Toledo Bend Sac-A-Lait
sac au lait in response to a report titled: Fishing Pic's Verret
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Awesome weekend in Toledo Bend. Ended with about 80 Sac-A-Lait. Thank's to JT at LTD Guide Service.
Caught these two on trout lines south of Berwick. Weighed in at 35 lbs and 45lbs.
how big is that sac au lait?
Fresh water drum
Thank goodness everyone was ok. Just because you have the right of way does not mean you should go 60 mph around a blind curve. Think about what might be on the other side of that curve. Maybe a boat is broke down or someone is stopped fishing. A little common courtesy and a little common sense might prevent someone from getting hurt or killed.
Rickey, if you don't mind me asking where exactly did you catch it?
Are you feeding the fish anything, pond feed or something like that? If they have another food sourse that is plentiful then they will eat that all day before they touch your plastics. Try live bait like shiners or worms. If you want to use plastics then tip it with power bait.
Everything listed below is the laws regarding waterways and private canals. The laws are written but the supreme court judges have a hard time interpreting them. It comes down to case law regarding private canals and waterways. One day the judges rule in favor of the fisherman, the next day they rule in favor of the land owners. It's constantly changing. AT the very least you have enough to fight it in court if anything ever comes about as long as you don't get some yuppie judge. Resources: http://www.legis.state.la.us/
41:1701 and 41:14
Civil Code CC449-456Louisiana Constitution Article 9
Vaughn vs Vermillion http://supreme.justia.com/us/444/206/case.htmlAnother good article if you have the patience to read it all. Pretty much explains everything you want to know.
Yeah that's the Landing I was talking about. It's very easy to get to the Lake from there.
102 S Bay Rd
Pierre Part, LA 70339It's off of Hwy 70, when you launch its a straight shot to Lake Verrett.
You are right Mike, If I'm not mistaken the State changed the Law that allowed them to sell River bottoms after many bottoms were sold already. The problem is that landowners automatically stake claim to waterbottoms even though they weren't sold the bottom in the first place. That's why I say know where you are going before you go there. If you do come accross a landowner who says that they own the waterbottom do a little research before you put your foot in your mouth. It may be as simple as contacting the local Sheriffs Office and get thier take on the issue. If they advise you not to go through the canal then don't go. If they tell you it's ok to go through the canal make sure you cover yourself and take note of there name and position.
I agree, if they don't want people on there property then put a fence along the property in stead of accross a navigable waterway. How ubserd would it be if you put up a fence to block the street in front of your house. I guarantee you that would not fly. If the laws would change to reflect that we would not have the problems were are having with people who think they own water.
Art. 450. Public things.Public things that belong to the state are such as running waters, the waters and bottoms of natural navigable water bodies, the territorial sea, and the seashore.R.S. 41:14
Any rights accorded by law to the owners or occupants of lands on the shores of any waters described herein shall not extend beyond the ordinary low water mark. No one shall own in fee simple any bottoms of lands covering the bottoms of waters described in this Section.Acts 1985, No. 876, §2, eff. July 23, 1985.You can find these Laws at the Louisiana State Legislature Website. The landowners can put up gates that prevent people from entering the waterway but they cannot prevent them from being in the waterway itself. There are alot of other technical things surrounding these laws so know where you are going before you go there. Try to avoid getting in a battle with a landowner if at all possible. Also eman, the Law that you are referring to is case law. What I am quoting is the Law as it is written. Case law changes from case to case. Tomorrow the court could rule completely different on a similar case. The question is who wants to take their case to the Louisiana Supreme Court to cahnge it. I definetly understand your point though eman.
The way the law states is that a navigable waterway is public and that no one person owns flowing water. It also states that no one owns the bottoms of navigable waterways. If someone passes through a waterway that cuts through someones land and gets hurt that doesn't make the landowner responsible. If anything the State would be responisible. If someone gets injured by a gate that a landowner put up that's a different story. We have roads and highways all over the country that pass through what was once someones land. If you own the land on both sides of the street and someone gets injured on the street that passes through your land that doesn't make you responsible.
This was your statement( The thing is, is that i dont know if i have the right to pass through to get where i am going and if i do than what do i do if he puts a fence, i dont want to get fined for destruction of property. what do you guys think.)I have had the same problem recently so i did a little reasearch. If the waterway is open to the rise and fall of the tide and its open on both ends then it's public. No one owns flowing water, it's considered public. They can put up gates but technically speaking they have to get permission from the state. Most of the people that I know do not get permission from the state. If the gate is there do not destroy it because more than likely you will be arrested for Criminal Damage to Property. Just because the canal may have been dug by a oil company or other entity does not mean that the canal is privately owned. I have done lots of research and can provide you with all the laws concerning public and private waterways. I can also cite the major supreme court cases concerning public waterways. It's always better to find other means to solve the problem than to get in a battle with a land owner.
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