Fishing News and Information

Target best weather days to up fishing odds for trout and reds in Hopedale, Delacroix

The fishing around Hopedale has been a little spotty lately, and the stormy weather has not helped out much. Specks and reds have been landed sparingly in the lakes and marshes surrounding Hopedale and Delacroix on warmer, calmer days.

But even then it’ not a sit-in-one-spot-and-load-the-boat kind of thing.
February 22, 2013 at 6:30 am

Anacoco angler catches a 13-pounder during Toledo Bend FLW EverStart

In more ways than one, a fog lifted over Toledo Bend on Friday (Feb. 15) for 34-year-old Casey Martin of Anacoco.

He was fishing his first-ever professional FLW tournament as a co-angler, and he had zeroed on the tournament’s first day. The only other tournaments he had fished prior to the FLW were local club events, the Oilman’s tournaments and

So he was out to make sure his first big tournament wasn’t a complete bust. It didn’t start well.Read More...
February 19, 2013 at 9:36 am

Wahoo thick out of Cocodrie

Trolling with anything that resembles bait around the Green Canyon and Ship Shoal blocks will most likely land a wahoo right now, Capt. Tommy Pellegrin said.

“They’re eating everything,” Pellegrin said. “It would actually be easier to catch them if they weren’t so thick. They’re actually attacking our swivels and cutting our lines.”Read More...
February 16, 2013 at 9:00 am

Sheep herding

Mark Sagerholm is an avid kayak fisherman and a self proclaimed “sheep herder.” Sagerholm has developed a great respect for sheepshead — what many Louisiana fishermen consider trash fish. Mark jokingly calls them “striped snapper” because of the tenacious fights once hooked, but he also knows they make excellent table fare.Read More...
February 15, 2013 at 9:00 am

359 rigs slated for decommissioning, leading scientist says action is detrimental to red snapper plan

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The number 359 has taken on a new meaning for some Louisiana anglers and conservationists: That’s the estimated number of Gulf of Mexico rigs and platforms scheduled for removal this year, according to a release by DecomWorld distributed on Jan. 15.

And according to Dr. Bob Shipp, chairman of the University of South Alabama Department of Marine Sciences, that number is way too high because removal of any decommissioned rig is premature, if not blatantly detrimental to reef fish habitat.

“As a fisheries scientist, I think it’s a very big mistake,” he said.Read More...
February 14, 2013 at 4:22 pm

ALBC adds youth division to tournament offerings

The state’s largest non-professional bass-fishing group has added a junior division to its offerings in an effort to add new blood into the sport of tournament bass fishing, the Association of Louisiana Bass Clubs announced recently.

Participants in the ALBC’s junior division will consist of young anglers 14 to 18 years of age who are enrolled in high school.Read More...
February 14, 2013 at 8:43 am

Poverty Point Reservoir produces second 12-pounder in a week

Ken Chapman of Crowville had initially planned to fish a bass tournament on Saturday, but the 30-year-old angler inadvertently turned off the alarm instead of punching the snooze button.

“Well, guess I’ll be going to Delhi this morning,” the angler said to himself when he did finally wake up.

In retrospect, the angler admitted that was one of the best turn of events that has ever occurred to him.Read More...
February 13, 2013 at 9:11 am

Bass Kandi’s Coastal Crippler

Mike “Redbone” Holland of Ragley, who owns Bass Kandi Baits — a Southwest Louisiana artificial lure manufacturing company specializings in soft plastics — and his 11-year-old son Payton were deer hunting the week before Christmas near Kerrville, Texas.Read More...
February 13, 2013 at 9:00 am

14-inch minimum size limit for Atchaflaya Basin bass should go, LDWF says

The 14-inch minimum size limit imposed for Atchafalaya Basin bass following the devastation of Hurricane Andrew will be a thing of the past in a few months if a Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries proposal receives final approval.

And that’s fine with Denham Springs angler Darren Cooper.

“It’s hard to catch 14-inch fish,” Cooper said. “How many fish do you catch in that 13-inch range?”Read More...
February 10, 2013 at 6:52 am

Poverty Point angler lands 12-pound bass

On Wednesday, veteran bass angler and Vietnam War veteran James Bryan of Delhi left his home a mile away from Richland Parish’s Poverty Point Reservoir State Park to do what he enjoys — bass fishing.

That decision resulted in his catching the biggest bass of his life — a fish that topped the 12-pound mark.Read More...
February 08, 2013 at 5:00 pm

Plano introduces new tackle satchel

Plano has introduced the Flex ‘N Go Tackle Satchel for the angler on the go. This adaptable system allows fishermen to be prepared for largemouth bass today, striperd bass tomorrow and even your favorite saltwater species for the weekend.Read More...
February 08, 2013 at 11:45 am

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February 08, 2013 at 9:00 am


We’ve had so much rain this winter that I’m starting to see animals gathering in pairs looking for a large boat. With all this runoff, the big challenge for fly anglers will be to find clear water.Read More...
February 08, 2013 at 9:00 am

Sweet-tooth sac-a-lait

At the homestead, the 14th day of February is more than just Valentine’s Day: It also marks the birthdate of my wonderful wife Emelise, often referred to in this column as Mrs. Catch.Read More...
February 08, 2013 at 9:00 am

2013 Louisiana red snapper to begin March 24

Offshore anglers launching out of Louisiana can begin hauling in red snapper on March 24 this year — more than two months before the expected opening of the federal red snapper season in federal waters.

That’s because a notice of intent to take Louisiana waters out of compliance with federal fishing regulations issued back in June has gone into effect, officials with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries’ said today (Feb. 7).Read More...
February 07, 2013 at 3:35 pm

White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area fishing permits now available

Lottery applications for fishing permits to the White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area are now being accepted, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries has announced.

Only 100 permits will be granted through the lottery, and they are valid between March 15 and August 15, the LDWF said.

Completed applications must be received by LDWF by close of business on Feb. 22, the LDWF said.Read More...
February 06, 2013 at 10:00 am

GPS recommendations and mapping for kayak fishing

Dear Capt. Paul:

I recently bought a used Garmin GPSMAP handheld to use in my kayak so that I can find my way into and out of the marches, as I fly fish. It came with the old BlueChart MicroSD data card for the Mobile to Lake Charles area that is dated July 2008. Would I be wise to upgrade to the new BlueChart G2 chip, or what other mapping programs are available for the unit?Read More...
February 06, 2013 at 9:00 am

Giant hawg caught in Calcasieu River

The BIG news as of the new year on the Calcasieu River was a 9 ½-pound bass caught by a bass club fisherman during a tournament on Jan. 5.

The catch sent shock waves through Southwest Louisiana, where 5- to 6-pound class bass generally are considered “hawgs.” At first, it was reported caught in the Watermelon Bay area, according to Ron Castille of Lake Charles.Read More...
February 01, 2013 at 9:36 am