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Bobby Phillips caught this chinquapin/bluegill hybrid bream on a recent trip to Cheniere.

Bream-fishing made in the shade at Cheniere Lake

Bobby Phillips knows there are lots of reasons to fish Cheniere Lake in western Ouachita Parish this month.

15 hours ago
Louisiana's 2nd Amendment Sales Tax Holiday is set for this weekend, Sept. 2-4. All eligible purchases will be subject to 3 percent state tax this year because of the state's budget woes, but local sales taxes are exempt.

2nd Amendment Sales Tax Holiday set for this weekend, Sept. 2-4

Louisiana’s Second Amendment Sales Tax Holiday will go on this weekend, but this year the state’s ongoing budget crisis has reduced the savings hunters and outdoorsmen will experience on firearms, ammo and other eligible hunting supplies.

17 hours ago
Trout typically get smaller this month, but there are still plenty of them out there, according to Capt. Tim Ursin (right).

Bay Eloi to Breton Sound - Trout get smaller, go deeper

August heat and humidity makes many anglers reluctant to get on the water. To say its hot is a given. But is it fishable?

21 hours ago
The red snapper season in state waters will close at 11:59 p.m. on Labor Day, when officials believe the state's quota of 1,116,732 pounds will be reached, according to the LDWF.

State's red snapper season to close on Labor Day, LDWF says

The recreational red snapper season in state waters will close at 11:59 p.m. on Sept. 5, according to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

Yesterday at 7:29am
Capt. Jay Auseve will be patrolling the beaches around Grand Isle this month because he knows that’s where big trout and reds will be feeding.

Grand Isle beach bonanza

Hook’em Fishing’s Capt. Jay Auseve (985-637-7142) said bull reds and lunker specks will be roaming the Grand Isle beaches this month.

August 26 at 11:21am
Fish tacos have become very popular in south Louisiana. Because they are quickly made, they are ideal for preparation after a long fishing trip.

This Johnson Bayou cook shines

The night before making a raid on big Sabine Lake trophy speckled trout, 37-year-old fishing guide Robbie Trahan treated me to some Johnson Bayou cooking.

August 26 at 11:00am
This Helix Motor Drive pod is designed as a drop-in electric propulsion unit for Wilderness System’s Flex Pod OS-compatible kayaks. It fits in a specially designed scupper built into the boat.

Electric propulsion motors gaining popularity

Today’s electric propulsion systems can replace everything from kayak paddles to outboard motors, and fishermen are finding them more proficient than ever.

August 26 at 9:00am
Capt. Tristan Daire enjoys putting his clients on solid numbers of redfish in the outside marshes this time of year.

Sight-fish for reds in Pointe a la Hache

Technology has come a long way in the fishing industry, including methods of transportation. It is often remarked that only small boats can go shallow-water redfishing, but fly-fishing guide Capt. Tristan Daire said that couldn’t be more wrong.

August 26 at 7:39am
Focusing on wood in the current of main bayous is the key to catching Atchafalaya Basin bass this month.

Best bets for Atchafalaya Basin bass

The long-awaited drop in the Atchafalaya River happened in late June, and that meant it was easy to catch bass in the Basin.

August 26 at 6:43am
Eric Muhoberac catches bull redfish out of his kayak with ease. He said having enough anchor rope is one of the keys to success in the tournament.

Saturday's Ride the Bull offers redfish battle royale

Ride the Bull has been around for six years, and last year 732 paddlers participated.

The bull redfish tournament is based out of Bridge Side Marina in Grand Isle tomorrow morning, when all of the kayaks leave the marina and paddle out to Caminada Pass on a quest for bull redfish.

August 26 at 6:15am
Nick Poe holds a speckled trout caught at Johnson Bayou Rigs.

SW rigs load up with specks

Leaving Calcasieu Lake for near-offshore oil-field structures pays off with speckled trout in the ice chest when conditions are favorable this month.

No one knows that better than Jeff Poe, a veteran saltwater fishing guide who frequents those structures as much as he can this time of year. One of his favorite destinations is the Johnson Bayou rigs approximately 7 to 8 miles to the west of the Cameron Jetties.

August 26 at 6:01am
Michael Garcie caught his personal best — this 8.33-pound beast — at Toledo Bend. He used a Zoom craw topped with a punch skirt made by his best friend, Aaron Pousson with Pousson’s Punch Skirts and Custom Tackle.

Toledo Bend tactics for the dog days of summer

As of the next‐to‐last week of June, Toledo Bend still was a little over full pool stage, water was getting hotter and, as you might imagine, the daytime bite for bass was decreasing dramatically. 

August 26 at 5:33am
A female nilgai — Asia's largest antelope — escaped from an unknown pen and was shot Thursday morning on Richard K. Yancey WMA. Samples from the animal are being tested to confirm it didn't pose a threat to the state's deer herd.

Escaped Asian antelope shot on Richard K. Yancey WMA

An escaped exotic Asian antelope was shot on Richard K. Yancey Wildlife Management Area Thursday morning, and blood and tissue samples are being sent off to ensure the animal was not carrying any diseases potentially harmful to the state’s deer herd.

August 25 at 3:37pm
Lactation rates in does harvested last fall dipped below 50 percent in some areas of the state, raising red flags for LDWF biologists concerned about poor recruitment during the summer of 2015.

Deer lactation rates ‘major concern’ in portions of the state, LDWF report says

While the deer harvest increased statewide by 12 percent during the 2015-16 season, fawn recruitment and poorer than expected lactation rates in certain areas of the state were a major concern noted in the annual Deer Report prepared by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

August 25 at 1:43pm
Healthy bass like this are the norm on Concordia and St. John this month.

Concordia, St. John - Double the bass fun

Pardon the old TV chewing gum jingle, but if you are looking for some summer bass-fishing action in east central Louisiana, there’s one sure way you can “double your pleasure, double your fun.” 

August 25 at 7:40am
The Apex Predator, Josh Chauvin, shares his favorite gar patty recipe, and also demonstrates how to clean a gar in about five minutes using only a machete.

Video: Apex Predator cleans gar with machete in five minutes

Homemade fish patties have long been a favorite food of mine.

August 24 at 5:26pm

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