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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.

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LDWF’s 2016-17 hunting rules, regs pamphlet available now online

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has released its 2016-17 hunting rules and regulations pamphlet online.

June 24 at 10:29am
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
Burning should always be a closely supervised activity to ensure the fire doesn’t get out of hand.

Timber vs. wildlife - Management is the key to success

Timber and wildlife are renewable resources — one a potential source of income and the other a great source of annual enjoyment.

June 22 at 9:00am
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
The playful Ruffin brothers, Jerry on left and Jimmy on right, each try to make their mangrove snapper larger than the other by holding theirs closer to the camera.

Why fish offshore of Louisiana?

Over a ritual pretrip supper with relatives at Leeville Seafood Restaurant in Leeville, Ricky Ruffin talked about his love affair with Louisiana fishing and cooking.

June 15 at 7:00am
Campo’s Marina in Shell Beach has a stocked store, ice, gas, diesel, and according to Capt. Mark Munson, the best live shrimp.

Campo’s Marina has best live shrimp, guide says

Capt. Mark Munson has a successful charter fishing operation out of Shell Beach. And every morning he has a charter, Munson idles his boat down to a marina to get live shrimp.

June 15 at 7:00am

Jackson Bienville WMA to close July 1

Effective July 1, the Jackson Bienville Wildlife Management Area will no longer be a part of the state’s WMA program because new terms to continue leasing the property could not be reached, according to a release from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

June 09 at 7:00am
This tallow tree is not a desirable forage for deer. The fact that deer are eating it is an indication that the habitat is lacking and needs work to produce more desirable forages.

Don’t waste big bucks on small bucks

Last month, I mentioned that the average score of Mississippi bucks at the Louisiana Sportsman Show was 113 inches, while the average score of Louisiana bucks was 118.

These are not really big deer but are typical of adult bucks being harvested these days, especially in the piney woods.

June 06 at 9:00am
Both Bull and “pig” frogs abound in the more open, grassier regions of the Maurepas Swamp.

Midnight run — Tips for frogging in the Manchac Swamp WMA swamps

“Wind from the WEST!” Artie yelled, waving his arms crazily and looking around. “Fish bite BEST! Who on earth came up with DAT?”

He pointed at the flapping Saints flag on the porch of Doc’s camp as he yelled.

“Whoever it was sure didn’t live in Southeast Louisiana!” Eddie answered, pointing at the exposed mud stretching about 2 feet from the edge of the spartina grass to the muddy canal right below us. “Gonna be a skimpy Father’s Day fish fry!”

June 01 at 7:00am
Capt. Ed Frekey deliberately targeted big red snapper this trip, avoiding easier-to-catch smaller ones at rigs.

Blue-water takedown - Tips for landing mangrove snapper

The cluster of bananas sat forlornly on top of the dock piling.

Fifteen minutes earlier, the five deep-sea charter fishermen were handing their personal items to the two deck hands — Billy Joe Palmisano and Joseph Cantrelle — for stowing.

Palmisano’s eyes popped wide open when he spied the telltale yellow of bananas through a plastic shopping bag.

June 01 at 7:00am
Jake Blanchard (right), Tate Denise and lab Duke pose with a hog shot March 19, 2016 using a night vision scope in the marsh behind Avery Island.

Night-hunting is right for hogs

I remember the first time the destructive nature of wild hogs was driven home in my mind. It was some years back, and I was riding a four-wheeler down an old gravel road on Cat Island NWR when I came across some rootings.

June 01 at 7:00am
Jordan Babcock shows off the big 11.12-pound bass he caught Saturday night with a swimbait near Six Mile at Toledo Bend.

Texas angler catches 11.12-pound bass during nighttime bite at Toledo Bend

Jordan Babcock lived one of those rare experiences on Toledo Bend that most bass anglers only dream about.

May 25 at 1:59pm
Josh Chauvin shows off a big alligator snapping turtle he caught using a noodle constructed with a non-stainless hook, untarred line and a ½-inch hex nut for the weight.

Apex Predator: How to make noodles to catch alligator snapping turtles

Catching turtles is something I’ve done since childhood. In fact, I used to catch and sell them with a reptile collector’s license as a kid. 

May 24 at 2:30pm
A set of steps and a hand rail make for safer entry and exit from the boat while it is on the trailer.

Inspect your boat before launching

I’m usually a little late getting started with spring fishing because hog hunting with the dogs fills the gap between the close of deer and opening of turkey seasons.

Then chasing the gobblers uses up most of April.

But this year was a little different. We had some catching up to do. 

May 23 at 10:14am
A small skid-steer mulcher can make quick work of brush and small trees.

TSI, anyone? Timber stand improvement helps create quality deer habitat

We now live in a digital high-tech world defined by acronyms of every stripe, but many of you might not be familiar with this particular one.

May 19 at 4:00pm