March 2010 - Volume 30, Number 3


Most days this month, you’ll see this troll at Louisiana’s longest bridges. No need to pay him a toll, but you might want to after you try his tips.

Once upon a time, not long ago, a troll lived under a bridge. Well, actually there were two bridges — long ones, 24 miles each. And it wasn’t really a troll; it was a troller. And really, he didn’t live there; he just fished there — a lot.

March is Louisiana’s best crappie month, but the notoriously finicky fish like things their way.

Sometimes when you’re crappie fishing, it seems you can’t go wrong. When the white perch are biting, they gulp down just about anything you offer in any manner you choose.

Get your turkey season started off right by visiting one of these WMAs.

When the longbeards start talking to the timber, every Louisiana sportsman concentrates on finding a place to hunt, and lucky for us, the Bayou State has productive public lands.

There’s never a shortage of boats fishing for bass this time of year at Bateman Island, but the fish don’t mind the pressure one bit.

Getting to a favorite fishing location shouldn’t require setting up a tent at the local boat landing to be there before everyone else. Fishing bass is supposed to be a leisure sport, with maybe a little banter between partners enjoying the day — as long as you don’t have a 3 p.m. weigh in.

This time of year, largemouths group up in the tight spots between deep and shallow water.

Dawn began to define what we had dubbed the “slough hole.” It was the first morning of rifle season in Area 1, and from 15 feet up an oak tree that was dropping acorns on my head, I remembered how this came to be the fourth deer stand I put up.

The Saline-Larto complex churns out white perch like a finely tuned assembly line.

Saline-Larto. The name kind of has a ring to it, like a gang of bank robbers from the Wild West. Or maybe a gunslinger — I can hear it now, “Watch out, that’s the Saline-Larto Kid!”

March fish can be tough to come by, but if you hit these 10 spots, we like your chances.

Behind relentless wind, the beginning of the wholesale movement of speckled trout from the inside to the outside is the second-most frequently heard excuse anglers give for struggling to catch fish during March.

In this bonus installment of our Saltwater Series, Louisiana Sportsman takes you to what is arguably the most-productive fishing hole in all of South Louisiana.

Saltwater anglers have long been at the mercy of the wind more so than freshwater anglers. The very nature of fishing sprawling bays and open lagoons along a wide-open coast means wind direction and strength must be taken into account before and during every trip.

Got too many hogs on your property? Give these guys a call. They hunt the tasty creatures year-round, and have the briar scratches on their arms to prove it.

The first time I ever laid eyes on Josh Sandel, at the campground on Three Rivers Wildlife Management Area, he reminded me of a big dominant male silverback gorilla. As he sauntered up to me, the rest of the dozen and a half or so people camped together in the group stepped aside to let him pass.

Some hunters play around each spring in hopes of killing a turkey, but this public-land hunter has it down to a science.

Young Justin Johnson had watched closely while his father Shane and Bo Boudreaux practiced for what the two older hunters hoped would result in a double on turkeys — with bows.

“We would count down, ‘One, two,’ and shoot,” Shane Johnson explained.

So when in the latter part of the 2009 season Boudreaux offered his hunting lease to the father/son team, the pair decided to try for a double.

“He got used to that countdown by accident,” the elder Johnson said.

Delacroix’s other fish is always available this month.

“The solution to any problem — work, love, money, whatever — is to go fishing, and the worse the problem, the longer the trip should be.”

—John Gierach

Across the Bayou State, temperatures are finally warming, turning bass and crappie into frisky feeders.