Fishing

Sid Havard with two big Claiborne largemouths.

Put Lake Claiborne back on your radar

Bass after bass swirl on the surface of Lake Claiborne as schools of baitfish scatter like bird shot hitting the water, gaining the attention of fishermen across the lake. Those are striped bass chasing shad. It’s probably the most popular game in town during the hot months on this 6,400 acre reservoir.

11 hours ago
Nice speckled trout like these caught by Clayton Breaux can always be found at Raccoon Island.

Head to Raccoon Island jetties for trout action

What doubles as a speckled trout honey hole in June and beautiful bird-watching area in the northern Gulf of Mexico?

12 hours ago
J Lynn Vidrine shows off the monster 26-inch speckled trout she caught Saturday morning on the back side of Grand Isle. The 6-pound, 8-ounce fish is the new Southeast Division STAR leader, and earned first place in the Creole Classic Fishing Tournament.

Vidrine’s big Creole Classic speck new STAR leader

Tommy Vidrine and his wife J Lynn enjoyed an epic fishing weekend on Grand Isle, scooping up four trophies in the 2016 Creole Classic and putting a new 6-pound, 8-ounce hammer speckled trout into the lead for the STAR Tournament’s Southeast Division.

14 hours ago
The author's dad, Allen Crawford, helped drag a mess of huge goggle-eye out of the Atchafalaya Basin last Monday.

Atchafalaya Basin fishing turned as river drops

If you're in South Louisiana and want to catch some bass or panfish, all you need to do is head to the Atchafalaya Basin. Water levels have finally dropped, and that means the runouts are holding bass, crappie and bream.

I learned that first hand while on vacation last week, during which I spent four of the five days fishing the Spillway from the Flat Lake area all the way to upper Bayou Sorrel.

16 hours ago

Prairieville man dies in Blood River boating accident

A 59-year-old Prairieville man died Saturday night when the boat he was operating struck a bulkhead and ejected him into the water, according to a news release from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

17 hours ago
Enforcement agents with the LDWF will be on patrol this weekend during Operation Dry Water, checking for operator impairment and boater safety on many state waterways.

LDWF launches Operation Dry Water this weekend

Drinking alcohol and boating are never a good mix, but it could be an especially poor decision this weekend on state waterways.

Enforcement agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will be taking part in Operation Dry Water, with increased patrols through Sunday checking for boater safety and operators driving while intoxicated.

June 24 at 1:58pm
Capt. Mike Gallo runs into nice speckled trout along the structures in Lake Borgne.

Lake Borgne is a bona fide June trout hotspot

Outside fishing in the summertime is popular among South Louisiana anglers, and a large portion of fishermen fill up the boat and make a long haul to Breton Sound.

Go there on a weekend in June and you likely can walk from vessel to vessel.

June 24 at 10:30am
Greg Hackney's Day 1 catch on Cayuga Lake was disqualified after he fished in an off-limits area behind a marina, according to B.A.S.S. tournament director Trip Weldon.

B.A.S.S.: Hack’s Day 1 Cayuga Lake catch DQ’d

It looked for a while that Gonzales’ Greg Hackney had maintained his Angler of the Year lead after the Day 1 weigh-in on Cayuga Lake, with a solid 17-pound, 8-ounce bag good for 36th place.

June 24 at 1:28am
Secretary Charlie Melancon said he's in favor of regional red snapper management, but didn't know if the LDWF could afford to tackle the program now that federal funding has been removed from Rep. Garret Graves' bill in Congress.

Funding concerns reason for Melancon’s opposition to red snapper bill

In an interview Thursday from the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council meeting in Clearwater Beach, Fla., Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries secretary Charlie Melancon clarified his position on a bill in Congress that would transfer management of Gulf red snapper to the five Gulf states.

June 23 at 4:51pm
LDWF secretary Charlie Melancon has came out against Rep. Garret Graves' bill in Congress that would give management authority of Gulf red snapper to the five Gulf states, saying the program could be too costly to implement without any federal assistance.

Melancon opposes bill giving Gulf states control of red snapper management

A surprise statement this week from Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries secretary Charlie Melancon opposing a bill in Congress that would transfer management of red snapper from the federal government to the five Gulf states has dented the previously unified front between the LDWF and Coastal Conservation Association - Louisiana, which has long-advocated for the switch on behalf of recreational anglers.

June 22 at 4:38pm
Meredith Ballay, of Buras, shows off one of the bull reds she caught during an unbelievable day of fishing with Capt. Kasye Bourn during the IWFA Venice Slam. Ballay went on to win the three-day competition.

Record redfish haul leads to IWFA win

Two anglers fishing an international women’s tournament in Venice last week found a honey hole that produced more than 50 bull reds and 50 rat redfish in one spot. 

June 22 at 11:40am
Toledo Bend Reservoir on the Texas/Louisiana border has been named the No. 1 bass fishery in the country for the second year in a row by Bassmaster Magazine.

Toledo Bend retains Bassmaster’s No. 1 ranking for 2016

For the first time since Bassmaster started creating a Top 100 Best Bass Lakes ranking, a fishery has managed to claim the honor in back-to-back years. And 2016 also marks the first time the coveted title has been awarded to the same location twice.

June 21 at 10:51am
Learning to skip a jig is just a matter of practice and the right equipment.

Skipping jigs

If you’ve ever seen an angler that really knows how to skip a jig under a boat dock, you’ll see why they are so good at catching bass around these structures.

June 16 at 6:00am
Florien's Joe Cooley landed this 12.2-pound Toledo Bend bass, which topped 14 pounds when caught in March.

Toledo Bend 12-pounder caught for second time in four months

Early this year, Florien’s Joe Cooley shared a goal with brother-in-law Martin Mayo that each would catching a Toledo Bend bass weighing at least 10 pounds during the season.

For Mayo, it happened in early April with an 11.21-pound that earned him the big bass award during the Louisiana Oilman’s Bass Invitation. That huge fish anchored a 36.87-pound stringer Mayo and Cooley put together for a ninth-place finish in the tournament.

Since then, Cooley has been busy moving, but he was able to get on the water June 8 — and that trip ended with bass that not only accomplished the goal of catching a double-digit bass but bested his buddy’s lunker by almost a pound.

June 14 at 7:14am
Caleb Sumrall builds hefty stringers of bass by punching grass.

Punching practices

Submerged vegetation is to bass as politics is to lying — you won’t find one without the other.

That means when a nice, thick grass bed forms on pretty much any body of water, bass anglers will be punching soft-plastics through the mats.

June 13 at 6:00am
Sportsman TV host Greg Hackney pocketed $100,000 and a 2017 Bassmaster Classic berth Sunday (June 12) by winning BASSfest at Lake Texoma.

Hackney wins BASSfest and 2017 Bassmaster Classic berth

Sportsman TV host Greg Hackney bagged 17 pounds, 15 ounces of bass today to win the Bassmaster BASSfest Championship at Lake Texoma. His four-day total was 66-2, which bounced him from third to the top spot.

The Gonzales pro, who is leading the B.A.S.S. Angler of the Year race, earned $100,000 dor the win — and an automatic berth in the 2017 Bassmaster Classic to be held at Lake Conroe outside of Houston.

June 12 at 8:17pm