Spillway bass limit changing

Atchafalaya Spillway bass fishermen who’ve been clamoring for a change in size limits for most of the past decade will get their wishes later this month after the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission ratified new regulations for the area during its monthly meeting Thursday.

The new regulations eliminate a minimum-size limit for taking black bass, but imposed a seven-bass daily limit for waters in the Atchafalaya Basin, the Lake Verret Basin (including Lake Palourde) and the Lake Fausse Point-Lake Dauterive complex on the western side of the Atchafalaya Basin.

The vote erased the 20-year-old 14-inch minimum-size limit and a 10-bass per day creel limit.

Though an effective date was not outlined in the posted notice, the new regulations must be posted in the State Register before it can take effect. The rule will be posted in the June 20 State Register, which would be the first date the new regulations would cover taking black bass throughout this area.

The commission also honored several long-serving Department of Wildlife and Fisheries employees upon their retirement. Notable among them were Enforcement Division chief Col. Winton Vidrine and License Section administrator Janice Landry. Also retiring is LDWF undersecretary Lois Azzarello.

Vidrine had just completed his 43rd year with the department, the past 23 as the head of the Enforcement Division. Col. Jeff Mayne was named his replacement.

Other LWFC action included: