BY JOE MACALUSO

jmacaluso@theadvocate.com

Expect to see and hear constant construction throughout the summer at Grand Isle, especially around Caminada Pass on the island’s west end.

Bridge Side Marina owner Buggy Vegas said Tropical Storm Cindy had enough moderately strong south winds to take a big bite from that part of the island.

The surge and combination of wind and wave threatened the marina, but not enough to stop the annual Creole Classic, a three-day fishing rodeo forced to move from a Thursday-Saturday run to a Friday-Sunday run by the storm.

Most of the fishermen found muddy-cloudy water far beyond sight of the barrier islands, and didn’t find “clean water” until getting into the Mississippi Canyon area and the deep-water rigs.

Reports had red snapper everywhere and the biggest ones came from the deep-water rigs.

By Saturday, water in Bay Marchand cleared, and Sunday’s near-flat seas provided easy runs before the Creole Classic’s 2 p.m. weigh-in deadline.

Remember, too, that the spring inshore shrimp season is closed from the Mississippi River west to Freshwater Bayou.

The east side

Except for the muddy water invading the eastern shorelines of Lake Borgne — it comes from the exceptionally high and muddy Pearl River system — waters on the east side of the Mississippi river appear to have recovered from the push from Cindy.

Areas in the Biloxi Marsh, the southwest corner of Lake Pontchartrain and the MRGO area are producing a few speckled trout but more redfish and largemouth bass.

In the Delacroix area, water is falling and the trout are living more to the east towards open water than they area in the marshes.

Expect to see more live bait this weekend than last, simple because the baitboats can get out.

More Cindy

Cindy’s rains, higher coastal tides and resulting flooding forced state Wildlife and Fisheries managers to close the nature trail on the Maurepas Swamp Wildlife Management Area.

Rains in Mississippi and Louisiana falling in the already high Pearl River brought another LDWF closure, this one on the Pearl River WMA.

The agency’s announcement indicated Pearl River will remain closed until the river falls below the 16.5-foot reading at the Pearl River gauge.

The LDWF also announced Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge in Vermilion and Cameron parishes reopened Tuesday, but Price Lake Road remained closed. Cindy’s storm surge forced the closure last week.

Enough repair work was completed earlier this week to reopen Joseph Harbor Launch and several other sites, but refuge manager Phillip Trosclair said more repair work was needed on Price Lake Road and the Hess water control structure.

Expect to see, and hear, constant construction throughout the summer at Grand Isle, especially around Caminada Pass on the island’s west end.

Bridge Side Marina owner Buggy Vegas said Tropical Storm Cindy had enough moderately strong south winds to take a big bite from that part of the island.

The surge and combination of wind and wave threatened the marina, but not enough to stop the annual Creole Classic, a three-day fishing rodeo forced to move from a Thursday-Saturday run to a Friday-Sunday run by the storm.

Most of the fishermen found muddy-cloudy water far beyond sight of the barrier islands, and didn’t find “clean water” until getting into the Mississippi Canyon area and the deep-water rigs.

Reports had red snapper everywhere and the biggest ones came from the deep-water rigs.

By Saturday, water in Bay Marchand cleared, and Sunday’s near-flat seas provided easy runs before the Creole Classic’s 2 p.m. weigh-in deadline.

Remember, too, that the spring inshore shrimp season is closed from the Mississippi River west to Freshwater Bayou.

The east side

Except for the muddy water invading the eastern shorelines of Lake Borgne – it comes from the exceptionally high and muddy Pearl River system – waters on the east side of the Mississippi river appear to have recovered from the push from Cindy.

Areas in the Biloxi Marsh, the southwest corner of Lake Pontchartrain and the MRGO area are producing a few speckled trout but more redfish and largemouth bass.

In the Delacroix area, water is falling and the trout are living more to the east towards open water than they area in the marshes.

Expect to see more live bait this weekend than last, simple because the baitboats can get out.

More Cindy

Cindy’s rains, higher coastal tides and resulting flooding forced state Wildlife and Fisheries managers to close the nature trail on the Maurepas Swamp Wildlife Management Area (WMA).

Rains in Mississippi and Louisiana falling in the already high Pearl River brought another LDWF closure, this one on the Pearl River WMA.

The agency’s announcement indicated Pearl River will remain closed until the river falls below the 16.5-foot reading at the Pearl River gauge.

The LDWF also announced Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge in Vermilion and Cameron parishes reopened Tuesday, but Price Lake Road remained closed. Cindy’s storm surge forced the closure last week.

Enough repair work was completed earlier this week to reopen Joseph Harbor Launch and several other sites, but refuge manager Phillip Trosclair said more repair work was needed on Price Lake Road and the Hess water control structure.