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Barrier islands take hit after Hurricane Isaac, coastal restoration group says

It is well understood that the coastal areas of Louisiana are rapidly eroding. And the day-to-day erosion advances whenever storm events such as Hurricane Isaac batter the state’s coastal areas.

The Louisiana Department of Natural Resources reports that as more wetlands and coastal areas are lost to erosion the more upland parts of the state are exposed to severe weather.Read More...
September 28, 2012 at 7:30 am

Hurricane Isaac-related fish kills not as serious as past storms, LDWF says

Final numbers aren’t in yet, but the Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries said anglers in certain freshwater areas of Southeast Louisiana likely will feel the impact of Hurricane Isaac-related fish kills.

“Bayou Lafourche and the Amite River were some of the worst hit,” the LDWF’s Mike Wood said. “They were there in the epicenter of it and where we got the most calls.”Read More...
September 27, 2012 at 7:00 am

Breton Sound Marina open two weeks after Hurricane Isaac

Hurricane Isaac was not kind to Hopedale’s Breton Sound Marina, but it’s back in business, owner Glenn Sanchez said.

The Category 1 storm destroyed the trailer housing the marina office, store and bathrooms, and the facility’s bait shop had the siding peeled off. Everything was marinated in 6 to 8 feet of swamp muck, grass and salt water.Read More...
September 14, 2012 at 8:12 am

Empire's Delta Marina back in business following Hurricane Isaac

Delta Marina in Empire is back in operation after Hurricane Isaac knocked out power and interrupted access to lower Plaquemines Parish, Darren Angelo confirmed yesterday (Sept. 12).

Angelo said live bait is available, and that the fishing reports from the area are fantastic. The temporary phone number for the marina (until the main phone lines are restored) is 318-801-0743.Read More...
September 13, 2012 at 10:23 am

Pearl River WMA reopened by LDWF

All of Pearl River Wildlife Management Area was is now open, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries announced today (Sept. 11).

The popular WMA near Slidell was closed just before Hurricane Isaac made landfall, and it remained closed because of flooding after the tropical system passed through the area, the LDWF said.Read More...
September 11, 2012 at 3:11 pm

Maurepas Swamp WMA reopened

Maurepas Swamp Wildlife Management area has reopened by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries.

The WMA stretching across St. James, Ascension, Livingston and St. John the Baptist parishes was closed as Hurricane Isaac approached, the LDWF said.Read More...
September 10, 2012 at 12:56 pm

Campo's Marina rebuilding after severe hit from Hurricane Isaac

In the wake of Isaac’s destruction, clean-up and repair is under way all along our coastal areas. Shell Beach was surprised by much higher water levels than anyone expected, and all ground level structures took a beating from both wind and water.

Campo’s Marina, a fixture in lower St. Bernard Parish, was no exception. Read More...
September 10, 2012 at 9:41 am

Three WMAs reopen

Two wildlife management areas and a portion of a third closed because of Hurricane Isaac will reopen tomorrow (Sept. 8), the Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries said today.

Joyce and Manchac WMAs will reopen, while a portion of Pearl River WMA will reopen, the LDWF said.Read More...
September 07, 2012 at 5:06 pm

Bait Inc., Fisherman's Friend in Chalmette open for business

Two popular Chalmette marinas are open for business, having suffered fairly limited damage from Hurricane Isaac.

Bait Inc. and Fisherman's Friend Bait Shop even have live shrimp available for their customers. Read More...
September 07, 2012 at 3:00 pm

Cypress Cove just waiting for water, customer access to reopen

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At least on the west bank, Plaquemines Parish was truly a place of stark contrasts a week after Hurricane Isaac meandered off the mouth of the river. Belle Chasse was bustling; the lower end was cleaning up mainly wind damage.

The middle section, though, took it on the chin again.Read More...
September 07, 2012 at 8:42 am

Hurricane Isaac causes fish kills in Belle River, Atchafalaya Basin

Massive numbers of fish are desperately gasping for air across Southeast Louisiana, according to reports from fishermen as well as Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries officials venturing into the inland waterways following last week's battering by Hurricane Isaac.

Widespread fish kills happen each time the high winds and rains of a hurricane cause the varying cool and warm waters to mix too rapidly and deplete oxygen levels, said LDWF Director of Inland Fisheries Mike Wood.Read More...
September 05, 2012 at 9:15 pm

IFA reschedules Slidell Redfish, Kayak tours for Port Aransas, Texas

The IFA Redfish and Kayak tours originally scheduled for Sept. 7-9 out of Slidell have been rescheduled to provide time for the area to recover from the impacts of Hurricane Isaac.

The event is now slated to be held Sept. 14-16 in conjunction with a regional event in Port Aransas, Texas.Read More...
September 03, 2012 at 8:12 am

Fish begin dying in Bonnet Carre Spillway

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Hurricane Isaac’s storm surge pushed water into Lake Pontchartrain, swamped Manchac, raised the level of Lake Maurepas and finally flooded the Bonnet Carre Spillway.

Now fish are turning up dead, a user has documented.

Scott Walker texted Louisiana Sportsman photos and a video from the spillway that showed bass and bream floating in shallow water, and he said there were other species that also died.Read More...
September 02, 2012 at 2:36 pm

Venice area spared from wrath of Hurricane Isaac

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Capt. Brent Roy has lived through many hurricanes, returning to the Venice area after each storm because of the incredible fishing the region provides. So when Hurricane Isaac brushed the mouth of the Mississippi River, the veteran fishing guide couldn't wait to find out how his lodges and the marinas fared.

So Friday, the owner of Venice Fishing Charters jumped aboard a seaplane and headed downriver, shooting video of flooded Highway 23 and getting a birds-eye view of his cabins before putting down at Venice Marina.Read More...
September 02, 2012 at 9:47 am

Hurricane Isaac delivers crippling blow to Delacroix

Delacroix was devastated in 2005 when Hurricane Katrina blasted through the area, and it was delivered another crippling blow by the much weaker but slower Hurricane Isaac this week, a user who works with Sweetwater Marina reported today.

“It’s not good at all,” Scott Walker said. “They still have water down there, as of now. It’s slowly going out, but it’ll be several days until we can get down and walk around. Now he can drive the road down now.”Read More...
September 01, 2012 at 7:00 pm

Pointe aux Chenes little damaged from Hurricane Isaac, highways open to traffic

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Pointe aux Chenes received little damage as Hurricane Isaac crept past the little fishing village, one of’s users has reported.

Camps and Pointe aux Chenes Marina were accessible by roads, which were covered only in a few places by inches of water yesterday (Aug. 31), Scott Walker said.Read More...
September 01, 2012 at 4:30 pm