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I was confused when I read the LA Sportsman article:

Six cited for illegal shrimping in Lake Pontchartrain Sanctuary area

In this article it says that no recreational fishing is allowed in the Pontchartrain Sanctuary (which includes the entire North side of the trestles): Quote is below:

'Taking fish, shrimp and other aquatic species by use of trawls, skimmer nets, butterfly nets, seines or traps (with the exception of crab traps), cast nets and recreational rod and reel fishing is prohibited in the Lake Pontchartrain Sanctuary.'

I have added a graphic showing the Pontchartrain Sanctuary area (shaded).

I looked this up on LA Wildlife and Fisheries and it doesn't say that recreational fishing with rod and reel are prohibited. Quote below:

'Fisheries Protection Areas:
Title 56 of the Louisiana Revised Statutes provides for fisheries protection in Lakes Pontchartrain and Maurepas to be administered by the LA Department of Wildlife and Fisheries as described below (Heather Finley, LA Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries, pers. commun., 2006).
1) The Lake Catherine and Lake Pontchartrain Sanctuary was created to limit trawling in Lake Catherine, and its passes, the Rigolets, Unknown Pass, and Chef Menteur, and a portion of Lake Pontchartrain (L.R.S. 56:804; Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation (LPBF), 2006). In the Sanctuary, the taking of fish, shrimp and other seafood by trawls, seines, or traps or other netting is prohibited, except for listed exceptions including legal spearfishing and the use of legal catfish and crab traps.'

So, hopefully the LA Sportsman article is incorrect, but does anyone have other information?

December 15, 2015 at 7:23pm

Video of a little bull Red action from Saturday. Beautiful day in the Biloxi Marsh even though the trout weren't on fire.

June 01, 2015 at 9:23pm

Video of catching a big alligator gar while fishing plastics around Bayou Bienvenue last fall. This is a very freak occurrence in my experience. I fought it gently because the hook was a thin wire 2/0 with a 12lb mono leader.

May 24, 2015 at 1:05pm

Speckled trout action on the trestles today.

April 22, 2015 at 9:33pm

I caught this monster, 24.5' bass from a pond near Baton Rouge. The estimator table says its should weigh 9 lbs but it didn't feel nearly that heavy. As you can see, its skinny. All the bass in the pond were skinny. They must be starving. Still, its the longest bass I have ever caught! Caught on a Rapala Skitter Pop frog.

July 14, 2014 at 5:55pm

Had fun under the birds on Friday. Fishing in SW Lake Pontchartrain. This is a long video, but it puts you in the action.

All 25 fish were caught on Matrix Shad - Ultra Violet, either on a 3/8 oz lead head or Rucker rigged. I tried the Rucker rig without a lead head this time, just a hook and it worked really well on the reefs. The fish were only hitting when the bait was falling, so possibly they liked the slower fall speed when rigged with just a hook.

November 24, 2013 at 12:26pm
A comment titled: Re: Watch where you launch in response to a report titled: Watch where you launch

My experience at Bait Inc. has been very positive, and I have launched there a lot in the last 3 years. I did have someone hit my trailer taillight at the Chef Pass launch (before current owners). I don't know if this problem is really avoidable anywhere, but I think its worse at launches where vehicles can't park parallel to each other. That was the problem where I got hit.

April 07, 2016 at 6:34pm
A comment titled: Re: New to LA in response to a report titled: New to LA

I would definitely start with the boat you have and get some experience in the LA environment. I would worry much less about the boat not handling the rough water as getting it stuck in the mud. I am assuming it has around a 12' draft. Once you fish it around Lake P., the marshes, etc. you'll get a better idea of where you most want to fish and then make a better choice if you do change boats. You might also find that your boat works well enough and its paid for. I would rather spend less on the boat so I have the cash to actually go fishing. Fishing trips down here cost money because of the on-water distances we travel, bait cost, trailering, repairs, etc.

March 01, 2016 at 9:57pm
A comment titled: Re: Delacroix area questions in response to a report titled: Delacroix area questions

4 years ago I was in your shoes, new to SE LA. The first boat I bought was a Boston Whaler Dauntless which has an 11' draft. I learned fast that I could get stuck very easy. It was a real pain to drive to a spot and drop down only to find that after fishing I couldn't get back up on plane because of the depths. Then I would have to idle all the way back out to deeper water. I was constantly worried about getting blown into shallow water when it was windy. Many times I would have to get off the trolling motor to unhook a fish or help my son and in just a minute the wind will have blown the boat into shallow water. I loved to fish in the marsh but it just became too stressful. I know some people are comfortable with slamming their outboards through the mud but I hated doing that.

So I sold the Whaler and bought a light little 17' flats boat. Yes, like the other commenter said, you have to slow down through 2' chop. But, I have also been in 3' swells a number of times and simply worked my way through it at whatever speed didn't beat us up. I have never gotten close to getting this boat stuck in the mud and it has a pocket tunnel so I can run on plane in 8' of water without even stirring the mud. Plus, its so light that I could actually get out of the boat and pull it through the mud if I had too. When sight fishing reds, I pull the trolling motor up to where it doesn't disturb the surface and it will cruise through 6' of water. That's why I never get stuck. I am SO much more relaxed in the marsh now, then with the deeper draft boat, and in decent conditions I am very comfortable taking it across Lake Borgne to the Biloxi Marsh (10 miles of open water).

Bottom line is, every boat is going to be a compromise of some capability, so you just have to buy based on what capabilities you think you want the most. And, like me you may also have to own a couple boats before that becomes clear.

Good Luck!

January 28, 2016 at 9:55pm
A comment titled: Re: Bulls off the Dock in response to a report titled: Bulls off the Dock

Good thing you're young. I know how hard those big drum fight. I have even had one break a med-hvy St. Croix rod! Nice job.

December 19, 2015 at 9:47pm

Thanks Pat. I was worried when I read the original article.

December 16, 2015 at 7:55pm

What I see as a conflict is the ICWW. You can't fish in the ICWW before noon? Did you notice that the area encompasses the heavily fished bay next to the ICWW lock? Have you ever seen ducks swimming in that bay?? If you aren't allowed to fish the ICWW all the way from the lock to the Chef, can you drive down the ICWW? Does a commercial vessel have rights fishermen don't? Can you fish in the large canal which goes from Irish Bayou to the Chef?

I have to agree with lanco 1 that the rule taken the the extent of the law is not a well designed law.

December 07, 2015 at 6:57pm
A comment titled: Re: Pointe a la Hache in response to a report titled: Pointe a la Hache

We found them in Oak River today. 3 man limit. Beshels has live bait.

November 25, 2015 at 8:38pm
A comment titled: Re: Kid fishing in response to a report titled: Kid fishing

I have been wanting to spend a night on my boat with my son also. Your post got me inspired, thanks.

Couple questions, were the bugs bad overnight? Did you spend the night anchored in a pond, canal, or where? Any general advice about the campout?


October 18, 2015 at 10:40am
A comment titled: Re: is this route the right one in response to a report titled: is this route the right one

Yes that's the route, except I don't make the dog leg in the middle of your route. I take the canal from the ICW right to the 5 point intersection and catch the connecting canal to Bayou B.

October 09, 2015 at 9:45pm
A comment titled: Re: grand isle in response to a report titled: grand isle

When I moved to SE LA I was impressed by the love and respect the people have of their swamps, marshes and the culture that surrounds it. Very cool and unlike anywhere I have lived before.

About two years ago, thanks to this site, I learned that marsh can be private land. Someone suggested that people could fish on the public land, so I looked up where that is. There is practically no public marsh land! All the famous fishing areas are private marsh.

So, help me out, Is this public pride in 'OUR' marshes a misconception or a remnant of an earlier time?

August 29, 2015 at 12:36pm
A comment titled: Re: Bayou Black- untold story in response to a report titled: Bayou Black- untold story

I think I understand most of this situation. Back where I come from the best activity was hunting. Public land was terrible hunting so my family has a 100 acres of hunting land which we managed. We invited friends to hunt also but it wouldn't work to let lots of people hunt on the land.

The part about the LA marshes I don't understand is that the general public thinks of the marshes as theirs. 'Save OUR marshes' and such. Who came up with that? When floods hit our hunting land or tree killing diseases and insects, there was no 'save our forest' movement. It seems like the culture which has grownup around camps, marsh life, etc. relies on the sharing of the marsh land by the big land owners. Will that culture fall apart if the land owners continue to patrol and enforce their rights?

So, putting myself in the shoes of the 0.01% (?) of the population the owns the vast tracks of marsh land, I need the general public to believe that its their marshes so I can get them to support $billions from state and federal agencies to save my disappearing marsh land. I presume this worked under the 'sharing' status quo, but I wonder what attitude the general public will have if the owners stop sharing their marsh? Just some food for thought.

August 28, 2015 at 1:02pm
A comment titled: Re: Bayou Black- untold story in response to a report titled: Bayou Black- untold story

Not being from SE LA, It was shocking when I learned that 'our' wonderland of inshore marshes is not actually legally accessible to me. When I started fishing 4 years ago people said that the posted signs were just there for liability reasons. That's what you want to believe if your landless. If all the marsh land owners decided to enforce their rights, then we would have to buy rights to fish in the marsh. I for one couldn't afford to fish across 200 miles of marsh like I do now. That would be pretty boring in comparison to the popular vision of the Sportsman's Paradise. Of coarse the land owners would be in the same situation, left to fish limited areas. What about the camp owners who have rights to their camp parcel but not to go into the surrounding marsh? I'm just saying, what does fishing in SE LA look like taken to the greatest extent of the law?

I'm curious, how do guides deal with the land rights now? Does their revenue allow them to buy fishing rights to all the areas they take their clients?

August 28, 2015 at 9:16am
A comment titled: Re: rigolets fish kill in response to a report titled: rigolets fish kill

Great report! Thanks. Were there any birds working in L Borgne?

July 30, 2015 at 9:18pm
A comment titled: Re: Alligator Gar while Trout Fishing in response to a report titled: Alligator Gar while Trout Fishing

Yes, big catches of trout nearly every time I went out from October till January, 2014. I love fishing that area and managed to get the hang of feeling trout takes in 20ft of water. I mostly caught the trout on Matrix Shad swim baits.

May 25, 2015 at 3:12pm
A comment titled: Re: Lake Pontchatrain Launches in response to a report titled: Lake Pontchatrain Launches

I use a launch on Highway 11 in the Irish Bayou area. From there its a very short boat ride to the south end of the trestles. They also sell bait. Take I-10 exit 254 onto 11 south. The launch is on the east side of the road about 1/2 mile south of the gas station.

April 27, 2015 at 9:39pm
A comment titled: Re: Action on the Trestles in response to a report titled: Action on the Trestles

Get that model online. Bass Pro also carries a similar type. I use 1/4, 3/8, 1/2, & or 3/4 oz depending on depth and tide.

April 24, 2015 at 5:02pm
A comment titled: Re: Action on the Trestles in response to a report titled: Action on the Trestles

Its a sliding, snag proof weight. That particular model has quick change lead (the bottom section) and an internal rattle. You notice that I jerk the bait firmly, which I belief activates the rattle.

April 24, 2015 at 4:07pm
A comment titled: Re: How Good Does Braided Work in response to a report titled: How Good Does Braided Work

I agree with you on the snag retrieval. I deal with this by carrying a 6' long piece of dowl rod. I wrap the line around the dowl and pull with the dowl until the knot breaks. You pretty much can't break off the braid witout breaking the reel or rod if you don't wrap the line around something and pull that way.

April 24, 2015 at 4:03pm
A comment titled: Re: How Good Does Braided Work in response to a report titled: How Good Does Braided Work

In water deeper than about 10ft, I have to use braided for the main line with my type of rigging or I can't feel the take. In deep water only about 10% of the fish I catch take the bait aggressively and so with the other 90% all I feel is a tap. I just can't feel that tap without braid.

April 24, 2015 at 1:11pm
A comment titled: Re: Action on the Trestles in response to a report titled: Action on the Trestles

Maybe we should fish by the train schedule and not the tide chart.

April 23, 2015 at 8:50pm
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