Let’s hope Lee brings some good
Maybe there’s some good Tropical Storm Lee will bring to south Louisiana.
Then again, maybe Lee will leave nothing but problems the same way the major storms in 2005 and 2008 did.
Today we can hope for the first scenario and pray the second won’t be the case.
While there is a need for rain across Louisiana, mostly in northern and western parishes, the ever-present fear is that friends and neighbors — aren’t we all neighbors during storms? — will be safe.
A sportsman’s ever-present fear is that violent coastal weather will destroy the measurable gains in our valuable marshes since those storms and/or limit recovery along our coastline since the BP oil disaster.
Just when our marshes were ready to accept thousands of teal for the special 16-day September hunt and millions of wild waterfowl for November’s march into the 60-day duck season, things cahnged. There’s the chance that Lee’s saltwater push could damage the stores of vegetation laid into the marshes after the recent spring-summer floods along the Mississippi and Atchafalaya rivers.
It’s like this: Freshwater in our marshes is good; occasional pushes of saltwater are good, too. Too much of either threatens the brackish-water interplay that makes our state the most productive seafood spot in the Lower 48.
The worst from this holiday storm (it certainly ruined the opening of the dove season) is it didn’t head to the Sabine River then make a beeline to Shreveport.
Toledo Bend and east Texas’ reservoirs surely could’ve used the 9-12 inches of rain to help break the drought that’s sent water levels to all-time lows.
Rainfall like that could’ve been taken as a sign that the new agreement between Louisiana and Texas had approval from on high.
For anyone heading to Toledo Bend — and thousands of Capital City anglers make that trek — the two states finally (after nearly 50 years) have agreed to put limits on fish taken from this 60-mile-long border lake. Throw Caddo Lake and the Sabine River in that mix, too.
Here are the new limits:
TOLEDO BEND, CADDO LAKE AND THE SABINE RIVER:
Blue and channel catfish: Daily limit 50 in the aggregate; only 5 fish measuring more than 20 inches long; no minimum length limit (MLL).
Flathead catfish: Daily limit 10; 18 inches minimum length limit.
Crappie (sac-a-lait): Daily limit 25; no MLL.
CADDO LAKE/SABINE RIVER:
White bass: Daily limit 25; no MLL.
Yellow bass: No limit, no MLL.
Spotted bass: Daily limit 8 in the aggregate with largemouth bass; no MLL.
Largemouth bass: Daily limit 8 in aggregate with largemouth bass; 14-18 inch slot limit; only 4 bass in limit more than 18 inches long.
Largemouth bass: Daily limit 8 in aggregate with largemouths; 14-inch MLL.