Freshwater Fishing in Morgan City in South Central Louisiana
Bayou Pigeon Landing
I made a trip to the Atchafalaya Basin this past Saturday (yes, even with knowledge of high water and the torrential rains early Saturday morning). I chose to go to the Bayou Pigeon Landing to scout some of the areas that I go fishing once the Basin returns back to normal pool. Right now the water is roughly five feet (5') higher on the Bayou Sorrell gauge for optimum fishing...but from the forecasts, is predicted to fall over the next several weeks.
There were a number of boats at the landing; each patiently awaiting their turn to launch...EXCEPT the commercial fishermen. Commercial crawfishermen would pull up straight to the ramp and start backing down the ramp ahead of others who patiently waited their turn. Then, these highly impatient commercial crawfishermen even parked their vehicles immediately along side the boat ramp and in the Handicap parking areas. One even backed his boat trailer all the way up to the access walkway that leads down to the floating dock. And to add insult to injury, commercial crawfishermen had made a public dump out of the trash bins along side the Bayou Pigeon boat ramp...the large paper crawfish bait bags, dead crawfish and garbage stunk to high heavens.
Don't get me wrong, commercial fishermen have every right to the same access...just not MORE rights over everyone else nor the right to turn a public ramp into their private dumping ground.
I hear that LADWLF and/or Sheriff Deputies are writing tickets for boat trailer inspections...perhaps they need to write some tickets for DUMPING and parking in Handicap Parking areas too.
FYI - Crawfish are everywhere you look in the Basin. On bushes, trees, stumps, along the banks...its a bonanza of crawfish.