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This past tuesday when it was real foggy. Capt. James Mitchell was running his airboat for us to do some land surveying in West Bay, down grand pass from Venice...weather made it too hard to do work so we went hog hunting instead. Gun is a bullpup .223

February 08, 2014 at 2:33pm

I work in West Bay specifically on the sub-delta that's been developing just inside the diversion. As others have noted the land building has really taken off since the first bits cracked the surface in 2011. The man-made islands they built in the middle of the bay, using dredge spoil, definitely helped slow down the river outflow so the sediment would stay in the northern part of the bay. This is a perfect example of using dredging as an enhancement to the sediment diversions. Those dredge spoil islands are already eroding away, but they're doing what they're supposed to do and will continue to for at least a few years, however this also shows that trying to build significant areas of permanent land using dredge material is both costly and ineffective.

There is a clear difference in design and function between sediment diversions like West Bay, and freshwater diversions such as Caernarvon aka the straw-man for the anti-diversion crowd. There is an issue with short-term stability in converting a saltwater system to a freshwater system, as the vegetation community needs time to establish. However newly built land should outpace this effect. With Caernarvon, they had a new and weak plant community and not much new land, so when Katrina hit most of that land was destroyed. The proposed sediment diversions will be similar in design to West Bay (few in numbers, wide, and very deep in order to capture the sand which usually sits at the bottom of the river). The new diversions will also be controlled, so that only during high water periods will they be open. That will leave enough water in the river the rest of the year to accomodate municipal water supplies and safe navigation.

It's also worth noting that researchers have surveyed the fish in the Caernarvon receiving basin. Yes the speckled trout moved out of the area as it got fresher, but they were replaced by healthy numbers of marsh bass. Redfish numbers did not change in any appreciable amount. So basically those guides who specialize in speckled trout are forced to use more gas. I'm not an expert in the charter economy but it seems to me like if you switched the focus to bass and redfish you'll still get plenty of business.

May 04, 2015 at 2:46pm
A comment titled: cichlids in response to a report titled: New Orleans city park

i haven't seen quite as many this year but they're in there...all the lagoons are connected by culverts at least so they move throughout the system. bayou metairie (the one along city park ave) and the lake on the frisbee golf course are good places to start and there's a lot of shoreline access.

i fish nightcrawlers under a cork just like for perch, small hook size 8-10...if i come across a whole bunch of them i'll just put the worm on the bottom. once you see what they look like in the water and you recognize that dorsal fin, you can sight fish them fairly easily...they're super territorial so just throwing a bait in their general area will usually get them to strike. i've also heard people use small tube jigs, hot dogs, bread etc.

bear in mind even the small ones you catch, you have to keep or at least kill...i've tried using them as cut bait, no luck but i'm sure they'll catch you a gar or catfish. also get rid of the skin, it has a pretty strong lake water taste to it but the rest of the meat is great eatin'!

May 02, 2014 at 7:04am
A comment titled: nightcrawlers in response to a report titled: Looking for place to buy shinners in Houma

Songy's-the hunting & fishing store on 182 by the civic center...they don't have bait but the gas station right next door has nightcrawlers. there's some little bait shop down the bayou on grand caillou, they got live minnows. it's a little shack with 'BAIT' spraypainted on it, i miss it half the time

March 13, 2014 at 1:22pm
A comment titled: carp in response to a report titled: Looking For Asian Carp

I know they got em in Lac Des Allemands and I've heard there's a few in Bayou St. John in New Orleans. I've never fished for carp though so I don't know how easy they'd be to catch, or how active they are in the winter...I know they put up a good fight though

February 13, 2014 at 3:09pm
A comment titled: didn't see any in response to a report titled: Are the trout still in Venice?

I was down there last week, of course it was during the height of the cold and I didn't really get to fish. I saw literally one mullet the whole time. Last time I was there was mid-December and they were hitting the surface all day. Maybe now that the weather is a little milder?

February 10, 2014 at 9:33am
A comment titled: fishing in response to a report titled: City Park fishing New Orleans

might see you out there then

January 30, 2014 at 4:47pm
A comment titled: cold snaps in response to a report titled: City Park fishing New Orleans

you think the freeze that just happened is going to affect the fishing in the long term? if fish have been biting i need to get back over there!

January 30, 2014 at 1:54pm
A comment titled: worth it in response to a report titled: City Park fishing New Orleans

As far as I know they no longer close the park to fishing at any time even before the rodeo in March. I started fishing City Park last summer and had all my luck with nightcrawlers on small (8-12) hooks. Not much luck with artificials although I know others do. Bayou Metairie (the lagoon at the southern end of the park that runs parallel to City Park Ave) is a good place to start but all the lagoons hold fish. During the spring and summer the Rio Grande cichlids are super easy to catch (and they're invasive so you're doing the environment good by taking them out), lots of perch around. I haven't caught any of the huge bass I keep hearing about, I think my biggest last year was 14''. They're in there though...
I haven't had much luck since it got cold, but I understand there are yellow bass (caught with live bait near the surface) and a few sac-a-lait around. Look up a guy on youtube named M.Hood he posts fishing videos many of which are in City Park or Bayou St. John.

January 30, 2014 at 12:08pm
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