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Limited Access Area goes into effect Sept. 1

By Bruce McDonald -   Aug 23, 2012

The Limited Access Area, which is located on the northeastern side of the Salvador Management Area and prevents the use of boats with internal combustion engines, goes into effect Sept. 1.

The goal of the Limited Access Area is to provide a more primitive hunting experience for waterfowl hunters.

Restrictions on the use of internal combustion engines provide for reduced noise in an effort to minimize disturbance of waterfowl within the LAA and improve hunter harvest success between September and January.

Within the LAA are the Tank Pond, the Netherlands, and a portion of the marshy area at the end of the Umbrella Tree Canal.


The five access points are from:


•Bayou Segnette from Westwego into Lake Cataouatche then west to the area.


•Pier 90 - Sellers Canal to Bayou Verrett into Lake Cataouatche then west to the area.


•Bayou Des Allemands or Bayou Gauche to lake Salvador north through Bayou Couba then west to the area.


•Larose - head north through the intercoastal waterway through the Little Harvey, cross Lake Salvador through Bayou Couba then west to the area.


•Lafitte through Bayou Rigolets and Bayou Perot to Lake Salvador, north through Bayou Couba then west to area.

Signs have been in place marking the Limited Access Area.


The La. Cypress Canal is the northern boundary, the West Canal is the western boundary, the Umbrella Tree Canal is the southern boundary, and the Bulkhead running north to south mark the eastern boundary. Within these boundaries, 3,000 acres are set aside by the LDWF.

Any vessel with a movable outdrive system may enter a LAA as long as the boatís internal combustion engine is trimmed up out of the water in an inoperable position. Vessels with fixed props must adhere to the no operation rule. Trolling motors may be used to access and navigate within a LAA while hunting or fishing.

"The rules in place for the Limited Access Areas on the six state wildlife management areas that have them have not changed since last hunting season." Bo Boehringer, press secretary for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, said.

Where to catch bass

in Lake Salvador

Good reports of bass have come from Grosse Point, Temple Bay and the rocks along the northwest side of the lake as you exit bayou Des Allemands. Bass are hitting the junebug, watermelon/red baby brush hog, white spinner baits and quarter ounce chrome/black rattletraps. Donít be surprised if redfish patrolling the areas hit the same bait. The mouth of Bayou Perot and Lake Salvador heats up this time of year for redfish.

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