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A sunset provision has been added to HB 1082, which would raise Louisiana's saltwater license fee from $5.50 to $13.00. If the bill passes with the provision, it would have to be reauthorized in four years. Sunset provision added to House bill which would raise saltwater license fees
1192 Views - Posted: April 17 at 3:19 pm

A 4-year sunset provision has been added to House Bill 1082, which would increase a Louisiana resident’s saltwater fishing license fee from $5.50 to $13.00 and create a Saltwater Fish Research and Conservation Fund, officials said.


Jason Ellender caught this 10.65-pounder at Sabine Lake in March, 2013 on a Heddon Super Spook and landed at No. 8 in the state's record books for Top 10 speckled trout. An exclusive club: Louisiana's Top 10 speckled trout
3544 Views - Posted: April 17 at 10:55 am

Last year, only one angler managed to crack into the record books for the state’s Top 10 speckled trout.


Port Sulphur man sentenced for oyster violations and public intimidation of law enforcement Port Sulphur man sentenced for oyster violations and public intimidation of law enforcement
1269 Views - Posted: April 17 at 9:26 am

A Plaquemines Parish man pleaded guilty on April 15 to his sixth offense of taking oysters in a polluted area and felony public intimidation of a game warden, according to a release from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.


Long a favorite spot for speckled trout anglers south of Terrebonne Parish, structures making up the Pickets are scheduled to be removed and replaced by an artificial reef. Artificial reef that will ultimately replace the Pickets currently in design phase
1875 Views - Posted: April 16 at 4:19 pm

Design work has begun on Phase 1 of the artificial reef that will ultimately replace the Pickets, with the hope that construction of the 8- to 12-acre site will be completed later this summer, officials said.


Shawn Savant shows off the two largemouth bass he caught simultaneously Saturday afternoon on Oden Lake in Rapides Parish. Both bass were hooked on Strike King's KVD jerkbait in sexy ghost minnow. Woodworth angler gets 'two-for-one special' on Oden Lake
2929 Views - Posted: April 15 at 5:10 pm

When Shawn Savant set the hook on his jerkbait Saturday afternoon on Oden Lake in Woodworth, he thought he was about to land a nice 5- to 6-pound bass as the very first fish on his brand new rod. 


Redfish and black drum have been steady in the Lafitte area despite recent strong winds, according to Capt. Kris Hebert. Recent winds have muddied the waters near Lafitte, guide says
1175 Views - Posted: April 15 at 11:05 am

Windy conditions have muddied the waters near Lafitte, but the redfish and black drum bite remains steady, a fishing guide said.


Kevin Madeley caught this 11.56-pounder near Housen Bay with a red crawfish Rat-L-Trap in 6- to 8-feet of water on March 1. Texan takes 11-plus-pounder near Housen Bay on Toledo Bend
1515 Views - Posted: April 14 at 11:01 am

With only 30 minutes until weigh-in for the Fishers of Men tournament at Toledo Bend on March 1, Texan Kevin Madeley and David Miller of Lake Charles had five fish in the livewell and just a few more minutes of fishing time to spare. 


ULM's Dustin Perkins and Trapper Munn won the 2014 Carhartt Bassmaster College Series Central Regional on the Ouachita River Saturday. ULM team wins College Series Central Regional on the Ouachita River
1278 Views - Posted: April 14 at 9:32 am

After a slow opening day on Friday, Trapper Munn and Dustin Perkins picked up the pace Saturday with five fish weighing 11-3, enough to win the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series Central Regional on the Ouachita River with a two-day total of 19 pounds, 6 ounces. 


Darold Gleason caught his third double-digit bass at Toledo Bend since November when he reeled in this 11.71-pounder near the Indian Mounds on Wednesday. Leesville angler catches third Toledo Bend lunker this season
3286 Views - Posted: April 11 at 3:38 pm

Darold Gleason might need more wall space to house all of the giant bass replicas he’ll be receiving soon from the Toledo Bend Lunker Bass Program.


George Smith with the 11.91-pound bass he caught Wednesday morning in Sandy Creek at Toledo Bend. Smith caught her with a white Zoom fluke in about 2 1/2-feet of water. Texas angler lands 11-pounder at Toledo Bend
2442 Views - Posted: April 11 at 2:39 pm

In about an hour’s time Wednesday morning at Toledo Bend, George Smith had more than 25 pounds of bass in his boat, including a hog that tipped the scales at almost 12 pounds.


Slot limits are being rescinded on five lakes statewide effective Sunday, April 20, after LDWF biologists determined length regulations have not proven effective. Black bass slot limit to be removed on five state lakes effective April 20
5348 Views - Posted: April 11 at 11:28 am

Regulations for black bass on several water bodies across the state will change on Sunday, April 20 after biologists determined that length regulations have not been effective, according to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.


Three cited for alleged game fish violations on Larto Lake, LDWF says Three cited for alleged game fish violations on Larto Lake, LDWF says
3923 Views - Posted: April 10 at 5:38 pm

Enforcement agents on Wednesday arrested three people for alleged game fish violations on Larto Lake, according to a press release from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.


This 19-foot center console started taking on water about 11:30 Thursday morning near the mouth of Deer Bayou. Capt. Marty LaCoste came across the stranded anglers while fishing and took them and their belongings on board his 24-foot Blue Wave. 19-foot boat sinks in mouth of Deer Bayou on east bank of Lake Mechant
8724 Views - Posted: April 10 at 2:48 pm

Capt. Marty LaCoste is used to pulling lots of fish over the rails in the waters around Dularge, but Thursday morning he had to pull three people aboard as well. 


In light of the official federal recreational snapper season lasting only 11 days this June, the LDWF announced today that Louisiana anglers can fish for red snapper in Louisiana waters seven-days-a-week beginning on April 14. LDWF to expand red snapper season to seven-days-a-week in state waters effective April 14
3890 Views - Posted: April 10 at 11:47 am

As expected, the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council on Thursday approved an 11-day federal recreational red snapper season set to start on June 1.


The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council is scheduled to vote Thursday on determining if there will be an 11-day red snapper season in federal waters this summer. Gulf Council Reef Fish Committee approves emergency 11-day recreational red snapper season
1544 Views - Posted: April 09 at 6:44 pm

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council’s Reef Fish Committee on Tuesday approved an emergency rule setting an 11-day red snapper season in federal waters this summer.


Greg Hackney is fishing both the FLW Tour and the Bassmaster Elite Series this year, and has won more than $80,000 in six stops so far in 2014, Hackney hopes to keep tournament hot streak rolling on Beaver Lake
1766 Views - Posted: April 09 at 3:28 pm

On Thursday morning, Greg Hackney will blast off on Beaver Lake in Rogers, Ark. at the FLW Tour stop and participate in his sixth consecutive bass tournament dating back to March 6.


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