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Keith Thibodeaux caught this 4-pound bass in the Flat Lake area last month. Atchafalaya Basin bass action slowing down post-spawn
2309 Views - Posted: April 04 at 1:24 pm

The bulk of the spawn appears to be over in the Atchafalaya Basin, but anglers are still catching bass in the Bayou Pigeon area, according to a local angler.


Derris Wiman with his 11.51-pound lunker, taken at Toledo Bend on March 30. Wiman caught the big female with a 5-inch jerk bait, Strike King's KVD Perfect Plastic Caffeine Shad. Shreveport angler snares 11.51-pound whopper at Toledo Bend
2785 Views - Posted: April 04 at 11:00 am

Shreveport’s Derris Wiman probably won’t hesitate from now on when someone asks him if they should get the net ready. 


Dennis Elmore shows off the 11.81-pound beauty he caught on March 24 near Buck Creek on Toledo Bend. Elmore caught the big female with a Reaction Innovations Sweet Beaver in 4 feet of water. Texas angler catches big bass near Buck Creek on Toledo Bend
3436 Views - Posted: April 03 at 4:57 pm

After 39 years of dutifully fishing the spawn at Toledo Bend, Dennis Elmore finally scored the bass of a lifetime. 


The Ocean Isle Fishing Center team in North Carolina won three SKA national championships. SKA announced it was ceasing operations in an email on March 26. Southern Kingfish Association shuts down
2560 Views - Posted: April 02 at 2:56 pm

The Southern Kingfish Association (SKA), sanctioning body of the Mercury Kingfish Trail and promoter of the Yamaha Professional Kingfish Tour, has shut down. 


Big Lake Guide Service's Nick Poe shows off a nice 28-inch speckled trout he caught in early February. The big female weighed about 7 pounds. Big Lake speckled trout starting to crank up
3349 Views - Posted: April 01 at 3:10 pm

As long as spring-like temperatures remain in the forecast, speckled trout fishing at Big Lake should keep on ramping up as water temperatures gradually rise, according to a fishing guide.


Joseph Finger shows off the 4.59-pounder he caught Saturday to win the bass youth division at the City Park Big Bass Rodeo in New Orleans. 67th New Orleans City Park Big Bass Rodeo attracts 575 anglers
2435 Views - Posted: March 31 at 1:43 pm

Saturday’s City Park Big Bass Rodeo attracted 575 anglers, plus 89 kayakers for the Boats on the Bayou division.


Louisiana red snapper anglers are reminded they are subject to being ticketed if they venture beyond the currently recognized 3-mile state boundary. Coast Guard reportedly tickets red snapper fisherman 6 miles off Louisiana's coast
4805 Views - Posted: March 28 at 12:43 pm

After a LouisianaSportsman.com user announced online he had gotten a ticket from the Coast Guard while fishing for red snapper beyond state waters last weekend, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is reminding offshore anglers of the risk of venturing beyond the currently recognized 3-mile boundary.


Capt. Owen Langridge said redfish are biting east of the river in Quarantine Bay and Bay Allen, while speckled trout are just arriving west of the river out of Buras. Specks showing up now on the west side of the Mississippi out of Buras, guide says
2387 Views - Posted: March 27 at 4:38 pm

Speckled trout are just starting to show up on the outer bays and over the oyster reefs on the west side of Buras in advance of a minor April spawn, according to a Venice guide.


North Louisiana's population of salvinia weevils was drastically affected by this winter's severe temperatures, so scientists are working on developing a cold-tolerant weevil for the northern parishes of the state. LDWF, LSU AgCenter search for cold-tolerant salvinia weevil for North Louisiana
2249 Views - Posted: March 26 at 2:32 pm

Unusually cold temperatures in the northern parishes are expected to have killed 90 percent of the salvinia weevils used to combat the invasive aquatic plant giant salvinia, which is clogging waterways across Louisiana.


Steve Harrison, a professor at the LSU AgCenter, caught this stargazer while surf fishing for pompano at Grayton Beach State Park in Santa Rosa Beach, Fla. LSU professor reels in 'shocking' catch on Florida beach
18770 Views - Posted: March 26 at 10:12 am

When Steve Harrison was surf-fishing recently at Grayton Beach State Park in Santa Rosa Beach, Fla., he caught a strange fish that he couldn’t readily identify.


Phillip Lee caught this 10-pounder near Pirate's Cove on Toledo Bend on Tuesday, March 18. It is his second double-digit bass eligible for the Toledo Bend Lunker Program. Another wild week of 10-pounders at Toledo Bend
4974 Views - Posted: March 25 at 1:44 pm

At least three more anglers landed big-time bass during the last week at Toledo Bend.

Here’s a recap of how they caught their lunkers. 


Speckled trout are just beginning to transition from winter to spring, and Capt. Ted DeAgano III said he expects more and more trout will start showing up through Easter in Delacroix. Specks beginning to show up in Delacroix marsh, guide says
2436 Views - Posted: March 25 at 9:51 am

Speckled trout are starting to appear in the Delacroix marsh, according to a fishing guide.


Thomas Hymel of Paulina holds up his 10.6-pound Toledo Bend lunker he caught last Friday in the Patroon area on a black-and-blue Delta jig with a blue sapphire Zoom Super Chunk trailer. Paulina angler catches 10-pounder in Patroon area at Toledo Bend
4444 Views - Posted: March 24 at 3:23 pm

What a difference a day makes.


The 2012 Bassmaster Classic champion Chris Lane has taken the lead on Day 2 of the Bassmaster Elite Series at the St. Johns River. With a total two-day weight of 56 pounds, 4 ounces, Lane will start Day 3 with an almost 9 pound advantage. Lane take Elite Series lead with 37-pound stringer  Video Included
2407 Views - Posted: March 21 at 8:24 pm

The second day of the Bassmaster Elite Series stop on the St. Johns River was one that was beyond belief. Gonzales pro Greg Hackney weighed in a 10-pound, 10-ounce monster, and he was joined in the 10-pound club by Pierre Part’s Cliff Crochet.

And then there was the sack of bass brought to the stage by 2012 Bassmaster Classic champ Chris Lane — five fish that pushed the scales to 37 pounds, 9 ounces.

Lane said the stringer was largest one-day weight he’s ever achieved.


Hunter Gothia, of Bridge City, Texas, used Big Bite's Warmouth swim bream to catch this 10.41-pounder near Housen Bay at Toledo Bend on March 15. Texas angler takes yet another Toledo Bend 10-pounder
3927 Views - Posted: March 20 at 10:41 am

With the fishing tough at Sam Rayburn Lake near his camp, Hunter Gothia of Bridge City, Texas, ventured to Toledo Bend last week to get in on the spectacular bass action that’s taken the reservoir by storm this month.


Ray Dees caught this 9-pounder in the Texaco Field at Lake Dauterive Saturday afternoon, March 15, on a Zoom red shad lizard. New Iberia angler reels in 9-pounder at Lake Dauterive
5890 Views - Posted: March 19 at 4:13 pm

With all the trouble Ray Dees had getting to the boat launch at Lake Dauterive Saturday afternoon, it’s a wonder he was in the right frame of mind to even go fishing at all.