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L.D.W.F. to hold alligator lottery hunts

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will conduct alligator lottery hunts on four Coastal & Nongame Resources (CNR) Division Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs), 11 Wildlife Division WMAs and 16 public lakes for the 2009 alligator harvest season in order to increase alligator harvest opportunities for the public.Read More...
July 01, 2009 at 9:05 am


It started with a casual greeting just before daylight recently when I bumped into Capt. Charlie Thomason at the dock of Blackie Campoís Marina in Shell Beach. We were both standing in the live bait line, and eager to get under way.Read More...
June 29, 2009 at 9:10 am

Cross Lake hot for February bass

This month, Iíll be fishing Cross Lake near Shreveport for two very good reasons.Read More...
February 03, 2009 at 9:39 am

Autumn Oasis

Forty miles to the east of New Orleans in upper St. Bernard Parish lies a vast 40,000-acre swath of marshland known technically as the Biloxi Wildlife Management Area. The locals call it either the Louisiana Marsh or the Biloxi Marsh, but whatever you call it, the fringe lakes and bays produce some great speckled trout and redfish action this month.Read More...
September 23, 2008 at 12:49 pm

Rebounding and Recovering

Going on two years after Hurricane Katrina, fishing in the Amite and Tickfaw river basins is still in recovery mode ó notwithstanding a countryside fish-restocking scheme set in motion by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries even while department personnel were heroically engaged in search-and-rescue missions in flood-stricken New Orleans.Read More...
August 22, 2007 at 12:27 pm

Cat Food

Sometimes the best way to stay unnoticed is to go along quietly, minding your own business right in front of everybody.Read More...
May 22, 2007 at 3:36 pm

All Shook Up

Whether you like fishing tournaments or not, you canít argue that they are the proving grounds for all the latest and greatest tackle in your box. Fishing tournaments are also the testing grounds for new techniques and tactics that eventually sweep their way across the nation.Read More...
March 21, 2007 at 2:26 pm

Bank-Bound Stringers

James Waldon loves to fish, but, alas, he doesnít own a boat. Before you begin feeling sorry for Waldon, a 67-year-old retiree from Louisiana Tech who lives in Ruston, his dilemma is not the same as if he loved to hunt but didnít own a firearm.Read More...
November 27, 2006 at 2:51 pm

Cross Examination

EDITORíS NOTE: This is the seventh installment in a 12-part series exploring the best bass-fishing areas in the Bayou State.Read More...
June 20, 2006 at 3:06 pm

Always Faithful

St. Bernardís Bayou Bienvenue has long provided access to a vast fishing area favored by many local anglers.Read More...
March 31, 2006 at 3:00 pm

Louisianaís Mascot

Iíve done a bit of snooping around the Louisiana High School Athletic Association records, and quite frankly, Iím a tad disappointed. Louisiana athletic programs have picked a wide array of mascots to represent their teams, but there is one that is sorely missing.Read More...
March 31, 2006 at 3:00 pm

Rigolets Right For Waiting Out Pontchartrain

Captain Greg Schlumbrecht of To Fish Charters expects the HWY 11 and the Train Bridges across Lake Pontchartrain to explode with giant speckled trout just any day now. However, in the meantime, heís catching enough specks and reds in the Rigolets to make his wait a little more tolerable.Read More...
March 03, 2006 at 3:00 pm

Formerly Known as Delacroix

No one can deny itís Larry Freyís name on the deed.
But he doesnít own this land.
November 24, 2005 at 2:30 pm

Living (DU)large

Heaven for Brennan Head feels a lot like hell.

When the rest of South Louisiana is perspiring at leisure and debating the feasibility of cooking breakfast on the sidewalk, Head is smiling.
October 19, 2005 at 11:25 am

Red State

The first day of the 2004 Redfish Tour Open Championship was fishing about how most everybody had scouted it.

The tremendous amount of water pushed into the Hopedale/Delacroix marsh had brought in plenty of fish, but had seemingly emptied it of the 8- to 10-pound fish needed to finish highly.

A run to Venice was no sure thing either, with most of the delta still a muddy mess from the glancing blow from Ivan.

Chad Dufrene and I scratched through a very long first day to weigh two very average fish, enough to be in striking distance of one of five invites to the Pro Championship awarded to the top finishing teams, but our numbers of fish seen, much less caught, dictated a different plan.
July 01, 2005 at 2:14 pm

Paradise Parks

Spring is here, and with it comes the bass spawn.

That means anglers across the state are looking for places to catch sows holed up to lay eggs.

Many of those fishermen will head to Toledo Bend, but there are some other great lakes in the state that offer quality springtime bassing opportunities.

And for the traveling angler, there are some wonderful state parks from which to access this fishing.

Here are five of the best state-park lakes Louisiana has to offer, along with tips on how to rack up.Read More...
March 24, 2005 at 12:25 pm