Freshwater Fishing

Hill swims his jig around a cypress tree looking for early-spawning crappie. The more you keep the lure in the water, the more bites you’ll get.

Two quick lessons

February 15 at 7:00am
Rick Hill’s built in “tackle box” is a piece of sticky-back foam that has held baits on the front deck of his boat for more than a decade.

Mind your minnows

February 15 at 7:00am
John Zeringue’s version of the Squirmy can be fished multiple ways for sac-a-lait.

Tippets

February 15 at 7:00am

Three restaurants cited for allegedly selling swai fish as catfish

Inspections reveal swai fish in freezers, LDWF says
February 14 at 5:16pm

Marsh Man Masson vid: First SLAB SLAM of the season

These tasty fish are on fire throughout the region.
February 14 at 4:37pm
The Squirmy Butt uses tailing material from the tentacles of a wormy ball.

New ‘worm’ order

Toy tentacles make a hot crappie fly
February 10 at 9:00am
Rick Hill says knowing how to feel the bite and having a strong backbone rod helps land big crappie like this one.

King of the ‘Hill’

On Lake D’Arbonne, February means crappie action is just about to kick in. And that means local angler Rick Hill is ready to mop up.
February 01 at 7:00am
The proof is in the pudding, or rather in the ice chest for these lucky Saline-Larto crappie fishermen guided by Tony Fuqua.

High five

Details on a handful of the hottest crappie-producing spots in Louisiana — and tips for you to catch some slabs.
February 01 at 7:00am
Catfish lurk in the shadows of large structures like boats, docks and bridges where they hide and ambush prey. Kayak anglers tucked into these areas and used a sliding cork to get the bait near the hull of this anchored boat.

Bayou catfishing

Catching really big fish — in a really small boat
January 18 at 9:00am
Yak Gear Ambush Kayak Duck Blind

New gear reviews

January 18 at 9:00am
Luling angler Tim Bye found Lac Des Allemand-area sac-a-lait pulled tight to the banks Jan. 9 in dead-end canals with clean water.

Des Allemands sac-a-lait staging for spawn

Weather systems dictate where to find crappie
January 10 at 4:14pm
Crappie specialist Murphy Royer holds a black crappie, left, and a white crappie. Although they are completely different species, both show booms and busts in their population numbers in any one lake or river.

Crappie can be hard to figure out

Cyclical spawning success makes management tough
January 04 at 9:00am