Freshwater Fishing

A mature male channel catfish (right) develops a swollen head and thickened lips before spawning season. His body color also changes from the normal olive green shown on the female on the left to a dark slate gray.

Catfish genes

June 15 at 7:00am
Shiners are a top bait for flat fishing. Nick Young lets the fish tell him what they want.

Be a fish listener

June 15 at 7:00am
Jock and Nick Young with some of their Louisiana State Championship crappie, a tribute to adjusting to crappie conditions.

Adjusting on the fly is key

June 15 at 7:00am
Jeremy Gremillion (left) and Ray Ramagos eat plenty of fresh fillets, as well as fill their freezers, with delicious channel catfish from their bottles.

Look, mom: No bait!

Two False River anglers load up on nice catfish every summer —without so much as a rod, or even a single hook. Read on to bone up on bottle fishing.
June 01 at 7:00am
Nick Young with two D’Arbonne summer slabs fresh off the flats.

Flat out crappie

Contrary to popular belief, there is life after the spawn for Louisiana’s crappie anglers. Here’s how the reigning state champ gets it done all summer long.
June 01 at 7:00am
You don’t have to compete with other anglers for brush-pile crappie at Toledo Bend. Instead, use your electronics to find unpressured slabs on bottom structure.

Look down for slabs

If you have the latest electronics onboard, you can forget Toledo Bend’s over-fished brush piles — and still find plenty of unpressured crappie.
June 01 at 7:00am
Josh Chauvin, the Apex Predator, poses with a giant catfish he caught while deploying noodles tipped with cut bait and fresh pogies.

Apex Predator: Catfishing with double-baited hooks

Cut bait tipped with pogies catches more fish
May 31 at 2:14pm

St. Martinville man dies in boating incident near Lake Fausse Point

Victim didn’t return home from Tuesday fishing trip, LDWF says
April 18 at 4:55pm
Toledo Bend's crappie have yet to move to brush piles, so the key to locating slabs is to find bottom contours using your electronics, according to Living the Dream Guide Service's Jerry

Best bets for Toledo Bend crappie

Slabs aren't on brush piles yet, guide says
April 18 at 2:38pm
The weighted clip-on corks in Larry’s hand are both men’s choice for catfishing.

Gearing up

April 15 at 7:00am
The head of the male channel catfish on the right grows much larger than that of the comparable sized female on the left. After spawning season, the male’s head will return to its normal size and it will become indistinguishable from a female.

When to go and why

April 15 at 7:00am