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Largest Bass In Lacassine?

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What is the Largest bass caught in Lacassine Pool?
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dont remember what the weight was but i think it is display at that resturant in hayes
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   cajunsorc
The Largest Bass from Lacassine Pool is 11 lbs 13 ounces.
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The restraunt used to be called Harris' but is not called Aucoin's. Harris O'Blanc held the record for a long time with a 13 pound monster. That record was broken two t=years ago by a young man with a 13.8 pound monster. Already this year a 11.61 was caught. Just wanted to clarify...
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The official Laccasine record bass is 11lbs and 13oz's caught when they pulled the boards to drop the water level several years ago. Harris O'blanc did catch a 13 pounder , but it wasn't in the pool. There is also a fairly large white perch pool record too. I don't remember what it is. You can call the refudge headquarters and they will give you the record information. The previous record was a 11 pound something ounce that had broken Harris O'Blanc record that had remained for a while. Harris O'Blanc's pool record was in the upper 10 pound range.
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   leadhead
SWA is right, the record is as he stated. Harris caught his fish on a black and blue spinnerbait, the record held for several years, then was broken by a young guy on a watermelon red fluke, after his grandpa missed thefish. I forget what the current record was caught on but i know the lasttwo to break it were not regular pool fisherman
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THe official record is 11lbs and 14oz held by Jimmy Miller. A man caught an 11lbs 13oz fish earlier today in the pool and is currently at the headquarters for official statistics. He also caught an 8 pounder and kept all his fish. He said he is gonna eat the 8 pounder and mount the 11 pounder.
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   boudin_
where is lacassine pool?
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SWA, thank you for clearing it up for me. I was incorrect, sorry all..... I think the record will be broken this year, but that's just my thought...
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Pool is located between Hayes, and Lake Author..
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if yall want a a good place to eat over there... GO TO AUCOINS! best food i have ever ate!

well except for grandmaws cooking..
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   bluechip
Hey Fool, you better not let your mom read that or you will be eating bologna sandwiches for supper. LOL...
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OK, huntin fool.....just to inform you, the HJarris' Resteraunt we have been speaking of is the new Aucoins. It is same building and everything, just new management and slighlty different menu, and a whole new apperance inside. Although, I personally feel that the food was better when it was Harris'. The food is still good now, and the owner is a good friend of ours.
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   LA-BEAR
where did the man catch the 11.13. Was it in the little north?
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   LA-BEAR
that guy must be the clown i met last year. He had two fish over 8lbs on ice. he said he eats all the fish he catches on beds. CLOWN!!!!!!
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   leadhead
Why is the guy a clown for keeping his fish?? What do you want him to do? Let them go to get bigger?? WHY? The area of the pool he caught them in will be drained and the fish will almost certainly die or become Gator food. Lets not forget that the pool is nearly divided already,therefore these big fish have nearly no chance once their habitat starts to dry up. I say keep them and enjoy because it will take about ten years after the completion before fish get that size again. One thing i want to know, if the idiots only recently came up and started to implement their great plan, well why have they been pulling boards for the past three years??? My theory is that by dropping the water and getting less people to go then you have less people to explain to. WHY not flood it?? High water will surely kill unwanted grass and trees. IDIOTS!!!!!
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   leadhead
Oh and as for the location of the fish caught, well there are a few guys who only catch big fish in Lacassine, they have been doing it for decades. You will have a hard time getting to their holes or following them. They will watch for people trying to follow them and sit and wait you out. Most of them let the fish go but some keep them, put them in private ponds, put them on the wall and yes eat them too.
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   LA-BEAR
i agree that idiots are running that pool into the ground. I also agree with keep what you want to. I guess I never thought about eating a huge fish. I have caught several big fish in lacassine over the past 5 years on beds. when i want to keep fish to eat i do not target fish on nest. I agree that those large fish are going to die if the management does not improve soon. We put those larger fish in ponds and some on the calc. river.
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   LA-BEAR
the reason i asked about where that fish was caught is because cajunsorc (close friend)had an 11+lb bass on twice yesterday but lost her both times. when he checked her later she was gone
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   rudykeith
Can someone tell me how to get to Lacassine Pool?
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   LA-BEAR
where are you comming from
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OK you need to get on I-10 exit laccasine south go til you hit a T take a left the road will curve to the right there will be a store on your right be sure and stop and get your self a sausage poboy and check out all the pics. Ok go for about 4 or 5 miles look on your right for a laccasine pool sign, turn right go to the end there will be gravel at the end you are close when you come to the T there are two launches one to the right and one to the left ok. where the fish are good luck
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Ok, just to clarify.... if people will talk to the biologist for the reserve(not the gut in charge of water management) and have a conversation about what fish is recommended to keep, then this whole topic would not be an issue. When a person with his knowledge recommends keeping alll the big fish people catch, then do it.... Believe me there are WAY more big fish die each year in the pool naturally than people catching them. The biologist stated to make it better for fishing, keep the big fish.

To comment on another issue...yes, most of us who have caught alot of big fish will not tell where. Too many people just looking to potlick on someone else's hard work and time spent. If peopel want a big fish, then go out there and get lucky, or put in the time to really"learn" the pool. My hat is off to people who get them a big fish...great job. But to read on here about people making little comments about others keeping fish or keeping fishin spots a secret is just silly.

To those looking to fish, by all means have fun......
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yes indeed it is good food and i somewhat know the owners of it, only through my cousin. did cajun ever catch his big fish he wanted
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   LA-BEAR
there is no such thing as a big fish area of lacassine. i have caught fish over 7 lbs in every area out there. i have no problem telling you where i fished yesterday or where i will fish today. the people that read this looking for a good spot could go with me in my boat and not catch fish. area does not matter near as much as some think
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   cajunsorc
Did you personnally talk with the biologist over the Lacassine pool? I have talked with the previous 2 biologists there and the one currently over the pool and none of them have ever recommended keeping the larger fish. I have had lengthy conversations with them and will be happy to send you an email with their names so you may contact them yourself and discuss this subject with them personnally. They support catch and release of the larger "breeding stock" fish so that the natural restocking of quality genes continues. If you will research it, the current management doesn't want to restock any Florida strain fish into the pool--just native black bass from an in-state hatchery. So you tell me if you think the number of quality fish will continue out there if everyone keeps everything. We can talk about catch and release all day. Over the last 3 years, I've caught 11 fish over 10 lbs there and released them alive. For conversation purposes, if there are 100 fish in the pool over 10 lbs and 25 are caught and another 25 die naturally, would you rather the 25 that are caught be killed are released alive. If you keep em they have no chance to survive, if you release em at least they have a shot at survival.
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   cajunsorc
The current pool record according to the refuge biologist is 11 lbs 14 oz and was caught two years after Harris caught the 11 lb 8 oz fish that was the old record. On thursday march 19, 2009, a gentleman caught a fish in the pool and contacted the refuge biologist who weighed and measured the fish. Officially it weighed 11 lbs 13 oz. That is as close as one can get to the record and I would like to congratulate him on his catch. I spoke with one of the enforcement agents on Friday who also saw the fish and actually made the call to the biologist to get it weighed and he said the fish was healthy and "huge".
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   papa-p
And can you believe the guy that has the big bass record also holes the big buck record. He kill it a couple of years ago. Think it scored 127. It was a very nice 8 pointer.
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   cmcnabb
"For conversation purposes, if there are 100 fish in the pool over 10 lbs and 25 are caught and another 25 die naturally, would you rather the 25 that are caught be killed are released alive. If you keep em they have no chance to survive, if you release em at least they have a shot at survival."

so what happens to the other 50? that dont make much sense to me

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I agree to release bigger fish. But with the plan for the pool what's the point. THeir survival is limited. Because they are pumping the son of a gun down to nothing to be able to get the peet to dry up and burn deeper, so therefore the fish will have no water to live in unless they fit through the pump. LOL. My theory has always been release the big ones unless mounting. But now they have replicas. And if they are planning on restocking it with native fish, then it won't be good again in my lifetime. Native bass grow bigger but slower. Florida strain grow faster. Anybody else ????
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Dude, "Native" Black bass don't get bigger than florida strain, unless I'm mistaken, Black Bass max out at about 8, maybe a little more, but not 12!!! Aren't They only draining half the pool? In theory, it only takes a little genetic influence to produce these huge bass. As long as we let the bass that we know have this genetic influence( the huge ones!!) stay in the breeding population, we should continue to get these numbers out of Laccasine.
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I agree to release bigger fish. But with the plan for the pool what's the point. THeir survival is limited. Because they are pumping the son of a gun down to nothing to be able to get the peet to dry up and burn deeper, so therefore the fish will have no water to live in unless they fit through the pump. LOL. My theory has always been release the big ones unless mounting. But now they have replicas. And if they are planning on restocking it with native fish, then it won't be good again in my lifetime. Native bass grow bigger but slower. Florida strain grow faster. Anybody else ????
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   cajunsorc
I feel like I'm talking to a bunch of kids. cmcnabb--The other 50 fish live til next year when 25 would be caught and 25 would die. If everyone keeps the ones they catch---There would be none left--3rd grade math (100-25-25-25-25=0)
Native black bass normally max out at 7 to 8 lbs because of the slow growth rate and max number of years for life expectancy. Florida strain grow faster and therefore get larger before they reach max life expectancy. Look at the states that have done massive florida strain stockings in their waterways --Florida-naturally but Tx. Alabama and California. Where are the majority of the largest fish caught each year--those states. True--they are draining the pool--1 section at a time. The first process was to improve the perimeter canals so the fish would have some place to go during low water conditions. The average depth of the canals is 8' the average depth of the marsh is less than 4'. That give the fish remaining in a low water section 4' of water to survive in-in the canals. The process for draining and removing the sediment is expected to take 5 to 7 years per section to complete. Do you know how large a florida strain can grow in 5 years. That also means it will be atleast 10 years before they begin draining the section that everyone knows as the North pond, little North pond, lone cypress, 1/2 of the south pond and the duck pens. OK now everyone pay attention closely to this cause most of you have missed this part. If you keep the larger florida strain fish and take em home--their chance of survival is 0! If they are put back into the pool-they have got a chance at surviving. In 2000-the year the pool was so low due to the drought-everyone said that there would be no fish left out there-that the gators and predators would eat everything. When the pool opened in 2002 for fishing, there were 8lb to 10lb fish caught. In 2006-when everyone (including refuge management) said the storm surge from rita killed everything-I caught 5 fish over 10 lbs there that year. Just give the big ones a shot at survival, put em back, they can survive when all you experts say they can't.
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   cmcnabb
you never said anything about the other 50. thought maybe there was another factor comming into play that you just forgot to mention. and no need to get your hanes stuck in your asss so far that you cant pull them out and start questioning my math skills just because i wanted to know what happened to the other 50. you clearly never mentioned what happened to them and i can promise you im well above "3rd grade math" and can do well more math than you can ever do so dont start insulting me for askin a question. oh and by the way, releasing those fish in your pond is not the same as releasing them in the pool! why does everyone act so knoble when they log on to lasmag?
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   cajunsorc
WHOA--calm down there man! I never questioned your math skills--I explained to you what would happen to the others you asked about. The 3rd grade math comment was directed at anyone that thinks keeping big fish doesn't hurt the population of big fish--- and there are a lot of guys on here that don't believe in catch and release. And you are partly correct about releasing fish into my pond not being the same as releasing them into the pool. BUT they are still living in my pond--the ones the guys put on ice are the ones I have a problem with. If they want to get a big fish mounted, thats fine. But there are guys down there that put a knife to everything they catch-reguardless of size. AND, I have caught and released more 10lb+ fish back into the pool than I have taken out to put in my pond. Just this year, I have had 4 fish over 9 with one of those being 10lb 1 oz and they have all gone back into the pool. I have not taken fish from the pool and put into my pond since March 15, of 2008. SINCE THEN Everything has been release alive back into the pool reguardless of size.
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Cajunsorc you need to do your home work and also stop worrying about what other people do with the fish that you want for your pond. You catch fish and put it in your private pond and take it away from the opportunity for others to catch it . So if they choose to catch it and mount it put it in their pond, eat it , or throw it away, what does it matter to you? You aren't the only one that is allowed to take opportunities away from other public fisherman. Sounds to me like someone is being GREEDY. And you need to do your homework more thoroughly. talking to a biologist as you are a fisherman , they aren't gonna tell you anything to spark any controversary. My cousin is a wildlife agent for laccassine and told me that they pulled boards to drain the water then all those little pump stations you see out there, those are to pump out all remaining water in the canals. The only way to get the core of the peet to dry is to have the water level low as possible. The pumps aren't for the circulation to keep fish alive in low water conditions. And the canals weren't cleaned out to give the fish a place to go when the draw down takes place. They were cleaned out and the sediment was used to build and strengthen the perimeter levee's since they had damage from rita and ike they don't want to drain it and then have a hurricane come and bust a levee and fill the pool up before they can finish. And no I don't catch a lot of big fish out there but I catch a lot of eaters. I have a hard time believing your fishing stories. LOL. Worry about yourself not others as you can't change others. I got an idea why don't you let everybody come fish your pond and whatever they catch they can bring them to their pond and release. Now that is what I call conservation. LOL
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   cajunsorc
Go back and read my post completely so that we can discuss it intellegently. I don't have a problem with people taking fish out of the pool. I have a problem with people keeping numerous large fish to eat. Its my oppinion and you don't have to agree with it!! Not sure who your cousin is but management at Lacassine is bound by the Comprehensive Conservation Plan. They are funded by tax dollars and if they do not follow this plan it is call Misappropriation of Public Funds. The stated purpose for the clearing of the canals is for "public boat access and additional fish habitat during low water periods". The canals are not to be pumped dry. And where did I say that the pumps were for circulation to keep fish alive. The are for pumping an area down during dewatering--like they just did with the east unit--and by pumping from the east to the west unit it has raised the water level to pre-rita levels. I really don't give a rip whether you believe any of my stories or not. And anytime you'd like to come fish the pond come on there are plent of fish in there---I'm sure you could catch a big one here.
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I agree with both of yall. If people want to take them out, then that is there choice. HINT-public place. I personally do not keep the bigger fish except for the few i have mounted. I do however know people who do keep their big fish and say they taste very well. I do however agree, that what is the difference between one person keeping big fish to eat and you keeping to stock your pond? Not that i mind, hey if i had a pond i would probably do the same a few times.

Look, we all like to fish and enjoy keeping what we choose to keep for our own purpose whether it be to restock, eat, mount, etc.... If someone truely believes that by people keeping fish from the pool will cause a huge drop in population, well come on now. We all know that there is fish in places there we will never get to and saying there is a potential of it getting fished out is a little silly.

Just my two cents.....hell i may have a third grade education...
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   cajunsorc
What I'm trying to convey is that the current management could care less about the pool as a fishery. And the fact that the majority of the people don't care about preserving the fishery (keeping every big fish they catch)just enforces their feelings about the "ignorate coonasses" (thats what those arogant idiots refer to the fishermen as) coming to the pool to fish. They think they can tell the fisherman anything they want and we'll believe them. I'm not buying it and I hope no one else will either.
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I agree and if someone wants to "label" us then more power to them. All we can do is keep going and have some fun. Yes, I REALLY agree with the people in charge of the decisions for the pool really suck. If they really believe that less water is better for the ducks, then they need to take a trip to somewhere like toledo. Deep water with alot of birds. Even around our house near Creole/Little chenier area...Alot of water and alot of birds. Sometimes it just makes you want to sit back and laugh on decisions made concerning the pool.

So, cajun, when was the last trip you made?
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   cmcnabb
no hard feelings cajuns, just did what anyone else what do when they thought they were getting grilled. i could care less what people do with the fish they catch. by the way, i know who cajuns is he has caught a lot of big fish and from what i understand he is pretty involved with lacassine, not sayin anyone else isnt though
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cajun they dont cut you slack do they??

as far as keeping fish, im like cody i could care less what people do when they catch the fish. as long as they dont put them to waste, such as throwing them in the woods, or at the landing.
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   cajunsorc
just remember that the clown down there at the pool incharge of management are from Oregon. What do they know about a marsh in La?
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   cajunsorc
Let me jog everyones memory for a minute. March 15, 2004 During my opening day trip to Lacassine I noticed a strong east to west current in the canal on the north end of the south pond. The boards had been removed from the spillway on the bell city ditch by refuge management in January and had been left out. The pool level was around 1' lower than in 2003 (after the drought of 1999 vicki graff(pool manager) had previously raised full pool from 4.5' to 5'.5' to support the fishery.) 2004 was new managers(Don Voros) 1st year as complex manager. When an article was run in the American press about management draining the pool, Voros claimed they were building a ring levee around the spill way to make repair. (The levee was constructed in less than 3 days after the article ran--why was water allowed to leave the pool for 3 months)
In late summer 2004, management decided to return the level of the pool "full level" to 4.5' to what they referred to as historic level. In september of 2005, Rita hit and management closed the pool indefinitely. In january of 2006, Ron Castille contacted Don Voros and was told that the fish population in the pool was "devastated" by the storm surge and virtually no survived and that the boards were removed from the spillways in an effort to drain all of the saltwater from the pool in hopes of making a fresh start. Voros told Castille that in an effort to prove to the fishermen that the pool was devoid of fish he would allow 10 boats to enter the pool on Feb. 17, 2006 and fish for the day. I was one of the 10 boats that was allowed in and at a pre-launch meeting with refuge personnel we were told that if by chance we were to catch anything (which they said was highly unlikely) to keep it and bring it in for examination by the refuge biologist. The 10 boats brought in over 110 fish to the refuge personnel which totally shocked Mr. Voros. The largest fish caught that day was over 7lbs and there were numerous fish over 5lbs as I had 5 fish between 4.5 and 5.75 lbs.(a report of this was run in the louisiana sportsman magazine and a Picture of my dad holding 3 fish over 5 was also shown in the article.) The refuge personnel had removed almost 3 foot of water from the marsh and the pool was closed in june of 2006 due to low water conditions. 2007 and 2008 were mostly non incidental years other than the implementation of the Comprehensive Conservation Plan which started in 2008 with the excavation of perimeter canals and the dividing levee on the west side of the pool and the installation of the water control/boat passage structures. In Sept of 2008 the storm surge of Ike fill the pool with salty water as did rita. This time refuge management decided that the salty water would have no adverse effects on the fish population all held the stormsurge water in the pool in an effort to control invasive grasses. March 2009--Refuge personnel is recommending AGAIN that fishermen remove the fish they catch from the pool as they will surely perish in the future. HOLD EVERYTHING IS ANYONE ELSE NOTICING HOW MANY TIMES THEY HAVE BEEN WRONG WITH THEIR ASSUMPTIONS OF WHAT WILL BE THE FATE OF THE FISH IN THE POOL. AND HOW THEY REVERSE THEIR DECISIONS ONCE THEY ARE PROVED WRONG. So everyone that reads this understand that I refuse to let the management of the pool dictate to me how the fishery should be managed. They have proven to me that they do not know what they are talking about time and time again. That fishery has survived through 2 hurricanes and several attempts to drain it and just within the last 2 weeks there has been 2 fish over 11 Lbs caught and 8 over 10 lbs that I am aware of. So please understand that I am very passionate about this fishery--It has the potential to be one of the best fisheries in the state and the management doesn't really give a rip. Someone please tell me where else you can go within 100 miles and catch the quality of fish you can catch their. Where else do they have tournaments where it takes a 3 fish stringer of over 18 lbs to win (in 1999 the last year tournaments were allowed there were four 3 fish stringers over 20 lbs including one over 25). And this is in our back yards and I'm not ready to accept everything they are saying about what is taking place there.
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I saw a picture (with the proper date) 3-17-09, of a guy with a 11.13. I was getting a hair cut and this man said his nephew or something had caught a hawg at lacassine. As I was leaving he said he had the pic in his truck and wanted to know if I wanted to see it, which I did and it was a monster.
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   leadhead
Alright, can we end this debate already? Everyone knows someone who knows someone that knows what is going on?(B.S.)!!! Cajun is right, in order to set aside funding for this project it had to be planned,drawn up then approved then brought before State for increase funding to do the project.That means money has been allocated to do only what is on paper! Anyone wanting to know what exactly is going on can contact the National Wildlife Reserve and get a written detailed plan of the project. Until you do that you dont know what is going on, because everyone heard this and know someone who knows everything!! As far as the fishery itself, how long has it been open? How many hurricanes have hit it in the past 500 years? Do you still catch big fish? Besides for every fish caught,their are 10 more that will not be caught. The pool did fine until people came along and decided they know best, the same has happened to other areas, putting the weirs in Big Lake, dredging Prien lake(less than 100 years ago was a fresh water lake) forcing the Mississippi to flow strictly into the gulf, why do you think Texas,Mississippi and Alabama have white sandy beaches? So who is smarter? Ill put my money on nature.Let it take its course, has worked for thousands of years until we decided to save things
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I haven't been in two years, Where are they splitting the pool?
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Well, the pool is basically in three sections now.

First, the eastern section is totally isolated. You can launch in it, but not travel to other areas via the old bridge at target area or the bridge by the launch.

The levee runs from the bridge near the new launch clear across the marsh to the old plug ditch near the South ponds. You can only navigate from one side to the other at each end of this big levee.

Hope this helped out.

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I would like to apologize to Cajunsorc for doubting his statement of big fish catches. I should have done my homework and found out his name. I have fished in numerous tourneys that he was also fishing and have seen the results first hand. But that does not change my opinion of laccassine and the survival of the big fish. And I still don't agree with the worrying of what others do with their fish when you put yours in your pond. its the same as them keeping thiers. whatever they catch or you catch, they eat thiers you put yours in your personal pond so therefore nobody else in the public has the opportunity to catch the fish or any of its offspring in the future. Just my opinion.
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   cajunsorc
Thank you. I do agree that removing the fish from the pool for any reason (including transfer to a private pond) removes the opportunity for others to catch those fish. I would also like to add that since March 16, 2008 I have release all of the big fish caught(with the exception of fish weighed during a tournament) in the pool back into the pool as a conservation effort. I practice catch and release not only for conservation purposes but also because I fish tournaments on most of the bodies of water that I fish recreationally. So it serves dual purposes. I love to eat fish and do quite often but only chose to keep those fish less that 2 lbs. However, as I have stated before, Lacassine is a different story because of what the management of the refuge has and is doing with the pool. Because they are manipulating the water levels so drastically that the fish need all the help they can get cause they have stated in the past that the pool is for waterfowl. But like you said--This is just my oppinion!
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I know it's broken now if that's so. I caught an 11 pound 14 ounce yesterday. I think the record is 12 plus or so I've heard.
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   terrelk
I think 12.5 lb. was caught a couple of years ago
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12-2 caught on opening day 2010
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