Fishing

Matrix Shad's Chas Champagne hasn't let the opening of the Bonnet Carré Spillway stop him from catching Lake Pontrartrain trout. His wife Kristi and daughter Charleigh even got in on the action recently.

Lake Pontchartrain trout fishing mediocre after Bonnet Carré Spillway closes

Trout still hanging in areas of the lake, but veteran angler says spring run won't be great
April 04 at 5:00pm
The Sportsman's new Cool Breeze shirts are now available in six colors and five prints in long sleeve, and three prints in short sleeve.

Sportsman's Cool Breeze shirt is now even cooler

So what's so cool about the Cool Breeze?
April 04 at 4:27pm

Marsh Man Masson vid: Springtime speckled trout slam in the marsh

Long runs not necessary this time of year
April 04 at 7:04am
Understanding flow velocity, and where water will start moving first, is a big key to locating feeding specks — especially when the tide goes slack.

Inshore insights: Knowing where water moves first

Being in position after a slack tide is key
April 01 at 10:25am

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April 01 at 7:00am
Is the grin on Larry’s face there because he envisions how the fillets off this beauty will taste rolled in his fish fry and fried?

Des Allemands fat cats

Pre-spawn catfish are feeding voraciously now in warming springtime waters. Here’s how they fill a box near the “Catfish Capitol of the Universe.”
April 01 at 7:00am
One of Lebrun’s bed fishing strategies is to occasionally sub in a V&M Wild Craw Jr., a bait he described as having a lazy, irregular action, as opposed to the tighter look of the J Bug.

Toledo Bend Spawn: Phase 3

After a freezing winter and a wet spring, the spawn marches on at the Bend. Here’s the pros’ plan of attack in April.
April 01 at 7:00am
Butch Ridgedell has become so committed to kayak fishing that he no longer owns a powerboat.

Gators, birds and bass

Scenic Lake Martin might be famous as a bird-watching bucket list destination that’s home to more than 1,000 alligators, but the 800-acre water body also holds some big bass. And a kayak is the perfect platform to load up on largemouths.
April 01 at 7:00am
Jeff Bruhl landed this marsh bass fishing Geohagan's Canal.

Marsh madness

‘Green trout’ are on fire in the ponds and marshes off the East Pearl River this month. Here’s one local angler’s plan of attack.
April 01 at 7:00am
This month marks the real start of the trout-fishing season, and Capt. Marty LaCoste knows there are plenty of specks to be had in the marshes surrounding Dularge.

Top 3 trout hotspots

If your freezer is lacking speck fillets, theses are the three places you need to visit this spring — with local guides sharing tactics on how to put meat in the box.
April 01 at 7:00am
Spider rigging ledges in the backwaters is a great way to target spawning crappie in rivers.

Last call for crappie

When the crappie spawn is wrapping up on D’Arbonne and Caney, action is usually just about to crank up on a section of the Ouachita River. Here’s how one guide still catches slabs in April.
April 01 at 7:00am
Don’t let bad habits keep you from putting fish in the boat.

Common trout mistakes to avoid

Even if you’re a dedicated weekend warrior, there’s always more to learn about catching specks. So be sure you aren’t making these mistakes that can impact the number of fish you put on ice.
April 01 at 7:00am
When Caleb Sumrall fishes runouts, he starts with moving baits like a Kajun Boss spinnerbait to take advantage of the aggressive fish that pile up to feed on bait being swept from the swamps.

Post-spawn particulars

If you head to the Atchafalaya Basin dead-ends this month, you’ll likely struggle to put bass in the boat. But Louisiana’s newest Bassmaster Elite Series pro knows just where those fish have gone — and shares his approach to catching them.
April 01 at 7:00am
A hard-fighting Saline Lake gou brought a grin to Tyler Bordelon’s face.

Gaspergou are everywhere

Get all the details on the species known as freshwater drum
April 01 at 7:00am