Fishing

Sportsman TV host Greg Hackney punched through lilies bordering the cane in Venice for all of the bass he caught Wednesday. With the Mississippi River still dirty, Hack suggested waiting to fish the last few hours of a falling tide.

Hackney punches his way to Venice bass bite

With an incoming tide and dirtier-than-expected water to start the day Wednesday, it took a while for the bass bite to turn on down in Venice.

16 hours ago
Biologically, the state's speckled trout population is doing OK, and Jason Adriance, LDWF's finfish program manager, said there are currently no plans to reduce the daily limit or increase the minimum keeper size.

Louisiana’s speckled trout stock ‘biologically OK,’ LDWF says

Although some fisherman have voiced concerns about the quantity and quality of speckled trout caught across Louisiana’s coast this year — as well as increased fishing pressure on the species — a biologist with the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said LA Creel data indicate more specks were actually caught in the first half of this year than in 2015.

Yesterday at 9:56am
Venice redfish are always willing to eat, but you can get a lot more bites if the Mississippi River is low and green. And there's a trick to figuring out when that will happen.

Northern Mississippi River gauges key to Venice fishing, Hackney says

Fall is here. Temperatures have finally started to moderate, and some of the year’s best fishing will be available without getting heat stroke.

And Bassmaster Elite Series pro and Sportsman TV host Greg Hackney said he launches his boat at Venice as often as possible. 

“You’re getting in that time of year when the (Mississippi) river gets green,” Hackney said in a live Facebook feed from Venice Marina early this morning. “The trout start showing up in the Jump (and) they show up on the jetties in the main river.

“You can catch bass, white bass, redfish and trout — all on the same stuff.”

Of course, prime fishing is all about water clarity, and that’s dictated by the rise and fall of the river. A low river (generally below 4 feet at the New Orleans gauge) means water should be green and clear, while a higher reading hints at muddy conditions.

Yesterday at 9:49am
Sportsman TV host Greg Hackney will be doing live feeds from Venice all day Wednesday on Louisiana Sportsman's Facebook page. Tune in to see what kind of day he has chasing bass in the Delta National Wildlife Refuge.

Hackney live from Venice on Facebook Wednesday morning

If you want to see what goes on behind the scenes while filming an episode of Sportsman TV, check out Louisiana Sportsman’s Facebook page all day Wednesday for live reports from Greg Hackney — who’s down in Venice to target bass at the Delta National Wildlife Refuge.

September 27 at 7:17pm
Dwayne Hyatt, left, shows off the 10.37-pound bass he caught on Sept. 15 in the 6 Mile area. Jay Romero caught his 8.4-pounder on the same night-fishing trip.

Sulphur angler reels in Toledo Bend 10-pounder

With a full moon and dead calm conditions, the stage was set at for a good night-fishing trip on  Thursday, Sept. 15 — and Toledo Bend didn’t disappoint. 

September 27 at 3:21pm
The first of two Central Opens in Louisiana over the next four weeks will be contested on the Red River starting Thursday. Next month, the final Central Open of the season will be held in the Atchafalaya Basin.

Louisiana to host two Central Open Series events in the next month

Louisiana waters will play host to two Bassmaster Central Open Series events in the next month — potentially providing two more anglers with the opportunity to compete in the Classic next year on Lake Conroe in Texas. 

September 27 at 12:45pm
The 8-foot limit on Bassmaster tournament competitors' fishing rods will be changed for 2017, allowing anglers to use rods as long as 10 feet. Elite Series pro Skeet Reese was one of the main proponents of the change.

B.A.S.S. raises maximum rod length to 10 feet starting in 2017

Starting in 2017, the 40-year-old rule that has limited Bassmaster tournament competitors to rods that were 8 feet or shorter will be changed, allowing competitors to use rods as long as 10 feet.

September 26 at 3:55pm
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