Fishing

Depending on Louisiana’s unpredictable winter temperatures, Capt. Mike Gallo recommends bringing along a windbreaker or heavy outer coat on January trips to keep warm on the water. <br />

Layer up for winter fishing trips

In a nod to Forrest Gump, January weather along the Gulf coast is a lot like a box of chocolates: You never know what you’re going to get. 

9 hours ago
Josh Maxwell catches Bistineau slabs in January by spider-rigging jigs.

The Bistineau jig

Josh Maxwell isn’t a big dancer, but in January you can bet you’ll find him dancing a jig out at Lake Bistineau.

A Bistineau jig.

Yesterday at 10:47am
Capt. Marty LaCoste finds piles of sheepshead waiting for him and his clients this time of year out of Dularge.

A back-up option that’s actually better in the cold

One of the many challenges of being a fishing guide is the pressure of putting clients on fish day in and day out, no matter the weather.

Yesterday at 10:34am
Capt. Nick Poe uses an anchor caddy system designed by his dad Jeff to keep his anchor within easy reach. It's simply a piece of 3- or 4-inch PVC pipe bolted vertically in a convenient location on the deck.

PVC pipe keeps anchor accessible and ready

Capt. Nick Poe isn’t necessarily a fan of the look of his dad’s PVC pipe anchor caddy system that’s a fixture on many of the boats at Big Lake Guide Service, but he can’t really argue with its effectiveness.

January 19 at 5:06pm

New Iberia man cited for alleged oyster refrigeration violations

Agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries cited a 58-year-old New Iberia man for alleged oyster refrigeration violations on Jan. 15 in Lafourche Parish.

January 19 at 3:55pm
Jeff Broussard displays his 10.77-pound Toledo Bend lunker taken Jan. 11 near Housen. The big bass bit a Carolina-rigged Zoom 10-inch California 420 worm.<br />

Ragley angler takes Toledo Bend 10.77-pounder

Ragley’s Jeff Broussard couldn’t sleep in the early-morning hours of Jan. 11, so he ventured into his workshop and started piddling with his boat around 2 a.m.

January 19 at 9:20am
Dave Cavell (left) and Corey Wheat teamed up to win Claire's Heart benefit tournament in the Atchafalaya Basin by banging vibrating jigs off stumps around main points.

Stay off the banks for Basin bass, anglers say

Prairieville's Dave Cavell and Gonzales' Corey Wheat teamed up to win Claire's Heart benefit tournament last weekend, and the pattern wasn't what they expected.

"We thought we'd catch them punching," Cavell said. "That's how Corey caught them practicing."

Instead, they had to back off the banks, and turn away from heavy flipping rigs.

January 18 at 5:36pm
Capt. Eddie Berthelot Jr. favors cocahoe minnows under a popping cork or tight-lined Matrix Shad for January speckled trout in Catfish Lake out of Golden Meadow. <br />

Slow it down for wintertime trout

By January, speckled trout have settled into the interior marshes around Golden Meadow to ride out the winter, and Capt. Eddie Berthelot Jr. knows where to go to find them.

January 18 at 10:24am

VIDEO: Why PFDs and kill switches are important

We all know we're supposed to use them. It's just Boating Safety 101. Yet we all too often get in a hurry or become complacent, and leave the life jackets in the locker or sitting on the seat as we zip from one fishing hole the next. And too many anglers don't even think about kill switches.

Because nothing is going to happen to me, right? But the fact is accidents happen — and we never see them coming.

This video of two young anglers heading out for a bass tournament shows just how fast things can go wrong and why safety equipment is vitally important.

January 17 at 8:00am
Indiana resident Steve Schmitt caught this 20-plus-pound redfish on a recent trip with Capt. Shawn Lanier out of Venice.

Downriver redfish

Capt. Shawn Lanier (225-205-5353) said he pretty much swims against the flow this month.

January 16 at 11:38am
Frank Canizaro Jr. shows off the first lunker bass of 2017 — a 10.55-pounder he caught on Jan. 11 in the Huxley Bay area pitching a black-neon V&M Flatline jig.

Mansfield angler scores on Toledo Bend 10.55-pounder

Mansfield’s Frank Canizaro Jr. and his fishing buddy Andrew Pilcher initially set out on Toledo Bend’s waters near Huxley Bay on Jan. 11 in search of crappie.

January 16 at 9:40am
Plans are still being finalized, but CCA-Louisiana's David Cresson on Thursday confirmed that a corporate sponsorship had been secured and the popular TAG Louisiana program will continue.

CCA-Louisiana: Popular TAG Louisiana program to continue

Just five weeks after an announcement by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries that the popular TAG Louisiana program would be ending, it appears the popular volunteer fish-tagging and reporting program isn’t dead yet.

In an interview with LouisianaSportsman.com Thursday afternoon, David Cresson, executive director with Coastal Conservation Association-Louisiana, encouraged volunteer taggers to “just keep doing what you’re doing.”

January 12 at 5:20pm

Two Houma men cited for allegedly keeping 52 redfish in Terrebonne Parish

Enforcement agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries cited two Houma men Tuesday for allegedly being in possession of 52 redfish in Terrebonne Parish.

January 12 at 10:06am
Sam Canoe caught this catfish in what should be a January hotspot near Morgan City.

Nutria liver makes great bait

Some of Bill McCarty’s favorite fishing holes in January are between the Wax Lake Outlet and Atchafalaya River, where it’s usually no problem to catch a bunch of catfish averaging 2 pounds.

So imagine the Morgan City outdoorsman’s delight — and at the same time dread — when he hooked one a couple years ago and it rolled to give him a good look at one heckuva catfish on the business end of his 15-pound-test monofilament.

January 11 at 11:13am