April 2017 - Volume 37, Number 4


While other anglers are catching bass after bass, this Lincoln Parish sheriff’s deputy is focused on five fish a day. And that’s given him the inside track on how to catch lunkers.

Being a police officer today is a pretty stressful profession. What they see, what they deal with — it’s a lot.

And in many corners, policemen don’t get the respect they deserve. 

As a Lincoln Parish deputy sheriff, Ruston resident Sontus Mitchell knows all about that.

If you’re in the mood for some crappie, the West Pearl River is filled with the tasty fish. All you need to be successful is an understanding of how the fish react to current.

When I was 10 years old, my dad, brother and I were hanging out in the Bogue Chitto River behind our house one day.

It was the middle of summer, and the welcomed relief of the cool water washed away the memory of having to haul hay the day before.

April isn’t the month to sit in one spot and hope trout come to you. Instead, it’s all about hitting as many spots as you can — and this guide knows shares the keys to his home waters of Dularge.

As many people in the older generation are quick to point out, kids these days are lazy.

Staring at and obsessing over iPhones, iPads, iMacs and other technologic items are causing people — even adults — to become unmotivated.

Toledo Bend is still in the throes of the annual spawn, which means double-digit bass are more accessible than during any other time of the year. And these guides share how to put your lure in front of those fish.

It’s a big lake and it’s chock full of bass, but Toledo Bend is no gimme — even with its well-merited title of the nation’s top lake two years running.

The window for crazy speckled trout action out of Lacombe is only about four weeks, but you don’t want to miss it. And this die-hard angler shares all you need to know to load the boat.

It’s spring, and what Forrest Green calls the “mother lode” of speckled trout is here. 

And it won’t last forever.

Hurricane Katrina devastated Port Eads in 2005, but the powerful storm didn’t do any damage to the world-class tuna fishing to be had to the south. And this captain shares the secrets to success.

I stood in the stern of Capt. Will Wall’s offshore charter boat, peering at the white buildings of Port Eads Marina etched against the early morning’s battery charged blue sky.

“So this is what it is now,” I silently thought to myself.

Speckled trout and reds roam the old ruins of what for decades was known as ‘The Castle.’ So take some tips from this guide and catch your fill.

I grew up in St. Bernard Parish, and often launched my flatboat at the old Depope boat launch in Violet and fished the ancient tower we simply called, “The Castle” — or as it was sometimes referred to, the “Martello Castle.”

Accessing the turkey woods by boat offers a stealthy approach and an escape from the crowds — and is the perfect solution for tracking down Atchafalaya Basin gobblers.

The smoky haze billowing from the Atchafalaya River’s surface was the only motion on an otherwise still morning in early April.

No waves or rogue currents. No wind to nudge the trees and strands of Spanish moss from their branches.

April is a magical time of year. Trout are on the move back into the marshes this month, and that means you can expect hot action across the coast. But crappie and bass also are available, so you can pick your poison and have a ball.Photo by Jerald Horst.