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Kisatchie National Forest representative Michael Balboni asked the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission to ban dog hunting for deer on Kisatchie National Forest this season.

The LWFC will consider the matter at its April and May meetings.

KNF attempted to ban dog hunting last season, but the measure was judicially overturned before the season.

March 01, 2012 at 10:37am

I'm at the March meeting of the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission, and the regulations board just approved the use of the following calibers for the primitive-arms season:

.38-40 Win.
.38-55 Win.
.375 Win.
.357 S&W Mag.
.38 S&W Special
.35 Win. SL
.351 Win. SL

Not recommended by the department nor approved by the commission was the .35 Whelen because of its high power. LDWF official Jimmy Anthony called it a 'long-range ballistic missile.'

March 01, 2012 at 10:19am

Here's an interesting post from our sister site that's invaluable if you have any plans to target turkeys with a bow and arrow:

January 26, 2012 at 4:09pm

Having sent the February issue of Louisiana Sportsman to the printer on Thursday, I took a breather yesterday by making my first Delacroix trip in three weeks. The action was about as good as could be hoped for in January.

Eric Williamson of St. Gabriel and I made a long drift in Pointe Fienne, easing the anchor out three or four times when we got into decent action, and counted our fish at the end of the drift. We had 46, and returned to the beginning of the drift to nab our final four for the limit. The 50th trout came over the gunnel at 9:10 a.m.

The action was never feverish -- in fact, we had only one double -- but the fish were nice-sized; we had only one throwback and had to measure only two or three.

We threw DOAs under rattling corks, and the fish had no trouble seeing our baits in the pretty water. The water temperature was 59 degrees, and the fish hit and fought like summer trout. They'd just about rip the rod out of your hands, and would go absolutely bananas after you set the hook.

With mild temperatures in the forecast for the next several days, the action should stay the same. Just keep an eye on the wind. It really picked up around 9:00 yesterday, and had a definite westerly component to it. If the water falls hard or otherwise dirties up, fishing will get a lot more challenging.

Good luck if you go, and be sure to post your reports at

January 21, 2012 at 9:40am

The January issue should be arriving in your mailbox any day, if it hasn't already, but also beginning this month, you'll get a digital edition emailed to you if you're a subscriber to Louisiana Sportsman. That is, of course, only if you've provided us with your email address.

If not, go to and add the required info.

Don't worry: You'll still get the mailed physical copy. We're also throwing in a little lagniappe.

December 22, 2011 at 2:56pm

We build up on our minds that these animals are smart.

December 07, 2011 at 2:29pm

I received the following from Illinois duck biologist Ray Marshalla:

I have reviewed the weather forecast for some areas of the continent that might indicate when to expect duck migrations. So far, duck migrations in the Illinois River Valley have been ahead of normal for early migrants such as teal and pintails and behind for later migrants such as mallards. The Mississippi River valley has been behind for the most part but picked up recently. We were unable to conduct aerial surveys last week due to weather, but hope to get some flown this week. Southern Illinois has been behind normal migration until recently as well. Last week we saw a good movement of ducks into Illinois, but many mallards seem to be staying north for the most part.

Weather forecasts for this week look favorable for another good push of ducks south, including mallards. The usual rule of thumb for freeze up to occur causing migration is at least three days in a row where the average daily temperature is at or below 32 degrees. The average is calculated by adding the high and low temperatures and dividing by two. Here are some forecasts for average daily temperatures for the general areas where ducks might be staging that migrate through Illinois. Some ducks from Canada and the Dakotas may fly right to Illinois even though temperatures may not cause freeze up in Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Others could head to Arkansas and Louisiana since it is getting late for early migrants regardless of temperature. Ducks tend to migrate at night with clear skies and north or northwest winds. They often leave ahead of a front.

Average Temperature Forecasts
Saskatoon, Canada
Today - 23, Tue – 15, Wed – 10 , Thu – 16, Fri – 7 , Sat – 4, Sun- 3
Looks like ducks in Saskatchewan will be heading south soon.

McClusky, ND
Today – 32, Tue – 23, Wed – 16, Thu – 26, Fri – 22, Sat – 14, Sun – 15
Ducks should be leaving ND as well this week.

Webster, SD
Today – 37, Tue – 26, Wed – 21, Thu – 28, Fri – 35, Sat – 23, Sun – 19
Same for SD for migration forecast.

Minneapolis, MN
Today – 41, Tue – 30, Wed – 28, Thu – 31, Fri – 38, Sat – 35, Sun – 27
Many ducks should leave this area by Friday, but temperatures are moderating after that so many may hang up at this latitude for a while.

Madison, WI
Today – 46, Tue – 39, Wed – 32, Thu – 32, Fri – 37, Sat – 34, Sun – 35
On the verge of freeze up this week, but many ducks may stay in this latitude as well.

Ray Marshalla
State Waterfowl Biologist
Illinois Department of Natural Resources
Division of Wildlife Resources

November 17, 2011 at 12:09pm

I'm at the November meeting of the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission, and just spoke to Larry Reynolds, waterfowl study leader for the department. He said the department had planned to begin flying for the survey today, but the rain and cloudy weather may prevent that. Either way, they will definitely fly tomorrow, Monday and Tuesday.

He said he expects an overall average survey for early November, with Catahoula Lake showing above-average numbers and Southwest Louisiana coming in far below average because of dry conditions.

But, Reynolds said, his predictions are nearly always wrong, so nothing will be definitive until fly the surveys.

Reynolds spoke to his cohorts in the Dakotas this week, and learned that the major migration of ducks has not occurred yet.

'The historical freeze-up in (the breeding grounds) falls in line with my birthday, which is Oct. 25, but it hasn't happened yet,' Reynolds said. 'So that tells you we're late.'

November 03, 2011 at 10:21am

Got this from the CRCL:

The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana and the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation are looking for interested canoe paddlers to volunteer for a cypress swamp restoration project near the Caernarvon Diversion in Plaquemines Parish, LA. This project will promote a healthy cypress forest on land that has been accumulating from sediment outflow from the Caernarvon Diversion. The restored cypress forest will provide critical habit for wildlife and provide storm protection to the adjacent marsh and communities.
We are also looking for volunteers to unload and transport trees when they are delivered on Tuesday, November 1st. We will need volunteers to help unload the trees from an 18 wheeler truck and transport them, by boat, a short distance up a canal and unload them at the planting site. This will help prepare the trees to be planted on the following days.

Transporting Cypress Trees:
When: Wednesday November 2nd and Thursday November 3rd
9:00 a.m. to no later than 2:00 p.m.
Where: Caernarvon Diversion Outfall Canal (near Poydras, LA)

Tree Planting with Canoes:
When: Wednesday November 2nd and Thursday November 3rd
9:00 a.m. to no later than 4:00 p.m.
Where: Caernarvon Diversion Outfall Canal (near Poydras, LA)

Detailed direction will be sent out closer to the event.

All planting equipment (gloves, shovels, etc.), lunch, and refreshments will be provided.

Volunteers can bring their own canoes, but we have extra canoes available (there will be one canoe for every 2 volunteers). Volunteers will paddle a short ride out to the planting site and will plant from the canoe along the marsh edge. Volunteers must be over 18 years old.

Additional information, including directions and what to bring, will be provided a few days prior to the event.

All volunteers must register with the Coalition to attend the event!

To register, please send the following info to
Phone Number
Email Address
What date you plan to attend (volunteers can sign up for more than one day).
Can you bring your own canoe – yes/no? (for volunteers coming on Nov. 2nd or 3rd).
CRCL has access to extra canoes for paddlers that need one.

We understand that plans can change. If, after registering, you find you are unable to attend the event, please email and let us know you have to cancel so we can make your spot available to other potential volunteers.

October 19, 2011 at 4:38pm

LSU plays this week against Auburn, and if you've seen Auburn play this year, you know this one could be a laugher.

What do you think? How badly are the Bengal Tigers going to smash Cam Newton's leftovers? Predict the score in the comment section below. Whoever comes closest wins a free copy of David Moreland's Louisiana Whitetails.

In the event of a tie, whoever entered the score first wins. All guesses must be made before noon on Friday in order to be eligible. Good luck!

October 18, 2011 at 12:51pm

This is from Ducks Unlimited biologist Mike Checkett:

Summary For September

In the British Columbia/Western Boreal Forest Region, migration may have been stalled in some areas, but foraging conditions are great along the B.C. coast. Although it has been relatively warm and dry in the Prairie Region, conditions are still favorable thanks to exceptional spring conditions. Alberta is still experiencing its best conditions in years, and northern pintails appear to have had an excellent production year.

Unprecedented conditions also continue in Saskatchewan, where the fall flight should be excellent.

In Manitoba, waterfowl are flocking and feeding in fields, where they are finding an abundance of food. The outlook for the fall flight is also generally positive in the Eastern Region, although early-nesting birds faced some challenges in Atlantic Canada.

Throughout the year, Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) reports on wetland habitat conditions across Canada and the factors that influence them. These Habitat Reports provide insight into the annual breeding success of waterfowl, which is largely influenced by the abundance of water on the landscape in the spring and the quality of wetland habitats throughout the breeding season.

The latest Habitat Report can also be found, along with previous reports, on the DUC website.

On a personal note, I just returned from filming in Saskatchewan and Alberta, and I can confirm that in 11 years and despite warm temperatures, I have never seen water conditions and the number of birds that I did during this trip.

October 03, 2011 at 11:42am

After an eight-month wait, bow season finally opens tomorrow! Best of all, it's actually going to feel a little like deer season with this front we've got coming through today.

Sunrise will find my son and me on a stand in Washington Parish hoping anything brown wanders a little too close. He's been shooting every day for the last three months, and is money within 30 yards. Now we'll get to see how he handles the shakes when the real thing is on the other side of the sight pin.

Be sure to post your reports from opening weekend. We want to hear about your successes and failures. Hopefully we'll all have more of the former than the latter.

September 30, 2011 at 9:32am

Dave Moreland's new book Louisiana Whitetails arrived Tuesday, and we started mailing out all preordered copies on Wednesday morning. If you preordered a copy, watch for it in your mailbox beginning today.

If you haven't ordered your copy yet, you can visit the Outdoor Store on this site, or follow this link:

You'll be a better hunter this year after you read this outstanding book.

September 22, 2011 at 9:11am

I'm at the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission, and the commission just approved a department proposal to get rid of the turkey zones for the 2012 season.

The commission at a prior meeting had approved a staggered start to the season, designed to give North Louisiana hunters a later start to the season than those in South Louisiana.

But now, the season will open March 24 statewide.

The October issue of Louisiana Sportsman will have more details.

September 01, 2011 at 10:36am

Just a little over two weeks until Dave Moreland's Louisiana Whitetails is released. Trust me, you don't want to go into the woods this season without reading this book.

Don't forget that all orders received before Sept. 15 get free shipping. Go to the Outdoor Store and order now, before the time slips away. Here's the link:

August 30, 2011 at 9:32am

I was fortunate enough to catch plenty bass in pretty water this weekend out of Venice, but it seems like the pretty water is getting harder and harder to find in the area. That's because the amount of filtering marshland is dwindling faster than our nation's economy.

But that's not true at the site of the West Bay Diversion. Check out this link to see John Snell's excellent report on what is looking like a wildly successful project.

August 25, 2011 at 4:54pm

Got this from the Coast Guard:


Due to severe shoaling, controlling depths for South Pass have been significantly reduced. Current controlling depths can be obtained from the Office of the District Engineer, Corps of Engineers in New Orleans.

As a result of the severe shoaling, the Aids to Navigation in South Pass may not be marking safe water. Due to the shoaling, the Coast Guard has temporarily discontinued the lateral aids and has replaced them with non-lateral marks until further notice.

The following Aids to Navigation will be affected:

South Pass LBB 2 (LLNR 12575), South Pass LB 3 (12580), South Pass 3A (12585), South Pass Light (405), South Pass Temporary LB 11A & 13 have been discontinued.

South Pass LT 4 (LLNR 12590) and South Pass LT 16 (12670) will be changed to white lights with published flash characteristics and warning day boards worded 'Danger Severe Shoaling'.

Lights will be removed and non-lateral day boards will be installed on:

South Pass LT 5 (12595), Picayune Bayou LT 7 (12605), Oysterville LT 9 (12610), Old Grand Bayou LT 10 (12620), Upper Cave LT 11 (12635), South Pass LT 11A (12640), Franks Crossing LT 13 (12645), Depot Pt LT 14 (LLNR 12650, South Pass LT 14A (LLNR 12655) and South Pass LT 15 (LLNR 12665).

Once there are sufficient water depths to safely mark for navigation, the Coast Guard will re-establish the lateral aid marking system. All mariners are urged to transit this channel with extreme caution or utilize an alternate channel.

July 19, 2011 at 3:57pm

When dawn broke this morning over the awakening community of Delacroix, the winds were dead calm and the launch lines were, um, insane.

Word has gotten out about a strong bass bite in Lake Lery, and trout are at peak levels of aggression in Black Bay. The calm conditions made both in play, so the backdowns at Sweetwater and Serigne's practically alternated bass and bay boats. A line of one headed north, and an armada of the other pointed east.

Even with the non-existent winds, my son Joel and I had no intentions of heading outside. We're marsh lovers, and our lightweight G3 is perfect for inside waters but out of place in the big bays.

Year in and year out, we've found that the inside fishing during the summer rates a close second to that found outside this time of year, and today was no exception. Certainly some boats limited outside, and we didn't limit inside, but we had a good mixed bag.

After waiting in line to launch, we finally got the trawl in the water, and had 300 shrimp and a handful of croakers in the livewell in minutes. We tried a favorite pond near the Pencil Canal, and caught a few trout, reds, bass and a flounder before the sun got too hot and shut down the shallow bite.

We then bounced around Lake Batolo and Pointe Fienne, catching a fish here and there in filthy water, before finally getting on a decent speck bite in a cut off of Oak River. We ended the day with 25 trout, two reds, two bass and a flounder. Total gas burned: 5 1/2 gallons.

We talked to Capt. Jack Payne back at Sweetwater, and he had done well early in Black Bay. He and his clients were back at the dock at 9 a.m.

June 25, 2011 at 4:49pm

My son Joel and I fished Delacroix this weekend for the Save Our Lake Rodeo, and had a decent trip. We caught 24 fish consisting of seven different species: speckled trout, redfish, black drum, flounder, sheepshead, croaker and channel catfish.

Saturday night, I did a blind taste test with my mother, father, wife and son with the following species: speckled trout, redfish, black drum, croaker and channel catfish. I fried them all the exact same way, and got them to rate each fish on a scale from 1-10.

Remarkably, they all put the fish in the exact same order of quality, without having any idea what the others were picking. Can you guess the order?

To make it easier for you, the fish were the following sizes: redfish (17 inches), black drum (16 1/2 inches), speckled trout (15 inches), channel catfish (14 1/2 inches) and croaker (9 inches).

June 06, 2011 at 11:47am

Sure, fishing in Lake Pontchartrain is crummy right now, but much of the rest of the Pontchartrain Basin, which includes virtually everything on the east side of the river, is on fire. There couldn't be a better time for the 14th annual Save Our Lake Rodeo, which is this weekend, Friday, June 3 and Saturday, June 4.

Fishing the event benefits a very good cause, particularly now that the lake has been inundated with fresh water, and tickets are only $35 for adults and $15 for kids. The fee includes entry into the rodeo and awards presentation, two Back to the Beach Festival tickets (that event is also this weekend), a rodeo T-shirt and a one-year membership to the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation.

It's a ridiculously good deal, and is always a lot of fun.

Tickets are available at the Gulf Outlet Marina and at Puglia's in Metairie.

The weigh station is at the Kenner Boat Launch from noon-5:30 p.m. Friday and noon-4 p.m. Saturday, and the awards ceremony is on Saturday at 5:20 p.m. Radio personality Don Dubuc and I will serve as masters of ceremonies.

Capt. Dudley Vandenborre, the best fisherman I know, will be giving a fishing seminar Friday at 6 p.m.

For more information, visit or call 504-836-2205.

Don't miss out!

June 02, 2011 at 8:18pm
A comment titled: Jefroka in response to a report titled: Predict the score, get a book

I sent you an email looking for your mailing address. Have you received it?

October 26, 2011 at 11:53am
A comment titled: Go Tigers! in response to a report titled: Predict the score, get a book


You up for a trip to Vegas this week?

October 24, 2011 at 9:32am
A comment titled: Hue in response to a report titled: Old hook in the face

Hard to say which is more yellow -- the lure or your teeth.

October 12, 2011 at 2:53pm
A comment titled: Slain officer in response to a report titled: LDWF agent found shot to death this morning 9/30/2011

Absolutely disgusting. Poachers are outlaws in the truest sense of the word.

The condolences of the entire Sportsman staff go out to Sgt. Stuckey and his family. What a senseless tragedy.

September 30, 2011 at 9:45am
A comment titled: Wow! in response to a report titled: 'REEL LIFE' Fishing

Tommy, I hope you didn't hang anything over to pee.

June 09, 2011 at 5:14pm
A comment titled: My guess in response to a report titled: Taste test

I've read over the guesses, and no one's gotten it right.

I'll tell you this: I was stunned at the results. Every one of them ranked the fish the exact same, and after I tested myself (obviously knowing which fish was which), I had to agree my taste-testers were right.

If I had taken this quiz myself, I would have guessed:

1) croaker
2) channel cat
3) speckled trout
4) black drum
5) redfish

But I was wrong. The actual ranking was:

1) redfish
2) black drum
3) channel cat
4) speckled trout
5) croaker

I've always thought frying redfish is a disservice to the fish, and that there are few fish better to eat fried than croaker. But the redfish and black drum were delicious and, not surprisingly, tasted very similar. The croaker, on the other hand, tasted relatively mediciney.

I was really surprised at the poor showing of the speckled trout.

Jerald Horst loves to run a taste test on friends in which he serves them fried speckled trout and fried hardhead catfish, and asks them to pick a winner. Every single time, his friends pick the hardhead catfish.

There's nobody who loves speckled trout more than I do, but apparently, they just don't taste that good when compared to other fish.

June 07, 2011 at 5:07pm
A comment titled: Delacroix in response to a report titled: D'croix assistance please

I wouldn't consider going to Black Bay in your boat. Even on a day that starts flat-calm, winds can kick up in an instant, and a boat your size could easily swamp out in the big water.

For the next month, Delacroix will have excellent action inside for speckled trout, and it'll stay strong throughout the summer for redfish and small specks.

Find clean water and bait, and you'll catch fish. When you go, talk to Jack at Sweetwater, and he'll tell you areas where the fish are congregated at that time.

Good luck.

April 27, 2011 at 9:50am
A comment titled: Bogus in response to a report titled: Delacroix 12-pound trout?

It's a legitimate 12-pound trout, but it was caught in Texas.

It's still always amazing to see a trout that size.

April 15, 2011 at 12:41pm
A comment titled: Speckled trout in response to a report titled: QUESTIONS ABOUT RELEASING SPECKLED TROUT DURING SPAWN

If an angler elects to keep a large speckled trout, there is a miniscule impact to the fishery, but even that has nothing to do with the loss of eggs that fish would have produced during the remainder of her life.

If a large fish is removed from a fishery, she is, of course, no longer available to be caught, and consequently, won't grow any bigger than the day she was thrown in the ice chest. That's a loss to any angler who may have caught that fish later in its life.

However, the fact that her spawning days are over is entirely inconsequential. Speckled trout in Louisiana are not limited by the number of fertilized eggs that successfully enter the marshes. The vast, overwhelming majority of eggs, larvae and juvenile trout are eaten by predators. Nature produces far more than she needs because of this. Male trout spawn virtually every night, and the average female spawns once every 21 days.

If each speckled trout successfully produced 50,000 offspring, as someone guessed, our marshes would be absolutely loaded with miniscule fish that could never grow large enough to be recruited into the fishery. Think about it: In order for our fisheries to stay exactly as good as they are today, each female trout must successfully produce two trout -- one male and one female -- in her entire lifetime. That's roughly close to what happens in nature.

When a large trout is removed, her egg-producing potential is removed, but so is her biomass-gobbling mouth. With her out of the picture, more prey is available for other trout as well as their offspring. True, a 1-pound trout doesn't produce near the eggs of a 5-pound trout, but that 1-pound trout doesn't eat nearly as much either.

The limiting factor to us having better speckled trout fishing is our habitat. With it vanishing by the day, our carrying capacity is shrinking. We could stock millions of fingerlings into our marshes, and it wouldn't make a bit of difference. They'd either die or they'd displace other native fish that would have lived if they hadn't been outcompeted. We're limited not by our harvest but by our habitat.

April 07, 2011 at 4:46pm
A comment titled: High river in response to a report titled: Delacroix trout


The river is definitely high, but the diversion is barely open (1,000 cfs, a veritable trickle).

The water inside definitely clears up in the summer, but I actually think that supports my point. When atmospheric conditions are stable, the water tends to sit and it loses the energy required to suspend sediment. Additionally, it's filtered by the submerged aquatic vegetation that thrives in the brackish marshes during periods of warm weather.

I know a lot of people hate the diversions, and I understand why. Without question, they alter the landscape and change fishing patterns, but without them, the marshes of Southeast Louisiana are doomed. They may be doomed anyway, but their only hope for survival is for as many holes to be punched in the levees as possible.

Anyway, thanks for your thoughts.

March 22, 2011 at 3:04pm
A comment titled: FYI in response to a report titled: Delta Waterfowl contribution

For those who are interested, the May issue of Louisiana Sportsman, which contained the magazine's strong stance against the bowfishing ban, went to press April 15. It hit newsstands/mailboxes April 19, and Dan Claitor pulled his bill April 21.

Louisiana Sportsman was proud to have played any role in stopping the ridiculous bowfishing ban proposal.

October 29, 2010 at 11:07am
A comment titled: Catfish in response to a report titled: Catfishing on fire in the river

Crawford and I had just gotten in from an awesome day of bass fishing, and I have to admit -- seeing these guys' catch -- I felt a tinge of jealousy.

October 28, 2010 at 3:43pm
A comment titled: Facts in response to a report titled: Delta Waterfowl contribution

I've not discussed with Ann Taylor why she and the other commissioners elected to give the money to DU rather than Delta, but I can say that DU's presentation at the meeting was extremely strong. Was redadele at the meeting? I suspect not.

Both Delta and DU do great work for ducks, and we would not have as many birds to hunt if it weren't for these organizations. If you want to support one, I think that's great. If you want to support the other, that's wonderful too. But I truly don't understand why some people feel the need to denigrate one in support of the other.

Redadele also mistakenly says that Louisiana Sportsman opposed the bowfishing ban after it had been pulled. My column opposing the ridiculous ban proposal appeared in the magazine a week before Rep. Dan Claitor pulled his bill. Subsequently, the Louisiana Bowfishing Association sent Louisiana Sportsman a letter thanking us for the strong stance we took, and credited the pulling of the bill to that column.

October 28, 2010 at 3:28pm
A comment titled: Opening morning in response to a report titled: No luck

I watched a doe feed for about 15 minutes up in Washington Parish, but the closest she got was 75 yards. It would have been nice to get a shot, but I didn't really mind. Conditions were incredible (temps in 50s, calm winds, blue skies, surprisingly few biting bugs), and I was reminded yet again why I love deer season.

Sportsman contributor Chris Ginn didn't see anything, but he and I spent the rest of the day planting our plots with PlotSpike Forage Feast, so our day was productive.

Now we're praying for rain, and it looks like praying might be the only way we'll get some in the next two weeks.

October 02, 2010 at 8:41am
A comment titled: Beaux in response to a report titled: bow plot

I interviewed Tom Ragan of PlotSpike yesterday for a piece that will be in our September issue. He says cool-season plots should never be planted in Louisiana until Sept. 15. Before then, pests, particularly army worms, are a real problem.

That won't really help you out much for opening day of bow season, but you will be able to bowhunt over the plots a little later in the month.

We planted PlotSpike oats and Forage Feast last season, and were very happy with the results.

Good luck.

August 11, 2010 at 12:02pm
A comment titled: Catch-and-release in response to a report titled: LDWF Commission Meeting this Thursday

Those pushing for C&R are under the mistaken impression that eating these fish is potentially harmful. It takes only a tiny amount of hydrocarbons to make the flesh of seafood entirely unpalatable. Your nose and taste buds would tell you a fish had been impacted by oil long before you were able to eat enough to make you sick.

July 06, 2010 at 5:07pm
A comment titled: Delacroix in response to a report titled: End of the World

No, but both Sweetwater and Serigne's are open.

June 10, 2010 at 9:56am
A comment titled: troutKILLER in response to a report titled: fishing delacroix

The last trip I made to Delacroix (about 10 days ago), the water was really bad. We couldn't find even marginally fishable water anywhere. As a result, we skunked for the first time in many years.

I suspect this persistent east wind has improved the water clarity, and tidal ranges look good for this weekend. I like the fringe bays this time of year (Campo, Oak River, Lafourche), but those will be out of the question if the wind's still strong out of the east.

If that's the case, you can definitely catch trout under corks in Batolo, Pointe Fienne, Jack Nevette, Four Horse and Lake John.

Good luck if you go. Let us know how everything turns out.

April 14, 2010 at 2:03pm
A comment titled: Anglers' rights in response to a report titled: kicked out again need help, info

Louisiana has made a disaster out of this issue, and it all dates back to Edwin Edwards and his cronies rewriting the state constitution in the 1970s.

Louisiana could simply be like every other coastal state in the Union, and allow free and unfettered public access to all tidal waters. But no, Louisiana law allows landowners to claim tidal waters as private property, which is patently absurd. It makes as much sense as allowing a homeowner to claim the airspace over his house.

I hate trespassers, but Louisiana law has made every single one of us who fishes along the coast a trespasser. Ever fish or navigate a location canal? You're a trespasser. Ever fish or navigate a small redfish pond? You're a trespasser.

Even some major lakes -- like Delacroix's Little Lake -- are privately owned. The Delacroix Corporation could decide today to have arrested every boater who dares enter Little Lake from Bayou Terre aux Boeufs. And unfortunately, those charges would stand up in court.

It's unfair and unreasonable to expect an angler to know exactly where public water ends and private water starts in our intricate web of marshes. We've done stories over the years in which we've asked the State Lands Office to investigate certain areas to see if they're public or private, and it would take them weeks to make the determination, and many times they supplied it to us with caveats.

There is not a more disgusting issue that exists in our state.

April 13, 2010 at 4:52pm
A comment titled: Canada in response to a report titled: canada outfitter

BBlocker, be sure to check out the July issue of Louisiana Sportsman. We'll have a story on free-lance duck hunting in Canada. I had the good fortune to go last fall, and I can tell you that it was unlike anything I'd ever experienced in my life.

March 16, 2010 at 4:02pm
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