Fishing News and Information

Bayous Lacombe, Liberty offer great trout action

When I was young, I could not wait until teal season each September. Hunting was not the plan, but fishing around Bayou Lacombe was.

Each September brought a change in the weather and the trout along the shoreline and bayous around Lacombe and Slidell. Not much has changed, except there is less grass in the lake. As cool fronts pass through and the hunters boom away at the teal, the trout simply stack up in Bayou Lacombe and Liberty.Read More...
September 28, 2012 at 12:00 pm

2013 Central Opens include stop on the Red River

The 2013 Bassmaster Central Open tournament circuit opens with a stop at the Red River out of Shreveport on April 25-27, B.A.S.S. announced.

This stretch of the Red River was home to the 2009 and 2011 Bassmaster Classics, as well as a number of other Bassmaster tournaments over the years.Read More...
September 27, 2012 at 9:14 am

Three men busted with 62 redfish after leaving The Pen near Lafitte

Three Jefferson Parish men were cited Friday (Sept. 21) for allegedly keeping more than four times their legal four-man limit of redfish during a Lafitte fishing trip, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries said.

The three men were cited with possessing 62 redfish, the LDWF said.Read More...
September 26, 2012 at 2:50 pm

Web site created to help Shell Beach marina rebuild

Until a week ago, John James of New Orleans had never been to Shell Beach.

But James caught the tail end of a radio interview of Robby Campo conducted by local personality Kaare Johnson. Campo was discussing the complete annihilation of his family's marina caused by Hurricane Isaac.Read More...
September 25, 2012 at 10:47 am

Body of missing Ouachita River angler found

The body of a 64-year-old Monroe man who was reported missing Thursday (Sept. 20) was found Saturday (Sept. 22), the Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries reported.

LDWF enforcement agents and Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies had been searching for Charles Trascher after he failed to return from a fishing trip, the LDWF said.Read More...
September 24, 2012 at 1:23 pm

What the heck is trolling motor navigation?

A July press release from Johnson Outdoors Marine Electronics begins, “Continuing the evolution of GPS trolling-motor navigation, Minn Kota’s i-Pilot Link utilizes GPS technology and ethernet connectivity to achieve new levels of boat control.”

Having attended a webinar on this new system, I was already thinking about how much that opening sentence is going to mean to fishermen.Read More...
September 24, 2012 at 8:00 am

Amberjack, blackfin tuna thick out of Cypremort Point

Catching amberjack and a deck full of blackfin tuna always makes for a successful meat haul to the outskirts of the continental shelf.

Loading up on those blackfin is usually a breeze, but getting down to monster AJs and grouper, skipping over pesky out-of-season red snapper, is what any serious angler wants to do during his September bottom-fishing time.Read More...
September 19, 2012 at 10:51 am

Keys to Red River bass

The Red River is known for its catfish and crappie, but even in September it will produce a full ice chest of bass. It’s just a matter of knowing where to fish.

Anglers should take note of the different underwater structure along the river try different techniques to bag limits, local guide Russ McVey said.Read More...
September 18, 2012 at 10:32 am

Atchafalaya Basin bass fishing still good despite Hurricane Isaac

When Hurricane Isaac blew through South Louisiana in late August, anglers across the region waiting for the inevitable fish kills. And, true to form, there were areas in which fish turned belly up.

The Atchafalaya Basin was no exception, but there were still bass to be caught, one local tournament angler found during a trip that ended with nearly 100 fish being boated.Read More...
September 17, 2012 at 1:53 pm

Louisiana Fly Fishing Records

Want to be in the record books? While some species boast impressive weights, others are more modest and can be topped. The Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association is the keeper of all Louisiana fishing records. Here are a few of the First-place LA state fly fishing records:Read More...
September 17, 2012 at 8:00 am


In New Orleans, when two things compliment each other we say they go together “like red beans and rice.”

Just like that popular local staple, you can’t beat the combination of a fly rod and a kayak.Read More...
September 17, 2012 at 8:00 am

Not your typical creature bait

Just look at those rows and rows and rows of soft-plastic creature baits, the success story of the 21st century, on the shelves at the main outlets and the local fishing tackle shops. It can be a mind-boggling challenge to pick up the right one(s).

How’s a man, or woman, to choose one that does the job — which is to get a bass to open its mouth and chomp on it?Read More...
September 10, 2012 at 8:00 am

Venice fish found with lesions, sores

On one hand, it’s just too soon to discern any long-term effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster and subsequent cleanup on the health of the fisheries along the Southeast Louisiana coast and in the Gulf of Mexico.

Scientists do not have enough data collected to make blanket statements about how healthy the fish populations are and what the future looks like for Louisiana’s immense recreational and commercial fishing industry.Read More...
September 05, 2012 at 9:49 am

Some recreational fishing, all commercial fishing closed off beaches of Fourchon and Elmer's Island

State waters off Fourchon and Elmer’s Island beaches have been closed to all commercial fishing and some recreation fishing because of a large tar mat and concentrations of tar balls on the beaches, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries announced today (Aug. 4).

Recreational rod-and-reel fishing is still permitted in the area, but other recreational fishing — such as crabbing, oystering and shrimping — are prohibited, LDWF’s Randy Pausina told by text.Read More...
September 04, 2012 at 5:11 pm

Little need for live bait when fishing for cobia

Unless you are an avowed live-bait addict, it would be a shame to spend all day long dealing with the real thing only to find out later that fish were smashing artificial lures.Read More...
September 01, 2012 at 7:00 am

Cobia move in close to Port Fourchon during September

The first thing that comes to my mind when I think about offshore fishing is big rods, big reels, big line and even bigger boats.

But as far as Scott Walker from Norco is concerned, there’s no need to stay home just because your stuff isn’t as big as an offshore charter captain.Read More...
September 01, 2012 at 7:00 am


Sept. 8 — 4th annual Rio Grande Fly Fishing TournamentRead More...
September 01, 2012 at 7:00 am


During September, water temps begin to drop. Slowly at first due to radiative cooling, and then increasingly as cool fronts invade the state.Read More...
September 01, 2012 at 7:00 am