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Crews wrap up Little Lagoon Pass excavation

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Little Lagoon Pass in Gulf Shores is a popular fishing spot among the locals.

But, it may become even more popular soon.

A recent dredging project is bringing more saltwater into the lagoon, which will hopefully bring more fish in, too.


About a dozen fishermen were out along Little Lagoon Pass in the early morning hours Tuesday looking for a bite.

Karen Thompson of Gulf Shores had some luck.

When asked what she caught, she said, "Just a little croaker."

Justin Belcher and Austin Humber came in this week from Birmingham.

Humber said, "We heard they were biting down here, so we came here to try it."

Belcher had good luck here yesterday, saying he caught, "Five specks and two redfish."

Not far away, a boat was dredging in Little Lagoon Pass.

When asked why the dredging was taking place, Construction Engineer Brian Aaron with the Alabama Department of Transportation said, "The whole purpose is for water quality in the lagoon."


Aaron with the Alabama Department of Transportation says a 1992 law mandates the state dredge the pass

He said, "We're required to dredge to a five foot water depth through the pass from the Gulf to the lagoon. We're currently dredging. We've been doing so for about two months. We anticipate we've got another four to six weeks of dredging to remain."

But, Aaron says crews are finished with the excavation work at the mouth of the pass, where it meets the Gulf of Mexico.


Fishermen say that, along with the pass being recently widened, and the dredging now going on, will allow for better water exchange between the Gulf and Little Lagoon, meaning better fishing.

When asked about the work, one fisherman said, "The work they have done has helped some. It needs to be constantly dredged."

In fact, Aaron says the state dredges the pass two to three times a year, and that may bring Justin Belcher back to Baldwin County one day in the future.

He said, "I love it. I mean, if I could stay down here 24-7, 365, I would."

The new bridge on West Beach Boulevard over Little Lagoon Pass, is called the Lee Callaway Bridge, and it opened just two months ago.

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