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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, 2017 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: My Opinion on no ducks in response to a report titled: My Opinion on no ducks

I don't do facebook, and know others may not as well. Website Forum?

February 14 at 1:37pm
A comment titled: Re: My Opinion on no ducks in response to a report titled: My Opinion on no ducks

http://www.nfwf.org/whoweare/mediacenter/video/Pages/restoration-gulf-coast-louisiana-video.aspx#.WoL5JFQbPIU

February 13 at 8:47am
A comment titled: Re: My Opinion on no ducks in response to a report titled: My Opinion on no ducks

http://www.wildfowlmag.com/conservation-politics/read-and-react-revise-baiting-regulations/

Quoted from the article

'I would prefer more restrictive regulations if it means a longer season, and pretty much everyone I know says the same thing,” says Manning. “I’ve watched video of ducks coming to bait. They won’t leave, even after they’ve been shot at. They will fly a hundred yards and come right back.”

What’s the Difference?
That’s why wildlife managers have to dance a fine line between resource conservation and hunter opportunity. The current regulations, which have been fine-tuned for nearly 100 years, are the best tools for sustaining hunting as we know it, adds Manning. They also preserve the notion of fair chase, a common theme among hunters and wildlife managers concerned about the sport’s reputation among non-hunters.

However, resource managers routinely tweak bag limits and season lengths to ensure viable game populations. Hanna sees no reason waterfowl managers can’t do the same thing when the need arises. Keeping regulations confusing and restrictive for the good of the resource counters the notion managers are working for those who benefit the most from the resource.

“I have a hard time defending bait regulations as a management tool. What’s the difference between shooting a duck over waste grain and thrown grain? The duck doesn’t know the difference,” he says. “Maybe we could consider an individual season quota or something that would give everyone an equal shot at the same number of birds.”

Allowing one guy to hunt over flooded corn but preventing another from shooting over bush-hogged corn only penalizes an otherwise law-abiding hunter, Hanna says. It also favors those with the resources to undertake labor-intensive methods deemed legal under current regulations. How does that benefit the resource or the future of duck hunting? Tough questions with no simple answers.'

February 12 at 3:16pm
A comment titled: Re: Basin Bass in response to a report titled: Basin Bass

No kidding about the grass. I watched it disappear over time. It was like casting in a desert.

February 08 at 3:29pm
A comment titled: Re: Basin Bass in response to a report titled: Basin Bass

False river used to be awesome a few moons back when it had grass. I would fish the Friday night tournaments fairly often. Now that Bonaventur's is closed where the heck do you launch? It's been that long since I've been there.

February 07 at 8:42am
A comment titled: Re: Basin Bass in response to a report titled: Basin Bass

Okay, so the Atchafalya Basin and the Spillway are one in the same. We just never use that term on this end. I guess it came from you easterners due to the Morganza locks or spillway.

February 07 at 8:37am
A comment titled: Re: Basin Bass in response to a report titled: Basin Bass

What exactly do you guys consider the 'Spillway'? Is it everything east of the Ramah levee, down through Pierre Part to Morgan city? I put tags showing Henderson, the Whiskey Bay pilot channel and the Rahma levee along I10.

February 07 at 8:17am
A comment titled: Re: Basin Bass in response to a report titled: Basin Bass

JB, I agree, pressure is a real issue, and I did notice the turn on Toledo. I'm looking forward to a few trips in the basin very soon, watching water levels and temps. I wish I could duck hunt and bass fish in November and early December. The water was right in my area and the bite was on. It's impossible for me to do both without missing a duck hunt or two, and that ain't gonna happen. I did get into the red fish pretty good, though. They're just as much fun, and I use pretty much the same techniques.Just add a little salt.

February 06 at 2:09pm
A comment titled: Re: Basin Bass in response to a report titled: Basin Bass

Well, five years have passed since these new regs on bass. Anyone having trouble catching fish? I had some really nice, productive outings last year, besides the mud motor extravaganzas I encountered.

I see MLF implemented a catch, weigh and release program, with a fish release penalty for a fish touching the carpet, or a rough toss overboard. I like this.

February 05 at 4:26pm
A comment titled: Re: My Opinion on no ducks in response to a report titled: My Opinion on no ducks

Jgoins wrote:'I agree with you Duckhunter89 I really do. I tried to talk to him respectfully through email twice now. Once last night then once. I am willing to work with him. I need him to know i believe strongly in a mans word. If we say the fights over its over. There is not going to be any coming back to a organization a month from now to deal with some issues from a month ago. My point to that was it causes the focus off of the main goal and makes people question something we have already worked past.'

So Jgoins, what exactly have 'we' worked out on the issue of collected data, that you,and what appears to be many disagree with?How do you propose we present our case to the to the feds to change anything without proof of what we say.

February 05 at 3:04pm
A comment titled: Re: My Opinion on no ducks in response to a report titled: My Opinion on no ducks

I wonder how much of this 'attempt' in 2010 is still in place?

https://www.eenews.net/stories/92863

Here's Delta's take on this idea.

https://www.ammoland.com/2010/08/delta-waterfowl-plan-to-shortstop-migratory-waterfowl/#axzz56FLW2Awm

February 05 at 9:09am
A comment titled: Re: My Opinion on no ducks in response to a report titled: My Opinion on no ducks

https://www.visitmo.com/ten-mile-pond-conservation-area.aspx

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6dij5yvbqRY

February 03 at 12:52pm
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?'

Yes

'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.
http://www.fws.gov/le/waterfowl-hunting-and-baiting.html

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
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