NANFA-- RE: Collecting in South Louisiana

B.G. Granier (
Sun, 22 Apr 2001 21:00:07 -0500

Hi all,

I left my home this morning with 63 degrees and a clear sky on the way from
the Baton Rouge area down to the little town of Pierre Part, Louisiana. The
first time I placed my dip-net in the water of a swamp on the edge of Lake
Verret I came up with many specimens of Elassoma zonatum, Heterandria
formosa and one newly-born water snake, whom I quickly released!

After a few more tries netted many more H. formosa and young Elassoma
zonatum and many varied plants like Riccia, Hornwort and Frogbit, I moved
and and stopped at another favorite collecting spot at the Union Carbide
entrance just off of Hwy. 70. My first attempt netted a juvenile bowfin at
about 2 inches in lenght, after which I proceeded to catch F. chrysotus and
H. formosa and even two juvenile longnose gars!

It quickly warmed up to about 80 degrees and at about noon-time, I was
headed back to the fish-ranch to acclimate my new stock to their new ranges!



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