Inshore Fishing

Fleeing the river

For the first time in history, high water levels in the Mississippi River have forced the opening of the Bonnet Carre’ Spillway in consecutive years. Here’s how the Bonnet Carré opening is affecting our fish, crabs and oysters. […]

Hurricane Coverage

Fish begin dying in Bonnet Carre Spillway

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 LouisianaSportsman.com 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. […]

Inshore Fishing

Opening of Bonnet Carre Spillway not demise of Lake Pontchartrain trout, guide says

Big trout were being caught on the Lake Pontchartrain bridges when the Bonnet Carre Spillway was opened May 9, and many feared the infusion of millions of gallons of Mississippi River water into the lake would end the annual big-fish bonanza.

There was even talk of fish kills.

But Capt. Eric Dumas told LouisianaSportsman.com that there are still plenty of trout in the lake, offering anglers ample opportunities to fill their boxes. […]