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This is a daylight shot of a work barge moored about 200 yards from the Binox unit.

Digital binoculars for night or day

Binoculars have always had a place in my outdoor life. I keep a pair handy in a storage compartment in my boat, in my truck’s console and in my hunting pack.

19 hours ago
Enforcement agents with the LDWF will be on patrol this weekend during Operation Dry Water, checking for operator impairment and boater safety on many state waterways.

LDWF launches Operation Dry Water this weekend

Drinking alcohol and boating are never a good mix, but it could be an especially poor decision this weekend on state waterways.

Enforcement agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will be taking part in Operation Dry Water, with increased patrols through Sunday checking for boater safety and operators driving while intoxicated.

21 hours ago
Capt. Mike Gallo runs into nice speckled trout along the structures in Lake Borgne.

Lake Borgne is a bona fide June trout hotspot

Outside fishing in the summertime is popular among South Louisiana anglers, and a large portion of fishermen fill up the boat and make a long haul to Breton Sound.

Go there on a weekend in June and you likely can walk from vessel to vessel.

Yesterday at 10:30am

LDWF’s 2016-17 hunting rules, regs pamphlet available now online

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has released its 2016-17 hunting rules and regulations pamphlet online.

Yesterday at 10:29am
Greg Hackney's Day 1 catch on Cayuga Lake was disqualified after he fished in an off-limits area behind a marina, according to B.A.S.S. tournament director Trip Weldon.

B.A.S.S.: Hack’s Day 1 Cayuga Lake catch DQ’d

It looked for a while that Gonzales’ Greg Hackney had maintained his Angler of the Year lead after the Day 1 weigh-in on Cayuga Lake, with a solid 17-pound, 8-ounce bag good for 36th place.

Yesterday at 1:28am
Secretary Charlie Melancon said he's in favor of regional red snapper management, but didn't know if the LDWF could afford to tackle the program now that federal funding has been removed from Rep. Garret Graves' bill in Congress.

Funding concerns reason for Melancon’s opposition to red snapper bill

In an interview Thursday from the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council meeting in Clearwater Beach, Fla., Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries secretary Charlie Melancon clarified his position on a bill in Congress that would transfer management of Gulf red snapper to the five Gulf states.

Yesterday at 4:51pm
Just by being visible out on patrol, agents with LDWF can often improve compliance regulations and create an environment where boaters are safer on the water.

Take summer boating seriously

With kids out of school and the summer boating season well under way, boat traffic will be heavy on waters everywhere.

June 23 at 11:19am
LDWF secretary Charlie Melancon has came out against Rep. Garret Graves' bill in Congress that would give management authority of Gulf red snapper to the five Gulf states, saying the program could be too costly to implement without any federal assistance.

Melancon opposes bill giving Gulf states control of red snapper management

A surprise statement this week from Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries secretary Charlie Melancon opposing a bill in Congress that would transfer management of red snapper from the federal government to the five Gulf states has dented the previously unified front between the LDWF and Coastal Conservation Association - Louisiana, which has long-advocated for the switch on behalf of recreational anglers.

June 22 at 4:38pm
Meredith Ballay, of Buras, shows off one of the bull reds she caught during an unbelievable day of fishing with Capt. Kasye Bourn during the IWFA Venice Slam. Ballay went on to win the three-day competition.

Record redfish haul leads to IWFA win

Two anglers fishing an international women’s tournament in Venice last week found a honey hole that produced more than 50 bull reds and 50 rat redfish in one spot. 

June 22 at 11:40am
Burning should always be a closely supervised activity to ensure the fire doesn’t get out of hand.

Timber vs. wildlife - Management is the key to success

Timber and wildlife are renewable resources — one a potential source of income and the other a great source of annual enjoyment.

June 22 at 9:00am
This photo from LDWF shows some of trees cut down by Allen Gaspard and Keith Savoy in December of 2014 on Spring Bayou WMA. Gaspard was sentenced for his role in the incident last week by Judge William Bennett.

Second man sentenced in tree-cutting case on Spring Bayou WMA

Two Avoyelles Parish men’s plan to cut down more than 100 trees to block others from accessing their preferred hunting area on Spring Bayou Wildlife Management turned out to be a pretty expensive undertaking.

June 21 at 4:46pm
Toledo Bend Reservoir on the Texas/Louisiana border has been named the No. 1 bass fishery in the country for the second year in a row by Bassmaster Magazine.

Toledo Bend retains Bassmaster’s No. 1 ranking for 2016

For the first time since Bassmaster started creating a Top 100 Best Bass Lakes ranking, a fishery has managed to claim the honor in back-to-back years. And 2016 also marks the first time the coveted title has been awarded to the same location twice.

June 21 at 10:51am

Sunset man cited for allegedly harvesting 6-foot gator in Cameron Parish

An anonymous tip lead enforcement agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to a Sunset man who allegedly harvested an alligator in Cameron Parish on June 10.

June 21 at 9:56am
Learning to skip a jig is just a matter of practice and the right equipment.

Skipping jigs

If you’ve ever seen an angler that really knows how to skip a jig under a boat dock, you’ll see why they are so good at catching bass around these structures.

June 16 at 6:00am

The 2016 Turkey Season

LDWF data indicate the turkey kill in Louisiana has been on the decline since 2009. I suspect the decline will continue this past season.

June 15 at 7:00am
Wrecks are easy to overlook. This one appears to simply be a modest rise in the bottom. Note, however, the schools of fish suspended over it.

How to fish for snapper without oil rigs

It felt weird — catching snappers in the wide open.

No rig. Nothing to mark the spot. Nothing but open water.

No bottom structure was visible even on the depth sounder screen — just a few fish holding over a spot on the bottom.

June 15 at 7:00am

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