Fishing

Six Louisiana anglers are scheduled to compete in the 11-stop 2017 Bassmaster Elite Series trail starting next February on Lake Cherokee in Tennessee.

2017 Bassmaster Elite Series includes six Louisiana anglers

When the 2017 Bassmaster Elite Series kicks off next February at Lake Cherokee in Tennessee, 111 anglers will be in the field — including six from Louisiana.

Yesterday at 2:50pm
Stephen Mitchell of Jena displays a Ouachita River largemouth taken off a submerged sandbar with a Carolina-rigged Zoom Super Fluke.<br />

Ouachita River offers largemouths, white bass and spots

High pressure, bluebird skies and temperatures in the lower 40s can threaten any angler’s frustration threshold.

When even a mild cool front arrives, bass often get lockjaw, leaving many anglers regretting getting out of bed early in the morning.

But Louisiana’s river systems – especially the Ouachita River - often seem to defy that old fishing truism. 

Yesterday at 10:30am
The TAG Louisiana program, a study that uses volunteers to both tag fish and report recaptures, is being axed by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries because the department says it isn't delivering useful information to biologists.

LDWF to axe TAG Louisiana program

In the wake of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ move to axe the popular TAG Louisiana program, the executive director of Coastal Conservation Association - Louisiana sent out a strong email Wednesday critical of the decision, hinting the move was a political one to punish CCA.

December 01 at 9:25am
Brittany Kuhn caught this speckled trout while fishing with Capt. Charlie Thomason.

Hard-plastic Hopedale trout

There’s no doubt that a popping cork with a soft-plastic underneath is a deadly way to catch a boatload of speckled trout — particularly in the fall when fish are gorging on white shrimp.

November 30 at 11:03am
Ken Chaumont shows off a slot red taken on an Egret Baits’ Zombie R.I.P. Stik in the upper Calcasieu estuary, where freshwater from the Calcasieu River mixes with saltier water north of Lake Charles.

Targeting pre-winter slot redfish in upper Calcasieu estuary

These aren’t your typical redfish making wakes along the shoreline. You won’t see their tails or silhouettes darting on the water’s surface, and you’ll rarely see a bird picking overhead. 

November 29 at 9:01am

Metairie man cited for trawling without a TED

A 62-year-old Metairie man was ticketed last week by enforcement agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries for allegedly shrimping in Lake Pontchartrain without a turtle excluder device. 

November 28 at 10:01am
Gonzales angler Ryan Lavigne won the 2017 B.A.S.S. Nation Championship as a non-boater — a feat no other angler has accomplished.

Lavigne owns B.A.S.S. Nation Championship

Gonzales’ Ryan Lavigne did what no other Bassmaster angler has done before: He rose to the top of the B.A.S.S Nation Championship as a non-boater during this weekend’s even at Lake Conroe outside of Houston.

His three-day stringer weighed 58 pounds, 3 ounces — and earned him a coveted berth in the 2017 Bassmaster Classic, as well as an invitation to join the Bassmaster Elite Series next year.

“Making the Classic is a dream come true,” Lavigne said. “It’s something I’ve thought about since I started fishing. My dad took me fishing when I was a kid, and it’s just a passion I’ve never let go.

“And making it to the Classic is one of the biggest goals of my life.”

November 21 at 2:07pm

Catfish, crab advisory issued in Southwest Louisiana, LDWF says

High PCB levels in some tissue samples prompted several state agencies to issue a precautionary advisory concerning the consumption of fish and shellfish for Bayou D’Inde, the Calcasieu Estuary and the Calcasieu Ship Channel.

November 18 at 2:33pm
Aerial herbicide will be administered on about 500 acres in Lake Bistineau by helicopter next week to control the growth of giant salvinia.

Week-long aerial herbicide treatment for Lake Bistineau to start Monday

Helicopters are expected to hover over Lake Bistineau next week starting on Monday to administer an aerial herbicide to treat giant salvinia, according to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

November 18 at 2:02pm
Creating a loop in your anchor rope is a great way to ensure you have a solid connection.

How to create a loop

User “smokinburger” posted step-by-step instuctions on how to create a loop that is perfect for attaching anchors and with other boating uses — and pretty much anything else with which a loop can be helpful — on the LouisianaSportsman.com forum.

November 15 at 6:00am
Tommy Vidrine favors 2- and 3-inch Tsunami swimbaits when targeting November speckled trout on Grand Isle.

November speckled trout tactics for Grand Isle

While many people think of September and October as transition months for speckled trout in Louisiana — when the fish move from their offshore spawning haunts to inside marshes to ride out the winter — Tommy Vidrine also includes November in that count, as well.

November 14 at 9:15pm
Randy Pausina, former head of LDWF's Office of Fisheries, approved hundreds of thousands of dollars in expenditures now being questioned by state auditors.

Audit shows millions misspent by LDWF after BP oil spill

Louisiana’s legislative auditor found a lack of management oversight of funds and operations in the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries in the wake of the BP oil spill, including sampling operations in Venice that cost $2,796 per fish, more than $280,000 in clothing and uniforms with no uniform purchasing policy in place and a used $1.8 million airplane that could now cost the state more than $500,000 to repair.

November 14 at 5:36pm
The Louisiana Saltwater Series — a popular redfish tournament trail started in the wake of the BP oil spill — is being discontinued by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

Louisiana Saltwater Series discontinued

The Louisiana Saltwater Series — a redfish tournament trail created in the wake of the BP oil spill — is being discontinued by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, according to media reports. 

November 11 at 2:28pm
Capt. Brian Sherman with Kayak Venice shows off a nice red caught up against the canes on the eastern edge of Yellow Cotton Bay. November is a great month to target reds and specks within easy paddling distance in Venice, he said.

Kayak Venice: Tips for November specks and redfish

If you’re planning on doing some kayak-fishing along the Louisiana coast this month, Venice is a great destination with relatively short paddles — putting redfish and speckled trout within easy reach of most anglers.

November 10 at 3:24pm