Fishing News and Information

Red snapper thick for anglers looking to take advantage of state fishing season

In the days leading up to the red snapper season, there was much discussion about the abundance of the species and why federal agencies would shorten an already-stunted season in federal waters.Read More...
April 02, 2013 at 9:15 am

Sabine Lake monster trout is pending No. 8 speck in state record books

It has been nine years since an angler has taken a speckled trout that broke into Louisiana’s top 10 list, but on March 23 speckled trout history happened again when what appears to be the eighth largest trout ever taken in the state was landed on Sabine Lake.Read More...
April 01, 2013 at 9:38 am

Snapper secrets

It’s been years since we’ve been able to head out to the rigs in the spring and bring home red snapper, but that all changes this year.

Yep, the season in Louisiana waters kicked off March 24 — and the definition of what constitutes Louisiana waters has been broadened by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission to mean all waters within three marine leagues (10.357 miles) off the coast.Read More...
April 01, 2013 at 7:00 am


Big stringers of trout await this month across the Louisiana coast, while freshwater options abound for inland anglers.Read More...
April 01, 2013 at 7:00 am

Weather Proof — Why Catfish Lake should be on your trout-fishing list

Lots of folks launch at the Oak Ridge Park boat ramp in Golden Meadow during April. A great percentage of them aspire to fish East Timbalier. And why not? April means transition trout, and East Timbalier is the end of the line.

April 01, 2013 at 7:00 am

Two Trees Trout - How to catch boatloads of Hopedale specks even after a front blows through

Hard late-April cold fronts are about as common as honest politicians.

But that was the exact scenario facing Capt. Charlie Thomason last April. He had been on a really strong big-trout bite in Lake of Two Trees during the first half of the month, but then Jack Frost, in a fit of rage during his death throes, blew some of the season’s chilliest weather down to South Louisiana.

Nighttime highs fell into the 40s, and water temperatures plummeted from 80 degrees to 60 degrees.Read More...
April 01, 2013 at 7:00 am

Un-train-ed — Fishing guides share their Lake Pontartrain Trestle tactics

Many of the Trestles trout that ended their day in an icy coffin had a bat ray to thank.

Capt. Jonathan Allen, like most of the successful anglers on Lake Pontchartrain’s bridges, is a compulsive hook-setter. If so much as a single blade of hydrilla brushes the tail of his bait, Allen sets the hook.

As a result, he catches a ton of fish that other anglers would miss, but he also snags the bottom more than a jetty anchor.Read More...
April 01, 2013 at 7:00 am

Slot Red Roundup — Tips to win redfish tournaments

Kaplan’s Skip Floyd and his wife Tanya had traveled east by boat all the way from Bridge City, Texas, to the Lambert weir on southern Lake Calcasieu. The husband-and-wife team were fishing a Gulf Coast redfish tournament, and they made the long run to boat two slot redfish to haul back to the weigh-in.

“Tanya and I pulled up behind the weirs and began easing along while sight-fishing for redfish,” the 47-year-old Skip Floyd said. “We were fortunate to eventually see a group of birds hovering in one of the ponds, and there was a school of redfish beneath them.

Skip was throwing a pearl white, 6- inch Al Gag Whip-It Eel, while Tanya chunked a pink version of the lure.Read More...
April 01, 2013 at 7:00 am

Waist Deep — Wade-fishing tips to catch more Big Lake trout

I could tell wade-fishing turns Guy Stansel on by the way he jumped into the water. While his buddy Mark Jeanes quietly stepped down the transom ladder into Calcasieu Lake, Stansel leapt in with reckless abandon. The only thing more disturbing to the tranquil environment than the thunderous splash was the resulting cannonball-sized waves that rolled across Joe’s Cove.

April 01, 2013 at 7:00 am

Retro-fitting — Panfishing in ‘Orlandia’ is a great diversion

Artie blew up at the very mention of the place.

“Man don’t even say the word!” he snarled. “Brings back too many memories! Now it’s all gone!”

Actually, all the memories were sweet.
April 01, 2013 at 7:00 am

Flat Out — How to fill the boat with Flat Lake chinquapin

It’s easy. It’s fun. It can be “flat-tastic!”

Ask anyone in the tri-city area of Morgan City, Berwick and Patterson where is the best place to fish redear sunfish, fondly referred around these parts as chinquapins, and the first place they’ll tell you is Flat Lake.

What’s more, the month of April is when it turns on.Read More...
April 01, 2013 at 7:00 am


Big stringers of trout await this month across the Louisiana coast, while freshwater options abound for inland anglers.Read More...
April 01, 2013 at 7:00 am

Heart Attack — How to get heart-stopping strikes from Lake Larto bass


No matter how ready you think you are, a smashing attack on a topwater plug by an aggressive springtime largemouth bass will make your heart stop.


And it wasn’t even my chugger that the fish whacked.

Everything was perfect for a topwater bite. It was early April, and the warmth of spring was in the air. The sky was overcast, so the bass didn’t want to stay in the weeds to avoid the glare. And the water level was A-1 — about 8 inches over the dense beds of water plants in the small lakes and sloughs around Larto Lake.Read More...
April 01, 2013 at 7:00 am

Have paddle, will travel — Kayak your way to more fish

You’ve likely noticed that there is a surge in kayak fishing.

You see them being pulled or carried down the highway. You see them at the boat ramps. And you’ll likely see them in some of your favorite fishing spots — even offshore.Read More...
April 01, 2013 at 7:00 am

4 keys to 4-strokes — Maintenance tips for four-stroke outboard engines

The advent of the four-stroke outboard has changed a lot about boating. No more oil-and-gas mixtures, less pollution, better economy overall and generally lower maintenance.

April 01, 2013 at 7:00 am

Wake Fishing’s Soft Spoon

Wake Fishing’s Soft Spoon lure produces strikes both on the sink and during the retrieve. You can work it with a steady crank to target game fish feeding near the surface, or let it descend deeper and work it back to the boat slowly to entice fish that are suspending near bottom structure. This versatile lure is available in three different sizes and 11 different color patterns.Read More...
April 01, 2013 at 7:00 am

Surface-Mount Chocks

Accon Marine’s Surface-Mount Chocks help keep deck space clutter-free and clear of any hazards by enabling users to fold them down and out of the way when not in use. Constructed of 316 marine-grade stainless steel and available in 4 ½-inch and 6-inch models, these stylish chocks are simple to install and built to last.Read More...
April 01, 2013 at 7:00 am

Scented Tandem Rig

Based on swivel hook technology from Logic Lures, the Scented Tandem Rig presents that realistic schooling action that fish instinctively look for. The two 4-inch lures, scented with Logics own Scent Formula iX and available in 20 popular colors, come pre-rigged with premium 30-pound fluorocarbon and ready to be used. The rig can also be reutilized by just replacing the PlastiX lures.Read More...
April 01, 2013 at 7:00 am