Please Sign In


New To Sportsman Network?

Fishing in Plaquemines Parish

Reply
 
Be careful if you launch out of Myrtle Grove. The Plaquemines Parish Sheriff Office is handing out tickets for creating a ripple in the water. I thought that was a job for the Wildlife and Fisheries. What gives? It sure caught us by surprise. I thought it was a free weekend for not having a fishing license. It is going to cost us more than a fishing license.
Reply
no wake
no wake means no visible wake what so ever!!! it always has been that way!!! and should be that way always!!!
Reply
Free Weekend
I believe that the free weekend was LAST weekend :(
Reply
free?
the "Free Fishing Weekend" was June 10-11.

"No-wake zone" is a no-wake zone, it is a local gov't (city, parish, town, etc) ordinance, and is enforced by all Police agencies where properly posted.
ie; city police, sheriff, levee board police, harbor police, coast guard, and ldwf

people down there are probably tired of what's left of their property getting slammed by boat wakes.
Reply
Ordinance 06-50 - Plaquemines Parish
(Applies to the entire Parish of Plaquemines)

Sec. 6.3 Vessel Speed Limits

No person shall operate or drive any vessel or water craft within the jurisdiction of the Parish of Plaquemines, State of Louisiana, within two hundred (200) feet of any wharf, dock, moored vessel, camp, walkway or other similar construction located on or adjacent to such waterway in excess of idle speed.

The Parish President or his duly authorized representative shall cause such waterway to be posted with such signs as are appropriate to give proper notice where the Parish President has determined that a speed or wake in excess of the above limits will cause unnecessary damage to such property.

Speed limits established under this section shall be enforced by the Sheffiff's Department of Plaquemines Parish.

Any person violating the provisionsof this section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be fined not more than Two Hundred and No/100 ($200.00) or imprisioned for not more than thirty (30) days, or both fined and imprisioned at the discretion of the court.

NOTE: As for Myrtle Grove, If your bow is up, and you are pushing white water, the PPSO deputies can see you from the launch. There are HUGE white/red signs posted at the backdown and all along the canal.

There has been a continuing problem at this marina and others and ginnyr is right, they will be patrolling. LDWF Enforcement, PPSO Marine Patrol and others can also ticket violators. What IS LEFT in Plaquemines is very fragile, so everyone please be considerate and careful.
Reply
Idle Speed - No Wake Zones
I took this photo of one of five signs posted on the Myrtle Grove Canal. The Ordinance is Parish wide...the signs look pretty clear.
Reply
Amazing...
Not pointing fingers at anyone here...

It is simply AMAZING how many people have trouble understanding two simple, short words...

NO WAKE

It doesn't mean "I was goin slow" and "I didn't see the sign" works as well for wake zone violations as it does for speed limit signs/violations.

It's really easy... look behind the boat and make sure there's no wake. It really takes just a small effort.

Meanwhile you're supposed to be maintaining the minimum speed at which you can maintain control over your vessel.

I am a little shocked at the verbage in the Plaquemines Wake Zone ordinace. Over this-a-way it's more like "within 300' of any bridge, public launch, public docking facility, major intersection or a refueling point".

Every camp??? Wow!
Reply
Thanks for clearing this up
We didn't realize we were causing a wake. We have launch out of Myrtle Grove a lot and never had a problem. The last thing we would want to do is to cause anyone or their property any harm. We always slow down to a snails pace when we come to a camp, more so when we come back in to the launch. What got us more so was that we were behind another boat and they didn't get a ticket. They used the back down ramp. Now can someone tell me where to pay the ticket?
Reply
Louisiana
Just more good ole crooked small town Louisiana garbage. Nothing you can do about it except take your recreation dollars elsewhere. You would think that they would be grateful for you spending your money in their parish considering the circumstances.
Reply
No Wake Zones...
Local authorities in Florida interpret the "No Wake" law in a reasonable manner. If the top of your third wake beside your boat is cresting you are going too fast while idling along. It is easy for them to watch for also. You would be surprised how far away you can see that little wave cresting.
Reply
I agree
They can have that canal. They have already sold the right side corner lots for $145,000. It will just become worse. I told my husband that he could have been using a paddle and he would have received a ticket. They say us coming. And by the way, we were at idle speed with no wake and the boat in front didn't get a ticket!
Reply
?????
Go to court in Plaquemines Parish over navigational rights? Thats funny.
Reply
Court?
If my memory serves me right, I recall 3 Plaquemine Parish residents caught by the WLF with a a boat load of trout (with obvious signs of being caught by gill nets) a few years back. They had commercial licenses for a rod/reel to take the trout. There wasn't a rod/reel in the boat. The Plaq. Parish D.A. refused to prosecute the case. They had over 1000 pounds of trout in the boat.
Does anyone else remember this?
Reply
Fishing in Plaquemines Parish
Well our court date came up and we went to go before the judge. Plaquemine Parish Courthouse is in a small temporary building by the ferry. It was packed. We had to be there for 9:30 am and by 10:30 am the judge still hadn't shown up. When the clerk came in and said they were going by alpha order, we looked at each other amd said we are R, we left and went upstairs to pay the ticket. It was $143.00 and left no mark on my husbands licences. Glad that is over. I heard noone was able to get out of the ticket.
Reply
crooked cops and courts
It is obvious they don't want outsiders around unless it is to take your money. The simple solution is go somewhere else to fish. The loss of tourist dollars could never be made up by tickets when there is no one to ticket. That the judge didn't show up is further evidence of how the system is designed. I can see wanting to minimize erosion and to ticket those who make a big wake, but to ticket (not warn) someone who slowed down is obviously the work of those are ONLY interested in taking your money. I see people all the time not backing down at all in No Wake zones - they are the ones who should be ticketed. That they wrote the ordinance so poorly shows that a) their staff lawyer isn't very good (or the he is crooked too) b) they are not very smart c) they only want your money. Waterfront property WILL erode - it doesn't take a genius to figure that one out. Those camp owners need to build a bulkhead if they want to prevent erosion. Many of those same camp owners are guilty of running past other camps to get to their camp. The law enforcement officers need to clearly understand what a wake is - FYI any movement through the water will cause a wake of some kind. (I can cause a small wake in my swimming pool while swimming.) Seems to me the Florida definition mentioned earlier gives a good rule to measure by.
Reply
Stiring the pot here.
I have gotten my ticket also on the water. I was in the wrong. I fished not far from there and could see to police still giving tickets all day. Not ONE, out of many, big shrimp boats pushing a 3 foot wake got stopped. I know they are local, but why should they not help pay the cities bills too?
Reply
How Sweet It Is
Will & Ed .......so some will understand it better how's this sounds ?....."flat water behind the boat with little ittsy bitsy tiny whirlpools".....How's that ?
Reply
brer rabbit
Maybe it's the cheapazz boat that i bought, maybe not. but at the speed you are talking about I have no steering.and have to bump in and out of gear to go that slow???
Bob
Reply
no wake
also regardless of a no wake zone sign, you are responsible for any damage your wake creates. ray, i have seen many a tug going up and down little bayou calliou in terrebone parish and i have never seen a wake yet!!! that bayou runs from houma all the way to point cocodrie, i think that the skippers of the tugs there have the patience of jobe. now not all of the bayou is a no wake zone, but the tugs and tow boats all seem to travel it very slow, with no visible wake whatsoever. the shrimpers also abide by the same rules. also the courtesy on the water around chauvin and cocodrie is something that i have never seen anywhere else. many times i have been fishing in bayou terrebone, and see a big twin engine deep vee, drop off his plane and pass me with no wake!! and that was just pure and simple courtesy!!!
Reply
Wake me up...
Wake zone ordinances vary from parish to parish. Enforcement also varies.

Along the lower part of Bayou Lafourche you'll see "Wake Zone" signs but they're only meant for the big crew boats and stuff. In that area the Port Commission doesn't consider the wake created by a bay boat zipping along on plane to be significant. Nearby, along the Floation Canal you'll find the Pointe Fourchon development. Around there "No Wake" means exactly that... NO WAKE.

Generally, in a wake zone, the Coast Guard reuires that a vessel be operated at the slowest speed at which a vessel can maintain control. That speed can vary with wind and current conditions but they still expect to see only a minimal disturbance in the water behind a boat.
Reply
Yak
Not to argue with you but the place you are talking about is where i got both my tickets, from Leeville to Belle Pass and my boat is a 22' CC and both were by the shirff.
Reply
No Wake
We only did this once,got a big laugh out of it....Tiger Pass-Sandy Point....some crew boats would almost turn you over.......used a full size long hair blonde mannequin in her birthday suit,sat her up when a crew boat came along..........would you believe we never had a wake problem all day......Hee Hee
Reply
brer rabbit
check your mail
Reply
no wake zones????
For the record, this is the STATE law on no wake zones...please note that I do not condone tearing up people equipment or land with a wake on a boat....but some places, now ake zones are getting ridiculous....I carry a copy of this in my boat at all times, and have used it once or twice....yet to get a ticket....

Revised Statute 33:1236

(63)(a) The governing authority of any parish with a population of not less than four hundred twenty-five thousand whose boundaries are not coterminous with a single municipality may adopt an ordinance which establishes a maximum allowable wake created by any vessel on the waterways of that parish, if such waterways are within the boundaries or immediately abutting any national park. The maximum allowable wake established by such ordinance, regardless of the speed or size of the vessel, may be fifteen inches in vertical height measured from the ambient tide level to the crest of the vessel's bow wave at a distance not less than twenty-five feet from the vessel. "No Wake" zones shall be posted on any waterways affected by such ordinance.

(b) The governing authority may adopt an ordinance which defines "wake" as all changes in the vertical level of the water's surface caused by the passage of a vessel including, but not limited to, a vessel's bow wave, stern wave, and propeller wash. Such ordinance shall not authorize a vessel proceeding with a wake of fifteen inches or less to travel at a speed in excess of the posted speed limit when in restricted areas.

(c) The governing authority may exempt from the provisions of such ordinance, any person operating a vessel as a participant in or during officially sanctioned trial runs preceding or following a lawfully permitted regatta or boat race, or any governmental officer or employee operating a law enforcement, United States Coast Guard, or fire or rescue vessel in the performance of his duties.

(d) The governing authority may adopt an ordinance which allows law enforcement personnel to use mechanical, electronic, or photographic measuring devices during the enforcement of such ordinance.

(e) The governing authority may adopt an ordinance which provides that any person who violates the provisions of such ordinance may be fined fifty dollars for the first offense, one hundred dollars for the second offense, and two hundred dollars for the third and all subsequent offenses.

Now, if you read it thoroughly, you will see that Parishes can only put in a LEGAL no wake zone if that parish has at least 425,000 residents, and the waterway in quesion is in or abutting a national park...With a couple of exceptions.....

Revised Statute 34:851.27
C. In addition to speed limits established by any governing authority of any parish or municipality under the provisions of this Section, there are hereby established certain "no-wake" zones where each vessel shall operate at bare steerage speed, the slowest speed the vessel can travel while allowing the operator to maintain directional control of the vessel to produce the minimum water surface turbulence. The "no-wake" zones are established on all waterways within three hundred feet of any of the following facilities:

(1) A public boat launch.

(2) A public docking facility adjacent to a public boat launch.

ALL a Parish can do that does not fall under the first RS is establish a speed limit (which is stated in RS 34:851.27). You may be given a speeding ticket, but not a ticket for violating a no wake zone...at least not unless you just get the ticket and pay for it.....

Anyway, again, pretty crappy to damage someone's stuff by not being respectful and slowing down by camps, boats, or houses, but I ain't slowing down in a bare banked canal that I have been running in for years....
Reply
wreckless operation will be the ticket
i stated to a water patrol officer the same thing chad d done.i was then written up for wreckless operation instead for running 45 mph in a bare banked area in terrebonne parish. after arguing with the sheriff and vidio tapeing the water patrol officer just joy riding in the same place as he gave me the ticket( no one else around)or was he responding to any calls. i was following in my truck on the road.. was the ticket torn up by the sheriff himself.
Reply
Saga of MG
"MONKEYS GOING WILD"
Reply
wake zones
I saw wake zone signs in leeville on bayou lafourche so I idled while boats went back and forth at 50-60 mph.So now I'm confused.Another thing was posted signs in some areas of the marsh.I don't know to what area they apply to or really how they can post there so I,m confused again.I guess I'm just confused.Anyone know what the deal is on these things?Anyone been stopped? thanks Pat
Reply
plaquemines parish b.s.
take it frome someone who grew up "down the road"....
u come to buras, portsulphur, boothville/venice or anywhere in the great jiff hingle enforced parish and you'll notice that the law does not pertain to the cops or thier families. on my way to work in vinice today i saw what i needed to see to prove my point... two deputies passed me up on the way down doing atleast 85 to 90 mph i said to myself "self i wonder if there was a wreck or somthing" but to my "suprise" haha the were in a hurry to eat lunch. and the whole no wake thing.. they write tickets for wake but it doent apply to them. saw two deputies flying around at the free launch just south of empire bridge laughing and cutting up.. if it was you or i we would have bee ticketed just alike if it was us going 85 or 90 to get lunch, but thats good ol plaquemines for ya.... o but feel free to come spend ur hard earned money on a fising trip or a b.s. ticket.........
Reply
Re: Fishing in Plaquemines Parish
For almost any boat at any speed even idle is putting on a small wake. The three hundred feet thing is kind of ridiculous most canals in Myrtle Grove or not 300 ft wide. Anyway the whole point is not to cause any damage everybody just have some respect. Put your boat in gear because that's as slow as you can go.
Reply
Re: Fishing in Plaquemines Parish
It's a thread from 12 years ago...let it rest in peace.
Reply