Creature Feature

Spotted gar, here identifiable by the spots on the snout, are Louisiana’s most common gar species. <br />

We got gar - Louisiana has four species

March 03, 2016 at 2:20pm
More anglers today value croakers as a bait species for speckled trout, redfish and mangrove snapper than as a target species.<br />

Why are croakers croaking?

Bull croakers were once easy to find
February 03, 2016 at 6:47pm
The bright-yellow fin margins on yellowedge groupers (bottom) make them easy to distinguish from snowy groupers, even when the latter’s white spots have faded or disappear with age.

Grouper fishing: It’s hard to beat a brownie

And they’re easy to catch, too
January 01, 2016 at 7:00am
Swamp and marsh bass fishing can be hot when fish are not stressed by low-oxygen conditions.

Stressed bass: Run or hide

Study shows hypoxia doesn’t move fish
December 04, 2015 at 9:00am
The subterminal location of a gizzard shad’s mouth, under the snout rather than at its end, is clearly visible here.

We like gizzard shad

Why this species matters
September 02, 2015 at 6:43pm
The small eardrums, only about the size of the frog’s eye, mark this bullfrog as a female.

Bullfrogs are greedy

Easy to catch, great addition to any fish fry
June 01, 2015 at 7:00am
The ability to identify blackfin snapper can put more fish in your box — year round.

Hambones are a treat

May 04, 2015 at 9:00am
Bebe McElroy caught this 185.8-pound southern stingray, which stands as Louisiana’s state record.

Looking for the big sting

Southern rays are largest Louisiana stingrays
April 01, 2015 at 7:00am
Gaspergou are common catches for freshwater commercial and recreational fishermen. At the fish counter they are a real bargain, as these 2010 prices show.

If you knew the gou as I do

Lowly freshwater drum makes good table fare
March 01, 2015 at 7:00am
Catching barracuda is a matter of reeling as fast as you can. And, despite it’s reputation, ciguatera poisoning from eating ’cudas caught in the northern Gulf of Mexico is very rare.

This guy has teeth

The 411 on greater barracuda
February 04, 2015 at 9:00am