Freshwater Fishing

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Tips from a crappie killer

Part of Glynn Lavergne’s secret to success with slab crappie has to do with the very sensitive tackle he uses to entice fish.

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February 20 at 6:30 am
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How to hook a minnow

While fishing a Crappie Masters tournament several years ago, an observer asked veteran angler Whitey Outlaw about the way he hooked a minnow on his jig.

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February 19 at 3:00 pm
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February is best month to load up on crappie

Fishermen in the Southeast who wait until March to break out their crappie rods, minnow buckets and tackle boxes full of tiny jigs and soft plastics are missing some of the best fishing of the year, according to North Carolina crappie guru Ed Duke.

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February 19 at 6:30 am
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Crappie hotspots: Des Allemands and Cataouatche offer one-two punch!

It’s safe to say Ty Hibbs suffers from wanderlust.

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February 18 at 8:36 am
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Love ’em or hate ’em — the good and the bad of fishing with yo-yos

Yo-yos are one of those pieces of fishing gear that people either love or hate. Few people say, “Oh, yeah; they are OK, even though I don’t use them.”

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February 15 at 7:00 am
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Rigging and using yo-yos

Yo-yos, more properly called automatic fishing reels, are simple but ingenuous devices. Essentially, a yo-yo is a stainless steel spring enclosed within two circular pieces of sheet metal held together by a single rivet in the middle. 

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February 15 at 7:00 am
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Top picks from “Bruiser Bob’s” crappie fishing closet

Bob Mitcham’s man cave has more than fluffy recliners, a big screen TV, and all kinds of fishing and hunting signage, photos and memorabilia.

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February 15 at 7:00 am
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Is Lake D’Arbonne’s crappie fishing too good to be true?

Crappie fishing was so good on Lake D’Arbonne early in 2014 that fishermen seriously wondered, “are too many people catching too many fish?”

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February 15 at 7:00 am
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Depth finder critical to crappie-fishing success

What does the perfect picture look like on your electronic graph when you are looking for crappie in the deep water on D’Arbonne in February?

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February 15 at 7:00 am
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Where to stay, eat at Lake D’Arbonne

Planning a trip to Union Parish to take on Lake D’Arbonne’s famous crappie? Well, you can also — as the T-shirts say —eat, sleep and fish, and stay a while.

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February 15 at 7:00 am
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Crappie hotspots: The beat goes on at Lake Bistineau

With no malice in his heart, Homer Humphreys says Lake Bistineau is the “dangdest” lake he’s ever seen.

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February 12 at 10:20 pm
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Crappie hotspots: Bridges and bays best bets for Toledo Bend

“They’re en route,” said Jerry Thompson, with Living The Dream Guide Service at Toledo Bend.

And therein lies the problem.

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February 12 at 8:52 am
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Crappie hotspots: Lake D'Arbonne fish on the move

Chris Burnham had been idling over the 20-foot hole in front of his house for a few weeks with a keen eye on his sonar. 

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February 11 at 9:15 am
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Crappie hotspots: Atchafalaya Basin bite is on!

While helping his fishing buddy Jeff Bruhl scout for a few bass hotspots in the Atchafalaya Basin on Friday, Chris Macaluso couldn’t help but wonder if the sac-a-lait were biting. 

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February 10 at 8:57 am
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Saline meat haul — Yo-yo fishing tactics for catfish, perch and more

It all began with a photograph.

Amber Bordelon sent it to Louisiana Sportsman magazine to see if they would print it. It looked like an avalanche of sac-a-lait, catfish, and bream.

It knocked my eyes out.

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February 01 at 7:00 am
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Hook, line & sinker — Expert tactics for Lake D’Arbonne crappie

The first time I met Bob Mitcham, he had so much fishing equipment it took a 25-foot step-in cargo van to haul it all around.

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February 01 at 7:00 am
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