Freshwater Fishing

Large docks provide the most shade and usually hold the most crappie.

Crappie dock shooting tips

September 15 at 7:00am
Crappie can’t avoid Terry Blankenship just because it’s summer and they’re deep.

Top 7 tips for catching slabs in brush

Pro angler lends his expertise for catching late-summer crappie around deep cover
September 15 at 6:00am
This slab crappie inhaled a Cajun Lures’ Slim Jimmy.

Slim Jimmys

This bait’s tail action entices sac-a-lait to bite
September 13 at 5:20am
Toledo Bend’s crappie fishing is beginning to challenge in popularity the lake’s legendary fish fishing.

Crappie sniper

September 01 at 7:00am
The Apex Predator, Josh Chauvin, left, and Brian Cifreo take a closer look at a big bull shark they caught earlier this summer on a noodle line near the Bonnet Carré Spillway.

Apex Predator gets a big bull shark surprise

Noodling adventure resulted in more than just big gars
August 30 at 10:06am

Slidell man ticketed for allegedly stealing crabs in Lake Pontchartrain

Incident occurred in St. Tammany Parish on Aug. 21, LDWF says
August 22 at 5:20pm
Allen Crawford helped bag more than 130 bream in the Basin Monday by using a jig pole and crickets, and working the banks.

Basin bream are swarming

Covering water until beds are located results in big catches
August 15 at 2:54pm
Redspotted sunfish, or stumpknockers, are some of the spunkiest bream there are. And they’re delicious.

Don’t knock the stumpknocker

August 15 at 7:00am
Kade Roberts with a 15-pound D’Arbonne catfish.

It’s catfish time on Lake D'Arbonne

Flats near the main river channel especially productive
August 14 at 1:25pm
James Morgan shows the kind of fish you can catch on Bartholomew Lake this time of year.

Bite is on fire for Cutoff sac-a-lait

Crappie plentiful in Bayou Bartholomew Lake
August 04 at 9:30am
Bluegills are the bread-and-butter of Todd Schultz’s fly fishing in Bayou Castine.

Poppin’ Bugs for Bream

Don’t neglect the long rod for bream
August 01 at 7:00am
Barbara Ducote reeled in this South American spotted shovelnose catfish while fishing in the Atchafalaya River earlier this month north of Melville. The LDWF suspects the fish was likely a pet released by its owner.

Amazon catfish caught in Atchafalaya River

2-pound specimen likely a pet that was released, LDWF biologist says
July 20 at 11:24am