Fishing

When targeting big reds under birds in Lake Pontchartrain, time is of the essence — so don’t approach them like you would a school of specks. Move into casting distance quickly when you see a bird dive, throw to that spot and then prepare for battle.

Be aggressive when targeting Lake Pontchartrain reds under birds

Speedy approach trumps stealth, angler says
Yesterday at 2:00pm

One boat, two friends. It's a FISH-OFF!

All-day competition results in hefty catches
Yesterday at 11:49am
This little bass won't win any rodeos, but it reminded the author that having an open mind and trying new tactics can not only help you catch fish — but also maximize your enjoyment out on the water.

Inshore insights: What one dink bass taught me

Learning new techniques can stoke your fishing passion
January 12 at 10:55am
According to Capt. Devin Denman, the Matrix Craw is a great all-around tool for targeting redfish — either retrieved quickly as a search bait, or bounced along the bottom like a jig.

Inshore insights: Top 3 redfish lures

Changing marsh dictates changes in lure selection
January 12 at 10:42am
If you prefer buying your fishing/hunting license from a retail location, do it before Jan. 30 — or wait until April 2 while a new vendor gets equipment installed and staff trained. Licenses can still be purchased online or at select LDWF regional offices

LDWF transitioning to new hunting/fishing license sales system

Training period means no retail vendor sales Feb. 1 - April 1
January 12 at 9:47am

Marsh Man Masson vid: The 8 most-common fishing googans

If you see one coming, run
January 11 at 10:25am
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
The body of Nik Kaylar, who went missing after a Jan. 4 boating accident during the Costa FLW series stop on Lake Okeechobee, was recovered this morning near Clewiston, Fla.

Body of FLW Series angler recovered on Lake Okeechobee

Tournament co-angler went missing after boat accident last week
January 10 at 2:08pm
Slowing down and focusing on wood structure in at least 4 feet of water will produce Henderson swamp bass right now, despite frigid water temps.

Henderson bass willing to bite despite frigid water temps

Deep wood structure, slow presentations key to winter bite
January 08 at 12:43am

Slidell boater participating in FLW Costa Series rescued Thursday night, co-angler missing

Boat discovered swamped on Lake Okeechobee
January 05 at 10:22am
Joel Masson shows off a nice roadside redfish caught between Shell Beach and Hopedale during the New Year's bitter cold snap. But act now — once the cold weather is over, the fish will move on.

Marsh Man Masson vid: Roadside redfish on every cast

Bitter cold has fish stacked up across the Louisiana coast
January 03 at 11:28am

Marsh Man Masson vid: Three essential fishing rigs

Instructions for double rig, drop-shot rig and Carolina rig
January 02 at 11:03am
The LA Creel survey — which uses a combination of in-person dockside interviews, phone calls and emails to estimate angler catch and effort in state waters — was certified by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Friday

Feds certify LA Creel survey design

LDWF’s real-time date collection program officially replaces MRIP in state waters
January 02 at 8:47am
Dequian Jackson, 20, of Bayou Goula, shows off the 12.81-pound largemouth bass he reeled in on Sunday, Dec. 17 from a public pond in Bayou Sorrel. The big bass nailed a June bug-colored Texas-rigged wacky worm.

Bayou Sorrel pond gives up 12-pound lunker bass

Jackson fools monster with Texas-rigged wacky worm
December 27, 2017 at 8:56am