December 2006 - Volume 26, Number 12


Not owning a boat is not a liability for anglers who walk the banks of these lakes.

James Waldon loves to fish, but, alas, he doesn’t own a boat. Before you begin feeling sorry for Waldon, a 67-year-old retiree from Louisiana Tech who lives in Ruston, his dilemma is not the same as if he loved to hunt but didn’t own a firearm.

I would like to recommend a book to you.

If you are reading this column, you are probably more than a little interested in some facet of the shooting sports, and every month, we try to bring you illuminating information on a firearm or shooting accessory.

You have to be in shape for this style of hunting, but the dividends are greater than a mere six-pack abs.

What’s more exasperating than watching flock after flock after flock of ducks (mostly greys) land far out into the open water 300 yards away from your decoy spread, which was lovingly placed in a sheltered little cove and strategically set out from 20 to 35 yards downwind of where you huddle, perfectly hidden, in a grove of marsh alders blowing yourself hoarse on a duck call?

The fishing action in South Louisiana this time of year is driven entirely by the weather.


The cold air cut through me like a Ginsu as I steered my flats boat out of Delacroix’s Bayou Gentilly and into Little Lake.

The Biloxi Marsh heats up as temperatures get cold across Louisiana’s marsh.

I remember a funny song Jerry Reed used to sing titled “When you’re hot, you’re hot…”

In the September issue of Louisiana Sportsman, I wrote about trailer bearing failures and how to avoid them.

Lake Verret is known for its finicky bass fishing, but this 13-time King Fisherman says December can be one of the most-exciting months to be on the waterbody.

A cold front had pushed through the night before, and the sun threw light over cypress trees and turned the skies from black to burnt orange to sapphire blue. Donaldsonville angler Richard Sherman already was on the water, working a stretch of bank in search for his first bite.

The lower part of this parish offers wintertime fishing that is top-notch.

The speed limit through Galliano is 30 m.p.h., so it’s easy to recognize sites of obvious local significance. But even in a 55-m.p.h. zone, I would have spotted and stopped for the “Chene au Cowan.”

When harsh winter conditions have all other areas turned off, Yellow Cotton Bay is fish-filled as a giant aquarium.

Frigid cold fronts and blustery north winds signal that it’s time to head to one of the most famous Louisiana wintertime trout hotspots — Yellow Cotton Bay in Buras. This area, which is comprised of deep holes and shallow flats, lies just to the west of Highway 23 in lower Plaquemines Parish.

Duck hunters who can pick their days on this WMA will feel like they’ve died and gone to heaven.

Let’s face it — hunting ducks on public land can be about as much fun as sliding down a razor blade into a pool full of rubbing alcohol.

Getting around on Ben’s Creek was a challenge last year, and that helped the area carry a large number of deer into this season.

Robert Duncan grew up hunting the piney woods of Washington Parish. He can vividly recall traipsing through the woods around Ben’s Creek west of Bogalusa.

This lake is coming back from the dead, and there are few better options for bass anglers this time of year.

I kept my eye on Porter Trimble’s water temperature gauge as he maneuvered his big Nitro 929 bass boat across the surface of CLECO Lake. The air temperature was in the lower 60s, and there had been enough cold nights to drop the water temperature into the 50s.

The annual breeding dance is beginning at Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge. Will you be there for the party?

The deer wasn’t supposed to be there. Robert Chenier was sitting a couple hundred yards from where the buck was expected to be, not because he didn’t want to kill a big deer. No, it was because one of his buddies had claimed the prime spot.

Bring along your shotgun and fishing rod, and take a stroll with us down memory lane.