In light of recent discussions concerning potential creel limit reductions for speckled trout in Big Lake, Coastal Conservation Association - Louisiana is holding a meeting next month to discuss several facets of the estuary, including fisheries and oyster management, weir operations and future dredging projects.
The “State of the Lake” meeting, hosted by Lake Charles CCA, will be held July 9 from 6 to 9 p.m. in the the Calcasieu Room at Prien Lake Park.
“I wouldn’t say it’s anybody’s fault, but there certainly hasn’t been as much dialogue between the decision- and policy-makers and the angling public as there could be in regards to those issues, but it’s certainly not from a lack of trying,” said David Cresson, executive director of CCA Louisiana. “It just hadn’t happened.”
Featured speakers that night will include Randy Pausina with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Patrick Banks, an LDWF biologist who will discuss oyster reefs, Pat Landry with the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority to talk about operation of the weirs at the Cameron Creole Refuge and Tracy Falk and Ed Creef with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to discuss current and future dredging projects on the Calcasieu River.
“We’re trying to get information to anglers, while at the same time giving the decision makers who are coming to speak the opportunity to hear from anglers,” Cresson said. “Everyone will be able to share their concerns and create dialogue between the groups that will hopefully continue to lead to some improvement to the situation on the lake.”
The meeting, which will be located at 3700 W. Prien Lake Road, is free and open to the public.