POSTED: Wednesday, October 23, 2013 - 7:00pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, December 24, 2013 - 1:38pm
NEW ROADS, LA (NBC33) — Fisherman in New Roads are celebrating what they call a big step in the fight to fix False River. State and Local Officials worked with the False River Water Shed Council to create new spawning beds for sport fish out of gravel.
"Positive things are coming to False River. We're moving forward in the restoration project," Ron Pourchiau, President of the Point Coupee B.A.S.S. Federation Nation Chapter "Twin Rivers Anglers," said. "It's great. This is great. I have a 9 year old son I would love for him to experience what I was able to experience as a child on False River all the great catches."
The goal is to use the 60 tones of gravel in several spots around False River for the spawning beds. The beds will attract spawning sport fish.
"What that does is give nesting sports fish like bass sac-a-lait and sun fish a good place to spawn," Mike Wood, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Director of Inland Fisheries, explained.
Scientist with the LDWF say the False River has gotten muddier over the years making it less attractive to mating fish.
"They don't like to spawn on muck or very soft soil so they'll be highly attracted to these gravel beds," Wood said.
Fisherman say they've seen a big decline in amount of fish they are catching.
"Back in the fishing was good you could come out here and catch the limit of fish real easy. Now a days we have tournaments at this lake and you can barely catch the limit of fish for a tournament," James "Brother" Pourciau, fisherman, said.
Officials say over the years there's been a lot of talk about fixing False River. Now they say their seeing action.
"Locally it helps with the moral it shows people that wow something is finally getting done, and I know people will be glad to see it," State Rep. Major Thibaut (D) New Roads, said.
Now fisherman say all they can do is wait for the fish to come.
"We'd like to see some major tournaments return to the area if we could," Pourciau said.
LDWF scientists say the fish are expected to use the new spawning beds this spring. Scientist will monitor the water to see if fish levels go up.