Comments from freshwater fishermen who, when asked, “In which of the following areas do you do MOST of your fishing activity?” answered,

Calcasieu/Sabine Basin

Docks, Dock, Plug it Permanently.

Reduce the liberal limits before it's too late! I would push for a 5 trout limit and 16 inch limit on trout. I know it would not be a favorable opinion in La. Look at Texas! It's not long before we are in the same boat as the state of Texas.

Note made in response to question #30: "If you open access to private water the fish population will be decimated and depleted. Fish need a place to live and multiply undisturbed. Please do not open private water bottoms!!!" Note made in response to #34: "The main problem with crabbing is not too many red or black drum but too many crabbers. The lake and bayou are covered with crab traps. Need restrictions on crabbing licenses and catches of crabs!

Stop blocking off tidal marshes where our seafood can live and grow and let mother nature do her job!

We have commercial fishing licenses so that we can utilize hoop nets and cans to catch catfish. We provide fish to several families who work with us to catch and clean our catch. We do sell some catfish to acquaintances who want them and use money for bait, fuel and boat repairs. We are all retired from different lines of work. We have camps along the Mermantau River which are used regularly, and we enjoy tremendously.

More meetings and involvement by local communities.

The Calcasieu Estuary (Big Lake) is in great need of rock embankments to contain spoil areas that are created by the constant dredging of the ship channel. Rock jetties should also be strategically placed at points of strong tidal flow along Big Lake so that the influx of saltwater can be mitigated. The west bank of Big Lake, which divides the ship channel from the lake itself, is a primary spoil area that is washing away back into the lake. The spoil sediment is blanketing live oyster beds as it washes into the lake, thereby killing the live oysters and leaving nothing but a mud hole in return. This is only one example. Several other scenarios like this exist throughout the estuary and each one contributes to the overall decline of oysters in the Calcasieu estuary, which has a direct effect on the population of recreational inshore species and the businesses that depend on them.