It’s a big pastime in Louisiana but some bad weather could put “the catch” in jeopardy. Fishing is more than a pastime in Louisiana, for many it’s a passion. But this year, recent hurricanes could have some fishermen coming up empty.
Mark Matthews owns a fishing store on Siegen Lane. He knows that for many in Louisiana, the time for beautiful weather and some fishing couldn’t come soon enough. “People look forward to it all year as you would look forward to Christmas.”
Although there’s plenty of excitement out there, there’s also some concern about hurricane Gustav and what it could mean for the fishing season to come. Fisherman Royce has already seen the affects of the storm since he’s been out on the Tickfaw.
Biologist Gary Tilyou, with the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, says it’s become a problem. Debris from Gustav ahs caused huge fish kills in some popular fishing spots like the Blind and Amite Rivers. “The results of our sampling have indicated there’s very few fish left.”
They will begin to restock the rivers within the next few weeks, but it will be a waiting game for fishermen. Tilyou says it could be several years until fish supplies are back to normal. “They’re going to have to find another place to go fishing for a while.” A favorite pastime facing some challenges from Mother Nature.
Biologists say you can still find plenty of fish if you go farther north in some of these rivers. For saltwater fishermen, those waterways haven’t been significantly affected by the storms either.