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I will be lauching at Bayside for the first time. Thinking about fishing the canals in Pierre Bay and then running up Grande Bayou. Any thoughts?

Can I get ethanal free gas there? Anything to consider before launching at this ramp? Is the ramp in good condition? Is it steep like Corne? Is this the best place to lauch for this area?


June 28, 2013 at 11:14am

So the water is still up and muddy in the spillway at Sorrel and Pigeon. Where are good places to launch and fish off 190 between Krotz Springs and Port Barre this time of year?

February 25, 2013 at 9:59am

I have not been to Bayou Corne since the week before the sinkhole appeared. Since August I have been fishing in Pigeon and Sorrel, but the water is coming up. I am planning on going down Saturday and launching at Sportsman’s Landing. Planning to fish canals beyond Bay Alcide which is heading away from the sinkhole.

I spoke with Dennis Landry (Sportsman’s Landing) and he said the launch is open and all of the waterways are accessible. I called LDWF (Assumption) and there are no advisories or warnings for the area as far as fishing goes. I spoke with one of the agents at the command post at Sportsman’s Landing and she said fishermen are launching daily, DEQ is testing the water weekly and has issued no health warnings.

What do ya’ll think? Would you eat a fish from the water down there? I don’t mind going out for catch and release on Bass, but I have a no return policy on slab sac-au-lait.

January 31, 2013 at 10:52am

I would like to find out more about fishing this area. I fish Sorrel and Pigeon, but when the water gets high, it is nice to have options outside the levee. I was fishing Corne regularly before the sink hole.

Any information on where to launch and what areas are/are not navigable, would be appreciated.

December 30, 2012 at 9:17pm

I have caught some bass in the past few months that have made me re-think eating fish.

Most of the bass that I catch are very healthly looking fish, but lately I have picked up more than a few nasty looking fish. I fish out of Sorrell regularly and the past several trips I have caught multilple fish with scars, chucks missing from their sides and puncture wounds. One bass I caught with a small scar had a very nasty looking black growth thing in the middle of the fillet. Is this typical of preditor injuries you just find in the basin?

From time to time I have fished BREC ponds in Baton Rouge and always catch health looking fish. I always release them when I pond fish. Today I stopped by the soccer field pond on Burbank and caught a bass that would have gone 3lbs plus, but it had lost weight and had foul black splotches all over its body and its eyes were sunk into it's head. I knocked it off the hook with a stick and left. Remarkibly the poor thing swam off. Could this be a low oxygen thing?

I never encounter stuff like this saltwater fishing.

December 07, 2012 at 2:24pm

What causes the iridescent green/blue spots on bass?

October 03, 2012 at 9:53am

We fished the Shell Cuts out of Bayou Sorrel Saturday morning before the bad weather hit.
Mixed in between catching small bass and the occasional Sacalait and google-eye, we were pounding the Choupique and Gar. They could not get enough of the worms, creature baits and crank baits being thrown out. After catching many many pounds of huge choupique, I have considered eating some. I have even set aside a good recipe for the day I break down and throw one in the ice chest. I have been shamed into not discussing the thought of eating an asian carp, but I am still tossing this one around. You know, not to long ago crawfish was not a mainstream food source.

August 19, 2012 at 12:02pm

Fished the Spillway on Saturday morning. Waited out what I thought was the worst of the rain and launched at 8am. Got stormed on!! and worked the bilge pump hard for an hour.

Weather eventually turned nice. Caught a few huge sac on minnows. One nice blue cat on a cricket. Swithched to a tequila sunrise worm and started catching 13' bass.

Question: I fished Corne the week before the slurry and it is THICK with vegitation. The Spillway is clear of vegitation. Does this have more to do with the stronger current or the heavy asian carp population eating vegitation? I did also have one carp jump in the boat. I think it was a silver carp based on photos I have seen. Has anyone eaten one of them? I have heard they are actually fine to eat, low in mercury because they are vegetarians and go by the name silverfin when put on a plate.

August 14, 2012 at 10:20am

From what I understand the new St Tammany Pier in Slidell opens today (Friday 5/18). I plan to take my 5 yr old over on Monday to see what we can catch.

If you go between now and then, let us know what you think. The article I read says it will have a bait stand, but I plan on taking dead shrimp just in case.

May 18, 2012 at 11:21am

I have never set out jug lines, but thought it might be fun. I will be fishing out of Bayou Corne. I plan to locate them off main canals near moving water.

Any advice...dos/don't are appreciated.

May 17, 2012 at 1:36pm

Has anyone ever tried fishing any of the Miss. R. batture in Baton Rouge. Just wondering if any of these along River Rd may hold fish.

May 04, 2012 at 9:46am

Anybody fish the Blind River from the St. James launch? Stopped this morning to have a look at the launch. Really nice, recently updated facility. It looks like a short run will take you to a few offshots. I saw it on a weekday morning. What is the boat traffic like on a Saturday? How is the fishing? Plenty of bank fishing...I did see a gator in the grass near the picnick tables.

May 02, 2012 at 3:42pm

Plan to launch at Bayou Corne on Sunday. Will be taking my wife and two young kids for a day of bream fishing on crickets & worms.

I have fished this area several times recently with moderate success. Primarily in the first 3 fork canal after you hit Grand Bayou and in Texaco Canal. Basically shot around until I found the best water.

Any advice on fishing this area? I have become somewhat familiar with the area, but don't ahave a long history fishing it. I am hoping the new moon works in our favor.

April 18, 2012 at 9:14pm

Where is the best place to launch/ fish on the North end of Verret? I have never fished Verret before and would be coming down through White Castle into Pierre Part.

January 06, 2012 at 11:23am

Had a very nice boat ride this morning, but will not be having fresh fish tonight. What the heck, it was the only day I could go this week.

We were the only ones out there with fishing rods. Everyone else had guns. Cold front did us in. The water is pretty low. 2.3 at Sorrel Lock.

November 18, 2011 at 2:50pm

I have never though much of it, but this week realized how strongh the fish name divide was.

I grew up in Shreveport and have lived in Baton Rouge since 1995. My mother is from Winnsboro.

I recently took my son (5) to Bayou Sorrel, where he recently caught his first sac au lait.

I told my mom that my son caught his first sac au lait. She said, what is a sac au lait? I said it is a white perch. She said in 1963 she caught the state record for a white perch. She sent the fish to Alexandria, where they verified the weight and awarded her $350.00 from the state of LA. This fish meat was given to the poor.

Stranger than my mom not telling me she held the record for a sac au lait was the fact that she grew up catching many many white perch not knowing that the term sac au lait was used just south.

November 10, 2011 at 2:12am

Fishing Bayou Sorrel

I am looking to learn more about fishing near Bayou Sorrell…it has been years since I last fished that area. Assuming that I launch at Sorrell landing, I wanted to find out good areas to fish and what to look for with regard to water levels. I understand that water levels are key to fishing the Basin, but I don’t really have an understanding of what to look for in gauging the best levels for fishing.

I found this link, but need some help in establishing a point of reference.
From today, Feb 2, 2011 it lists:
Murphy Lake, near Bayou Sorrel – 8.35 (gage ht, ft)
Lower Grand River at Bayou Sorrel – 5.62 (gage ht, ft)

Rules of thumb, much appreciated!

February 02, 2011 at 3:02pm
A comment titled: Re: Bayside ramp, Pierre Part in response to a report titled: Bayside ramp, Pierre Part

Thanks JB! Launched at Gaudet's yesterday and it is my new favorite place to put the boat in. Mr. Gaudet was there, very nice guy.

I had my neighbor and our three boys with us. Ages 7, 8 and 10, so we spent most of the time re-rigging lines, chasing crickets and pulling lines out of branches. The boys managed to catch many bream, about three catfish and 2 bass.

Ran up Grand Bayou, then cut over to Bay Alcide fishing canals along the way. Fished our way back down Bayou Alcide to Grand Bayou. Great weather and a very scenic water system to fish.

April 09, 2015 at 11:00am
A comment titled: Re: Bayside ramp, Pierre Part in response to a report titled: Bayside ramp, Pierre Part

I never ended up launching out of Pierre Part, have continued to launch at Corne. Is Mrs. Sarah's launch on N. Bay Side in good condition? This looks preferable to the one right off 70 on S. Bay Side, because you are launching toward the end of the no wake zone. Just wanted to make sure it was open to the public and in good condition. Preferably less steep than Corne launch.

April 07, 2015 at 1:42pm
A comment titled: Pigeon in response to a report titled: Has anybody been fishing the spillway?

Fished Pigeon yesterday. Did not pass another fishing boat all day. Probably because it was very cold with 16-17mph NE winds. Found cleaner water back in B. Cowan/B. Catfish area. No bite until it warmed up a bit around 12. Then we caught half a limit of 1.5-2.5lb bass before we left around 2:30. The choupique and gar also turned on at that time.

November 25, 2013 at 2:45pm
A comment titled: N Bay RD in response to a report titled: Bayside ramp, Pierre Part

Great. So Mrs. Sarah's launch is on N. Bay Rd about a mile down, right. Does she sell bait?

Would you fish those canals on the North side of Pierre Bay or just run up Grand Bayou?

June 28, 2013 at 3:40pm
A comment titled: Bayside in response to a report titled: Bayside ramp, Pierre Part

Thanks. I will be coming down through Whitecastle, so I was hoping they might have non-ethanal at Bayside lauch.

I will have my 6 yr old son and a bunch of crickets. I also plan to drop off jugs with chicken liver hoping to pick up a few catfish. I will have my bass rod too, but will probably spend most of my time putting crickets on hooks.

June 28, 2013 at 12:31pm
A comment titled: Corne in response to a report titled: fishing Bayou Corne

Has anyone on here fished the area lately? It is one of my favorite places fish, very scenic.

February 01, 2013 at 9:02am
A comment titled: Jug Line in response to a report titled: Spillway

What we should have done was set out jug lines. People were catching catfish on jug lines.

January 19, 2013 at 7:46pm
A comment titled: Pigeon was muddy in response to a report titled: Spillway

Ran out to Pigeon for a few hours today. The water was very muddy. We ran as far back as McHugh Canal and Bayou Cowan where it was slightly cleaner, but still muddy. It was really an excuse to get out after the rain and run my motor. Great day for a boat ride. No one we talked with was catching fish. We caught one large gasper goo.

January 19, 2013 at 7:32pm
A comment titled: Pigeon in response to a report titled: Spillway

I will be fishing out of Pigeon on Saturday. After all of the rain, I can't wait to get out of the house for the day.

Based on the Sorrel lock, it looks like the water peaked on Monday at 7.2ft. It has fallen to 6.3ft as of this morning and I expect that will continue with little to no more rain going into the weekend and a N wind pushing it out. I guess it will all be muddy at this point.

I will post a report after the trip.

January 16, 2013 at 9:57am
A comment titled: vegitation in response to a report titled: iridescent green spots

I caught several fish that morning that had the spots on them. I did not try to rub it off. Maybe it was just something from the pond. It was a BREC pond, so maybe it was a lawn chemical from runoff.

On a separate note. Sorry for the quality of the photo, but does anyone know what the plants are in the background? They grow around the waters edge and have long runners. They are some of the best fish cover out there. The bass love to hang out in these. They are putting out dime sized yellow flowers right now.

October 04, 2012 at 9:42am
A comment titled: Sorrel Launch 9-9-12 in response to a report titled: spillway report

Fished the Shell Cuts on Sunday. Caught 16 bass on speed craws, kept 3. 10 of the 13 thrown back were 13.5'. Hate to throw them back, but had a blast catching fish of any size. Water was stained to muddy in areas. Only a few dead fish. Had a few more carp jump in the boat. Also caught lots of large choupique, google eye and a few gasper goo. Anybody eat gasper goo?

September 10, 2012 at 10:26am
A comment titled: good to hear in response to a report titled: spillway report

Thanks JB, that is great to hear. The bite should be back on. I stopped by a South BR pond this morning and pulled 3 bass out in the 40 minutes I was there. I plan to go Sunday on the back end of this front (it's just when I can go), but the following weekend should be good with the new moon and what the forecast shows as consistency in weather.

Tboy, I did not see anything recent about the Sorrel area and the Fish Kill thread just wore me out.

September 05, 2012 at 11:26am
A comment titled: vegitation/oxygen in response to a report titled: spillway report

How far up the Spillway are the fish kills? Any around the Sorrell area? I plan to fish the Shell Cuts area the next two weekends. The last time I went was two weeks ago and with the water around 2-2.5ft at the lock, the vegitation was getting thicker. Anyone know what the water quality is like since the storm?

September 05, 2012 at 11:05am
A comment titled: bait in response to a report titled: Choupique

Great information, particularly the burlap sack. I will use one for sure. Would love to try some ibus or heron, but will stay on the right side of Wildlife and Fisheries on that one.

August 20, 2012 at 9:22am
A comment titled: gar in response to a report titled: Choupique

We probably caught 5 gar, but they were all on the small size. We caught 6 or 7 choupique and the smallest was probably 18'. They are an awesome fighting fish to catch. Several tore up the surface as soon as they were hooked. One I did not bring in was massive and blew up the surface when I hooked him, but his teeth sliced the line.

I have decided to bring a few home to eat next trip.

Fishfearme, is there a reason for no ice. I assume this fish is best eaten fresh, the day of catch.

I hate throwing back something I could eat because it is not popular. Sheephead is one of my favorite saltwater fish. Fried or pan seared for tacos!

August 19, 2012 at 3:31pm
A comment titled: Shell Cuts in response to a report titled: Day Time BowFishing

I would assume it is this way throughout much of the Spillway, but I have been fishing the Shell Cuts out of Bayou Sorrel the past few weeks and they are active and everywhere!

The water is low, so I have slowly motored through some of the canals. The motor makes those carp go nuts. It would be like a shoting gallery in there for a bow hunter. They are jumping everywhere when the motor is running. My friend started trying to catch them with a net off the bow and I have had a number come in the boat or bounce off the windshield.

August 19, 2012 at 11:29am
A comment titled: point taken in response to a report titled: Bayou Sorrel - Shell Cuts

I did throw back the one carp my boat caught. I also let back a gar and choupique on Saturday, so I will not eat anything...twice.

August 14, 2012 at 12:04pm
A comment titled: no fish in response to a report titled: Mandeville Pier

Fished at the Mandeville pier from about 3:30-7. It is a nice facility, very clean. There were nice families fishing the pier. Only problem...the only thing I saw anyone catch were small croakers and on ray.

That is just part of it, but i wonder how much this pier really does produce.

May 23, 2012 at 8:38am
A comment titled: Mandeville or new Slidell pier in response to a report titled: Mandeville Pier

Good question. I am planning to take my son (5) in the morning. Does anyone have an opinion on which pier would produce better and be more kid friendly? I know the new Slidell pier has a bathroom. This is good when taking a 5 year old.

May 21, 2012 at 2:42pm
A comment titled: nice day out in response to a report titled: jug fishing

Had a great day out of Bayou Corne. My first jug fishing experiment was more an excercise in process that productivity. We fished also and I think we should have focused on one or the other.

We did fish the canals beyond Bay Alcide and caught around 80 bream and kept the best 30. Lots of small bream in the 80 we caught,a large choupique and small catfish. Saw plenty of gators.

I have mostly fished saltwater the past 20 years, so tonight my young kids will be introduced to whole fried bream. I plan to throw some shrimp in as a safty.:)

May 21, 2012 at 9:15am
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