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LDWF schedules drawdown on Lake Martin beginning Sept. 6

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has scheduled a drawdown to control nuisance aquatic vegetation in Lake Martin on Sept. 6, according to a news release.

10 hours ago
Capt. Kris Robert with One Last Cast Charters said both the L&N Train Bridge and the Hwy. 90 bridge are solid spots for speckled trout this month. His go-to setup is a drop-shot rig with live shrimp, and he said plan on being early to get a good spot.

Arrive early at L&N Train Bridge for July speckled trout action

Capt. Kris Robert said he thinks speckled trout act a lot like people when dealing with summertime heat: If they get hot, they go somewhere where they can cool down. And they prefer not to gorge themselves during the height of the heat of day.

That means early morning trips where cooler, deeper water and easily accessible bait are readily available. 

10 hours ago
Cracked crab on the bottom can attract the attention of Grand Pass reds this month.

Grand Pass anglers will be rewarded with redfish

When Thibodaux’s Travis Lovell points the bow of his boat to Grand Pass in July, he knows he’ll catch black drum or redfish there, which is why he likes to call it Fishin’ Roulette in Grand Pass.

Is it red or black?

11 hours ago
Yellowfin grouper display more intense yellow pigment around their mouths, as well as near the eye and in their fins. Their body color usually is more evenly brown compared to the scamp, which has darker dots and splotches on a lighter background.

Yellow is a good color offshore

The grouper family has a lot of fish trimmed in yellow, and all of them are good to eat.

The yellowfin and yellowedge groupers both have fin edges trimmed with wide canary-yellow bands. This is especially noticeable in their pectoral (side) fins.

11 hours ago
Jackson Bienville WMA has provided quality public hunting for decades, but that era ended when a free-lease agreement couldn’t be hammered out with property owner Weyerhaeuser.

Jackson Bienville closure is disappointing

Jackson Bienville Wildlife Management Area has been a special place for several generations of Louisiana hunters. 

I know some folks whose earliest hunting memories were built on the 25,000-acre property. For many, Jackson Bienville WMA is part of an annual pilgrimage during which they travel from one tract of public land to the next like hunting gypsies.

16 hours ago

Two more cited for oyster violations in Plaquemines Parish

Enforcement agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries cited two men on Wednesday for alleged oyster violations in Bayou Terre Aux Boeufs in Plaquemines Parish, according to a news release.

Yesterday at 10:24pm
Rep. Garret Graves said he plans to continue to push regional red snapper management despite LDWF's concerns over the lack of federal funding.

Funding objections to regional red snapper management ‘political crap,’ congressman says

The Baton Rouge author of a congressional bill that would transfer management of red snapper to the five Gulf of Mexico states fired back this week at the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries secretary, who last week issued a statement saying a lack of federal funding could prevent the state from participating in any regional management program.

“Obviously this is political crap going on, and we’re just trying to figure out where it’s coming from and why,” Congressman Garret Graves told LouisianaSportsman.com. “This isn’t a partisan issue, and it shouldn’t be something that becomes controversial. If they want to play political games, they can play them by themselves.

Yesterday at 5:25pm
Louisiana's inshore shrimp season will close at 6 p.m. on July 3 in the bulk of state waters from the Mississippi/Louisiana line to Freshwater Bayou, except for the open waters of Mississippi Sound and Breton and Chandeleur Sounds.

Spring inshore shrimp season to close July 3 in majority of state inside waters

The spring inshore shrimp season will close at 6 p.m. on Sunday, July 3 from the Mississippi/Louisiana state line westward to the western shore of Freshwater Bayou, with the exception of the open waters of Mississippi Sound, and Breton and Chandeleur Sounds seaward to the double-rig line.

Yesterday at 9:31am
Don’t ignore the smaller wellheads that can hold trout and reds.

3 keys to speck-fishing in Bay Eloi

Capt. Rory Rorison (504-439-1680) said Bay Eloi has woken up from a long slumber and is producing trout in good numbers.

June 29 at 5:01pm
The 30th class of cadets graduated to the enforcement division of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries during a ceremony in Baton Rouge on Wednesday.

Nine new LDWF enforcement agents sworn in Wednesday

Nine new enforcement agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries graduated in a ceremony held Wednesday in Baton Rouge.

June 29 at 4:17pm
To enter your STAR-registered child's 14-inch trout or flounder, just email a picture like this one to tournament director Rad Trascher, whose email address is in the story.  Weighing the fish is not necessary, he said.

Remember CCA STAR kids’ registration for 4th of July weekend

Tournament director Rad Trascher has been a busy man since the Coastal Conservation Association-Louisiana’s STAR kicked off on Memorial Day weekend.

June 29 at 2:47pm
Fried Snapper Throats with Pam’s Remoulade Sauce.

He talks Mississippi but cooks Louisiana

Ricky Ruffin carries the twang of rural Mississippi, but make no mistake: He cooks as well as any born-and-bred Louisianan.

In fact, he ought to be an honorary Cajun. Besides doing all his fishing in South Louisiana, he cooks like the best of the bayou chefs.

June 29 at 9:00am

Four cited for oyster violations in Lafourche Parish, LDWF says

Agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries cited four men for allegedly taking oysters off a private lease in Bay Marlene last week. 

June 29 at 8:39am
After more than a three-hour battle Friday morning, Kyle Boyd takes a breather with the 78-inch, 239.5-pound yellowfin tuna he reeled in during the 2016 Creole Classic. If certified, it will be the new No. 3-ranked yellowfin in the state.

Potential No. 3-ranked yellowfin tuna caught during Creole Classic

Standing 6-feet 1-inch tall and weighing-in at 270 pounds, 18-year-old Kyle Boyd scrapped with a monster yellowfin tuna Friday morning for more than three hours in what turned out to be a pretty evenly-matched classic heavyweight bout.

June 28 at 3:16pm
Sid Havard with two big Claiborne largemouths.

Put Lake Claiborne back on your radar

Bass after bass swirl on the surface of Lake Claiborne as schools of baitfish scatter like bird shot hitting the water, gaining the attention of fishermen across the lake. Those are striped bass chasing shad. It’s probably the most popular game in town during the hot months on this 6,400 acre reservoir.

June 27 at 3:57pm
Nice speckled trout like these caught by Clayton Breaux can always be found at Raccoon Island.

Head to Raccoon Island jetties for trout action

What doubles as a speckled trout honey hole in June and beautiful bird-watching area in the northern Gulf of Mexico?

June 27 at 2:55pm

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