Mardi Gras Pass is a natural phenomena that’s caused a ton of controversy. There’s no debating that it has changed the landscape, but has it been for better or worse?
Look, at the end of the day I am only an inshore angler. That’s it.
This means, I don’t have to catch fish. I launch the boat to continue my journey as an inshore angler and appreciate what makes Louisiana great.
So, regardless of what happens with fresh or salty water, I will always be able to find and catch fish somewhere, somehow.
River is high? Fine, I’ll run to where there isn’t river water.
A lagoon turns fresh? Cool. I’ll catch bass, trout and reds.
Same lagoon turns salty? Cool. I’ll catch trout and reds.
The Earth still turns. At the end of the day I do not care if Mardi Gras Pass is opened or closed.
In the past it did not have this name, and was a structure designed to control salinity levels in and around Black Bay for oyster production.
Today it’s a cut going from the Mississippi River to the Back Levee Canal at 29°31’44.98″N 89°43’35.78″W
It was created by the Mississippi River on Mardi Gras Day 2012. High river levels cut through the road there and created what is now known as Mardi Gras Pass.
Ever since, this pass has dramatically transformed the area. Bodies of water that didn’t have aquatic grass now have mats of it.
I’m not an engineer nor am I a biologist. I’m just some dude with a leaky boat and a laptop.
But, rest assured I love fishing from Horsepower Canal to Felicity Bay. Sure, there is nasty river water, but find a good grass mat and you’ll see the other side is loaded with clean water to catch redfish and bass in, like in this YouTube video.
In fact, the best redfish trips of my life where in these bodies of water. I’m not saying this because I am pro-dredge or pro-diversion, I am saying this because that has been my experience.
If it were up to me, and the masses were beckoning for my decision, and it had to be made, I’d decide to leave Mardi Gras Pass open.
That’s because the pass is a step towards what the Mississippi River used to do. I feel she still creates land. She certainly creates life.
Some people will love reading this, others will hate me for it.
Either way, I know change is the only constant in Louisiana.
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Devin is the founder of Louisiana Fishing Blog and enjoys exploring new fishing spots on Louisiana's coast. He prefers using artificial lures and casting tackle, but won't hesitate to break out a popping cork when the time is right.
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