Fishing

Two more cited for oyster violations in Plaquemines Parish

Enforcement agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries cited two men on Wednesday for alleged oyster violations in Bayou Terre Aux Boeufs in Plaquemines Parish, according to a news release.

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Rep. Garret Graves said he plans to continue to push regional red snapper management despite LDWF's concerns over the lack of federal funding.

Funding objections to regional red snapper management ‘political crap,’ congressman says

The Baton Rouge author of a congressional bill that would transfer management of red snapper to the five Gulf of Mexico states fired back this week at the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries secretary, who last week issued a statement saying a lack of federal funding could prevent the state from participating in any regional management program.

“Obviously this is political crap going on, and we’re just trying to figure out where it’s coming from and why,” Congressman Garret Graves told LouisianaSportsman.com. “This isn’t a partisan issue, and it shouldn’t be something that becomes controversial. If they want to play political games, they can play them by themselves.

6 hours ago
Louisiana's inshore shrimp season will close at 6 p.m. on July 3 in the bulk of state waters from the Mississippi/Louisiana line to Freshwater Bayou, except for the open waters of Mississippi Sound and Breton and Chandeleur Sounds.

Spring inshore shrimp season to close July 3 in majority of state inside waters

The spring inshore shrimp season will close at 6 p.m. on Sunday, July 3 from the Mississippi/Louisiana state line westward to the western shore of Freshwater Bayou, with the exception of the open waters of Mississippi Sound, and Breton and Chandeleur Sounds seaward to the double-rig line.

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Don’t ignore the smaller wellheads that can hold trout and reds.

3 keys to speck-fishing in Bay Eloi

Capt. Rory Rorison (504-439-1680) said Bay Eloi has woken up from a long slumber and is producing trout in good numbers.

Yesterday at 5:01pm
To enter your STAR-registered child's 14-inch trout or flounder, just email a picture like this one to tournament director Rad Trascher, whose email address is in the story.  Weighing the fish is not necessary, he said.

Remember CCA STAR kids’ registration for 4th of July weekend

Tournament director Rad Trascher has been a busy man since the Coastal Conservation Association-Louisiana’s STAR kicked off on Memorial Day weekend.

Yesterday at 2:47pm

Four cited for oyster violations in Lafourche Parish, LDWF says

Agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries cited four men for allegedly taking oysters off a private lease in Bay Marlene last week. 

Yesterday at 8:39am
After more than a three-hour battle Friday morning, Kyle Boyd takes a breather with the 78-inch, 239.5-pound yellowfin tuna he reeled in during the 2016 Creole Classic. If certified, it will be the new No. 3-ranked yellowfin in the state.

Potential No. 3-ranked yellowfin tuna caught during Creole Classic

Standing 6-feet 1-inch tall and weighing-in at 270 pounds, 18-year-old Kyle Boyd scrapped with a monster yellowfin tuna Friday morning for more than three hours in what turned out to be a pretty evenly-matched classic heavyweight bout.

June 28 at 3:16pm
Sid Havard with two big Claiborne largemouths.

Put Lake Claiborne back on your radar

Bass after bass swirl on the surface of Lake Claiborne as schools of baitfish scatter like bird shot hitting the water, gaining the attention of fishermen across the lake. Those are striped bass chasing shad. It’s probably the most popular game in town during the hot months on this 6,400 acre reservoir.

June 27 at 3:57pm
Nice speckled trout like these caught by Clayton Breaux can always be found at Raccoon Island.

Head to Raccoon Island jetties for trout action

What doubles as a speckled trout honey hole in June and beautiful bird-watching area in the northern Gulf of Mexico?

June 27 at 2:55pm
J Lynn Vidrine shows off the monster 26-inch speckled trout she caught Saturday morning on the back side of Grand Isle. The 6-pound, 8-ounce fish is the new Southeast Division STAR leader, and earned first place in the Creole Classic Fishing Tournament.

Vidrine’s big Creole Classic speck new STAR leader

Tommy Vidrine and his wife J Lynn enjoyed an epic fishing weekend on Grand Isle, scooping up four trophies in the 2016 Creole Classic and putting a new 6-pound, 8-ounce hammer speckled trout into the lead for the STAR Tournament’s Southeast Division.

June 27 at 12:59pm
The author's dad, Allen Crawford, helped drag a mess of huge goggle-eye out of the Atchafalaya Basin last Monday.

Atchafalaya Basin fishing turned as river drops

If you're in South Louisiana and want to catch some bass or panfish, all you need to do is head to the Atchafalaya Basin. Water levels have finally dropped, and that means the runouts are holding bass, crappie and bream.

I learned that first hand while on vacation last week, during which I spent four of the five days fishing the Spillway from the Flat Lake area all the way to upper Bayou Sorrel.

June 27 at 10:41am

Prairieville man dies in Blood River boating accident

A 59-year-old Prairieville man died Saturday night when the boat he was operating struck a bulkhead and ejected him into the water, according to a news release from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

June 27 at 9:05am
Enforcement agents with the LDWF will be on patrol this weekend during Operation Dry Water, checking for operator impairment and boater safety on many state waterways.

LDWF launches Operation Dry Water this weekend

Drinking alcohol and boating are never a good mix, but it could be an especially poor decision this weekend on state waterways.

Enforcement agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will be taking part in Operation Dry Water, with increased patrols through Sunday checking for boater safety and operators driving while intoxicated.

June 24 at 1:58pm
Capt. Mike Gallo runs into nice speckled trout along the structures in Lake Borgne.

Lake Borgne is a bona fide June trout hotspot

Outside fishing in the summertime is popular among South Louisiana anglers, and a large portion of fishermen fill up the boat and make a long haul to Breton Sound.

Go there on a weekend in June and you likely can walk from vessel to vessel.

June 24 at 10:30am
Greg Hackney's Day 1 catch on Cayuga Lake was disqualified after he fished in an off-limits area behind a marina, according to B.A.S.S. tournament director Trip Weldon.

B.A.S.S.: Hack’s Day 1 Cayuga Lake catch DQ’d

It looked for a while that Gonzales’ Greg Hackney had maintained his Angler of the Year lead after the Day 1 weigh-in on Cayuga Lake, with a solid 17-pound, 8-ounce bag good for 36th place.

June 24 at 1:28am
Secretary Charlie Melancon said he's in favor of regional red snapper management, but didn't know if the LDWF could afford to tackle the program now that federal funding has been removed from Rep. Garret Graves' bill in Congress.

Funding concerns reason for Melancon’s opposition to red snapper bill

In an interview Thursday from the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council meeting in Clearwater Beach, Fla., Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries secretary Charlie Melancon clarified his position on a bill in Congress that would transfer management of Gulf red snapper to the five Gulf states.

June 23 at 4:51pm