WATERBODY & WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA SPOTLIGHT - FALL 2020
Bussey Brake Reservoir
Size: 2,200 acres
Maximum Depth: 25 feet
Public Piers Available: 3
Public Access Boat Launches Available: 1
Number of Artificial Reefs: 0
Common Fishing Species: Largemouth bass, crappie and bream
Additional Information: Bussey Brake is an above-ground reservoir created by the construction of an 8-mile ring levee. It was built in the 1950s to serve as an emergency water supply for a local paper mill. The public had always been allowed to fish in it and the fishing was very good for many years. Through the years, the habitat and productivity declined and the fishing suffered. Soon after the mill closed in 2010, LDWF was offered the property and it became a wildlife management area. A complete renovation of the reservoir began in 2013, which included a long-term drawdown and construction of boat lanes, fishing piers and a boat dock. An abundance of vegetation grew on the dry lake bottom during the drawdown and should provide tremendous habitat for the recently stocked fish for many years.
Note: There are special fishing regulations at Bussey Brake which aren’t seen anywhere else in Louisiana. They are posted at the WMA and will be included in the 2021 fishing regulations.
Pointe-Aux-Chenes Wildlife Management area
Location: Located in Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes about 15 miles southeast of Houma. Access to the interior is typically limited to boats due to the lack of roads. There are boat launches into the interior on Island Road and Hwy 665, south of the headquarters area.
Description: Pointe-aux-Chenes WMA is mostly marsh, varying from intermediate to brackish and interspersed with numerous ponds, bayous and canals. The only timber stands are located on the Point Farm Unit of the area and on areas adjacent to natural bayous and older oil and gas canals.
Popular Game Species: Available game species include waterfowl, deer, rabbit, squirrel, rails, gallinules and snipe. There is also an annual youth deer lottery hunt on the WMA. Recreational fishing on Pointe-aux-Chenes WMA is excellent for inland saltwater fish species, crabs and shrimp. Freshwater fish are available in the more northern portions of the WMA.
How to Enjoy: There is a tent-only campground along Louisiana Hwy 665, north of the headquarters area. LDWF manages the property through water control, mainly using variable crested weirs and levees, to increase the productivity of the marshes for furbearers, waterfowl, alligators and fish.
Fun Fact: Pointe-Aux-Chenes is known for outstanding redfish fishing.
Bussey Brake Reservoir
For more information contact:
368 CenturyLink Dr.; Monroe, LA 71203
For more information contact: 318-343-4044
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