Bienvenue Louisiana

Trip Start Sep 06, 2012
Trip End Mar 06, 2013

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Poche's RV Park and Fish-N-Camp

Flag of United States  , Louisiana
Monday, February 4, 2013

Midday temperature: 20C

 Greg and I decided to take the more scenic but longer wayaround from Dickinson to Louisiana. This route took us via a ferry from Galveston Island to the Bolivar peninsula, south of Beaumont,
Texas. The Bolivar peninsula is really nothing more than a 30 mile long sandbar. Along this sandbar are homes, many homes, all built on two or three story high stilts. It’s hard to understand why anyone would build their home in such a flood prone area.

 Soon we were seeing ‘Bienvenue’ signs, a sure indication that we had arrived in Louisiana. It was certainly strange to see so many French signs and no indication of Spanish, as though we suddenly were in Quebec rather than in southern US. 

Our campground for the next few days is very close to Lafayette and is rather unusual. It’s called a fishing camp and there are five 10 acre fishing ponds among the campsites. They encourage fishing here, no license required, and the ponds are stocked with catfish, bass, bream, and sacalait (whatever that is). We have some interesting days planned while we are here, hopefully the weather cooperates. We actually had some rain showers while we were driving today, the first wet roads since Washington.  

Travelled to day: 389 km
Travelled to date: 13696 km
Travelled in: Texas, Louisiana

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Hi GReg and Karen, Love your posts. What a great adventure. Jsut had a big dump of snow and Gerrard made good use of your snowblower!

FYI I googled Sac-a-lait fish. Sac-a-lait or Crappiewill be one of two species, either Black Crappie (Pomoxis nigromaculatus) or White Crappie (Pomoxis annularis). Black Crappie and White Crappie or called Sac-a-lait in South Louisiana. They look very similiar but are not hard to tell apart once you know what to look for. Both species are members of the sunfish family. They have compressed flat bodies like bluegills and other bream. They have white sides with numerous black or dark green dots. The White Sac-a-lait or White Crappie can be distinguished from the Black Crappie by having their dots distributed to form bars on the sides whereas the Black Crappie has its spots randomly but evenly distributed. The Black Crappie also has a slightly more compressed body. The Black Sac-a-lait prefer clearer water than the white and also moving water although there is considerable overlap, often being caught side-by-side. They are caught throughout much of the Mississippi Valley and all of Louisiana with the White Crappie the most common. Maximum size for both species is 6 pounds.
Crappie or Sac-a-lait are a schooling fish and are very important gamefish in the United States. Crappie are most often caught in the spring time when the annual spawn occurs but can be caught year round. They become less active in very cold water or very warm water. Crappie will always hold on some type of structure and are quite sensitive to light, often moving deeper during the midday hours.

HAve fun!

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