rain has left rivers and bayous on the low side (not to mention that False River is slow to fill after a drawdown). And then there is the advance of cold fronts and strong westerly and northerly winds for most of the past month.
Places such as Delacroix, Hopedale and the waters east of Bayou Bienvenu and off the MRGO are the worst affected areas, despite a rain-swollen Pearl River pumping water east and the Mississippi River carrying high water from the Midwest.
The waters west of the Mississippi are lower than normal, and we are talking about the Fourchon and the lower Terrebonne marshes.
Worse, even if you can navigate to a probably productive fishing hole, you’re going to find muddy water caused by days of strong west-northwest-north winds and then nearly as strong southerly winds, all of which serve to keep the water agitated.
There is rain in the daily forecast through Friday.
A big change is in store for this year’s private recreational red snapper fishing season.
Anglers will have a daily limit of three fish — “guardian” red snapper must be at least 16 inches long — and the season will open May 27 in state and federal waters. There was a daily limit of two fish in recent years, exceeded by a limit of four fish per day for most of the last three months of last year after most offshore fishing activity was curtailed by the Hurricane Ida.
The Wildlife and Fish Commission continued Friday-Sunday seasons with four-day seasons coming for Monday, May 30 (Remembrance Day), July 4 weekend (July 4 is a Monday ) and Monday, September 5 (Labour Day). ), but only if one of the 809,316 pounds allocated this year is not recovered.
Our state’s annual catch limit (quota) is 816,233, but that’s been reduced by 6,918 pounds, the amount determined to be an overrun of last year’s total catch.
What’s nice about the four-day Memorial Day weekend season is that the amberjack and gray triggerfish seasons will be open until May 31. These two species will have closed seasons from June 1 to July 30.
To take advantage of the season—to catch most offshore species—anglers must have a valid Louisiana Basic license, recreational saltwater fishing license, and Recreational Offshore Landing Permit (ROLP) free of charge. You can get the ROLP on the Wildlife and Fisheries website: wlf.louisiana.gov, or through the Google Play or iTunes smartphone apps.
Shotguns and ropes
When the Baton Rouge Symphony launched its clay-court sports tournament a few years ago, it was a very unusual marriage of shotguns and strings.
BRSO is back for an annual fundraiser supporting a major force in the Capital community.
This year’s event is scheduled for Saturday, April 23 at the Bridgeview Gun Club near the foot of the bridge off US 190. That same day, Ducks Unlimited is hosting its regional sport clay tournament at Covey Rise in Husser.
The 8 a.m. symphony shoot is based on a four-shooter team with light breakfast and lunch provided, as well as team and individual rewards. Registration fees are $150 per weapon, or $600 per team, and BRSO will welcome sponsorships. Call (225) 383-0500 or visit the brso.org website.
If you were born after January 1, 1984 and want to drive a boat powered by an engine over 10 horsepower, you must pass a safe boating course.
That’s why you need to mark April 23 on your calendar, as Wildlife and Fisheries have planned their 11th annual Lagniappe Water Education Day at eight sites across our state.
Each location will have instructors certified by the state’s National Association of Boating Law Administrators. Some locations will offer lunch and door prizes.
There is no fee, but agency officials are urging students to register due to small class sizes. Registration is on a first come, first served basis. To register, go to the LDWF website: wlf.louisiana.gov/page/boater-education.
The announcement said the course included information on choosing a boat, classification, hulls, engines, legal requirements and necessary equipment, as well as navigation rules and charts, towing, sailboats , canoeing, personal watercraft and more.
You will get a “shipmaster’s certificate” when you successfully complete the course.
The slots :
Mandeville Soccer Club, 790 Florida St., Mandeville;
Bayou Segnette State Park Wave Pool, 7777 Westbank Expressway, Westwego;
LDWF Lafayette Office, 200 Dulles Road, Lafayette;
Terrebonne parish shooting range, 2100 Savanne Road, Houma;
Lake Arthur Boat Club, 123 Daigle Road, Gueydan;
LDWF Region 1 Office, 9961 Highway 80, Minden;
Academy Sports + Outdoors, 111 Constitution Drive, West Monroe;
and, Winn Parish Sheriff’s Office Range, 633 Old Alexandria Highway, Winnfield.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has closed the Pearl River Turnaround Public Use Site at the Bogue Chitto National Wildlife Refuge to “…allow the area to be prepared for the upcoming Youth Fishing Rodeo to be held on Saturday June 11.
USFWS officials will reopen the rollover when the June fishing rodeo is over.
If you need more, call the shelter office (985)-882-2000.
Do not do that
The spring turkey season opened on April 2 and officers from the Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division were once again busy. On Monday, he cited 17 men and two women for various offences, including nine for hunting over baited fields.
The people cited were between 26 and 75 years old. Fines for these offenses range from $50 to $500 for each offense with jail time where warranted.