Fishing

Arthur Borchgrevink landed this redfish on a crankbait while fishing a grassy Delacroix pond.

This bait isn’t just for bass

Crankbaits are among the top-producing baits across the bass circuit. Their ability to deflect off cover and get a reaction strike from largemouth bass makes them a tournament-winning weapon.

September 23 at 3:39pm
Capt. Ricky Brondum likes to target redfish this month out of Dularge with cracked crab instead of dead shrimp, because using crabs deters the bait stealers.

Redfish plentiful out of Dularge

When September rolls around, speckled trout are just starting to get the itch to head back to inside waters where they’ll ride out the fall and winter.

September 22 at 4:28pm
Capt. Brian Sherman, with Kayak Venice, shows off a redfish caught along the roseau canes on the east side of Yellow Cotton Bay. Positioning your lure as close as possible to the canes is key to catching quality reds, Sherman said.

Kayaking in Venice: Redfish plentiful in Yellow Cotton Bay

Some kayak anglers might be hesitant to toss a popping cork — attached to a twirling 2-foot leader with a Vudu shrimp dangling from the business end — straight at stands of leaning, swaying, hook-grabbing roseau cane, but not Capt. Brian Sherman.

September 21 at 11:03am
Big, fat crappie like these usually start biting again at Poverty Point this month.

September weather fires up Poverty Point crappie

Poverty Point Reservoir in Delhi is famous for whopper crappie — and lots of them. Local angler Twayne Hosea is famous for catching both, but that’s mostly in the spring. However, that isn’t the only time Poverty’s crappie fishing gets rich.

September 21 at 8:42am

Port Sulphur man arrested for alleged oyster violations

A Port Sulphur man accused of taking oyster from polluted waters for a third time last spring was arrested Monday after information taken from his cellphone linked him to off-limits areas, according to a release from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

September 20 at 6:01pm
According to LDWF's 2014 stock assessment of speckled trout, although the recreational harvest has increased considerably in recent years, the species is not being overfished.

LDWF stock assessment: Speckled trout not overfished

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries on Tuesday released long-awaited stock assessments on several species — including speckled trout — that were being withheld because of ongoing litigation from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. 

September 20 at 1:50pm

Ponchatoula man dies in Lake Pontchartrain on Friday

A Ponchatoula man died in Lake Pontchartrain Friday afternoon after his 14-foot boat was found partially submerged just east of the Causeway Bridge, nine miles from the north shore of Mandeville. 

September 20 at 10:02am
Up the action of your lures by tying a loop knot.

Knot of the month: Loop Knot

Many anglers have been fishing with someone, casting identical lures, with one angler catching fish and the other catching nothing.

That result can’t always be explained just by casting to different spots.

September 16 at 11:00am
Gov. John Bel Edwards told Nola.com he supports the idea of state-managed red snapper in the Gulf, but said he's asked Rep. Garret Graves to work to try to get federal funding back into the bill so the LDWF can afford to cover the expected costs.

Governor supports state management of red snapper — but not H.R. 3094

On the same day embattled Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries secretary Charlie Melancon called a full staff meeting to tell employees he was remaining in charge of the agency, Gov. John Bel Edwards said he still believed in state management of red snapper — even though funding concerns prevented him from getting behind a congressional bill that would give the Gulf states full control of the fishery. 

September 16 at 8:27am
Capt. Casey Brunning finds redfish thick in grassy ponds this time of year.

Throw frogs to fish you can see

Topwater frog fishing for bass is impossible not to love. Watch the blowup, set the hook and horse the fish out of acres of the thickest cover the area has to offer.

Delacroix-based fishing guide Capt. Casey Brunning certainly loves topwater fishing, so when conditions are right, he brings the frog-fishing game into sight-fishing redfish this time of year.

September 16 at 8:10am

Two Breaux Bridge men die in Bayou Teche

Enforcement agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries recovered the bodies of two Breaux Bridge men in Bayou Teche Thursday afternoon after they did not return from an early-morning fishing trip in a pirogue.

September 15 at 8:14pm

Two Houma men cited for taking polluted oysters

Enforcement agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries cited two Houma men on Tuesday for alleged oyster violations in Terrebonne Parish. 

September 15 at 10:06am
Abbeville’s Caleb Brown, 12, hooked this 23½-inch monster bass that weighed 7 pounds, 13.5 ounces at Toledo Bend using a Strike King Rage Space Monkey.

Toledo Bend is in great shape for September

I’m sure fall isn’t in the air at all when you read this in late August or early September. But “prefall” is just around the corner, which means bass fishing is about to bust loose on Toledo Bend.

September 14 at 8:40am

LDWF rescues boaters stranded on Lake Pontchartrain

Agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries rescued two boaters near midnight Monday on Lake Pontchartrain in St. John the Baptist Parish.

September 13 at 3:36pm
This still-shot shows a barred owl snatching a bream from Cody Taylor near Savannah, Ga. last month.  LDWF ornithologist Michael Seymour said the bird was likely young an inexperienced, or just very hungry and saw the opportunity for an easy meal.

Video: Barred owl snatches bream from angler's hand

The old saying says if you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day — but if you teach a man to fish, you feed him for a lifetime.

I guess if you decide to offer your fish to a watchful raptor along the river and it accepts, then it really might be a wise old owl. 

September 13 at 9:20am

Garyville man dies in overnight frogging accident in St. John the Baptist Parish

A 54-year-old Garyville man died early Monday in a frogging accident on Mississippi Bayou in St. John the Baptist Parish, according to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

September 12 at 3:57pm