Creature Feature

A trawl dragged for bait before daylight will often yield large catches of spot, shown here mixed with pinfish and croakers.

It’s easy to overlook spots

May 01, 2016 at 7:00am
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