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so much for the size limit change, fish aren't biting. did not have a bass bite just brim on soft plastics. good look. maybe they should have kept the size limit alone and restocked after Isaac.
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NO FISH ????
Where were you fishing? Might save someone else a wasted trip.
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size limit
spillway, flat lake. water may still be high, grobec was muddy. bear bayou looked good but no luck.
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'Fishing'
Just bc the size limit changed doesn't mean the fish will jus instantly bite; watch the river trends and weather and pick your days. Spillway side probably won't be good for another few wks. Fish still bitin everywhere in Gibson.

Another fisherman gone this wknd; safe fishing and travel on the waterways and g'luck to all
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basin
The water is high. Not good to fish right now. Wait till it starts falling and you will do better. Good to look at the levels on the internet and watch their movements. It will save you time and money. That way you know when to fish the basin, and when to cut the grass.
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water
where are you looking up the water levels , i normaly run into the same problem go out fishing only to hear the next week the water was to high no one is catchin , whats the right level ?
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Levels
Click on Weather on this site. From there, scroll down to River Stages and click on Atchafalaya River. That will bring up another screen. From there click on any of the locations. I use the Sorrel reading. FYI, it needs to be around 6 before it gets good, at least for me.
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water levels
The water level that is best is different for different parts of the basin. It is always best in all areas when it's dropping. Hardly ever when its no movement or going up. If you check it online often, you can establish a pattern for where you usually go. I also look at the levels way up in Missouri to see what's coming. Since my camp is near Grand River, I keep this bookmark. Go to this site and bookmark the area you like to fish and check it everyday http://waterdata.usgs.gov/la/nwis/uv?site_no=07381450
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Basin
The hurricane last August had a extremely bad effect on my fishing area...Bayou Segnette and Des Allemands. It is very hard to catch a few bass. In talking to the guys who fish Lafitte, Venice and Delecroix, the bass fishing is not the same there also. I have talked to some guys from Morgan City, and they reported that the storm has had an effect on the basin also....but not as bad as my areas. They will probably start catching some bass when the water falls out, but use some common sense when it comes to taking some home. Still need a few for the next generation of bass to start.
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Thanks
thanks for the info on the water levels , i guess you never can learn to much , and i agree with the common since , i catch and release myself if i want to eat some fish ill catch some catfish
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fishing
If you don't want to pull bass out, make about 6 or 8 noodles and throw them out where your bass fishing. Use chicken liver or worms 2 feet under the float. In the basin you are almost assured you will catch some good eating fish. That way you can throw back the bass and still eat good.
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Waters
Ok i just checked out those links , you said needs to be around 6 im guessing you mean 6 ft , right now its 13.6 was at 14.8 so its double the amount it should be ?
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morgan city
flat lake area, waste of time if the river at morgan city is higher than 4... them fish are in the woods...theres some sloughs off bear bayou that have 4 feet of water in them...

i used to find it best when 3 and falling...2 is even better...
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Water
Altaria - You must have looked at the Henderson reading. If Sorrel, Grande Lake or Morgan City gets over 14 feet, there is major flooding going on.
We have been keeping written records of our trips for the last 15-20 years and for fishing the Sorrel/Pigeon area, the Sorrel and/or Grande Lake reading need to be in the low 6's and falling. These two readings are almost always within a few tenths of each other with Grande Lake usually being 2-3 tenths higher than Sorrel. For Old River and south, we have found that the Morgan City reading needs to be in the mid-3's and falling.
Save yourself all kinds of bad trips and keep written records of each trip. It only takes a few minutes to jot down details after returning from a trip. When you get the urge to go, all you have to do is check the levels and weather and that will tell you whether you need to hook up and go or stay home and cut grass.
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Henderson
Yes JB i was looking in henderson area , i live by the Atchafalaya River at Krotz Springs area and right now it is reading 18.3 , i hope im looking at the right info cause if i am i got a ways to go before it gets to 6 around here , although id rather be fishin then cutin grass lol
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Butte la Rose
From the readings you gave and the date of your post you were probably reading the Butte la Rose gage on the Atchafalaya River.
That is what most people on the west side of the Basin use. It will need to get to about 11 ft. before fishing starts to get any good. You might try before that but I don't think you will have as much success as if you were to wait.
Here is a link to the Butte la Rose gage.

http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydrograph.php?wfo=lix&gage=blrl1&view=1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1&toggles=10,7,8,2,9,15,6

The Lake Pelba gage at I=10 is here.

http://waterdata.usgs.gov/la/nwis/uv/?site_no=302020091435700&PARAmeter_cd=00065,72020,63160,00060

For almost all real time gages look here.

http://waterdata.usgs.gov/LA/nwis/current/?type=flow

You need to copy and paste the entire link (for some reason LA Sportsman forum won't make the entire link a hyperlink) into the address bar on you web browser.
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