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I had an experience a couple of weeks ago in an area lake that was disheartening, and a little aggravating, to say the least. The morning started out really quiet and peaceful, as I had always remembered this place, until around 8:00 am or so. There was this low droning noise approaching from the other side of this island we were fishing and as they rounded the point we saw boats with surface drives headed our way, hugging the cypress.

This parade of boats, with a few air boats thrown in, for more noise I guess, continued their parade, circling the island for hours. We did get an occasional break in the wave action while they stayed in the shallows near us doing 'doughnuts', but the noise was constant. I have never, in all my years fishing this place, seen such a spectacle. Most were polite and waved as the waves rocked me into the cypress,and some swerved as not to run over me as I rounded a cypress with my trolling motor. I guess I was hidden from their view. There were times I couldn't talk to my partner in the back of the boat for the noise. The few eagles we were watching early on vacated the area, as did many of the egrets and other species.

One of my thoughts while watching this unfold was the shallow spawning area that was being chopped up. Not to mention the the silt being kicked up and muddying the water. Is this what I should expect going forward on these lakes?.... I sure hope not.

I got a chuckle when we were idling by at a distance from a game warden boat that was checking someone. These things were coming out of every cut that had water. He stood up, turned, and began scratching his head...... Target rich environment frustration. I wish I would had filmed this cluster.

March 14 at 5:09pm

Not a good sign

March 07, 2013 at 10:34am

Made a trip out to the blind this past weekend to do some work now that the flood waters went down and took a few pictures. Excuse the photo quality, new camera and phtographer.

February 25, 2013 at 9:07pm

After hurricane Andrew in 92 until today, We go out and catch 30 to 40 bass in the basin and would be lucky to have 2 or 3 over 14'. It would take 2 or 3 trips if not more just to keep enough to make a meal for the family, if I chose to do so.In the time after Andrew, I would drive over the basin after a storm and see large numbers of bass and other fish clogging waterways and rotting away.
Remembering the many trips I'd make with nothing to bring home and seeing all of this waste, it would really upset me!!! This happened for just about every hurricane before andrew as well, with a 12' length limit in place, or if I remember correctly, no length limit. In combination, these natural disasters and set regulations didn't stop the fish from recovering to healthy levels back then.
And for those that mention, 'some will be FILLING THE FREEZER', You will have the 'OUTLAW' no matter what the law states,heck,It happens now I'm sure. It's all about enforcement. Why was the this 14' Length limit implemented?
Was it a experiment to grow 'TROPHY BASS' in the basin? If it was to aid in the regeneration of fish after Andrew thats understandable, but it's been 21 years!! Best eating are the ones in the 12 to 15 inch range anyway..... LOLL!! I think the report speaks for itself.

February 11, 2013 at 2:09pm
A comment titled: Re: Second Split predictions in response to a report titled: Second Split predictions

It's still brown and warm from here to the Canadian border with a lot of water still open. The ducks are spread thin from here to there with the occasional hot spot. All of our weather of late has come from the west which does not, or has not affected our flyway states to the north. If Canada wouldn't have the little snow cover and frozen water it does now, I would think those birds would still be eating peas.

December 14, 2015 at 3:24pm
A comment titled: Re: Second Split predictions in response to a report titled: Second Split predictions

Weather! It's all about weather, and how severe it get's up north, IMO. There is no way to predict with absolute certainty how weather patterns will develop and play out each season, and we're currently experiencing the worst possible scenario for migration this season. It will be interesting to see how the remainder of the winter plays out,but short term forecast don't look promising for duck movement any time soon. I would imagine setting dates for duck season for us has followed long standing migration patterns, and this seems to have a glitch as of late. Quite the conundrum!

December 14, 2015 at 11:01am
A comment titled: Re: Man\'s best friend ! in response to a report titled: Man's best friend !

Fixed it for ya

November 09, 2015 at 7:20pm
A comment titled: Re: Baiting...or not in response to a report titled: Baiting...or not

'Is it legal to hunt a place where rice, millet, or any other grain is growing and is subsequently flooded?'


'If yes, then can a 'pond' be made like with a water leveler or similar device and still be hunted legally? I hear stories of guys hunting areas unaware that they are breaking the law. I hear all kinds of opinions. There is nothing in the pamphlet addressing this. Any experts?'

Expert I'm not but, NO! You cannot manipulate the field in any way in this situation.

October 24, 2015 at 10:24pm
A comment titled: Oh boy! here we go again. in response to a report titled: Maybe it does work

With all the rain we've had this year I can understand not catching any fish. The basin looks like chocolate milk and I know the bayous east of here through BR are full to overflowing with fresh water.
So, since the 7 fish no size limit was implemented the basin or 'spillway' is now void of bass? REALLY?!

As for Toledo Bend, bring back the grass and the bass will come. Keeping water in the lake is also key. High water during the spawn helps. False river was a nice place to fish some years back when it had grass.
Twenty plus years of trying to grow big bass in the basin didn't work. Toledo Bend and the basin/spillway are two totally different ecosystems.

June 20, 2015 at 10:04pm
A comment titled: Yeah.... in response to a report titled: Ducks everywhere

.....It's a funny thing that happens when the guns go silent and the mud motors are parked.

February 10, 2015 at 1:21pm
A comment titled: Food in response to a report titled: Dog food for your Lab

We tried black gold and others but found the Purina Pro Plan adult shredded chicken and rice is what she likes best, and she is healthy. She would not eat and finish anything else like she does this stuff. Going on two and a half years of feeding this food. She's 5+ a little bit.

November 04, 2014 at 9:48am
A comment titled: Doc in response to a report titled: Basin Bass

Wow!!! sounds like you're stocked up for a year or so. Catch and release for you in 2014.

February 01, 2014 at 10:06pm
A comment titled: Well...... in response to a report titled: Basin Bass

It's been quite a few months from the implementation of the new regs. Is the 'spillway' now void of bass? I think I've kept and enjoyed 20 or so bass in 2013, but I'm sure the amount of fish with busted lips and carpet rash hasn't changed. Oooh man, just wait until all those tournament guys get out there during the spawn ripping those pigs off the beds and dragging them around all day to be released miles from their beds.

February 01, 2014 at 4:20pm
A comment titled: Ducks in response to a report titled: Gueydan Ducks

We hunt just SW of town and have had a slow season, to say the least. Seems the duck movement has been highly dependent on weather and even with that,the bird numbers have not been impressive. The specks have been there in good numbers and we've been having a good time with those. Still hoping for an influx of birds before the season ends?????

December 27, 2013 at 8:42pm
A comment titled: Scooby in response to a report titled: Hunting Labs

I thought Scooby had not survived? So is it you just couldn't find him?

March 02, 2013 at 10:54pm
A comment titled: Pepper in response to a report titled: Hunting Labs

Good to hear about pepper!!! A little bittersweet though. Sorry about the pup.

February 27, 2013 at 8:38am
A comment titled: Healthy Birds in response to a report titled: Still here....

CC-- They sure do look healthy and fat. I have more pictures of differnt groups, but I'm guessing we're limited to 3 per post?
The birds we did watch were very vocal, ducks and geese, and seemed content. it's a good feeling to know that some will make it back up there in good shape.

February 26, 2013 at 8:09am
A comment titled: Area in response to a report titled: Still here....


February 25, 2013 at 9:55pm
A comment titled: Not good in response to a report titled: Hunting Labs

Sorry for your loss. Please keep us updated on Pepper. Man,I Really feel for you.

February 25, 2013 at 9:52pm
A comment titled: Mistakes..IT HAPPENS in response to a report titled: Basin Bass

Bstrict- I find your comment insulting and inapropriate!!! Let me guess,english teacher? So you're saying, all of those that want to keep and eat fish are uneducated? Is that right?

February 19, 2013 at 8:04pm
A comment titled: Spillway in response to a report titled: Basin Bass

JB- To address this comment 'people associate a good trip or a successful trip with the amount of fillets put in a freezer'..... Maybe some do have this mind set, but I'm not one of them. The few times I do get out these days, filling the freezer is not an option and it's not what I'm looking for. Fish, shrimp or what ever it may be will not be in my freezer very long. When I'm hungry for fish I go fishing. It's just getting old, being on the water all day with nothing to bring home beacuse of the 14' limit.
Now,If I were interested in a 3 fish limit over 14'' to put a little jingle in my pocket and have bragging rights,then I guess the current 14' limit would be ok.

February 13, 2013 at 10:44pm
A comment titled: Basin in response to a report titled: Basin Bass

TMon - It's the same situation with me. I don't get out on the water as much as I'd like to anymore, but when I do, I'd sure like to take a few of those fat little 'footballs' back with me.

February 12, 2013 at 8:03pm
A comment titled: I Know. in response to a report titled: Basin Bass

JB- I agree with you 100 percent. The number of people bass fishing today is enormous. It's agravating and most times amusing to watch the show at the landings. Brand new $80,000 rig sliding off the trailer onto the concrete ramp and the owner trying to raise the boat up with the power trim and a 2x4, only to have the skeg break off.
I pick my times and places carefully. Just can't deal with the ignorance.

Definition of IGNORANCE
: the state or fact of being ignorant : lack of knowledge, education, or awareness

February 12, 2013 at 1:28pm
A comment titled: Basin in response to a report titled: Basin Bass

Doc- I don't have a problem with catch release,on the contrary, I think it's great. When I think back about the old ALBC top 6 tournaments that I would fish at toledo in the late 70's and early 80's, catch and release was not practiced. There were pickup truck loads of bass being iced down. That would really give me a sick feeling but that all changed some time ago. Heck, Bassmasters didn't have catch and release in there early years. There are just way too many tournaments not to have it in place.
Rocknet- I do agree that the basin has fish, and does have it's share of goods ones, I however disagree with now being beter then years past. When the Ford Dealers For Bass circuit and other tournaments would come to Morgan City,there were heafty stringers taken from the basin regarless of the length limit. I fished tournaments for years with a local bass club and we never had problems cathing stringers of good fish. Now,honestly, I don't want to go out over a couple of weekends or more to find a pocket of fish to exeed the length limit. Just think about how the average 'weekender' must feel, catching these 13 7/8' fish all day long and ending up with nothing to take home. Tournament fisherman practice for an event,weekend fishermen go out for the enjoyment and maybe a few to fry at the end of the day.
JB- As I stated earlier, those guys are out there now and they're going to do what they do regardless of the regulations. I would like to beleive that the law abiding fishermen would far out number the low life scumfrogs,so this shouldn't be an issue?? There will be a two year trial period,lets see what happens. If the numbers start to slide, I'd be good with a change to stricter regs. The current regs have been in place for 21 years. What's 2 years going to hurt?

February 11, 2013 at 10:12pm
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