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What to do with gaspergou

Bruce McDonald -   Jun 14, 2012

What to do with gaspergou

During the next two months, fishermen in St. Charles Parish will no doubt catch gaspergou while fishing for bass, sac-a-lait or catfish.

But what exactly is a gaspergou and what can you do with them?

A gaspergou is gray or silvery in appearance, lives its entire life in freshwater and is a bottom feeder. They like deeper water such as the Mississippi River but have been found in shallower waters connecting to the river. Lake Cataouatche and Lake Des Allemands have been home to the gaspergou since the Davis Pond Diversion opened.

Their presence has become more frequent due to the river water emptying into the local lakes.

Its favorite foods are crawfish, earthworms and grass shrimp. The grunting sound the males make is assumed to be related to spawning season. This occurs in the months of June and July after gaspergou reach maturity.

To a Louisianan, the gaspergou is considered to be a delicacy in favorite Cajun recipes such as fried gaspergou, gaspergou etouffee, gaspergou court-bouillon, gaspergou in a white gravy (a favorite in Avoyelles Parish) and oven baked gaspergou.

But a sportsman can cook gaspergou to his or her liking.

This was the case for local residents John Brady, Hunter McDonald and Tim Marcel. Brady was fishing for sac-a-lait in Bayou Des Allemands when his cork disappeared one afternoon. He fought a gaspergou for a while before he landed the 5-pound bruiser.

"I thought I had a big bass or a redfish. This fish put up a good fight," Brady said.

Hunter McDonald was fishing for bass in Lake Cataouatche when he managed to catch and release several gaspergou.

"They were hitting my Tennessee shad Bandit crank bait. The biggest one went around 10 pounds and the smallest was about a pound," McDonald said. "They were fun to catch."

Tim Marcel, of Destrehan, caught and released several undersized gaspergou on a recent catfish fishing trip to Lake Cataouatche. He was using earthworms on a Carolina rig.

Whether you are a bass, sac-a-lait, catfish, or bream fisherman, your next cast just might be a gaspergou during the months of June and July. The daily limit is 25 with a 12-inch minimum length.

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