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Jul 8, 2011 7:35 PM by Chris Welty

Morganza Spillway Officially Closed

Outdoors-men are taking advantage of the Morganza Spillway being closed again.

At the most, seventeen bays were open for the first time since 1973 to prepare for flood waters from the Mississippi River.

Nathan Fulmer fishes in the Morganza Spillway every summer. "If we wanted to shoot everything, we could shoot at least 20 times more than we normally shoot," said Fulmer.

Many fisherman are taking advantage of the receding water hoping to hook the big catch.

"we are catching a bunch of carp, some nice gar. I caught one four to five feet, but mostly big carp," said Levi Bourque.

For many though, they weren't expecting to be fishing again so soon.

"I didn't think it would go down as quickly as it did, and I wasn't expecting to fish here at all this summer because it was so deep," said Fulmer.

When the 17 bays were open, nearly 150,000 cubic feet of water per second was pouring through the bays. Since the closure, the water is starting to recede, making it better for fishing. "Now that all the water is dropping, it has trapped most of the fish in."

If you do plan to fish in the Morganza, Fuler offers this bit of advice, "Be patient and don't shoot everything as in the little ones, because there are some big ones here."

Chris Welty



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