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July mag lays out summer hotspots

The July issue of Louisiana Sportsman will head to the printers this afternoon, (June 21) and start arriving in mailboxes and on newsstands within the week.

There’s no reason why you should go home without your fill of trout this July. We’ll tell you how to overcome obstacles such as wimpy tides, stiff winds and the extreme heat and still put fish in the boat.Read More...
June 21, 2012 at 1:27 pm

Humble Pie Specks

I am sitting in the dark in Silverfish Lodge’s boat shed waiting for my guide, Charlie Thomason, to return from an errand. Oyster boats, one after another, are chugging and puffing by in Bayou La Loutre, so close I could flip a coin onto their decks. They loom out of the dark like giant white wedding cakes, then recede down the bayou to meet their day’s destiny churning endlessly in circles over some remote oyster reef. Read More...
March 01, 2012 at 7:00 am

Arkansas takes College Classic crown from LSU

LSU fishing team members were feeling pretty confident about their chances of defending their Bassmaster College Series title, having located some nice bedding fish on Cross Lake.

And the three two-man Tiger teams did bring a few over-the-slot lunkers to the scales. However, Arkansas team members managed to stick an extra weigh fish, and that was the difference.Read More...
February 26, 2012 at 6:09 pm

No Lease, No Problem

As we soak our waders into yet another duck hunting season, many of us have already begun to reap the residuals from the productive ponds on our leases, while others have had ample time to allow their sore shooting shoulders to heal after experiencing the great pleasure of bagging the limits that come along with a guided trip. Read More...
December 01, 2011 at 10:35 am

Work that Wiggle

About the only way to make a soft-body swimbait more user-friendly would be teaching it to tie its own knot. Short of that, just sling one out, wind it back and note how this hunk of molded plastic excels at doing the work for you.Read More...
June 29, 2011 at 11:01 am

FLW Tour Day 2: Cox continues to lead Red River tournament

Florida’s John Cox pushed his lead being to more than 7 pounds yesterday (May 20) in the FLW Tour held on the Red River, leading the top-20 field moving to the third-day semi-finals.

Cox put together 14 pounds during Friday’s competition to bring his two-day total to 28 pounds, 10 ounces.

He fished the first two days of competition from a 17-foot boat powered by a 75-horsepower Mercury with hopes that the lighter rig would allow him access to shallow-water areas other competitors could not reach. Cox said he made a two-hour run each way to his fishing spot.Read More...
May 21, 2011 at 9:45 am

BFL All-American Day 2: Wheeler pushes lead to 9 1/2 pounds

Indiana’s Jacob Wheeler extended his lead yesterday (May 20) in the BFL All-American event being held on Cross Lake. Wheeler put 10 pounds, 4 ounces on the scales for a two-day total of 19 pounds, 2 ounces and a 9 ½-pounds lead over his closest competitor.

“Today was a much tougher day for me,” said Wheeler, who is fishing in his first BFL All-American. “The wind really muddied up a lot of my water and changed the way I fished today. I slowed down a lot and just tried to maintain my lead; I was very fortunate to gain a few pounds with a much smaller bag than yesterday.”Read More...
May 20, 2011 at 9:46 am

Evening frogging makes the most of afternoon bass fishing trips

If you’re heading bass fishing, well don’t forget to bring the spotlights. I have loads of success on these trips in canals alongside Lake DesAllemands, Lake Boeuf, Ruddock, and the Intracoastal Waterway near Bayou Black.Read More...
March 14, 2011 at 3:02 pm

Pontchartrain train trestle turning on early for speckled trout

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One of the worst kept secrets in Southeast Louisiana is that the bridges across Lake Pontchartrain have turned on early this year.

Most people know about trolling the Causeway, but if that’s not your cup of tea, head to the train trestle over on the eastern side of the lake. Some anglers have already landed trout over 5 pounds off this community hole.

March 09, 2011 at 5:30 pm

Happy New Year, Indeed!

Some people like to start the New Year with sparklers and firecrackers, but the locals down in Shell Beach and Hopedale are too busy enjoying all the speckled trout action to notice.Read More...
December 29, 2010 at 4:50 pm

Delaware angler leading BASS Federation Nation Championship, Louisiana's Laiche in 14th

SHREVEPORT-BOSSIER CITY, La. — Louisiana’s Jamie Laiche was in 14th place going into the final day of the BASS Federation Nation Championship on the Red River. Unfortunately, he also was in sixth place in the divisional competition – putting him as a long shot for a 2011 Bassmaster Classic invitation.

October 29, 2010 at 8:07 pm

Idaho's Palaniuk takes Federation Nation Championship, Laiche misses Classic

SHREVEPORT-BOSSIER CITY, La. — Louisiana’s Jamie Laiche moved up several notches on the final day of the BASS Federation Nation Championship today (Oct. 29) on the Red River, but it was too little too late to earn a ticket to the 2011 Bassmaster Classic.

October 29, 2010 at 5:25 pm

Junior Bassmaster World Championship to be held on Cross Lake

BASS announced Thursday that the 2010 Junior Bassmaster World Championship will be held Oct. 29 on Cross Lake, and Louisiana will be represented by Paulina's Matt Nobile. Read More...
September 23, 2010 at 4:29 pm

Small Fry

Old habits die hard. Don’t believe me? Go ask Bass Anglers Sportsman Society founder Ray Scott, who spearheaded the catch-and-release phenomenon in the 1970s how much trouble he had convincing a bunch of backwoods bubbas to release bass back into Lake Guntersville rather than “Lake Crisco.”

Scott finally had success — perhaps too much of it.Read More...
March 31, 2010 at 1:26 pm

Causeway’s Troll

Once upon a time, not long ago, a troll lived under a bridge. Well, actually there were two bridges — long ones, 24 miles each. And it wasn’t really a troll; it was a troller. And really, he didn’t live there; he just fished there — a lot.Read More...
March 02, 2010 at 11:51 am

Biloxi Blues

There’s a lot of ways to bring in the New Year. Pop a few fireworks, celebrate with friends, toast 2010 at midnight on New Year’s Eve or you could do what hardy anglers do all over the Southeast Louisiana marsh — go fishing.Read More...
December 30, 2009 at 8:35 am