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Fishing Bayou Sorrel, water levels

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Fishing Bayou Sorrel

I am looking to learn more about fishing near Bayou Sorrell…it has been years since I last fished that area. Assuming that I launch at Sorrell landing, I wanted to find out good areas to fish and what to look for with regard to water levels. I understand that water levels are key to fishing the Basin, but I don’t really have an understanding of what to look for in gauging the best levels for fishing.

I found this link, but need some help in establishing a point of reference. http://waterdata.usgs.gov/la/nwis/current/?type=flow
From today, Feb 2, 2011 it lists:
Murphy Lake, near Bayou Sorrel – 8.35 (gage ht, ft)
Lower Grand River at Bayou Sorrel – 5.62 (gage ht, ft)

Rules of thumb, much appreciated!
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   JB
If you look at the Bayou Sorrel level on the Atchafalaya gauge, 7 ft is too high and anything under 2 is too low. Fish can still be caught no matter how low it is but when it's high, the fish are so scattered they are almost impossible to get to.
I will let you figure out for yourself where that 'Magic' level is.
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Thanks JB! I will use those stages as a general guidline. I found a link to the Sorrel Lock river stage chart.

http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydrograph.php?wfo=lix&gage=bsrl1

What months of the year is the stage above 7 ft, typically?
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   JB
Usually, January - May is the high water time of the year. The snow thaw really effects it.
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   Small fry
I norm fish sorrel or pigeon when the miss river at Morgan City between 3-5 feet. Always head into the oil field and lake berry and the canal leading to lake berry.
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Bayou Sorrel Locks, 5.5' and falling.

Go ALL THE WAY TO THE NORTH/BACK of Sorrel. There are some runouts that stack up with small bass.
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Miss river @ Morgan City ?
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   JB
Not to say small fry is wrong or bash him but I would stay away from the Morgan City reading if you want to know what Sorrel is like. Morgan City is affected by tide more than Sorrel. If you dont believe me, look at the two readings. The Morgan City reading will have multiple peaks and valleys, Sorrel will not have any.
If reading Morgan City works for you, then stay with it but if you are trying to learn, pay attention to the Sorrel reading. That reading comes from the locks that are about 1 mile from the Sorrel public landing whereas the Morgan City reading is wwaayyyy more than 1 mile away.
And MADE TO GO is 100% correct. If the Sorrel reading is anywhere from 4.6 to 5.7 and falling...take a sick day and bring the kids because it's on!!!!
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   tiger555
JB is right on about Sorrel!
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   CaptJS
Bayou Sorrel is a great place to fish and not hard to learn. You can go North up to the Grand River Flats and have some great fishing. Use to take my sons there all the time. We stopped fishing the area due to safety problems at the landing. But always caught fish there.
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I have been running my boat/ fishing more at Sorrel this Fall and taking note of water levels.

Nov 18 I launched at Sorrel and the Sorrel Lock was at 2.3 ft, very low water. It is just a few weeks later, Dec 7 and the level today is 5.4 and rising. It seems sever, is that typ for December?
What is the best way to fish this area in Dec/Jan with a rising water? Thanks.
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With a rise like we just had, it is best to hit the Verret/Pats Bay side of the level. The water is starting to drop, the north end of Sorrel may be worth a look see. With the cold water in the spillway, fish s l o w. Afternoon trips should be better than morning trips.
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Fish can still be caught no matter how low it is but when it's high, the fish are so scattered they are almost impossible to get to.

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