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SLIDELL, La. -- Because of strong easterly winds and higher than normal tides moving oil inland, health officials are closing more fishing areas, including parts of Lake Pontchartrain.

The news of the extended fishing closures was tough to take for many fishermen. Some fishermen we talked with say they realize they'll now probably have to try to get a cleanup job with BP.

It's a day they feared, but hoped would never come.

This group from Abita Springs, back from a recreational fishing trip, was completely unaware the waters they visited had just been closed.

'The water still looked good out there. I mean, water was still pretty. We caught some nice trout, out actually in Lake Borgne, probably two miles out, by one of the little rigs out there,' said Mike Wagner, an Abita Springs resident.

But after oil was spotted in some areas, and because of strong easterly winds and higher than normal tides, officials shut down a wide swath of fishing areas to the east of the Hwy 11 Bridge in Lake Ponchartrain.

On shore in the Rigolets, word spread fast.

Some fishermen scrambled to launch their boats, and see if they could still salvage what may be in their traps at the last minute.

'We're losing everything, losing our income - everything,' said Allen Ash, a commercial fisherman. 'I thought we were gonna be fine with all the buoys and all the stuff they're doing, but they said they found oil in the Rigolets last night so, I don't know. 'What's your next step?' I don't know.'

For commercial and recreational fishermen on the Northshore, the crisis is now hitting too close to home.

Some knew this day would come, but not just yet.

'When I pulled up over here I could actually smell the oil,' said Fred Zuviceh, a commercial fisherman. 'That's devastating, it really truly is. We asked them, the first meeting they had in the Slidell Library, if they were gonna give us time to pick up our traps, and everything like that up, and they said they would - and found out this morning that everything was just shut down.'

Jonathan Wagner of Abita Springs said the closures is 'pretty much gonna shut us down.'

'The lake's left, but that's all we got left,' he said. 'This is the last bit of waterway we know how to fish.'

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