February 2008 - Volume 28, Number 2


The state’s leading expert looks at the population as a whole, and gives his picks for this season’s hotspots.

A lady from St. Tammany Parish was quoted in an article within the past year that was rather telling. She said it used to be she was upset at the sound of chain saws in the woods around the parish. Today, she’s more upset at the sound of cement trucks pouring concrete to make parking lots and housing developments.

Many anglers think the month of February is the worst of the year for speckled trout fishing. That may be true in some areas, but not in Delacroix.

For many Louisiana sportsmen, February is the most dreaded month of the year. Duck and deer seasons are over, and the Mrs. is looking to cash in on those long-promised honey-dos.

Put on your walking boots, and kick up a mess of rabbits on these three WMAs.

Growing up in Michigan, I cut my hunting molars beginning with rabbits. I often like to say that Michigan is the Sportsman’s Paradise north, but only as a close runner-up to the one here in the south — especially where rabbits are concerned.

The hunting season might not have been the coldest on record, but there still were some magnificent bucks taken. Here are a few Louisiana Sportsman tracked down.

The 2007-08 hunting season already had produced two potential state-record deer by the close of October, and that proved to be a good omen of things to come.

Both your gas tank and your ice chest will be full after a short trip this month to Lafitte’s resurgent Texaco Canals.

It seemed strange to motor past the area where all the other boats were turning in, but that’s exactly what we did.

Add a tower to your boat, and you’ll rule the redfish world.

I felt like a king surveying his empire as Kris Culpepper gassed up his boat at the Venice Marina. However, looking at the expressions I was getting from those in the boats around me made me wonder if the king had no clothes.

The fish are thick in this annual hotspot, but they aren’t exactly snug on the bottom.

“Why don’t you and your brother come fishing with us Monday?” the voice on the phone said.

Extra-large swim baits are starting to deliver the goods in the Bayou State.

Have you ever seen one of those largemouth-bass mailboxes that some people have in front of their houses? Imagine taking one of those boxes and putting a couple treble hooks on the bottom of it.

Forget fighting the inshore crowds for a few weak-fighting specks. Point your bow to the near-shore rigs, and you’ll be eating like a king.

We arrived at Doc’s French Quarter bungalow elegantly early only to find the place already packed.

Kill the pigs now, or they’ll kill your hunting land. Here’s what you need to know to put pork chops on your table.

The gestation period for a wild pig is three months, three weeks and three days. Considering that a young sow has eight to 12 piglets with her first litter, and that a sow can have two litters a year, the unfortunate truth is that it’s not a matter of if you’re going to get wild pigs on your property, it’s a matter of when.

The preliminary data from the Calcasieu Lake speckled trout study is revealing some interesting findings.

Across the state of Louisiana, there is a lack of detailed scientific information about the movement of what ichthyologists would call the spotted sea trout, otherwise known to thousands of avid saltwater anglers as the speckled trout.

Louisiana’s trophy bass fishing has fallen on hard times in recent years, but that’s likely to change this spring, particularly on these four lakes.

Ah, the first hint of spring, whenever it comes in the next month or two, finds you with fingers trembling to tie on your favorite artificial lure with a resolve to cast and catch a “trophy” bass at a body of water somewhere in Louisiana.

Bass pro Jason Pittman caught this lunker on the Tchefuncte River, but our team of experts picked other water bodies as the most likely to deliver trophies this spring.