Inshore Fishing

Capt. Kris Robert shows off a speckled trout he caught jigging a Matrix Shad soft plastic lure at The Trestles train bridge on Lake Pontchartrain.

Beating the bridges

Lake Pontchartrain is where many a speckled trout angler’s dreams of limits go to die. Fish are there this month, but the bite can be finicky — and knowing subtle nuances and being able to read conditions are keys to success.
December 01, 2017 at 7:00am
Redfish are all over the Delacroix marsh right now, and they're in very shallow water, according to fishing guide Capt. Austin Plaisance.

Redfish, trout thick in Delacroix

Go shallow for reds, deep for trout
November 30, 2017 at 10:48am
Todd Masson shows off a speck headed for the grease and a holiday feast for Thanksgiving.

Catch and cook: Raking in fish for a holiday feast

If fried turkey is getting old, maybe go with fried fish this Christmas
November 29, 2017 at 9:13am
As water levels fluctuate in the marsh, understanding where fish move and gather are keys to a successful trip.

Inshore insights: Understanding water levels in the marsh

Visualizing staging areas is key
November 28, 2017 at 3:09pm
Images like this one from the MODIS Today website provide Louisiana's inshore anglers with the daily status of current water conditions — which makes locating potential fishing locations that much easier.

Video: Using online satellite imagery to find clean water

MODIS Today website provides info that will help you plan your trip
November 28, 2017 at 2:14pm
Loads of trout can be found under birds working potbelly minnows this time of year, according to Capt. Anthony Kyzar.

Keep your eyes on Cocodrie

Speckled trout are stacked up and big enough to take home
November 20, 2017 at 2:46pm
Wilderness Systems pro staff member Dwayne Walley had his Radar 135 with the Helix Pedal Drive all decked out for the Ride the Bull Tournament held earlier this year in Grand Isle.

New gear reviews

November 18, 2017 at 9:00am
November is a great month to target speckled trout at Pointe-aux-Chenes, in deeper bayous and holes on colder days and spread out across flats when it’s a little warmer.

November’s best bets in a ‘yak

November 18, 2017 at 9:00am

Agents cite 16 for alleged oyster violations in Lake Borgne

Incident took place in a polluted area near Half Moon Island, LDWF says
November 17, 2017 at 2:29pm
If the intake on your lower unit gets clogged, you'll need something stiff like a thumbtack to clean out the gunk that got sucked in.

Tiny tools that might just save your fishing trip

Steps to take when your motor’s cooling system gets clogged
November 17, 2017 at 10:57am
The height of your sight-fishing casting platform is largely a matter of personal preference and budget, and there are advantages and disadvantages to both higher and lower set-ups.

Pros and cons: Best stand height for sight-fishing reds

Some anglers use a cooler, others tower 6 feet high or more. Which one is best?
November 17, 2017 at 10:12am
Capt. Eddie Berthelot Jr. said nice speckled trout like this one can be caught in November by using topwater lures over oyster reefs in Catfish Lake out of Golden Meadow.

Targeting specks in Catfish Lake

Topwater lure over oyster reefs effective for nice trout, guide says
November 16, 2017 at 2:27pm
Even on mild fall days, it’s important to wear clothing that keeps you warm and dry. When things get downright cold, adding gloves, a hat and neck protection keeps you from losing precious body heat and makes for safe and comfortable fishing.

Cold weather ‘yak fishing techniques

Staying warm and dry keys to a safe trip
November 16, 2017 at 2:00pm
Eddie Berthelot Jr. fishes a gold spoon with his rod tip down to keep the lure 6 to 8 inches under the surface of the water, and he recommends being patient on the hookset to reel in more redfish.

The lovin’ spoonful

A guide’s top tips to catch more redfish with spoons
November 16, 2017 at 6:00am