Freshwater Fishing

Toledo Bend’s crappie fishing is beginning to challenge in popularity the lake’s legendary fish fishing.

Crappie sniper

September 01, 2017 at 7:00am
The Apex Predator, Josh Chauvin, left, and Brian Cifreo take a closer look at a big bull shark they caught earlier this summer on a noodle line near the Bonnet Carré Spillway.

Apex Predator gets a big bull shark surprise

Noodling adventure resulted in more than just big gars
August 30, 2017 at 10:06am

Des Allemands man arrested for alleged commercial catfish violations

Fonseca attempted to conceal undersized blue cats, LDWF says
August 23, 2017 at 4:43pm

Slidell man ticketed for allegedly stealing crabs in Lake Pontchartrain

Incident occurred in St. Tammany Parish on Aug. 21, LDWF says
August 22, 2017 at 5:20pm
Allen Crawford helped bag more than 130 bream in the Basin Monday by using a jig pole and crickets, and working the banks.

Basin bream are swarming

Covering water until beds are located results in big catches
August 15, 2017 at 2:54pm
Redspotted sunfish, or stumpknockers, are some of the spunkiest bream there are. And they’re delicious.

Don’t knock the stumpknocker

August 15, 2017 at 7:00am
A tripped resettable breaker will cause a trolling motor to stop working. Always use the correct amperage breaker for the motor.

Trolling motors: An expert’s view

August 15, 2017 at 7:00am
Kade Roberts with a 15-pound D’Arbonne catfish.

It’s catfish time on Lake D'Arbonne

Flats near the main river channel especially productive
August 14, 2017 at 1:25pm
James Morgan shows the kind of fish you can catch on Bartholomew Lake this time of year.

Bite is on fire for Cutoff sac-a-lait

Crappie plentiful in Bayou Bartholomew Lake
August 04, 2017 at 9:30am
Bluegills are the bread-and-butter of Todd Schultz’s fly fishing in Bayou Castine.

Poppin’ Bugs for Bream

Don’t neglect the long rod for bream
August 01, 2017 at 7:00am
Barbara Ducote reeled in this South American spotted shovelnose catfish while fishing in the Atchafalaya River earlier this month north of Melville. The LDWF suspects the fish was likely a pet released by its owner.

Amazon catfish caught in Atchafalaya River

2-pound specimen likely a pet that was released, LDWF biologist says
July 20, 2017 at 11:24am
Josh Chauvin shows off one of the big catfish he wrestled on one of his

Apex Predator's extreme noodling: Swim-fishing for big cats

Chauvin leaves boat behind, tangles with cats in the water
July 19, 2017 at 1:41pm
Anglers often jokingly tell tales of catching enough fish to “sink the boat.” Here, it nearly happened. With the stern of his kayak underwater, Eric Muhoberac gives a victory salute while heading in with an overload of big blue catfish.

Kayak catfishing

Get easier access to where catfish hide
July 18, 2017 at 9:00am
Tommy Tregle’s PVC pipe anchor, mounted in a trolling motor bracket, is easy to use and stow.

Tip of the day

July 15, 2017 at 7:00am