Freshwater Fishing

Sam’s favorite round jig heads and sickle hooks produce regularly on his favorite color plastic jigs shown here.

Gearing up for crappie success

Sam Roberson’s cost per catch ratio is pretty amazing. He doesn’t spend a whole lot of money on fishing gear, but he has some tried-and-true favorites on which he depends for crappie fishing in deep water.

January 15 at 7:00am
Two trademark deep water slab crappie caught by Sam Roberson.

Seeking more than a crappie

Years of fishing success has led Sam Roberson in what he said is a more important direction.

January 15 at 7:00am
Sam Roberson can’t pass up spending some time around bridge pilings or the ridges and deep spots around them.

‘Don’t pass up a bridge,’ crappie angler says

There’s one piece of structure on Lake D’Arbonne — or any lake, for that matter — that Sam Roberson said you don’t need a depth finder to locate.

January 15 at 7:00am
Sam Canoe caught this catfish in what should be a January hotspot near Morgan City.

Nutria liver makes great bait

Some of Bill McCarty’s favorite fishing holes in January are between the Wax Lake Outlet and Atchafalaya River, where it’s usually no problem to catch a bunch of catfish averaging 2 pounds.

So imagine the Morgan City outdoorsman’s delight — and at the same time dread — when he hooked one a couple years ago and it rolled to give him a good look at one heckuva catfish on the business end of his 15-pound-test monofilament.

January 11 at 11:13am
An example of successful “thump” therapy.

Call Sam! West Monroe shares Lake D’Arbonne crappie secrets

Facing an empty livewell? Don’t know where to turn to catch a mess of crappie? Feel like giving up? Don’t despair.

Just call Sam!

Many North Louisiana residents have probably seen long-running television advertisements for a local attorney with a catchy jingle and a prompt to “Call Sam” to cure all of your legal troubles.

January 01 at 7:00am
These four D’Arbonne slabs came on shiners in the middle of the old river channel.

Crappie Food Network — Best crappie lure presentations

Presenting your crappie bait in the best spot for the maximum amount of time is the most important thing you can do to be successful for suspended crappie, Ronnie Turner said.

December 15, 2016 at 7:00am
Ronnie Turner uses a few things to make his crappie bait arsenal more appealing.

Tip tips for more crappie

Whether it’s a jig or a shiner, West Monroe’s Ronnie Turner always adds a little lagniappe for his crappie.

December 15, 2016 at 7:00am
This area of D’Arbonne looks like open water during regular water levels, but you see what’s really down there during drawdowns.

Falling water means great Lake D’Arbonne crappie fishing

If history repeats itself, the 2016 winter drawdown on D’Arbonne will make the water go down and fishing action will go up.

It stands to reason that when the fish have less water to hide in, they are easier to find.

December 15, 2016 at 7:00am
If you want to catch more crappie, these tips should help.

10 Commandments of crappie fishing

Like the Israelites of the Bible, crappie anglers often struggle because they ignore the simplest rules for life. Designed to assist and enlighten all crappie anglers, from the novice week-end angler to the seasoned professional, these principles will help everyone become more successful, which at the end of the day, can be measured by the number of crappie in the livewell.

December 14, 2016 at 6:00am
Kingston Morgan caught this Sibley Lake crappie.

Crappie fishing for Christmas

Chuck Morgan travels all over the region crappie fishing for fun and competitively, but he also enjoys being home for the Christmas season, looking for crappie on the Christmas trees or other assorted sunken tops and structure right in his own backyard.

That’s one of the advantages of living on the shores of the 2,000 acre Lac Terre Noir just outside of Natchitoches.

December 09, 2016 at 8:31am
Stephen Mitchell of Jena displays a Ouachita River largemouth taken off a submerged sandbar with a Carolina-rigged Zoom Super Fluke.<br />

Ouachita River offers largemouths, white bass and spots

High pressure, bluebird skies and temperatures in the lower 40s can threaten any angler’s frustration threshold.

When even a mild cool front arrives, bass often get lockjaw, leaving many anglers regretting getting out of bed early in the morning.

But Louisiana’s river systems – especially the Ouachita River - often seem to defy that old fishing truism. 

December 01, 2016 at 10:30am
Crappie anglers converge on suspended D’Arbonne crappie in December.

Crappie season suspended — Top tips for Lake D’Arbonne crappie

They are going to have to do a lot more than just drain Lake D’Arbonne to keep Ronnie Turner from chasing crappie this December.

The West Monroe angler isn’t going to suspend the crappie season just because the lake is missing a little water.

December 01, 2016 at 7:00am
Focus on scattered grass beds in Bayou Black canals to load up on sac-a-lait this month.

Fish scattered grass in Bayou Black

When Bill McCarty wants to catch sac-a-lait in November, he invariably heads to the Bayou Black area.

The Morgan City outdoorsman spends as much time as possible in the woods bowhunting for deer this month, but he makes time to feel the tug of sac-a-lait in the marsh canals to the east of Morgan City.

November 07, 2016 at 6:13pm

Red River boating accident claims life of Alexandria woman

A 55-year-old Alexandria woman died Sunday morning after being ejected from the boat she was riding in on the Red River in Rapides Parish, according to a news release from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

November 07, 2016 at 3:26pm