Offshore Fishing

The recreational harvest of greater amberjack in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico will close on March 24, 2017, at 12:01 a.m. and won't reopen until Jan. 1, 2018, according to NOAA.

Gulf recreational amberjack season to close March 24

NOAA says season won’t reopen until Jan. 1, 2018
March 20 at 3:20pm
Researchers independent of NOAA will conduct a Gulf-wide stock assessment of red snapper, which for the first time will include surveys of oil rigs, structures and artificial reefs.

New Gulf red snapper stock assessment to be conducted independent of NOAA

Updated assessment methodology to include remote cameras, surveys of artificial reefs and oil rigs
March 16 at 3:57pm
Red dots represent rigs inside the 9-nautical-mile state water boundary, while green dots represent rigs in federal waters. Clicking on a rig shows its information, in this case a rig in West Delta Block 112 that is inside state waters.

Website for La. red snapper anglers delineates rigs in state, federal waters

Fishermen can more easily determine if they are within 9-nautical-mile boundary
March 09 at 3:26pm
An epic yellowfin trip yielded 14 tuna — including two weighing more than 100 pounds — out of Venice on Feb. 5.

Epic trip yields 14 tuna out of Venice

Group catches more than 30 yellowfin over three days
February 20 at 7:45am
This screen shot was taken from a video showing a Grand Isle-based commercial fisherman's long line filled with red snapper.

Video: Commercial red snapper haul

February 16 at 2:12pm
This 140-pound amberjack reeled in by Chris Legrand at the East Lump out of Venice will become the state's new No. 1 AJ if it's ultimately approved by the Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association.

Pending state record amberjack caught out of Venice

140-pound fish would claim top spot by exactly one pound if certified by LOWA
February 01 at 2:20pm
Oklahoma's David Loewen shows off the pending Louisiana state record blackfin tuna he landed Friday 18 miles out of Venice's Pass a Loutre.

State record blackfin tuna caught out of Venice

Oklahoma angler reels in 41-pounder Friday
January 31 at 9:40am
The Louisiana recreational red snapper season kicks off in state waters on Wednesday, Feb. 1, according to the LDWF.

State season for red snapper begins Feb. 1

Two fish per person limit; season will run until further notice, LDWF says
January 05 at 3:33pm
Male sharks fertilize female sharks by using elongated extensions of their pelvic fins called claspers.

Meet the cute hammerhead

What’s with that cephalofoil?
January 01 at 7:00am

Recreational weekend-only red snapper season ends in state waters

Season officially closes on Thursday evening, LDWF says
December 14, 2016 at 3:41pm
Lee Trahan’s favorite Prien Lake lures are a split tail beetle (mounted sideways) on a jighead and a trout-colored MirrOlure MirrOdine.

How to find Prien’s trout

November 15, 2016 at 6:00am
External storage space for multiple rigged rods makes trout fishing from a kayak more efficient.

Top 7 features for trout kayaks

November 15, 2016 at 6:00am
During early and mid-winter, Lee Trahan focuses all his fishing time on Prien Lake.

Yak attack — How to fish Prien Lake with a kayak

Summer’s back has finally been broken, and that means water temperatures are allowing Prien Lake’s trout to move out of the ship channel. And these kayakers know how to capitalize on the opportunity.
November 01, 2016 at 7:00am