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I know I'm probably gonna open a big can of worms and cause some great difference of opinion,bbbbbbuuuuuuuuutttttt!!! When in the world is wildlife and fisheries gonna remove this insane 14'' size limit in the basin ??????Just my opinion but if lawlf wanted to make a trophy bass habitat out of the basin and other areas they should have done this 25 or 30 years ago !!!!!!I do remember just before hurricane Andrew that you could go in the Bayou Cheramie,Grassy Lake area and Lake Palourde and catch 1.5 to 3 lbs bass in spring time,depending on conditions all day long..Early morning and late afternoon days in the summertime would be phenomenal!!!!I do realize that the storm and the fishing pressure changed things.But now you can go and catch 40 bass and keep 5 or 6,that aint a great average in my book. Don't get me wrong, it's great to catch 13 to 13 7/8's fish all day long but the fish aren't growing. I'm no biologist but it doesnt seem the basin or the other side are able to produce the monster and abnormal size fish some of us use to catch in our youth. Seems like there is a little to much POLITIC'N goin on in the board of directors chambers!!!!!!!!!!
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I have to agree with you on that. I think we should be able to keep 5 fish under 14' and 5 fish over 14. It cost us an arm and a leg to go fishing due to PRICE OF GAS and NOW BAITS. It would be nice to be able to put some fish in the freezer in return for what it cost us to make a trip. Maybe we can get a CREW of fishermen together and go to the next wildlife and fisheries meeting and let them know how we feel aboutthis matter. PLEASE e-mail me if you want to get a crew together!!!!!
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Very true.
For the average fisherman I think we would like to see the 14' size to go away. Most average fisherman I talk to don't support the 14' size limit. I don't see any change. But that's just me. Most fishermen that I talk to don't have any issue with putting fish back. But when we pay for so much making trips down there it would be nice to bring a few home. Why can't we have something like five (5) 14' and over and (5) with no size limit? What would be wrong with the average fisherman bringing a few smaller ones home? I have kids and as for me I don't take them down there because we can put many fish in the boat that is just below 14' and not bring any home. It would be nice to see some coming home with us for sure. But like I said, 'I don't have any problem putting fish back', but I don't see how the 14' size has helped any? Maybe i'm wrong but I can't see it. And some people may say that if you bring 2 or 3 14' and over home you have more meat that if you would have taken 7 or 8 12' fish home. As for me I would rather take 7 or 8 12' fish home than 3 or 4 14' fish home.
I would like to see something like I said, ' (5) 14' and over and (5) below 14'. I would think that would make everyone happy???
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There are several areas that don't have a size limit somewhere close to you. Bayou Black, Des Allmends, the rivers east of Baton Rouge (Amite, Blind, Tickfaw), Old river near Morganza. Plenty of areas without the 14 inch size limit
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   308shootr
I agree totally . I Believe the 14 inch min was the thing to do after Hurr. Andrew but really the same size limit 19 years later!! Its definately hard for a child to understand having to throw back bass after bass that are 13and a half inches . No other states leave the same size and creel limits on a body of water for 19 years ,so why us ? I talked to a guy yesterday in Bayou Pigeon scouting for a tournament ,he said he had caught over a hundred bass with only five keepers . come on LDWF manage the fishery for everyone not just tourney anglers.
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Be careful what you ask for. I agree there are problems with having a long term 14 in size limit in an area but remember how it was before the size limit? At least now you can catch a lot more fish. The fishing is much better than it was before. The trick is to find what can be done to fix the current problems without reverting the basin back to an over-fished desert.
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   nickyb
Speaking for myself and whomever wants to be a part of it... My son (6yrs old) and I fish all types of species of fish from freshwater to saltwater; However, this article is directed towards bass. I absolutely agree with you Larry when you say 5 fish 14' and over and 5 fish under. Fishing is what we look forward to EVERY WEEKEND!!!! I really wish someone would reevaluate the slot limit in the basin not only for every average bass fisherman but for the kids and upcoming kids that wake up every Saturday morning at 5:00 to bring a few home!!!!
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In my opinion i go saltwater to catch dinner and freshwater just to have a day out on the water. Id much rather release nice bass and catch them another day.
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Glad to see others feel a similar way.

I have fished for years before Andrew and years after in the Basin.

Someone brought up the 5 under and 5 over 14 some years back at a WLF meeting and they laughed at him and told him the complainers need to learn how to fish.

I am convinced this is all politics and tournament interests, no science. I also believe these surveys are rigged to support the 14 limit.

Before Andrew, everybody caught beaucoup fish and the limit was 15 not 10. It is all about the spring water flush and water quality every year. How many eggs does one bass lay, hundreds? many many hundreds? do not need every bass under 14 to lay eggs. Why do some places have a slot limit and others do not? Why not a slot in the Basin? How many under 14 bass have you caught with beaucoup hook marks and starving? Many people I know who used to fish for bass changed over sacalait or fish out of Gibson now where no over 14 exist. The fishing is great out of Gibson by the way. I say this is all politics with no science. If the Army would give the Basin a good flush every year, we would have great fishing there, it is all about the water my friend! Thanks again for your comment.
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   Dr. Spot
To me this is the kind of things that goes beyond just bad policies. When limits are imposed in such a way that almost all fish have to be thrown back all the time, it shows not only bad management but an infringement of our rights. Furthermore, nothing kills fishing interest faster for the next generation. It hurts our heritage. Its reduces our freedoms.

Hopefully I'm not overly dramatic, but after living in several other states where keeping any fish has become impossible and seeing those local generations never fish......it just really twerks me.
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   sparky38
Thanks for the replies guys..I've recently gotten back into fishing ,and just bought a boat,been out of it for a while for personal reasons...but now I'm back,and I really want to get back to bass fishing.I live less than 15 mins from Doirons landing,Stephensville has always been my favorite place..Why,you ask? I was born and raised in BR until my mid 30's,fished this area all my life,never had a reason to go bass fish anywhere else.Then Hurricne Andrew shows up..It changed this area forever in my opinion.My observation of this area is that the storm hit,the water seems like it changed,clarity,flow..The Cheramie area and it's tributaries or well head locations all have shallowed greatly and erosion has taken its toll.Also the fishing pressure has become immense.These areas used to commonly hold 5 to 8LB bass anytime of the day or year......I kinda did an experiment,I set up a 150gal aquarium and put a 7'' Florida strain bass.After this fish adapted to it's new habitat the feeding began..It's first meal in it's new home was 5-3'' bream in 3 days. After that it was 100 large bass shiners every week.This went on for 1.5 years until I got tired of the aquarium..I released this bass in a pond and I hope it lived happily ever after.My point to this babble is that the fish most likely grew to its size according to its habitat size in the aqqurium..That didnt puzzle me..What puzzled me was how ferocious of an eater this fish was.Put all this together and realized that the state filled our waters full of Florida strain bass....Yall get the picture..I wonder if the native black bass eats as much as florida bass,are they the same blood line?? I'm no biologist,and I didnt research this any further,the fish in my aquarium showed me all I need to know.. And here we are almost 20 yrs later and the fish that wildlife and fisheries stocked in our waters are still 13 to 13.5 inches long....hhhhhhhmmmmmmmm, heck yes I say politic'n and tournament fishin......this aint Lake Okeechobee fellas.Wake up Ladwf ya killin our fisheries.....Oh yeah I want to offer this idea, how about taking a vote at the next few hunting and outdoors shows or the next boat shows and let everyone who comes through the door check a yea or nay slip of paper on whether to keep the 14'' bass limit in the Henderson, Atchafalaya Basin and Verret and Palourde areas.I bet there wont be a yea to keep the 14'' limit....
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   muzzy100
I was one of those guys who said catch and release for years and keep the 14 in. minimum but after years of fishing the basin and verret area , fun fishing and tournament fishing I have come to realize that we are not helping the cause. I believe there are too many small fish competing for food and not allowing the fish to reach there potential . It is easy to catch a bunch of fish but difficult to catch keepers. If you own your pond and are catching alot of small fish , the wildlife biologist will tell you, you need to remove those smaller fish , why would larger bodies of water be and different ? JUST ME THINKING OUT LOUD
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I don't see how you can say the fishing is so much better now? I have fished there most every weekend before 1992 and many after. I can't say that people do any better? Everyone was catching just as many fish back before 1992 and there was no size limit.
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...go over to Cracker Barrel and get a 'ruler' 'dats shows 18in but it's only 14in...some sharp 'agents' would'n know 'da difference !!!...cheers

P/S...we get the blame when things go wrong...they get the credit when things go right !!!...funny how 'dat works ???...or is it power of 'suggestions' ???...cheers
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What Texas does WORKS.

Slots...
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Caught 7 keepers Thursday. Am I better than most or did I have another lucky day?
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   Ray
14 inch limit
There is no reason for the 14' limit in the basin. How many fish die each year due to water quality? LDWF does what the tourney fishermen and one main group that think they have all the right management ideas. This same group was responsible for the Big Lake area's speckled trout daily catch and size limits. This group only represents a small percentage of fishermen but want total say so in fishing matters and use their political presence to push their agenda, and many sportsmen believe they deserve these powers. Although they have done many good things for fishing in LA, they only have their agenda in mind, but no one group deserves to rule. Until we stand up to this group and remove the politicians that do what they are told by groups such as these, the big land owners and oil companies, that use our waterways as if they belong to them instead of the citizens of LA nothing will change. Remember WE the citizens own these waterways and have a right to enjoy them and have a say of their management. If any fisherman wants to keep legal fish, no one has the right to push their ideas of what's right or wrong on them. Because if I had my way tournament would be illegal because in my opinion they infringe on my right to fish an area in peace and quite. I would also ban cell phone use in the basin cause who wants to hear the ringing or someone's conversation while enjoying a day getting away from these things. But that's just me!!!
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Ray, how does a tournament infringe on your rights to fish? That cell phone comment, you're digging mighty deep to find a reason to complain. Is that the real reason for your comments or the fact you have trouble catching a limit of keepers.
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   sparky38
I forgot about false river......15 to 19 inch slot.was that way for a while but I do hve to say the slot limit worked ..
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   sparky38
Any place you go that produces quality fish always has a very large crowd...I can remember at one time,when you go into a canal and see a boat you would leave provided they werent in the secret spot... you go pass the other boat not fish 100 feet from him....Or you just turn around and go to another canal...
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   JB
I don't get it. Why do you have to catch keepers for your trip to be considered a success???? If someone fishes for the sole reason of providing food, you're not thinking clearly as it's cheaper to buy fish. I'm pretty sure that 99.9% of fisherman fish for fun with filets being an added bonus.
I think the biggest detriment to fishing is NOT tournaments or C&R or politics, it's people that think that the only way to have a good trip is bringing meat home.
I also don't understand the argument that not being able to keep bass keeps kids from getting hooked on fishing. WTH!??!?!?!?! Kids don't care if they can keep fish or not, all they want to do is catch fish. My son has yet to catch a keeper bass but has caught plenty of keeper bream, catfish and even hybrids. He STILL prefers to bass fish and could care less if they are keepers or not so long as he HAS FUN CATCHING FISH!!!!! He enjoys it because we just like to catch fish. When he goes, he doesn't hear me or whoever else is with me complain because someone just caught another 13 3/4 inch bass. Instead, he hears how hard the fish hit, or the fish is healthy or some other GOOD thing!!! Bottom line in my opinion is if you bring a kid fishing and all they hear from their parent or other parental figure is how much it sucks to not bring meat home, you are indoctrinating them to think catching fish that aren't legal to keep is not fun and the only way to have fun is to fill a livewell with fish...
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These guys have good points, but some of them are just arguing it wrong. We shouldnt' have a slot limit in the basin because kids cant catch keepers, or even adults because I like to catch even though they are small. But even someone like you who catches and realeses, instead of catching 50 10 inch bass and maybe a handful of 2 or 3 pounders. Wouldn't you want to catch 50 2 or 3 pounders and a handufl of 4 and 5 pounders. Yea thats what I thought. A slot limit would reduce the competition of the smaller bass, giving the larger bass a chance to grow. Its a simple renewable natural resources concept, you can learn it at any college across the country. Just face it, we have way too many fish under 14' in the basin. Idc what you say, we do, I know. When I can go throughout the basin with a buddy, catch 100 bass and maybe have 5 that are over 14, there is a problem. Even if you advocate catch and release or if you want to keep some for meat, this slot limit would help everyone out. Better fights with bigger fish, and people could go home with a few fish under 14 and at the same time help out the ecosystem of the basin.
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   JB
QWACK - Maybe I should have stated my opinion. I favor the slot limit or even 5 under 14 inches and 5 over 14 inches. I favor anything that would shut everybody up. I am sick to death of hearing everyone cry like school girls because they can't bring home bass. For the record, I do not practice catch and release all the time. I fish 6 or 7 times a month. Most of those trips are to the Basin/Verret area. I don't keep fish there because I am always there and always manage to catch at least 3 or 4 keepers when I go. If I want to catch bass that I can keep, I will go to Gibson, the Amite or any of the oxbows up north. The Spillway is my place to go to have fun and 'scratch the itch.'
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Put the boat back on the trailer at 3 pm today (Monday). Only managed to catch 8 keepers today. Was wondering if I should feel bad or mad because I couldn't catch a limit again today? I thought I was having a good time, but according to most on this tread, I must not be. From what I have read, I know I am not that good of a fisherman for I can't catch 50, 40 or even 30 throwbacks a trip. Guess I'll have to be disappointed with the few keepers I do manage to catch.
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I agree with JB i just dont see why people complain about catching 100 fish a day. If you base your trip on how much you can stick in your freeze your not a fisherman you are a fish fryer. How many other places can u go in this state and really catch that many fish on a regular bases,I cant think of that many. The 14in limit in the basin has nothing to do with tournaments or politics it was in place to simply protect the fishery after hurricane andrew. Which it is a very shallow fishery much more susceptible to fish kills small changes in the environment impact it more than say a big deep lake. As far as tournaments go other management strategies like a slot would be more conducive of producing trophy fish , which a 14in min limit certainly doesn't. I strongly feel this is a decision that should be made by biologist on sound scientific data not a linch mob, which only has there interests in mind. Just imagine if there was no size limit at all on any given weekend there are easy 300+ boats and say everyone kept there 10 fish we are talking about 3000 fish now imagine months or years the numbers add up and you are one good fish kill ( hurricane) away from completely destroying the hole fishery. Louisiana is no longer the sportsmen paradise those of you on here that have fished and hunted in other states know what i am talking about , and its not for a lack of ecosystem to support it but by the way of thinking of its people and management strategy and politics involved.
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   Ray
Why is it crying when someone disagrees with the catch and release guys? Not one post stated that anyone wants to take hundreds of fish a day, home. I saw 5-10 fish being wanted for a meal not 100's and most of these guys do not fish 2-3 times a week like you complainers. Bass, in my opinion, is not a good eating fish but if I want to eat one it's no one's business. I know some of you REAL fishermen have to prove your a better fisherman than your buddy but many of us don't. If I can't make a statement about not liking to hear a cell phone ring while I'm fishing in the Basin then YOU really have a problem. I get away from the crowds even though that area may be where the fish are and I still catch what I need and that's not 100's or even a limit most times as I cull. But, if I wanted to catch 100 legal bass I will and not even make a dent in the fish population. The problem with today's fishermen is that many think it's their right to block off a canal, divert a waterway or run up on another boat to catch a fish. All you guys that cry bloody murder every-time someone wants to keep a fish then you should complain about Charter Boats that do catch 100's every day instead of a father and his young son. And by the way the old statement that if you want fish you should buy them is plain old stupid and you fella's should worry more about yourself than others because I surely don't need anyone telling me my business. As for my comment about tourney's, when some clown runs by me wide open it sure does bother me and causes accidents just because someone has to prove a point. Kinda like the mine is bigger than yours quote. Ray
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well all i got to say if you can't handle regular fishermen with families and children talking about our great fishery and having diff views.. well i feel sorry for you. you know we do all have diff views on things and i'm glad that we have a place like this to share them. i RESPECT everyones views here and just because they and I may see things diff. don't mean that i would say that everyone that may see things diff than me is like 'crying school girls' And i don't think that eveyone is looking to bring every fish home that they catch. I just don't think that the 14' size limit has helped any. So what is the harm in the average fisherman taking a few fish home? MAYBE EVERYONE IS NOT AS GOOD OF FISHERMAN AS SOME.... HA, HA..
everyone sorry about this harsh message.
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   sparky38
I go fish and hunt for the enjoyment the relaxation peace and quiet or whatever you call it!!!But I do like to keep a few fish to bring home and I prefer them to be good quality fish!!! Would I settle for a jus barely legal fish, hell yeah.I damn sure didnt buy expensive equipment for nothing.. I would love to get some return on my investment!! That return being quality fish!Sorry guys I didnt mean to come off soundin like a school girl.I have my opinion on how my tax dollars get used,and they aint gettin used wisely in my opinion..If you like to spend 4,6,or even 8 hrs trying to catch lil notheads and then release them and call that a great day you are misleading yourself.Let me ask you a question????????? How many times do you shop at Walmart.... need I say more!!! I would be willin to bet $$$$$$$$$$$ that those that say they are happy with catchin the lil notheads,, wouldnt bitch about catchin 50,40,or 30 2-4lb. fish when their boat hit the water!!!!!!!!
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   JB
I would love to catch 40-50 3 lb fish every time my boat hits the water. Removing the 14 inch rule will not make that happen. Can you imagine how many bass will get put in ice chests when that is removed? Thousands and thousands. Will it help grow bigger fish? Absolutley. Will the same people complaining about not being able to catch keepers now still complain that, after the Basin gets raped, they can only catch 3 or 4 fish a day (regardless of size)? Absolutley. Can't make everyone happy. Allowing a few fish of any size to be kept along with a few better fish would allow people to keep a few to justify the money and sill force people to release a few.

I think I'm starting to get it though, there are A LOT of people that just don't like being told they can't do something.

I fish for fun, not food. If I want to keep some on the rare occasion, I do. Am I right? Nope. Am I wrong? Nope. What I do know is the vast majority of people are gluttons and will continue to go to an area every single day as long as they can keep fish, whether bass or bream or catfish or sac a lait. Don't think that is true? Go to Old River when the sac a lait are biting. Go to Montegut when the trout are biting in the winter. Go to the Cataouache when the bass are going crazy. People WILL rape a fishery if they are given the chance.

Larry - I know plenty of people that keep every legal fish they catch. That is fine and dandy, nothing illegal about it. The problem is if someone with a family of 5 brings home 1 keeper for the sole reason being he can, what do you think will happen if that person catches 10? What I'm getting at is tons of people have the mentality that 'because they can' means 'they have to.' How many people have you seen come home with fish and give them away because they don't feel like messing with them? Why keep them then?
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Ok, so everyone going in and 'rapeing' old river as you say every year. Man that must mean that no one catches any fish at old river the next year. Oh wait, they 'rape' them and catch a lot the next year also. There is a little flaw in the way you think. And all yall saying that people who want a slot limit are crying, are dillusional. We are sportsman, trying to better the health of the basin's fish population. I am not crying about wanting to keep fish to eat, I can buy fish at the store for cheaper. But it is nice to get rewarded with a few fish every now and then. If not then why would you fish? Thats like hunting year after year, but not killing a single thing just sitting there watching. Every now and then its rewarding to bring home some game. A slot limit wouldn't decimate the population of the basin. That would only help the fish grow larger, I dont see why yall dont get this. The fish would grow larger. Do I have to say it again? It needs to happen, not just for people to eat the fish, but to help the overall quality of fishing. I dont fish for meat by any means. I do like to eat fish, but Id like to see this implemented to be able to catch bigger fish then release them to let them grow again. It can happen, and it does all over the country and state with slot limits or not limits on size. Yall just dont seem to get that when you come to a point that you have 100 fish under 14 to every fish over 14, there is a problem with the fishery. If yall want to keep catching these small fish and keep the 14 limit, go ahead. Places like lake concordia will continue to have lunkers every year because they dont have the 14 minnimum. Go ahead, yall are just as ignorant as yall are accusing other people of being.
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   CaptJS
i have heard of people that catch a limit of bass at TB then go to camp and come back again for another limit. This can not happen with the size limit. PS these same guys say boy fishing is sure not like it use to be lol. Guy told me the other day he had keep some 40 plus bass in Lafitte. I have seen people fish our canal keep bass that were not even as big as the bait he was using. People are going to find a away to bet the numbers game but the size game is a different story.
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   JB
QWACK - Old River doesn't get hurt because the Mississippi River restocks it AND the fish are only 'on' a couple of weeks a year. They have deep water to go to and can get to places people don't know exist and/or can't get to. Take the pressure that is on that lake when the fishing is good and continue it all year long and you will see the decimation.
As for a slot to allow fish to grow bigger, do you remember when Concordia had a slot limit? What about False River? Both of those lakes no longer have a slot because it didn't work. I'm not saying it wouldn't work in the Spillway but you brought up Concordia, not me. I fished a tournament at Concordia one of the last years it had a slot limit and actually had biologists at the landing taking a survey. You would catch a fish IN the slot and that fish would weigh 3 1/2 - 4 pounds. Catch a fish OVER the slot and that fish would weigh only 2 1/2 - 3 pounds. That being said, that is a lake that was land locked and only got restocked if WL&F did it.
Once again, I am in favor of changing the size limit in the Spillway. I think 5 14 inches and under and 5 14 inces and over would just about make everyone happy. People will be able to bring fish home and yet people will have to release some fish. Tournament guys can still keep some big ones and guys that aren't as good as some tournament guys can still go to the scales with a 5 fish limit.
My whole point I'm trying to make is some people equate keeping a limit to having a good trip. It's kinda like some deer managers and the way deer hunting is becoming (and yes I am a QDMA guy), people only think your deer season is a success if you kill a big racked deer. That is not the case. A successful season or a successful fishing trip should have nothing to do with how much meat you bring home, rather if you enjoyed yourself and I think too many people have taken those two things and melded them into one.
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I never brought up the slot limit in Concordia. I said they dont have the 14' minnimum. Which they don't and thats why they have larger fish. False river on the other hand has terrible bass fishing not because of a slot limit, but because of poor habitat. They have no aquatic vegatation to support a large and healthy bass population like a lot of other lakes do, no limit did that. But now that I see that we see eye to eye, most of that last comment was not directed at you sorry if it seemed that way. I was directing it towards the people saying we are crying because we can't keep fish, which is not what was happening. A limit that you are advocating is the limit I want to see too, and having talked to a lot of fisherman who fish the basin. they think that would help out as well.
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Talking about comparing the spillway to other lakes especially a place like concordia or the marsh south or hwy 90 is apples to oranges. The spillway has never been and probably never will be a trophy fishery that you catch lunkers like you can in deep water lakes or even tidal marsh. We are talking about a completely different water hydrology and ecosystem, not to mention I bet most of these places do not get half the pressure that the spillway gets. I think some of the comments about old river and overfishing other areas have good merit also. I fish oldriver a lot grew up not far away, I have seen with my own eyes boats lined up in the woods three people per boat keeping bass not much bigger than a bait corker its legal sure, but that dose not make it right. I watched this year a man clamming he already had his limit giving every fish he caught after that away to any passing boat. Sure as long as the river keeps getting a good rise people will hammer the fish there , but I have seen years when the river didnt rise much or for very long and its a challenge to catch anything its a mediocre fishery at best. Look at false river when they had the slot it was nothing to go and catch all the fish in the slot u wanted. These were nice 2 and 3lb fish, what happens people complaining about not being able to keep fish got it removed and for a short time after raped the lake keeping all those fish that were once protected and in my opinion the lake has never came back from that. I think for the most part people posting on hear care about fishing on both sides of the argument or you would not take the time out of your day to post your opinion. On the flip side there are a lot of people that will keep anything just because they can and its legal, there are many that dont follow the laws as they are written now and keep under size fish even with the size limit. These day people are all about saying they caught there limit or shot the biggest buck in the woods and takes away from the values about the sport we love that where taught to us by our dads , grandparents when we introduced to the great outdoors. Im not against keeping fish nor am i die hard catch and release advocate. I will be the first to tell you I have a few fish in my freezer,but I am privileged to fish more than most people and do not keep fish every time I hit the water thats my personal choice. One that I dont intend to force on everybody I fish for the love of fishing i would still do it if I wasnt able to keep a fish ever. The truth is some fish do need to be kept to maintain a health population,but that has to be done within reason limits based on sound science and fishery management. Not some opinion poll or survey, political agenda extra. I would support a slot limit 100% thats probably the best thing that could happen It would be nice to keep a fish that had been hooked to deep thats gonna die anyways makes me sick to throw back knowing its not gonna make it. I think the point most are trying to say is the worst thing that can happen is no restrictions at all. The spillway is a magical place I am sure dear to most of our heats, but need to be protected I can ashore you many place like that dont exist anymore. Whats wrong with a little conservation. Ps if there are not quality fish how did somebody weigh in a 27lb stringer this spring or some tournament guys regularly catch 14 to 18lb stringers thats good by any standards on most waterways.
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   JB
Greenhead - The keepers are there, and plenty of them. Most people, however, want it to be easy, a no-brainer. They want to be able to pull up to a run-out or any good looking stretch of bank, catch their limit and leave. People (most, not all) don't want to work for their prizes anymore. Look at how many people get on here asking where to go, what to throw and when to go. Post pictures of a good mess of sac alait or bass and I promise you at LEAST 5 people will ask when, where and how. It's the same everywhere. Too many people wait for Joe Macaluso to tell them where to go in Thursday's Advocate.
All of this is a never-ending cycle. Bottom line is both sides are right and both are wrong. Keeping everything hurts a fishery just as much as releasing everything. We have to trust the biologists and quite frankly, in this state, that scares the bejesus out of me...
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How bout people stop being so lazy and get out there Nd burn the gas me and onthers burn on here and work as hard as others work and you'll find 14' and bigger fish in the basin. It is really not that hard just gotta stop being so lazy and work hard. Can you imagine how many fish would be taken home the first day the lifted the 14' rule if they ever did? It would be way to easy. You could go to a run out and have your 10 fish limit in 12 cast. Atleast i know i could. Could you also imagine how many people would be going down there? It would be a rediculous amount of people. The spillway has gotten better in the last m3 years by the way. No it wont be what it used to be but it has gotten much better. The sad thing is that everyo e would bitch whenever it got hard just to catch a 12 inch fish in the basin because they had so much pressure put on them. My vote is to keep the 14' rule. Look at how hard cataoutche got to be to fish. Is that what people want from the basin? Thats for sure not the way i want to see it. I enjoy catching fish qnd lots of them. Yea so what you throw them back. Why cant you just be happy that you have the privillege of fishing whenever you want to other than wanting to be greedy about things. O and by the way we had over 30 keepers out of the. Basin this weekend all was released by the way. Guess me and a few others on here work a little harder than others
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i like the 14' size limit its adds a challenge, its one of the rare places in south louisiana that has this size limit. it makes me feel like im on the bassmastes when i fish their lol
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Are you really trying to convince me that a 13 3/4 - 13 7/8' fish isnt growing to be a 14' fish in a year? Come on now be serious. This thread is rediculous and just goes to show how lazy and un apprecitive people can be.
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Fished Bayou Sorrel today. The keeper bite was tough, only 4, but 30 to 40 throwbacks. Never got a pattern for the keeper bite. I do like the slot idea for the spillway, 12' to 16' will work for me.
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   JB
My idea, make the slot 15 - 19 inches with only 1 or 2 over 19 inches.
I will say though, that if they do something like this, which they won't, I will have to burn through my nest-egg and I will open a bait shop/icehouse at the Pigeon Landing. There will be people on top of people on top of people. Go there now on a Saturday and look at the people. Can you imagine how many would be there if you could keep those bass???
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JB, the 16 to 19 slot would work for most average to better fisherman, but with the peterfish fishermen, the fish would never likely get to 16'. They are already whining about 14'. I have rethought my slot, make it 10 to 14. That way the peterfish people can still have their peterfish and the rest can have their fish. What do ya think? PS just having a little fun guys, don't have a baby, lol.
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   JB
When I say 15-19, I mean you can keep any bass under 15 inches. This might enrage some of you but the way I see it is, if some jo-jo wants to keep his limit of 9 inch fish, that's just less fish over the slot he can keep, should he catch one.

While I would support a slot, I would still rather see 5 fish under 14 inches and 5 fish over 14 inches.
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JB, that's why I selected the 12 to 16 inch slot. Before Andrew, the peterfish gang kept everything they caught. Size doesn't matter to that group. They want meat, period. The 12 to 16 slot would give the fish 2 or 3 years to spawn, like the 14 minimum. Not that it will ever happen, but you never know.
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A look at view points back in history. What's your opinion now about no size limit?
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