Lacassine Reserve opens for fishing today

By Jason Belk - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - The day outdoors men and women throughout Southwest Louisiana have been waiting for is here, the Lacassine National Wildlife Refuge opened for fishing today.

For Kenneth Whittington, opening day is something he looks forward to every year.

"It doesn't matter if it's a Saturday, Sunday, Monday or Tuesday. I'm here every day, all the time, every opening," said Whittington.

With opening day came a change in regulations that many should take note of.

"New regulation this year is to allow 40 horsepower motors...you can still use the 25 horses and lower," said Diane Borden-Billiot, the Refuge Outreach Coordinator for SW Louisiana National Wildlife.

The change was not unexpected and Diane believes it will improve the fishing experience for everyone in Lacassine.

"We want to give additional people the opportunity to get out and fish and use some of the newly dug canals around the perimeter, and possibly get to some of the harder to reach areas of the pool," said Borden-Billiot.

On top of the changes to motor regulations, the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries stocked the lake and noticed a good number of fish.

"There's a lot of fish, a lot of big fish, there's a lot of brim, as well as bass," said Borden-Billiot

The news of more and bigger fish is music to many people's ears in Southwest Louisiana.

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