|ALBC adds youth division to tournament offerings
2099 Views - Posted: February 14 at 8:43 am
The state’s largest non-professional bass-fishing group has added a junior division to its offerings in an effort to add new blood into the sport of tournament bass fishing, the Association of Louisiana Bass Clubs announced recently.
Participants in the ALBC’s junior division will consist of young anglers 14 to 18 years of age who are enrolled in high school.
|Poverty Point Reservoir produces second 12-pounder in a week
4798 Views - Posted: February 13 at 9:11 am
Ken Chapman of Crowville had initially planned to fish a bass tournament on Saturday, but the 30-year-old angler inadvertently turned off the alarm instead of punching the snooze button.
“Well, guess I’ll be going to Delhi this morning,” the angler said to himself when he did finally wake up.
In retrospect, the angler admitted that was one of the best turn of events that has ever occurred to him.
|Coastal-restoration projects approved in St. Tammany, Terrebonne parishes
3484 Views - Posted: February 12 at 6:30 am
In late January, the Coastal Wetlands, Planning, Protection and Restoration Act Task Force, better known as CWPPRA, approved construction of marsh-building projects in both the Bayou Bonfouca area in St. Tammany Parish and Terrebonne Parish’s Lost Lake.
The projects are sponsored by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service in conjunction with the state. CWPPRA projects are funded by the federal government with a 15-percent funding match coming from Louisiana.
|$35,000 up for grabs in Louisiana Sportsman Open Bass Championship
3582 Views - Posted: February 11 at 12:00 pm
The Louisiana Sportsman Open Bass Championship is scheduled for March 16-17, and there is a lot of money up for grabs. The team that rises to the top of the two-day event will walk away with a cool $12,000.
And the rest of the top-25 teams will split $23,000.
|14-inch minimum size limit for Atchaflaya Basin bass should go, LDWF says
3938 Views - Posted: February 10 at 6:52 am
The 14-inch minimum size limit imposed for Atchafalaya Basin bass following the devastation of Hurricane Andrew will be a thing of the past in a few months if a Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries proposal receives final approval.
And that’s fine with Denham Springs angler Darren Cooper.
“It’s hard to catch 14-inch fish,” Cooper said. “How many fish do you catch in that 13-inch range?”
|Poverty Point angler lands 12-pound bass
2869 Views - Posted: February 08 at 5:00 pm
On Wednesday, veteran bass angler and Vietnam War veteran James Bryan of Delhi left his home a mile away from Richland Parish’s Poverty Point Reservoir State Park to do what he enjoys — bass fishing.
That decision resulted in his catching the biggest bass of his life — a fish that topped the 12-pound mark.
|LDWF proposes sweeeping changes to 2013-14 deer-hunting season
18580 Views - Posted: February 08 at 10:03 am
If Louisiana Wildlife & Fisheries managers have their way, wholesale changes are coming to Louisiana deer-hunting seasons — one of the most striking being the re-implementation of designated either-sex days.
So-called “doe days” were ended in 2006, the LDWF said.
Changes listed in a notice of intent issued by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission yesterday (Feb. 7) also included the addition of three new hunting zones.
|Duck numbers fell in January, LDWF survey shows
4881 Views - Posted: February 07 at 5:00 pm
Most duck hunters in South Louisiana would not be surprised to hear that the Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries duck estimate for January was below the long-term average and last January’s duck count.
The 2.62 million birds estimated to be in the state this January topped the December count in all areas except for Catahoula Lake, but results were 6 percent lower than the January 2012 estimate of 2.79 million waterfowl, the LDWF reported.
|2013 Louisiana red snapper to begin March 24
13900 Views - Posted: February 07 at 3:35 pm
Offshore anglers launching out of Louisiana can begin hauling in red snapper on March 24 this year — more than two months before the expected opening of the federal red snapper season in federal waters.
That’s because a notice of intent to take Louisiana waters out of compliance with federal fishing regulations issued back in June has gone into effect, officials with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries’ said today (Feb. 7).
| White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area fishing permits now available
4254 Views - Posted: February 06 at 10:00 am
Lottery applications for fishing permits to the White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area are now being accepted, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries has announced.
Only 100 permits will be granted through the lottery, and they are valid between March 15 and August 15, the LDWF said.
Completed applications must be received by LDWF by close of business on Feb. 22, the LDWF said.
|Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission member Voisin dead at age 59
2213 Views - Posted: February 05 at 12:47 pm
Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission member Michael C. Voisin, who in the mid-1980s helps found the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board, died Saturday (Feb. 2) from a heart condition, the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board announced.
Voisin was the owner of Motivatit Seafoods based in Houma, and was set to remain on the commission until December 2015, according to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries. He was serving as the commission's vice chairman at the time of his death.
|Giant hawg caught in Calcasieu River
2076 Views - Posted: February 01 at 9:36 am
The BIG news as of the new year on the Calcasieu River was a 9 ½-pound bass caught by a bass club fisherman during a tournament on Jan. 5.
The catch sent shock waves through Southwest Louisiana, where 5- to 6-pound class bass generally are considered “hawgs.” At first, it was reported caught in the Watermelon Bay area, according to Ron Castille of Lake Charles.
|LDWF corrects 2013 turkey hunting season dates
3980 Views - Posted: January 31 at 5:00 pm
Turkey hunting on the U.S. Corps of Engineers’ Old River and Lock Area will be allowed March 23 through April 7, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries reported today.
The dates listed for that area were printed correctly in the 2013 turkey hunting regulations pamphlet, but were incorrect on page 86 of the state’s hunting regulations pamphlet are incorrect, the LDWF said.
|Another season of spotty duck hunting comes to a close
3031 Views - Posted: January 31 at 5:00 pm
Over the weekend, many East Zone hunters were greeted with fog and temperatures reflective of a nice late March morning when they headed to their blinds. Winds were on the lighter side as another cool front stalled to the north without making a push down to the Gulf of Mexico.
Most considered it par for the course, another dip in the roller coaster ride we’ve grown accustomed to when it comes to Louisiana winters. Though many fronts did manage to push through and bring new ducks to the state, hunters without food resources to hold them continued to struggle as the 2013 hunting season came to a close.
|Limits of speckled trout being caught out of DuLarge
5297 Views - Posted: January 29 at 5:00 pm
Changes in water temperatures are usually the catalyst that causes trout to transition from marshes to the lakes and vice versa.
This year’s winter has been mild. This is bad news for anyone wanting to see snow. But for fishermen looking for the spring bite to heat up earlier than normal, it’s a godsend.
Last Thursday (Jan. 24), Capt. Marty LaCoste of Absolute Fishing Charters caught a quick limit of speckled trout while fishing in the marshes near Lakes Mechant and De Cade — and put some redfish in the box, to boot.
|Mooring Buoys placed on Calcasieu Lake artificial reef
2503 Views - Posted: January 28 at 5:00 pm
Six mooring buoys were placed last week on the Brad Vincent Artificial Reef, which was constructed last year in Calcasieu Lake as part of a CCA Louisiana effort to increase fishery habitat across the Louisiana coast.
The buoys include mooring cleats for boats to use, and are held in place by 400-pound concrete anchors.
Coordinates for the center of the Big Lake reef are 29° 56’ 30.844” N/93° 17’ 24.894”W.
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