Freshwater Fishing

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A planer approach — How to use planer boards and big crankbaits for crappie fishing

Some folks say crappie are the new bass.

For decades, crappie fishermen have pretty much been cane pole-and-shiner guys, or maybe jig polers with double-rigged lures.

Bass fishermen hace all the fancy equipment and techniques.

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10 hours ago
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Head count — How to choose the right crappie jig

They’re familiar. Second-nature, perhaps. A utilitarian element that’s just always there.

But, while jigheads might be far from fancy, they’re also far from inconsequential.

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10 hours ago
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The key to summertime crappie limits

If you think the only way to catch summertime crappie is to sink minnows and jigs in the shade under docks or fish around brush piles in deep water, Jerry Neeley has a surprise for you.

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August 21 at 5:30 am
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Two fish kills reported recently in the Atchafalaya Basin

A perfect storm of high temperatures, a falling river and the return of afternoon thunderstorms caused two localized fish kills in the Atchafalaya Basin within the last week, according to a Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries freshwater biologist.

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August 19 at 9:41 am
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Basin fishing set to ramp up as Atchafalaya River finally falls

With the Atchafalaya River finally in a steady fall, it looks like early September could be the start of a special fall of fishing in the Basin.

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August 18 at 9:58 am
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The right length of line for jug fishing

Admittedly, most of the catfish I caught growing up were very shallow under a cork because of the feeding frenzy created by my grandfather tossing out a half milk jug full of fish food.

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August 15 at 7:00 am
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Building a better jug

Jug fishing for catfish isn’t a very specialized endeavor, but following the advice of somebody who has been tweaking his jug fishing for the last seven or eight years will serve you well in your own foray into jug fishing.

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August 15 at 7:00 am
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The tough life of a catalpa

When a fresh crop of catalpa worms start appearing on the undersides of Ron Manning’s catalpa trees, he isn’t the only thing they have to worry about.

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August 15 at 7:00 am
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Putting the freeze on catalpas

Fish feel the same way about catalpa worms as fishermen do about fried fish filets: the fresher the better.

But if you can’t get them fresh, frozen will work, too.

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August 15 at 7:00 am
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Catfish cavalcade — Learn the art of jugging

I grew up beside a catfish pond.

The simplistic pleasure of watching a cork getting pulled under stuck with me.

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August 01 at 7:00 am
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Cantankerous Catalpas — How to catch catfish, bream with catalpa worms

Living on the shores of Lake D’Arbonne has many advantages for Ron Manning.

After growing up in the area, he spent 30 years traveling the world as a member of our armed services. But when he returned to Northeast Louisiana with his wife Carrie and moved to lake property left him by his father, it was a dream come true.

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August 01 at 7:00 am
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Drawdowns scheduled for Iatt Lake, Lake Bistineau

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has scheduld drawdowns in the coming weeks for both Iatt Lake and Lake Bistineau to try to control giant salvinia.

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July 22 at 3:17 pm
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Catfish Everdeen

Katniss Everdeen is a fictional character in the popular Hunger Games trilogy. The Everdeen character is a self-sufficient woman who uses her outdoors skills to survive and triumph.

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July 17 at 6:15 am
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Bank-fishing checklist:

Bank fishing is like anything else: You can make it simple or you can make it complicated.

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July 15 at 7:00 am
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Bank-fishing fit for a king

In some cases, bank-fishing can make you king.

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July 15 at 7:00 am
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Bank busters — Where to bank-fish in Northeast Louisiana

Years ago, news editor Jimmy Hatten would sit across from me in the Monroe News Star office. When things slowed, we turned to talk fishing. Jimmy and his wife loved to fish every Sunday afternoon.

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July 01 at 7:00 am
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