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Best winter crappie-fishing tactics

When water temperatures drop, crappie start to move to the edges of deeper water in channels. Here's how to target them.

Cold concerns — How pro bass anglers overcome bitter cold

Diehard anglers will brave some pretty uncomfortable conditions for that chance of bending a rod. But understanding how cold weather can affect your equipment and your performance stands essential to your winter pursuits. 

December 01 at 7:00am

Crappie season suspended — Top tips for Lake D’Arbonne crappie

They are going to have to do a lot more than just drain Lake D’Arbonne to keep Ronnie Turner from chasing crappie this December.

The West Monroe angler isn’t going to suspend the crappie season just because the lake is missing a little water.

December 01 at 7:00am

Bulling it out — How to catch and clean big reds

When the guide slid the landing net under the fish, the chef’s face lit up like a Hollywood marquee.

Was it a tender-fleshed and delectable speckled trout? No.

Was it a savory, mild-tasting red snapper. No.

It wasn’t a flounder, tripletail or grouper, either.

December 01 at 7:00am

Costa’s Boundless collection

Costa’s Boundless line of rimless sunglasses adds four new styles, West Bay, Seagrove, Gulf Shore and Oyster Bay, to their four existing rimless options, Ballast, Cayan, Galveston and Rockport. Six of the eight rimless sunglasses (excluding Rockport and Cayan) will be available for the first time with a green mirror lens option, as well as gray, copper, and blue mirror, in Costa’s patented color enhancing polarized 580 lenses. These glasses are incredibly lightweight, with a comfortable fit for all-day wear.

December 01 at 7:00am

Hard-plastic Hopedale trout

There’s no doubt that a popping cork with a soft-plastic underneath is a deadly way to catch a boatload of speckled trout — particularly in the fall when fish are gorging on white shrimp.

November 30 at 11:03am

Targeting pre-winter slot redfish in upper Calcasieu estuary

These aren’t your typical redfish making wakes along the shoreline. You won’t see their tails or silhouettes darting on the water’s surface, and you’ll rarely see a bird picking overhead. 

November 29 at 9:01am

Metairie man cited for trawling without a TED

A 62-year-old Metairie man was ticketed last week by enforcement agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries for allegedly shrimping in Lake Pontchartrain without a turtle excluder device. 

November 28 at 10:01am

Lavigne owns B.A.S.S. Nation Championship

Gonzales’ Ryan Lavigne did what no other Bassmaster angler has done before: He rose to the top of the B.A.S.S Nation Championship as a non-boater during this weekend’s even at Lake Conroe outside of Houston.

His three-day stringer weighed 58 pounds, 3 ounces — and earned him a coveted berth in the 2017 Bassmaster Classic, as well as an invitation to join the Bassmaster Elite Series next year.

“Making the Classic is a dream come true,” Lavigne said. “It’s something I’ve thought about since I started fishing. My dad took me fishing when I was a kid, and it’s just a passion I’ve never let go.

“And making it to the Classic is one of the biggest goals of my life.”

November 21 at 2:07pm

Catfish, crab advisory issued in Southwest Louisiana, LDWF says

High PCB levels in some tissue samples prompted several state agencies to issue a precautionary advisory concerning the consumption of fish and shellfish for Bayou D’Inde, the Calcasieu Estuary and the Calcasieu Ship Channel.

November 18 at 2:33pm

Week-long aerial herbicide treatment for Lake Bistineau to start Monday

Helicopters are expected to hover over Lake Bistineau next week starting on Monday to administer an aerial herbicide to treat giant salvinia, according to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

November 18 at 2:02pm

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