I have written many times that the Mississippi Delta in Louisiana is one of my all-time favorite places on Earth to fish. It is so vast you can spend a week running back creeks and bayous and never see another angler. And, by the way, if you think this is purely a salt game, you’re wrong.
Part of what I love is that one cut, perhaps with slightly higher salinity level, will be loaded with redfish, and the next with more freshwater will be full of 5-pound largemouth. It is a true angler’s paradise, so imagine how pumped I was when the entire editorial staffs of Field & Stream and Outdoor Life got to spend a week in the Delta for an off-site meeting. We had a great time, but also learned some startling facts about the area from the folks at the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) who joined us on the trip.
Hurricane Katrina pummeled the Delta. It survived. While there are still lots of unanswered questions about long-term effects of the BP Oil Spill, for now, the marshes are carrying on. Ironically, there is a much bigger issue that is literally making the Delta disappear and was doing so long before any hurricanes or oil spills brought national attention to the region. The hand of man has disconnected the Mississippi from much of the Delta, causing saltwater to push in and essentially kill the freshwater wetlands on the west side of the river. But it can be stopped.
Take a look at the video below and the longer clip above put together by our buddies at the NWF. And if you’re a duck hunter (even in Montana or Iowa) pay extra attention. I’m a realist and understand that it’s often difficult for people to get worked up over conservation issues that don’t relate to their own back yards, but believe me when I tell you, what happens in the Delta can affect what’s happening right up the street from you. I was really proud to have a part in this video. I don’t talk about conservation issues often, but this happens to be one I care a lot about. Share it on Facebook, email it to a friend…it’s a small gesture, but the more people who see it, the better.