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Paddles 'N Puddles: Targeting canal bass

Best bets for Toledo Bend crappie

Toledo Bend's brush piles normally are filled with hungry crappie this time of year, but something has changed that pattern this spring, one of the reservoir's veteran guides said.

"They're not on the brush piles yet," Living the Dream Guide Service's Jerry "J.T." Thompson said. "We keep checking them, but the fish just haven't showed up."

So how does Thompson and his fellow LTD guides keep clients happy?

April 18 at 2:38pm

Targeting canal bass

Bass fishing as a professional sport conjures up images of sparkly boats with huge motors, and anglers standing on a stage showing off tournament fish that will soon be released. Often they have traveled to specific lakes and run many miles in their speedy boats to get to the fish. 

April 18 at 9:00am

Water-access bill fails in House

After a lengthy debate Tuesday afternoon, the Louisiana House of Representatives ultimately killed a bill that would have granted public access to the state’s tidal waters.

With only 37 members voting in favor and 59 against (with nine absent), House Bill 391 sponsored by Rep. Kevin Pearson (R-Slidell) failed after a series of amendments were added to the legislation during more than two hours of debate in the State Capitol.

April 17 at 7:52pm

Marsh Man Masson scores personal best bass on Tchefuncte

In 2013, I moved my family to an established neighborhood that sits nestled on the prettiest river in Louisiana and maybe even North America. The Tchefuncte River is a place that looks like what Ray Scott, Doug Hannon and Bill Dance would construct if they put their minds together and built the perfect bass fishery.

April 17 at 9:03am

Top 3 tips when you get invited for a fishing trip

If you're like me, the circle of people you fish with is pretty small.

April 16 at 11:49am

Inshore insights: Closing the deal

Going to the marsh reminds me of going to a giant retail store, where I get to watch salesmen and customers interact in the same way anglers do with speckled trout and redfish.

April 16 at 10:58am

Gearing up

Although they caught catfish in about equal numbers, the two men had different philosophies when it came to choice of rods and reels. 

April 15 at 7:00am

What’s for dinner, Mr. Whiskers?

The preferred bait for all of Rudy and Larry Roussel’s catfishing were Canadian nightcrawlers, often called “cold worms” in bait shop lingo. 

April 15 at 7:00am

When to go and why

“I only fish for catfish in Lake Des Allemands at the end of March, all of April and the beginning of May,” said Rudy Roussel firmly.

April 15 at 7:00am

Know your limits

Louisiana’s limit for catfish is very liberal, 100 per person for channel, blue, and flathead catfish combined, and no limits for bullheads, locally called “pollywogs” or “mud cats.” 

April 15 at 7:00am

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