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Went to the LDWF meeting this morning and they removed the 14' size on bass. For 2 years there will be a 7 bass creel limit and after 2 years it should rise up to 10 per day like the rest of the state. Here's the link:
http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/news/36713
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6-20-2013
A sad day for sport fishermen. The beginning of the end to a great fishery ????
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Finally
Time to eat
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size limit
I've got mixed emotions on the ruling. I've read everything I could get my hands on and firmly believe what the biologists are saying that the spillway can't sustain a population of large bass. It's just to dynamic and too many outside influences.
As for me, I plan to take some meat. I said SOME meat. I don't plan to keep anything under 12' as them and the the 13s are the best eating anyway. And I'm not looking to load the freezer either.
If I get a bigger one now then, so be it. If I catch that mule, it'll be pictures, measurements and release. I haven't seen many real mounts that I actually liked. And all they do is collect dust!
What bothers me is that there will be those that will take ANY size home. I have seen some boxes with fish smaller than what's in my 10 gal. aquarium at home! What are you going to do with that? You'd need 30 to make a meal and how do you clean something that small? I hope they lose count and get busted every time they go out. That's just being greedy and a waste.
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well...
you cant control what other people keep, just like you cant control people running redlights or texting while driving or anything else... if people wanna outlaw and you see them or catch them, call the 1800 number and give hull numbers, take pics and post on here(everyone has a picture phone this day and age) or whatever else....otherwise, ya just gotta let it go...why get so uptight about things out of your control... 5 or 10 years (or even 2 years) from now when people complain because theres no fish, well then you can tell them i told you so....

i can honestly say...i was raised around bass tournaments, fished them full time for a few years...nowadays, i only get to fish maybe 1 or 2 times a month at best...if i go to the basin or anywhere else, i WILL KEEP what LDWF says i can legally...so i guess you can say im mixed on the ruling also...

sidenote... what about all those 5 fish stringers of big bass that have been removed from the basin for as long as i can remember??? yeah they get released on the other side of the levee, or in gonzales somewhere because they got trailered to cabelas or lamar dixon for a weighin....
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Size Limit
So this means there is no size limit on the bass?
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NO SIZE LIMIT
That's right I'm Hooked, no size limit. From 14' to 0'. Is this a dream or a nightmare ????????
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I like Mike Breaux's way of thinking. I get to fish probably a fraction of the time that most do. I only keep legally what I can. Hell, I don't even keep legally everything that I can. I get enough for a meal and I'm quite happy. I know enforcement is stretched out like never before. I wonder if they dread deep down the change(enforcement) to have to police the area harder. Technonlogy is now at a level to where the public can make a huge impact on outlaws. The LDWF ap is on my phone and I would use it if needed.
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Bass size limit
What bothers me are the ones that will keep the first 7 they catch and then when they catch a bigger one they will take the smaller one out of the ice chest and throw it on the bank.
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This may help clear up some things
Tjis is an excellent seminar dealing with this subject. There are some you should keep and some that need to be released. http://www.bassresource.com/bass-fishing-videos/bass-fishing-fish-biology.html
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Spillway
It is not that every fish should be released, at least not for me. My concern is the sheer numbers of fish that will be kept in the next few months. Everyone that fishes the spillway knows that when the fishing is on, it is incredible and even people that know nothing about the area or how to catch bass will catch their limit. Let me do the math;
Let's say, conservatively speaking, there are 500 boats that fish the spillway on a weekend. In those 500 boats, there is an average of 2 people per boat, that equals 1000 fishermen. Let's say that only half catch a limit of fish. 14 bass for 500 boats equlas 7000 bass IN A WEEKEND!!!!! Now, let's say that the fishing remains solid for a month, that equals 28,000 bass!!! How can that not hurt the fishery?????
But everyone says that it can't hurt. That WL&F say we can keep 7 per person so that is what the area can handle. If I remember correctly, the same thing was said about Catouachie. We all know how great of a fishery that area is now.....
It's OK though, people will finally be able to stack filets in their freezer with minimal effort now. After all, the only way to gauge the success of a trip and justify us fishing is being able to put fish in the freezer...
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Video
That was an informative video. Lots of good info. But how much of it applies to an open/flowing water type system (Verret/Spillway)? Never read or heard of much of any info related to this type of water system. Did the WL&F really have enough facts to make the decision they did on size/limits, or did they just get tired of all the complaining.
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Long over due!
Long over due to use science instead of special interests to decide this!

I fished the basin for years prior to Andrew and caught beaucoup fish with the old 15 fish limit. And the boat launches and boats were full then too. The difference will be you will not have a bunch of dead 13-1/2' bass full of hook marks, little kids can enjoy bass fishing too, and you might get to have a fish fry now and then. The basin will not be fished out whether they have this 14' rule or not.
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Spillway
20merc - between my 3 kids, my nephews and friends of my kids, I have yet to come across one that only has fun when he/she can keep fish. I make sure to teach kids that food does not equal fun. Fun is in the catching of a fish, not putting that fish in the livewell or ice chest.
As for there is just as many people fishing now than there was before Andrew...that is total BS.

Good luck to you anyway. Enjoy having fun keeping bass now. Better get your fill though cuz whether you will admit it or not, in a few years the days of catching fish all day long are soon to be over. If you don't believe me, find someone that said Catouachie would not be effected by everyone keeping all of the bass they caught there. Better yet, go to Catouachie and try to catch a bass now...
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Size limits
Looks like the rule was changed just for me!!! And no, I didn't keep it. The fish in my aquarium are bigger than him.
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Under 14' Bass
Thursday should be a BIG day for the meat hunters. With the number of 14' fish coming out of the 14' areas this past week, you should have a limit of less than 14' fish in an hour or two easily. The slaughter is on. Arrive early to get a parking spot. Landings at Henderson and around Flat Lake will be packed.
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Two Questions
Im going out to the spillway tomorrow morning to bring my two sons on there first fishing trip does the fish they catch count against my 7 fish limit? And another question can anyone tell me where I can find a good price on a deep freezer in the area? Thanks!
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shroom T
Sounds like you looking to load up on them small bass !!!!!!
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T-Mon
Well I hear the meats more tender on them small fish but, I guess whatever they can catch on their snoopy fishing poles will do. I'm kinda trying to pick the hobby up myself so hopefully we can wear em out.
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Less fish removed
Trip last year…..68 bass caught…10 over 14”. 10 fish removed from the water….This year if I catch 68 or 168 I can only keep 7. So to me in some cases less fish will be removed.
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Spillway
Brad - please tell me you do not really believe that??????
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Shroom-T
Please post pics of all the fish you and your KIDS catch. We would like to see them.
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Should have know better
went to henderson this weekend , should have know better then to go there the first weekend after the size limit change , it was full on idiot that about sums it up , alot of people could care less if there was 1 person in the boat or a boat full of kids they were wide open and stacked on top of everyone , i always thought the dock in the middle of i10 was 2 boats there were people shoveing 3 boats at a time in there not carein if you couldnt get out to off load your boat.
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3 at a time?
You should see it before daylight for the duck opener, 4 at a time no problem!
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Bass Limit and Size
People need to go back and look at the size and limts allowed in Henderson Lake.
From what I have found is that the limit is still 10 bass and the size is still 14'.
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Bass
Henderson is part of the Atchafalaya River Basin. There were Game Wardens at Henderson Saturday, I saw them check a few people and if the limit is still 10/14', they don't know about it either.
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No Samll Bass
I know this is long, on the first re-list on June 06, 2013, Henderson was listed, on the last relist it was not. So what is the Limit and Size for Henderson?

REVISED Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Modify Black Bass Regulations in the Atchafalaya River Basin, Lake Verret, Lake Palourde Complex; Lake Fausse Point/Lake Dauterive Complex
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Release Date: 06/06/2013
(June 6, 2013) – Today, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission approved the removal of the 14” minimum length limit on black bass in the Atchafalaya River Basin, Lake Verret, Lake Palourde Complex; Lake Fausse Point/Lake Dauterive Complex. The new rule will go into effect on Thursday, June 20, 2013.

As a temporary transition measure, LDWF staff recommends a reduction in daily creel limit from 10 to 7 bass for a two-year period. After the two years, black bass regulations on these waterbodies would be consistent with statewide regulations – no length limit with a 10 fish daily creel.

An extensive, three-year study examined the effectiveness of the regulation as a management tool. Findings show the Atchafalaya Basin largemouth bass population does not exhibit necessary criteria for which a 14” minimum length limit would produce larger bass. The study indicates that the basin bass population is more heavily influenced by environmental factors, including water fluctuation and the effects of tropical storms, rather than angler harvest.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.louisiana.gov on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

For press inquires, contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov or (225) 765-2396.

Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Modify Black Bass Regulations in the Atchafalaya Basin, Henderson Lake and Lake Verrett Complex
Printable Version
Release Date: 06/06/2013
(June 6, 2013) – Today, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission approved the removal of the 14” minimum length limit on black bass in the Atchafalaya Basin, Henderson Lake and Lake Verret Complex. The new rule will go into effect on Thursday, June 20, 2013.

As a temporary transition measure, LDWF staff recommends a reduction in daily creel limit from 10 to 7 bass for a two-year period. After the two years, black bass regulations on these waterbodies would be consistent with statewide regulations – no length limit with a 10 fish daily creel.

An extensive, three-year study examined the effectiveness of the regulation as a management tool. Findings show the Atchafalaya Basin largemouth bass population does not exhibit necessary criteria for which a 14” minimum length limit would produce larger bass. The study indicates that the basin bass population is more heavily influenced by environmental factors, including water fluctuation and the effects of tropical storms, rather than angler harvest.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.louisiana.gov on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

For press inquires, contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov or (225) 765-2396.
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No Small Bass
Ok from the items that I posted this morning, I have done some more research and I have been informed that the limit definitely has been dropped on Henderson Lake: They have talked to the biologist who's head of the Basin, and he said it's gone.
So so sorry about trying to keep the 14' and 10 Bass Limit in Henderson Lake.
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