February 07, 2020 at 1:46pm
Looks like guide bashing season is in full swing. For one there not 10,000 guides fishing trout in Louisiana. If you took all the fish that every guide in the state brings to the dock for a week it is still less than what one gill net used do in a single night.
We had a hard freeze three years ago and you may not have seen as many dead trout as in '89, but just as many died. Add on extremely high rivers and fresh water conditions, and trout simply can not spawn. Those that do end up with their eggs carried into waters too fresh of water for the eggs to survive.
Trout have been dealt a bad hand by mother nature for several straight years now, let along the man made disaster called Mardi Grass Pass. The prime breeding grounds east of the river are no longer. Go ahead and monitor salinity levels and you will see that most of the east side of the river is hardly salty enough for trout to survive, let alone spawn unless going way way out into the gulf.
For the last two summers I have not seen any small trout in the marsh. Though this is not where you would normally fish for trout that time of year, but typically we used to catch a lot of small trout in the marsh while fishing for redfish. Know where they went? Way outside where they are nothing but snacks for everything else that swims out there, including bigger trout. Rigs that we normal catch our biggest trout at are now full of 6'-10'. Those little guys are supposed to be in the marsh, not open water.
And to those complaining about the amount of guide boats, there literally at least 100 private boats running around all over the place for every charter boat, even on weekdays now. Even if they don't catch a lot, all those boats beating everything up makes fishing tough for everyone.
There probably is a good reason for a temporary limit change, but no amount of catch reduction will make a difference if conditions do not improve. Given half a chance, with good spawning conditions the trout will bounce back and bounce back big time. Yea, go ahead and build some more of those fish killing 'sediment' diversions. Sediment my ass, there is no difference it is only a fresh water disaster.