Lake Pontchartrain fishermen will have another reason to celebrate in the coming weeks and months.

Craig Gothreaux, the state Wildlife and Fisheries’ biologist in charge of the LDWF’s Artificial Reef Program, announced the agency has a permit application for a 10-acre artificial reef location within sight of New Orleans’ West End launch.

Plans call for 15,000 cubic yards of material in nine-foot depths, allowing for a six-foot clearance over the reef site.

Gothreaux said the location will come with the proper U.S. Coast Guard marking requirements.

Reopened WMAs

Wildlife and Fisheries announced late last week that all roads in the Joyce and Maurepas Swamp wildlife management areas have been reopened, except a section of Boyce Tower Road off Airline Highway south of Sorrento into the Maurepas Swamp WMA. LDWF managers said they expect Boyce Tower Road will be open sometime this week. These roads have been closed since the middle of last month after heavy rains flooded these two WMAs

And, Friday, LDWF spokesman Forest Burks said Pearl River Wildlife Management Area reopened when the river’s gauge at the Town or Pearl River fell below 16.5 feet.

But because Pearl River flooding was so extensive, Poboy Road, Oil Well Road and Indian Bayou Road remained closed. Access to this WMA was closed March 13, and the three still-closed roads will not be opened until, Burks said “they have been inspected and deemed safe for travel.”