Fishing

Trout typically get smaller this month, but there are still plenty of them out there, according to Capt. Tim Ursin (right).

Bay Eloi to Breton Sound - Trout get smaller, go deeper

August heat and humidity makes many anglers reluctant to get on the water. To say its hot is a given. But is it fishable?

6 hours ago
The red snapper season in state waters will close at 11:59 p.m. on Labor Day, when officials believe the state's quota of 1,116,732 pounds will be reached, according to the LDWF.

State's red snapper season to close on Labor Day, LDWF says

The recreational red snapper season in state waters will close at 11:59 p.m. on Sept. 5, according to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

9 hours ago
Capt. Jay Auseve will be patrolling the beaches around Grand Isle this month because he knows that’s where big trout and reds will be feeding.

Grand Isle beach bonanza

Hook’em Fishing’s Capt. Jay Auseve (985-637-7142) said bull reds and lunker specks will be roaming the Grand Isle beaches this month.

August 26 at 11:21am
Capt. Tristan Daire enjoys putting his clients on solid numbers of redfish in the outside marshes this time of year.

Sight-fish for reds in Pointe a la Hache

Technology has come a long way in the fishing industry, including methods of transportation. It is often remarked that only small boats can go shallow-water redfishing, but fly-fishing guide Capt. Tristan Daire said that couldn’t be more wrong.

August 26 at 7:39am
Focusing on wood in the current of main bayous is the key to catching Atchafalaya Basin bass this month.

Best bets for Atchafalaya Basin bass

The long-awaited drop in the Atchafalaya River happened in late June, and that meant it was easy to catch bass in the Basin.

August 26 at 6:43am
Eric Muhoberac catches bull redfish out of his kayak with ease. He said having enough anchor rope is one of the keys to success in the tournament.

Saturday's Ride the Bull offers redfish battle royale

Ride the Bull has been around for six years, and last year 732 paddlers participated.

The bull redfish tournament is based out of Bridge Side Marina in Grand Isle tomorrow morning, when all of the kayaks leave the marina and paddle out to Caminada Pass on a quest for bull redfish.

August 26 at 6:15am
Nick Poe holds a speckled trout caught at Johnson Bayou Rigs.

SW rigs load up with specks

Leaving Calcasieu Lake for near-offshore oil-field structures pays off with speckled trout in the ice chest when conditions are favorable this month.

No one knows that better than Jeff Poe, a veteran saltwater fishing guide who frequents those structures as much as he can this time of year. One of his favorite destinations is the Johnson Bayou rigs approximately 7 to 8 miles to the west of the Cameron Jetties.

August 26 at 6:01am
Michael Garcie caught his personal best — this 8.33-pound beast — at Toledo Bend. He used a Zoom craw topped with a punch skirt made by his best friend, Aaron Pousson with Pousson’s Punch Skirts and Custom Tackle.

Toledo Bend tactics for the dog days of summer

As of the next‐to‐last week of June, Toledo Bend still was a little over full pool stage, water was getting hotter and, as you might imagine, the daytime bite for bass was decreasing dramatically. 

August 26 at 5:33am
Healthy bass like this are the norm on Concordia and St. John this month.

Concordia, St. John - Double the bass fun

Pardon the old TV chewing gum jingle, but if you are looking for some summer bass-fishing action in east central Louisiana, there’s one sure way you can “double your pleasure, double your fun.” 

August 25 at 7:40am
Capt. Curtis LeNormand with Cajun Fishing Adventures in Buras shows off a nice Breton Island speck fooled by a Z-Man TroutTrick lure last weekend.

Specks still biting on Breton Island

Capt. Ross Montet had a great trip out to Breton Island late last week, easily bringing back four limits of speckled trout on a day when the fish smashed lures as soon as they hit the water, seemingly on just about every cast. 

August 23 at 1:57pm
Ride the Bull VII gets underway this Saturday, Aug. 27, at 7 a.m. at Bridge Side Marina. Online registration ends at midnight Tuesday, Aug. 23, but you can register on-site this Friday and Saturday.

Ride the Bull VII ready to roll Saturday

After a quick 7 a.m. safety meeting this Saturday, hundreds of kayakers will churn into Caminada Pass in pursuit of a redfish big enough to win the seventh installment of the Ride the Bull tournament on Grand Isle. 

August 22 at 5:22pm
Gary Abernethy shows off a big bull red he caught recently with a LiveTarget hot pink rigged shrimp near Baptiste Collette Pass on the east side of the Mississippi River near Venice.

Now's the time to battle Baptiste Collette bulls

This time of year, schools of bull reds begin making their annual move back to inshore waters to spawn, and on the east side of the Mississippi River one of their favorite gathering places is at the mouth of Baptiste Collette Bayou near Venice.

August 22 at 9:13am
You can catch crappie throughout the summer, if you know where they’re most comfortable.

Find the thermocline for more crappie

With August here, the first step to catching most species of fish is to find the thermocline, which is the depth in the water column where the temperature is most comfortable and the most oxygen-rich.

That’s where the crappie will be.

August 17 at 9:30am
The four hours or so before sunrise are the best times to catch bass during the heat of summer.

Get up extra early to beat the heat

August temperatures can be pretty rough on fishermen, and not just because of the heat. Lakes and rivers are full of recreational boaters, which can be as big a headache as 95-degree days with 80-percent humidity and no wind.

August 16 at 5:40pm
Ken Sherman always points his boat into the current, moving forward slow and easy to ensure he doesn’t prop-wash where he’s fishing.

Be wary of trolling motor prop wash when fishing

Ken Sherman is a perfectionist, paying close attention to every detail involved in catching fish. And one of the things he says many bass anglers overlook is the importance of boat handling when approaching a log jam or tree.

August 16 at 9:00am
Ken Sherman said letting a jig sit with slack line is one of the keys to consistency with the lure.

Top 5 jig-fishing tips to catch more bass

Jigs were once thought of as primarily cold-weather lures, but anglers have proved over the past decade or so the baits will produce bites even in the heat of summer.

But a lot of fishermen struggle to master jig fishing. Baton Rouge’s Ken Sherman, on the other hand, won lots and lots of money with that lure tied to the end of his line before giving up competitive fishing.

August 15 at 3:22pm