Fishing

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Fishing has been the most popular recreational activity since the refuge was established. The Lacassine Pool, created to provide migratory waterfowl habitat, has become a prime largemouth bass fishing area. All of this information and more can be found in the Southwest Louisiana Complex Fishing Regulations.


The refuge is noted for its large concentrations of waterfowl and other fish and wildlife species, including several game species. Fishes present include largemouth bass, crappie, sunfish, catfish, and bowfin (Choupique). Certain State waterways that flow through the refuge are not subject to special refuge fishing regulations. These waterways include Lacassine Bayou, Bayou Misere, Mermentau River and Mud Lake (see map). Anglers should consult the State regulations for special restrictions in these waterways. All side canals, coves, bays, marshes and ponds off these waterways are subject to refuge fishing regulations.


Closed Areas
Fishing is prohibited in the headquarters display pool and bank fishing is prohibited on the Lacassine Pool Wildlife Drive. Other areas may be closed to fishing or boating for safety or management purposes as designated by No Fishing or Area Closed signs.

Season/Hours

Boat and bank fishing in Lacassine Pool, Streeter's Area, and refuge waters are permitted March 15 through October 15. Streeter Road Fishing Pier is open to bank fishing year round. Boat admittance into the refuge is permitted from one hour before legal sunrise until one hour after legal sunset; however fishing activities are prohibited until legal sunrise and after legal sunset.

Permitted Activities, Gear, and Possession Limits

Fishing: Only fishing with rod and reel or pole and line is permitted in refuge waters. The use or possession of any other type of fishing gear including limb, trot and jug lines and gill, trammel, and hoop nets is prohibited in all refuge waters.

Crabbing: Crabs may be taken with hand lines or drop nets. Only cotton line and drop nets up to 24" outside diameter may be used. Floats on crab lines are prohibited. All hand lines, drop nets, and bait must be removed from the refuge upon leaving. The daily crab limit is five dozen (60) crabs per day, per vehicle or boat.

Access: Follow speed limits on refuge roads to reduce vehicle-caused wildlife mortality.

Lacassine Pool: Only boats with motors of 40 horsepower or less may be used in Lacassine Pool. Boaters are encouraged to reduce travel speeds at boat run intersections. Trailered boats may only be launched into Lacassine Pool at public boat launches with cement boat ramps.

Units A&C: Boats are prohibited in Lacassine Units A and C.

Unit D: Only boats with electric trolling motors or without motors are permitted within Lacassine Unit D. Boats may be hand launched from Tidewater Road.

Canals and Bayous outside Lacassine Pool: Motorized boats may be used in canals and bayous outside Lacassine Pool unless posted by Area Closed signs. Horsepower is not restricted for motors used in these canals and bayous.

Marshes: Access into refuge marshes and ponds outside Lacassine Pool is restricted to walking, poling, paddling, rowing, or trolling motors. Motors may not be used in refuge marshes.

Safety Warning

Motorboat travel on the refuge may be hazardous due to narrow boat runs, rough water, limited visibility, fog, vegetation, and swells from towboats, barges and crew boats. Please look for and obey posted No Wake Zones. These areas are posted to keep visitors safe and to protect nesting birds and/or their habitat.