Freshwater Fishing

Tradition cleaning Step 1: Using a spoon as a tool, scrape all the scales from the body of the fish and rinse it thoroughly.<br />

How to clean bream the Francois way

September 15 at 7:00am
Old River offers excellent sac-a-lait fishing, as well as bream fishing, and Padra and Gene often “combo fish” for them.

The Old River bream cycle

September 15 at 7:00am
Francois always begins hooking her crickets through the tip of the abdomen, what she calls the “butt,” rather than under the collar behind the head.

Little things

September 15 at 7:00am
Fishing rafts are never out of sight on Old River.

Old River rafts and raft courtesy

September 15 at 7:00am
Padra is a serious bream specialist.

Bull bream beatdown

This Old River bream specialist placed her first bluegill in the state’s record books last fall — now she shares a few tips on how to ‘run with the bulls.’
September 01 at 7:00am
Shimano Curado DC Baitcasting reels

Shimano Curado DC Baitcasting reels

September 01 at 7:00am
A plastic boat and plastic lures make a good combination for catching a mess of panfish. Reliving childhood memories, Robyn Bordelon shows off a hefty basket of hand-sized fish just like she caught when she was a child.

Plastics for panfish

Get back to the basics and target bream in your ‘yak
August 18 at 9:00am
Rio Grande chichlids are an invasive species that has spread throughout the southeast. They are beautiful and tasty little creatures, but they compete with native fishes and therefore, by law, cannot be returned to the water alive after being caught.

Be on the lookout for Rios

August 15 at 7:00am
Kaleb Kellum hoists a feisty bream while his dad, James, looks on. A simple cane pole and a box of worms are all that;s necessary for a great day of catching some hard-fighting panfish.

August’s Best Bets

August 15 at 7:00am
Clip-on Rotogrip Paddle Holder

New gear reviews

August 15 at 7:00am
The tapered end of a wooden chopstick makes a perfect cork peg for Dave Pizzolato because it floats.

Tip of the day

August 15 at 7:00am
Pizzolato nets every fish — no exceptions.

A crappie hot dog

August 15 at 7:00am