Freshwater Fishing

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Pro tips for choosing winter crappie-fishing spots

Unlike the warmer months, when scattered crappie create the opportunity to pick one or two here and there and piece together a decent day, Toledo Bend guide Dennis Tietje said the late fall/early winter period calls for a higher level of discernment.

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December 15 at 7:00 am
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How to detect light crappie bites

When cooler temperatures have those crappie biting lightly, strike detection becomes paramount. That can be challenging on a good day, but in windy conditions it’s critical that you don’t let the blow rob you of opportunities.

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December 15 at 7:00 am
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Crappie on edge — Best winter crappie-fishing tactics

December has Dennis Tietje on edge, and it’s not because of any Christmas rush.

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December 01 at 7:00 am
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Centerville angler lands 75-pound blue catfish

At least one person was happy after a recent Saints game, but unfortunately for Who Dat Nation, it didn’t have anything at all to do with football.

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November 18 at 2:29 pm
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Cleaning monster catfish

Skinning small catfish is a snap for most freshwater fishermen. After a few well-placed knife cuts, the skin is deftly snatched off with a pair of skinning pliers, and then the flesh is filleted from the backbone.

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November 15 at 6:00 am
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A shared passion for catfishing


Derek Logan told me his wife Rebecca liked to fish. Still, I wasn’t prepared for what I met.

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November 15 at 6:00 am
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How to build Derek Logan’s catfishing jugs

It used to be that a catfish jug was just that — a simple jug that could be a used plastic milk or oil container.

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November 15 at 6:00 am
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Nighttime is the right time — Learn how to catch monster catfish with jug lines after dark

They say it’s not bragging if you can do it.

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November 01 at 7:00 am
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Crappie Trailers

Normally used as an add-on to other crappie lures such as tube jigs or small crappie spinner baits, Crappie Trailers from The Crappie Psychic, LLC feature a beveled design that creates greater bait action and generates more strikes. They can also be used for panfish when attached straight to a small No. 6 long shank hook. Crappie Trailers come in four colors: Chartreuse, White, Crawworm and Flamingo.

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November 01 at 7:00 am
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The Crappie Psychic

There were days as recently as this summer that a 51-year-old Raceland outdoorsman returned from a sac-a-lait (crappie) fishing trip and removed a secret weapon on his tube jig about a mile from the boat ramp. He did this so no one would get so much as a glimpse of the artificial add-on responsible for putting so many slabs in the ice chest.

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October 15 at 9:00 am
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Cross Bayou weir construction in Larto-Saline Complex completed

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced the new Cross Bayou weir in the Larto-Saline Complex is complete, and the lake will now refill and return to pool stage with adequate rainfall.

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October 03 at 2:50 pm
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Scented crappie baits - the facts

Crappie anglers have many products from which to choose. Some may be marketed more heavily to the bass world, but a shad is a shad and garlic is garlic, regardless of who’s smelling it.

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September 15 at 7:00 am
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Crappie scents in suspense

Even for the tournament types, crappie fishing doesn’t always need to be a high-strung tension fest. No doubt, you’d be amazed at the therapeutic benefits of dropping the anchor and deploying a few float rigs baited with something smelly.

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September 15 at 7:00 am
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Good Scents

If you hear Jerry Thompson order cheese on the burgers, you better clarify what he means before assuming it’s lunchtime. Word to the wise: Often the Toledo Bend crappie guide isn’t referring to the buns-and-beef — he’s talking about one of his favorite tricks for enhancing his crappie baits.

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September 01 at 7:00 am
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September drawdowns scheduled for Hardwater, Chicot Lakes

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has scheduled drawdowns to begin on two state lakes starting on Tuesday, Sept. 2.

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August 22 at 1:09 pm
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Tippets

Ask any veteran fly angler and they’ll tell you that August is perhaps the toughest month of the year for fly fishing in Louisiana — with three very notable exceptions.

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August 15 at 7:00 am
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