Tim Bye shows off a couple of the slab sac-a-lait he caught earlier this week at Toledo Bend. Bye said fish were biting in about 20 feet of water over brush piles, and along pilings at the Pendleteon and Lanan Bridges before Thursday's cool front arrived.

Crappie bite solid at Toledo Bend

The crappie were biting consistently at Toledo Bend this week — at least before yesterday’s cool snap came through with the coolest air of the fall so far.

Yesterday at 4:36pm
Lower Sabine River bass might not be monsters, but there are plenty of them willing to stretch your line this month.

Sabine River bass are such fun

When Ron Castille of Lake Charles took a local judge and the judge’s son bass fishing Sept. 1, the bass were ganged up like there’s no tomorrow in a stretch of water he fished on the Sabine River near Orange, Texas.

Yesterday at 2:15pm
Nice speckled trout can be found in Lafitte this month using soft-plastics threaded on light jigheads.

The lowdown on Lafitte specks

Lafitte is a popular destination for anglers across the coast because it’s so close for many fishermen, particularly for those who reside in New Orleans.

Yesterday at 11:00am
A brand new Deadly Dudley saltwater worm in blue moon (top) varies slightly in color compared to a sun-faded blue moon Deadly Dudley Terror Tail (bottom).

Sun-fade soft plastic lures to create slight color variations

Anglers have always tweaked their factory-made lures in their zeal to become more successful on the water — customizing them with upgraded treble hooks, scented dyes, additional “artwork” and thousands of other minor modifications in an attempt to catch more fish.

October 20 at 5:10pm
Mississippi anglers won't be able to keep any speckled trout for the first three months of 2017 if the state ultimately approves a proposal being considered by the Commission of Marine Resources.

Mississippi proposes trout fishing closure January through March

Mississippi speckled trout anglers will have to make alternate plans during the first months of 2017, if a proposal by the state’s Commission of Marine Resources today is approved.

The agency announced it's intent to implement a three-month closure of recreational trout fishing in state waters from Jan. 1 through March 31.

October 18 at 3:14pm

Oystermen plead guilty to illegal harvest in Terrebonne Parish

Four oystermen pleaded guilty last week to harvesting oysters from a private lease without permission in 32nd Judicial District Court in Terrebonne Parish, according to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

October 18 at 10:53am
Fish the edges of Black Bay to catch Hopedale trout this month, Capt. Charlie Thomason said.

Hopedale fishing curve balls

Leave it to Capt. Charlie Thomason to march to a different drummer.

When I called the veteran captain looking for some Biloxi Marsh fishing tips, I received an unexpected answer.

October 17 at 3:18pm

Elmer’s Island to close for one week starting Oct. 24

Elmer’s Island and its access road will close for seven days starting on Monday, Oct. 24, for another construction project, according to a news release from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

October 13 at 2:43pm
Speckled trout action has been hot recently along points and over oyster reefs in Lake Mechant and Sister Lake out of Dularge, according to Capt. Tommy Pellegrin.

Speckled trout bite on fire out of Dularge

Capt. Tommy Pellegrin said the speckled trout bite right now out of Dularge is tough to beat, with fish steadily coming over the gunnels two at a time on double-rigged soft plastics.

October 13 at 1:58pm

Youngsville man drowns Sunday in Cameron Parish

A 57-year-old Youngsville man died Sunday morning when he fell off the bow of a boat while attempting to tie off to a pier in West Pass in Cameron Parish, according to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

October 12 at 9:07am
According to a letter from NOAA, the federal agency could be prohibited from sharing red snapper data with the five Gulf states if Rep. Garret Graves' legislation pushing for state-managed red snapper becomes law.

NOAA: Red snapper data can’t be shared with states

A letter written late last month by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration indicates  that if red snapper are ultimately removed from federal oversight to be managed by the five Gulf states, much of the data currently collected on the species by NOAA — including stock assessments — would not be shared with the states.

October 11 at 2:25pm
Keeping the sun at your back and wearing polarized glasses to more easily see underwater are keys to catching more shallow-water reds in the marsh, according to Chas Champagne, creator of Matrix and Vortex Shad soft plastic lures. <br />
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Top 5 tips to catch shallow water reds

Chas Champagne is easily out on the water more than 200 days a year, and when he’s not pursuing speckled trout in Lake Pontchartrain, you can bet he’s heading for duck ponds near Alligator Point and Bayou Bienvenue in search of feisty redfish.

October 10 at 10:06pm

NOI would establish commercial fishing season on Poverty Point Reservoir

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission on Thursday considered a notice of intent that would modify the ban on commercial fishing gear at Poverty Point and establish a commercial fishing season on the 2,700-acre man-made reservoir in Richland Parish. 

October 06 at 5:40pm
Louisiana anglers will enjoy a Friday through Sunday fall red snapper season beginning tomorrow (Oct. 7). The season is expected to last until Dec. 2.

Weekend red snapper season opens Friday

The 2016 red snapper season reopens Friday for weekends-only fishing, with a two fish daily limit and 16-inch total length minimum size.

The fall season was announced at today’s Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission meeting in Baton Rouge.

The regular 2016 state season closed Labor Day, but LDWF’s Jason Adriance said this year’s total allowable catch had not been reached.

October 06 at 4:43pm