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David Darnsteadt of Gum Cove caught this trophy speckled trout while wade fishing in northern Calcasieu Lake.

It’s a wonderful time for wading

If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.

That’s what some speckled trout anglers do in December on the northern reaches of Calcasieu Lake — especially those who want wallhanger fish weighing up to 10 pounds.

Yesterday at 2:52pm
Bull reds likely will go a long way in determining who will win the Hobie Fishing Worlds 6 being contested this week out of Moran’s Marina. More than 40 anglers from almost 20 countries are scheduled to participate in the three-day event.

Port Fourchon set to host kayak world championship

More than 40 kayak anglers from almost 20 countries will descend upon Lafourche Parish this week to compete in the 2016 Hobie Fishing World Championship from Moran’s Marina in Port Fourchon.

December 05 at 2:04pm
Capt. Mike Gallo said action at The Castle should be hot as long as mild weather prevails.

Castle crowds

Capt. Mike Gallo (504-259-3474) idled his bay boat through the crowd anchored around the big rock pile near Violet formerly known as “The Castle.”

December 05 at 11:14am
The TAG Louisiana program, a study that uses volunteers to both tag fish and report recaptures, is being axed by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries because the department says it isn't delivering useful information to biologists.

LDWF to axe TAG Louisiana program

In the wake of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ move to axe the popular TAG Louisiana program, the executive director of Coastal Conservation Association - Louisiana sent out a strong email Wednesday critical of the decision, hinting the move was a political one to punish CCA.

December 01 at 9:25am
Simple tackle is all that is needed to catch bull reds once they are located. Both men used spinning reels.

Bulling it out — How to catch and clean big reds

When the guide slid the landing net under the fish, the chef’s face lit up like a Hollywood marquee.

Was it a tender-fleshed and delectable speckled trout? No.

Was it a savory, mild-tasting red snapper. No.

It wasn’t a flounder, tripletail or grouper, either.

December 01 at 7:00am
Capt. Bubby Lamy shows off a nice speckled trout.

From hot to cold — How to fish Chalmette after the Hot Water Canal went cold

For Chalmette-area wintertime anglers, the Hot Water Canal was about as close as you could get to a sure thing. 

Warm, toasty water from Entergy’s Michoud generating facility discharged into a nondescript, otherwise unremarkable canal adjacent to the Intracoastal Waterway near the Green Bridge.

December 01 at 7:00am
Reds are a blast to catch because they put up a strong fight and test your mettle as an angler.

Get to the Pointe — Guide’s tips for Pointe a la Hache trout and reds

So another December arrives ­— a month of endings, to be sure, but also of beginnings.

Autumn ends, but winter begins. It’s the beginning of another madhouse Christmas month, but the end of another year.

December 01 at 7:00am
Brittany Kuhn caught this speckled trout while fishing with Capt. Charlie Thomason.

Hard-plastic Hopedale trout

There’s no doubt that a popping cork with a soft-plastic underneath is a deadly way to catch a boatload of speckled trout — particularly in the fall when fish are gorging on white shrimp.

November 30 at 11:03am
Creamy shrimp and mushroom fettuccine is a satisfying meal and only needs fresh garlic bread to set it off.

Cajun cook does shrimp his way

Lane LeMaire is a dedicated Cajun cook and a skilled outdoorsman. So it is no wonder so much of what he cooks is fish, seafood and game.

November 29 at 9:00am
Trout fill the interior Louisiana marsh in the fall, so they are easily accessible to kayakers.

Here they come - Fall speckled trout are a real treat for kayakers

It’s that time: fronts from the north and fish from the south. As fronts become more frequent, speckled trout continue to fill the marshes and are easily reachable by kayak anglers.

November 18 at 9:00am
Doug Menefee scored first, casting a Gulp! Swimming Minnow on the drop-off along the ship channel.

Why Prien Lake is a great kayak-fishing option?

John Williams is a lucky guy.

As owner of Pack & Paddle in Lafayette, one of the largest kayak and outdoor gear dealers in Louisiana, he gets invited by some of the state’s best kayak fishermen to fish in the coolest places.

November 15 at 6:00am
External storage space for multiple rigged rods makes trout fishing from a kayak more efficient.

Top 7 features for trout kayaks

Sure, sure, it’s old news that kayaks are a deadly effective tool for slipping up quietly on redfish grazing for lunch is marsh ponds only a foot deep.

But speckled trout is a whole ’nother game.

November 15 at 6:00am

Tippets

November is my favorite month for marsh fly fishing, since the interior lakes and bayous are thick with speckled trout. 

November 15 at 6:00am
Tommy Vidrine favors 2- and 3-inch Tsunami swimbaits when targeting November speckled trout on Grand Isle.

November speckled trout tactics for Grand Isle

While many people think of September and October as transition months for speckled trout in Louisiana — when the fish move from their offshore spawning haunts to inside marshes to ride out the winter — Tommy Vidrine also includes November in that count, as well.

November 14 at 9:15pm