BATON ROUGE — The Atchafalaya Basin has an “excellent” bass fishery, the state’s top inland fisheries biologist proclaimed Thursday.

After June 20, unless something unforeseen happens, a 14-inch minimum length limit on those bass that has been in place since 1993 will be removed and anglers can harvest bass of any size from the nation’s last great overflow swamp. Hurricane Andrew’s deadly passage in 1992 decimated the bass population in the Atchafalaya Basin and prompted the state’s biologists, led by recommendations from Mike Walker of New Iberia, to implement the 14-inch minimum length limit to aid in the recovery.