Lacassine Pool restocked with fish - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Lacassine Pool restocked with fish

LACASSINE, LA (KPLC) -

More than 50,000 fingerlings were released into the Lacassine Pool on Thursday, April 26. The first fish release since 2004.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries along with local help, restocked the Lacassine Pool with fingerlings.

Wildlife agents said because of the drought in recent years, water levels were low and so was the fish population.

"Last year we probably had a couple hundred acres of water and then this year we're back to full pool at 16,000 acres again," Lacassine Refuge Manager Richard Myers said. 

Myers said in 2011 the fish were very concentrated in some of the canals. 

Restocking the pool is not required, but it's a good thing that helps.

"We had a lot of our local folks who like to fish at the pool and we took the opportunity to let them take part in the restocking instead of just staff members and instead of just pouring them off the side of the levees, we were able to spread them out everywhere," Myers said.

And it won't take long for the fish to repopulate the body of water, according to Biologist Manager for LDWF Eric Shanks.

"We're just trying to help mother nature along and boost that recovery time a little bit with some fish that we feel are going to provide anglers more opportunities to catch larger fish down the road," Shanks said.

The fish are a Florida sub-species of large mouthed bass that have the propensity to grow larger faster. 

Both Myers and Shanks said more fish releases will be conducted in the future. 

The Mermantau River was also restocked with the fingerlings.

Copyright KPLC 2012. All rights reserved. 

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • Concerns raised about possible revisions to Calcasieu sewerage ordinance

    Concerns raised about possible revisions to Calcasieu sewerage ordinance

    Friday, July 21 2017 8:25 PM EDT2017-07-22 00:25:53 GMT

    Local business people are raising a red flag on proposed changes in Calcasieu Parish's sewerage ordinance. Some predict a huge cost increase at multiple levels for developers, realtors and consumers. However, parish officials say those who have read proposed revisions have only seen them because they were seeking input from various segments of the community.

    More >>

    Local business people are raising a red flag on proposed changes in Calcasieu Parish's sewerage ordinance. Some predict a huge cost increase at multiple levels for developers, realtors and consumers. However, parish officials say those who have read proposed revisions have only seen them because they were seeking input from various segments of the community.

    More >>
  • 'Christian's Cajun Adventures' - Christian spends time on a crab boat

    'Christian's Cajun Adventures' - Christian spends time on a crab boat

    Friday, July 21 2017 7:09 PM EDT2017-07-21 23:09:38 GMT
    Source: Christian PiekosSource: Christian Piekos

    In this week's edition of "Christian's Cajun Adventures," KPLC's Christian Piekos spent time on a commercial crabbing vessel. Christian was assisted by Roger Kelly, a veteran crabber.

    Kelly, who also goes by the nickname "Snoopy," has been catching crab since a very young age. It seems like rudimentary work, but Kelly couldn't be happier with his job.

    More >>

    In this week's edition of "Christian's Cajun Adventures," KPLC's Christian Piekos spent time on a commercial crabbing vessel. Christian was assisted by Roger Kelly, a veteran crabber.

    Kelly, who also goes by the nickname "Snoopy," has been catching crab since a very young age. It seems like rudimentary work, but Kelly couldn't be happier with his job.

    More >>
  • McNeese Fall fee deadline approaching

    McNeese Fall fee deadline approaching

    Friday, July 21 2017 4:56 PM EDT2017-07-21 20:56:31 GMT
    (Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)(Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)

    The fee deadline for students registered online at McNeese State University is coming up. Students registered for the upcoming Fall semester have until 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 16 to pay fees. McNeese has a new payment plan going into effect this Fall.

    More >>

    The fee deadline for students registered online at McNeese State University is coming up. Students registered for the upcoming Fall semester have until 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 16 to pay fees. McNeese has a new payment plan going into effect this Fall.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly