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CCA-Louisiana will begin construction of the new West End Reef in Lake Pontchartrain on May 31. The reef, which will be composed of 2,200 tons of limestone and crushed concrete, will be located near a planned fishing pier.

CCA to build new West End Reef in Lake Pontchartrain

The Coastal Conservation Association of Louisiana is scheduled to begin construction of a new artificial reef near West End in Lake Pontchartrain on May 31, according to a news release.

38 minutes ago
Josh Chauvin shows off a big alligator snapping turtle he caught using a noodle constructed with a non-stainless hook, untarred line and a ½-inch hex nut for the weight.

Apex Predator: How to make noodles to catch alligator snapping turtles

Catching turtles is something I’ve done since childhood. In fact, I used to catch and sell them with a reptile collector’s license as a kid. 

2 hours ago
Grand Isle big trout specialist Tommy Vidrine uses a cast net to catch live pogies at Grand Isle — one of his favorite baits to catch hammer specks.

Step-by-step instructions: How to throw a cast net

It’s definitely not rocket science, but throwing a cast net is a skill that confounds lots of anglers.

7 hours ago

Four cited in Terrebonne Parish for alleged shrimping violations

Agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries cited four people for alleged recreational shrimping violations Saturday in the Robinson Canal in lower Terrebonne Parish, according to a news release.

11 hours ago
Ty Humphries shows off the 11.74-pound Toledo Bend largemouth he caught Sunday to win the Sealy Outdoors Big Bass Splash, including $10,000 cash, a brand new Triton boat and a 2016 Ram 1500 pickup truck.

11.74-pounder wins Sealy Outdoors Big Bass Splash at Toledo Bend

Long before Bassmaster Elite Pro Kevin VanDam’s win at Toledo Bend on May 15, Stonewall’s Ty Humphries had been fishing a Strike King Series 10XD crankbait bite for some great bass leading up to this weekend’s Sealy Outdoors Big Bass Splash.

Yesterday at 1:52pm
Denham Springs angler Darren Cooper seined the Pointe-aux-Chenes marsh for redfish Saturday, getting deeper into the marsh than he'd ever been thanks to sky-high water levels.

Best tips for summer Pointe-aux-Chenes marsh

Last week's torrential downpours couldn't stop the redfish action in the Pointe-aux-Chenes marsh. In fact, the stiff westerly winds backed up the water, making it even easier to get to the fish.

"I never fish when the water is this high," said Denham Springs angler Darren Cooper, who owns a camp minutes from Pointe-aux-Chenes Marina. "When it's high, I usually stay at that camp."

He was happy he did't sleep in by the time he returned to the launch Saturday.

Yesterday at 11:32am
A set of steps and a hand rail make for safer entry and exit from the boat while it is on the trailer.

Inspect your boat before launching

I’m usually a little late getting started with spring fishing because hog hunting with the dogs fills the gap between the close of deer and opening of turkey seasons.

Then chasing the gobblers uses up most of April.

But this year was a little different. We had some catching up to do. 

Yesterday at 10:14am
Louisiana's Safe Boating Week is May 21-27, and enforcement agents with LDWF will be conducting safety checks and patrolling for DWIs.

Louisiana's Safe Boating Week set for May 21-27

May 21-27 has been designated as “Safe Boating Week” in Louisiana, and the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is reminding everyone to be responsible on the water.

May 20 at 1:54pm
Benton Elementary School's team poses with their national championship trophy in the NASP/IBO 3-D Challenge division at the NASP National Tournament last week in Louisville, Ky.

Benton schools earn two championships in national archery tournament

Two Benton schools recently earned national titles at the National Archery in Schools Program National Tournament held in Louisville, Ky. last week.

May 20 at 10:50am
A small skid-steer mulcher can make quick work of brush and small trees.

TSI, anyone? Timber stand improvement helps create quality deer habitat

We now live in a digital high-tech world defined by acronyms of every stripe, but many of you might not be familiar with this particular one.

May 19 at 4:00pm
Clint Ward of Lake Charles, owner of CW Custom Lures, caught these bass, a 7.2-pounder and an 8-pounder, on his own custom CW artificial lure while fishing with Johnny Watkins on April 6 at the Lacassine Pool in southwest Louisiana.

Lacassine Pool lights up

A Lake Charles outdoorsman who started fishing for bass in the Lacassine Pool of the Lacassine National Wildlife Refuge when he was in the eighth grade knows where some of the best bass fishing can be had in southwest Louisiana in May.

May 19 at 2:44pm
They aren’t as glamorous as a big bass or a slab crappie, but channel catfish provide a great fight for fishermen and excellent table fare.

Lake to table - Lake D’Arbonne’s catfish are hard to beat

The appeal of catching an 8- to 10-pound bass or a cooler full of slab crappie brings most visitors to the 16,000-acre Lake D’Arbonne in Farmerville.

May 19 at 11:08am
In a still shot from a video, Detective Jason McRight with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office talks to Elite Redfish Anglers at their captains' meeting in Orange, Texas last month about Louisiana's laws concerning trespassing and private waters.

Video: Captains’ meeting rankles tournament redfish anglers

Capt. Steve Smith, a Lafayette-based charter guide who works out of both Cypremort Point and Big Lake, also fishes the Elite Redfish Series across the Southeastern U.S.

But when the tour visited the Sabine River in Orange, Texas, last month, Smith opted to stay away from his home state's waters  — not because the fishing was better on the other side of the river, but because he didn’t want to take a chance of being accused of trespassing on private property in Louisiana.

May 19 at 8:22am
Nicole Meariman shows off a glowing redfish that she caught on a purple-haze Vortex Shad while fishing with Capt. Ty Hibbs out of Delacroix.

Find the grass, find the Delacroix reds

Techniques for fishing vary from coast to coast, and down here in South Louisiana anglers have a wide range of tactics available to them to pursue their favorite fish.

May 18 at 3:02pm
Five-year-old Caleb Kellum managed to catch a few nice specks while riding in the back of his dad’s kayak. Trolling is a great way to get young children involved in fishing.

Trolling for trout - Tips for putting more fish in the ’yak

You’re slowly making your way across a small lake. Suddenly, both lines dragging behind the kayak go tight.

It’s a problem, but a good problem.

May 18 at 9:00am
Capt. Jared Adams poses with the 9.64-pound speck he caught in a marsh pond near Big Lake that ultimately won first place for heaviest trout in the Yellow Mouth Fever tournament earlier this month in Mississippi.

World Trout Championships excludes Louisiana waters west of the Mississippi River

Capt. Jared Adams has been putting the hurt on 7-, 8- and even 9-pound specks in Big Lake, and in doing so the guide recently collected more than $20,000 in cash and prizes from two Mississippi-based trout tournaments.

May 17 at 9:44pm

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