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D'Arbonne Bayou crappie: Made in the shade

River Shrimp bounty

 The Mississippi River holds intrigue and fortune, but for the Folse family of St. James, it’s all about family, Louisiana tradition and a little-known crustacean, river shrimp. The Mississippi River shrimp is a link to the Folse’s past, ties them together, and puts food in their pot. While the shrimp are abundant, they’re largely neglected today by recreational shrimpers, which is a shame because they’re so accessible and tasty.

Yesterday at 1:35pm

Leader length key for Hopedale redfish

It's no secret finding the bait is absolutely critical to finding the predator fish.

Yesterday at 11:05am

Legislation prohibiting oyster dredging on Big Lake becomes law

A stroke of the pen by Gov. John Bel Edwards late last week prohibits dredging for oysters in Calcasieu Lake and Sabine Lake, limiting legal harvest to hand-tonging only.

June 21 at 2:18pm

High river means fishing tight against canes for Venice redfish

The Mississippi River at New Orleans crested at more than 16.4 feet — just under minor flood stage — on May 31, and is finally forecast to steadily fall to about 11 feet by June 28 — which is just fine with Capt. Mike Frenette down in Venice.

June 21 at 10:43am

Guides not expecting big fishing impact from Tropical Storm Cindy

Capt. Owen “Big O” Langridge isn’t particularly concerned about the effects Tropical Storm Cindy might have on fishing conditions down in Venice.

June 21 at 2:45am

Guest editorial exposes conflicts of interest on Gulf Council

Editor's Note: This guest editorial by Jeff Angers was originally published in Sport Fishing Magazine. Angers, the president of the Center for Sportfishing Policy based in Baton Rouge, highlights the backdoor politics at play on the Gulf Council — which goes a long way in explaining why the  Gulf's red snapper fishery remains in a state of chaos. Recreational fisherman should hope this is one area of the "DC Swamp" that finally gets drained once and for all.

In a tremendous display of arrogance, Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council member David Walker of Alabama went on a rant at the June meeting of the Gulf Council in which he proclaimed that millionaire shareholders like himself are the only ones who contribute anything to the red snapper fishery.

June 20 at 4:21pm

Target cypress trees for big Caddo Lake bass

Nick LeBrun travels the country fishing bass tournaments, but when he returns home to Bossier City this time of year and has a few spare minutes, he knows exactly where he will point his big Skeeter bass boat: Caddo Lake.

June 20 at 10:20am

Attempted sale of red snapper in Dulac leads to drug arrest, citations, LDWF says

A tip led enforcement agents to a seafood dock in Dulac on Sunday, where one person was cited for alleged commercial fishing violations and another was booked into the Terrebonne Parish jail on drug charges, according to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

June 19 at 4:44pm

Potential No. 2 redfish caught, released out of Venice

If the formula used to estimate the live weight of a redfish is correct, then a 53-inch tank caught and released earlier this month out of Venice could have been the new No.2-ranked red drum in the state record books.

June 19 at 2:18pm

Live bait the ticket for Grand Isle trout

June is a great month for speckled trout out of Grand Isle. If the weather cooperates and this disturbance in the Gulf doesn't create any lasting issues, specks should remain in a feeding frenzy as the dog days of the summer spawn begin.

June 19 at 9:49am

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