Fishing News and Information

Calcasieu Lake redfish still active even when cold winds of winter blow

Gerard Caswell was looking forward to his first speckled trout trip to Big Lake for the New Year.

After all, the 54-year-old Eunice attorney’s previous attempts had been stymied by the rainy weather and holidays, leaving Sunday (Jan. 6) as the first available opportunity for him to hit those fabled speckled trout waters.

Although the forecast promised a sunny morning, Caswell and his friend, Wayne Vidrine of Ville Platte knew they would also find murky waters and windy conditions.Read More...
January 08, 2013 at 12:00 pm

Specks and reds abundant around Dularge right now, despite winter temps

For many would-be anglers, it’s too cold during the winter to get their hands slimy. They would rather go soft next to a fireplace with hot coco.

But diehard anglers know that fish don’t care if it’s cold — they have to eat some times.Read More...
January 07, 2013 at 5:00 pm

Upcoming Events

Jan. 12 — Advanced Fly Tying Workshop – Mono Flies. Baton Rouge, location TBA. 8:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. No cost. Pre-registration required as limited to 15 students. Sponsored by the Red Stick Fly Fishers.Read More...
January 07, 2013 at 9:00 am


It’s rainbeaux trout time in the Baton Rouge area. Each winter, BREC stocks several of their ponds with the coldwater species. It takes a couple weeks for the fish to discover that aquatic bugs and minnows taste a lot better than marshmallows. When they do, try a 5-weight rod and woolybuggers or wet flies. Also, beadhead flies like prince nymphs and hares ears under a small strike indicator.Read More...
January 07, 2013 at 9:00 am

Conclave as a verb

For the first time in nearly two decades, there will be no large commercial fly-fishing shows in the Deep South. In one of the great ironies of the 21st century (so far), the number of large-scale events across the country continues to decline while the ranks of fly fishermen continue to grow.Read More...
January 07, 2013 at 9:00 am

Recreational snapper management to be discussed in Baton Rouge meeting

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council has scheduled a scoping meeting for Monday (Jan. 14) in Baton Rouge during which possible regional management of recreational red snapper will be discussed.

The meeting, which will begin at 6 p.m. and is open to the public, will be held at the Doubletree hotel at 4964 Constitution Avenue.Read More...
January 06, 2013 at 3:08 pm

Try trout first, reds later

Having a bit of a game plan provides an easier pathway to locating and catching fish at The Pen during the winter.

It may be tempting to start your plan on the bank for redfish and bass early and move out for trout later, but Donovan Hinton suggested that is the opposite of what you should do.Read More...
January 01, 2013 at 7:00 am

Trips to The Pen a breeze

Many things may have changed about The Pen over the years, but the one thing that has remained the same is how conveniently located it is.Read More...
January 01, 2013 at 7:00 am

Stick with south and east banks for best bite

Being such a large lake to fish, The Pen can be somewhat intimidating for anglers who have never fished it before. The question of where to start can lead to second-guessing if the fish don’t immediately respond.Read More...
January 01, 2013 at 7:00 am

Z-Man offers something truly different

Louisiana anglers, by and large, hate soft-plastic baits that tear up quicker than wet toilet paper.Read More...
January 01, 2013 at 7:00 am

Live shrimp makes things a little easier

Believe it or not, live shrimp are often still available in Delacroix for much of this month.Read More...
January 01, 2013 at 7:00 am

Everybody’s working for the weekend

Delacroix is less than an hour from New Orleans, and about two hours from Baton Rouge, so day trips there are easy.Read More...
January 01, 2013 at 7:00 am

Tackle up

West Monroe’s Jim Dillard throws his jerkbaits on a long rod of 6-foot-10 to 7-2, but nothing too heavy.Read More...
January 01, 2013 at 7:00 am

Suspend in the salt

When winter pushes trout and redfish into deeper canals and inner marsh arteries, suspending baits often earn the attention denied to sinking and faster-moving baits.

January 01, 2013 at 7:00 am

Jerkbait enhancement

With any jerkbait, a suspending posture at rest is usually what you want, but some days find the fish most interested in falling baits.Read More...
January 01, 2013 at 7:00 am

Chatter baits vs. swimming jigs

At first glance, there doesn’t seem to be that much difference between where and how someone would fish a chatter-type bait versus a swimming jig.

Upon close examination, you’ll notice that the only difference between the two is the chatter bait has a blade in front while a swimming jig doesn’t.Read More...
January 01, 2013 at 7:00 am

Best Caney Lake chatter bait colors

It’s hard to get me to believe that lure color makes much of a difference.

Do you really think a bass waiting on top of some coontail for something to eat looks at a chatter bait and decides to pass because it’s green pumpkin instead of black-and-blue?Read More...
January 01, 2013 at 7:00 am

Cold fish — Winter fishing tips for Biloxi Marsh trout, redfish

According to the Biloxi Marsh Lands Corporation, the Biloxi Marsh is an estuary network of 210,000 acres of coastal wetlands. That network was crushed by Katrina, and battered and bruised by countless hurricanes and tropical storms before and since.

It was injured by BP, and given a severe thrashing for years by the greatest debacle in the history of the Corps of Engineers — the MRGO.

Yet, marvel of marvels, that marshland survives, and even thrives. Crisscrossed by bayous and canals, dotted with innumerable lakes, bays, ponds and lagoons, it provides a rich variety of habitat that offers for some of the best coastal fishing anywhere on earth.Read More...
January 01, 2013 at 7:00 am