MARSH MAN MASSON: What Can We Catch Near Mardi Gras Pass?

It’s a break in the Mississippi River that’s been wide open for almost a decade, and it’s still more controversial than figuring the best methods to combat the coronavirus. Some anglers love Mardi Gras Pass, and see its value to the ecosystem as a whole, but others simply despise it.

Those in the latter group feel Mardi Gras Pass has displaced fish, silted in deep-water bayous and canals and negatively impacted water clarity, and all that is true. But does that mean the crevasse’s negatives outweigh its positives?

To find out, my longtime fishing buddy, Chris Macaluso, and I made a trip this week down to Beshel’s Marina on the east bank of Plaquemines Parish near Pointe a la Hache. The marina’s backdown ramp is just a short hop from Mardi Gras Pass, and the whole region it provides access to is heavily influenced by the infusion of fresh water, particularly now with the river at its highest levels of the year.

When we arrived, we found the Back Levee Canal, which passes in front of the marina, to be a corridor of fresh, muddy water, but we didn’t have to travel far at all before we located water that was crystal clear with a beautiful greenish tint.


The fresh water from Mardi Gras Pass has fueled a boom of aquatic vegetation in the area that filters out sediment and leaves water that almost looks suitable for drinking. What we also discovered is that water is also LOADED with fish.

To see all the action, check out the video below.

Like the video? Please give it a thumbs-up, and subscribe to the Marsh Man Masson channel on YouTube. Also, leave a comment below. What are your thoughts about crevasses and diversions? Do you appreciate the positives they bring, or do you focus more on the negatives?



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