Three refuges within the Southwest Louisiana National Wildlife Refuge Complex -- Cameron Prairie, Sabine and Lacassine National Wildlife Refuges (NWR) -- will be open for public sport fishing on March 15 through Oct. 15.
Officials said boat admittance into the refuges is permitted from one hour before legal sunrise to one hour after legal sunset. Fishing and crabbing are permitted from legal sunrise to legal sunset.
For boat bay updates on East Cove unit, call 855-532-9955.
Officials said for details on fishing and boating within the refuges, you can obtain a Southwest Louisiana National Wildlife Refuge Complex Fishing Regulations brochure from one of the refuges or online at http://www.fws.gov/swlarefugecomplex under the "Fishing" link.
Officials said due to this year's rainfall events, Lacassine Pool is above full pool by about 10", which is slightly higher than last year at this time.
Although water control structures are set to hold water at full pool, only continued significant rainfall will maintain levels at this elevation. Water levels are constantly reduced by natural forces; as temperatures and vegetation growth increase, water levels decrease through evaporation and transpiration, officials said. Only boats with motors of 40 hp or less may be used in Lacassine Pool.
Officials ask that all safety regulations be obeyed and that visitors refrain from littering.