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Possible Bonnet Carre' Spillway Opening!!!

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Got e-mail from John C,thanks for heads up,dat Spillway Opening may occur as early as next week,the 27th to be exact.Guess ya gotta do whatcha gotta do,only consolation is opening this early may allow decent speck fishing maybe by June,July,obviously critically dependent upon how many bays,how long opened,etc!!!Crawfishing might be best option til Lady P gets right,yet again!!!

Mandevillian
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Re: Possible Bonnet Carre' Spillway Opening!!!
Get some market bait and fish blue cats is about what you can do in the lake this spring.
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lanco1,Not sure if it was the second-to-last opening or last opening but I am sure in both scenarios,I was still catching fine reds fishing along the grassy shorelines,at the time tossing chartreuse Berkley Gulp and I was nabbing some fine blue cats and a few reds at the Causeway pilings.There were a few trollers nabbing some specks,presumably those hanging around in the lower,high-salinity water at the bottom.I hate using market bait as I usually only attract trash fish with that,like stingrays and hardhead catfish with a few gafftops thrown in!!!Bet there will be pockets of clear,higher salinity water along the NShore,like every Spillway Opening!!

Mandevillian
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Exactly, the spillway will cause the fish to concentrate in the pockets of clean, salty water. Satellite imagery is a beautiful thing when it comes to finding the clean water. I've never found the Spillway to do as much damage to the fishing in Lake P as people claim it does. Except for the one year when there was a huge algae bloom across the entire lake, it usually cleans itself out quicker than expected.
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Drake870,Lady P is indeed a resilient ole Lady and catching fine blue catfish in addition to some fine reds not necessarily a bad thing,algal blooms are another thing entirely and opening it early like this may mitigate the damages and introducing plenty of forage for crabs not a bad thing as well.It does hurt the speck fishing in the short-term but typically Lady P rebounds quickly!!My 0.02 for what dat is worth!!!

Mandevillian
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Hoping that the 'upper-river' areas have controlled their sturgeon and carp populations! BOTH are detrimental to our lakes but the carp over-run could be disastrous for our lake. The PLUS SIDE is the millions of pogie/menhaden coming into the lakes (trout candy AND crab food)! IMO John Castelluccio, Jr.
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John C,One of the more recent Spillway Openings I had a chance to attend a fishing seminar and Ashley Ferguson with LAWLF and Capt Mike Gallo were in attendance and they both advised that the denser,salty water was localized at the bottom of the Causeway(scuba divers reported a fine 'tunnel' of clear,salty water)and the trollers were still nabbing some fine specks and few reds and think they even caught a few flounders.Definitely shuts down the jigging style of fishing,unless ya locate 'pockets' of denser,salty water.Getting ready to install new Lowrance DepthFinder/GPS unit with TripleScan and be interesting to see what Side Scan at Causeway shows-bet pockets of big ole specks hugging de bottom.Looking forward to getting together with ya this Wed to pick up dat new Quantum Smoke spinning reel.

Mandevillian
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