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