Again, this was quite some time ago, so I don’t remember all the details. This time I went to Old River (a.k.a. Raccourci Old River).
This was a pretty short trip. The skies were overcast, there was a significant amount of wind, the water was WAY up, there were speedboats pulling people on skis and tubes…altogether it wasn’t super favorable conditions. I have a 10 foot line on my anchor, and my anchor couldn’t hit bottom (I’m too cheap to buy an anchor reel or drift sock). I don’t mind fishing deeper water, but I do like being able to manage my position, and being unable to anchor definitely hindered that. I ended up hooking my anchor to a tree and fishing from there for a while.
As far as fish, I managed to catch two small catfish, and I’m not entirely certain I didn’t catch the same one twice.
I would try it again, but on a better day. If anything, it’s a beautiful place to paddle.
This was over two months ago, so I don’t remember a lot of details, but I thought it would be fun to share anyway.
Big Alabama Bayou is located in Sherburne WMA in the Atchafalaya Basin. There are a lot of other bayous, ponds, etc. to fish, but I just tried out Big Alabama Bayou.
For anyone interested in more information about the bayou:
The water wasn’t dirty, it was just dark – as if it had a lot of trees/leaves that had fallen in and colored the water. You can see what I mean at the little launch/dock:
There is actually a launch on both sides of the dock, which is nice. The dock is underwater because the water level was super high – logs of trees, bushes, etc. were underwater.
It was a fantastic day to be out on the water – the bayou is kind of narrow and is thus protected from wind, so the water doesn’t really get stirred up very much. Paddling through the bayou was like sliding around on butter.
It was not a productive fishing day, unfortunately. Just caught one little bluegill (not a keeper). While I was there I saw four or five boats fitted out for bow-fishing combing through the bayou. They were all going after gar, and if I remember correctly I saw a few myself.
Even though I only caught one fish, it was still a great day to be on the water.
These are the gravel roads I talked about:
Haven’t posted in forever, but there have been kayak fishing trips. My wife told me she has been telling people about my blog so I guess I better get some get those trips up.