Fishing

Indiana resident Steve Schmitt caught this 20-plus-pound redfish on a recent trip with Capt. Shawn Lanier out of Venice.

Downriver redfish

Capt. Shawn Lanier (225-205-5353) said he pretty much swims against the flow this month.

9 hours ago
Frank Canizaro Jr. shows off the first lunker bass of 2017 — a 10.55-pounder he caught on Jan. 11 in the Huxley Bay area pitching a black-neon V&M Flatline jig.

Mansfield angler scores on Toledo Bend 10.55-pounder

Mansfield’s Frank Canizaro Jr. and his fishing buddy Andrew Pilcher initially set out on Toledo Bend’s waters near Huxley Bay on Jan. 11 in search of crappie.

11 hours ago
Plans are still being finalized, but CCA-Louisiana's David Cresson on Thursday confirmed that a corporate sponsorship had been secured and the popular TAG Louisiana program will continue.

CCA-Louisiana: Popular TAG Louisiana program to continue

Just five weeks after an announcement by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries that the popular TAG Louisiana program would be ending, it appears the popular volunteer fish-tagging and reporting program isn’t dead yet.

In an interview with LouisianaSportsman.com Thursday afternoon, David Cresson, executive director with Coastal Conservation Association-Louisiana, encouraged volunteer taggers to “just keep doing what you’re doing.”

January 12 at 5:20pm

Two Houma men cited for allegedly keeping 52 redfish in Terrebonne Parish

Enforcement agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries cited two Houma men Tuesday for allegedly being in possession of 52 redfish in Terrebonne Parish.

January 12 at 10:06am
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

Pierre Part man dies Monday night in Belle River boating accident

A 31-year-old Pierre Part man died Monday evening on Belle River when his 16-foot aluminum boat apparently struck a pier and ejected him from the vessel, according to a news release from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. 

January 10 at 2:03pm
Data collected by the Toledo Bend Lake Association clearly shows February and March are the best months of the year to catch a double-digit bass at Toledo Bend.

When is the best time to catch a Toledo Bend lunker?

It’s the $1 million question: When should you make the haul to Toledo Bend for the greatest chance to catch one of the double-digit bass that teem in the huge reservoir?

Well, while monster bass are caught at the nations’ No. 1 bass fishery throughout the year, the best opportunity to get in on the big-fish action begins this month.

But odds tip farthest in your favor in March.

January 09 at 11:05am
Capt. Eddie Berthelot Jr. caught this beautiful 'leopard redfish' Sunday morning, Jan. 8, in the Pointe-aux-Chenes area using a live cocahoe minnow under a popping cork.

Guide lands Golden Meadow ‘leopard red’ Sunday morning

EDITOR'S NOTE: Capt. Eddie Berthelot Jr. reports the leopard red has a total of 670 spots - 342 on one side, and 328 on the other. 

As a fishing guide on the water regularly out of Golden Meadow and Grand Isle, it should come as no surprise that Capt. Eddie Berthelot Jr. has literally caught thousands of redfish.

But never one as special as the fish he reeled in Sunday morning about 10:30.

January 09 at 10:47am
Capt. Travis Miller says specks gang up in deep holes around Dularge when the mercury drops.

Video tactics for wintertime specks

Watch this video to learn how to catch cold weather speckled trout, when fish stack up and move into deeper holes to find warmer water. 

January 06 at 9:51am
Capt. Travis Miller has been catching scattered speckled trout around Dularge, but expects them to start ganging up in deep holes with this weekend's frigid temperatures.

Weekend cold snap will concentrate Dularge trout

Many anglers see cold weather as a problem, but Capt. Travis Miller sees wintry conditions as a solution to a problem.

January 06 at 9:21am
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

The recreational season for red snapper in Louisiana state waters will begin on Wednesday, Feb. 1 and continue until further notice, according to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. 

January 05 at 3:33pm
Brent Dupre, of Houma, shows off the strange looking redfish he caught near Lake Pelto on Dec. 22. A marine geneticist with Southeastern University suspects the fish probably developed abnormally from birth, but managed to survive.

Houma angler lands ‘mutant’ redfish

When Brent Dupre set the hook on a fishing trip out of Cocodrie with his buddies a few days before Christmas, he figured he had caught another run of the mill redfish in deep water just minutes from Lake Pelto.

Turns out, he couldn't have been more wrong.

January 05 at 2:24pm
Capt. Travis Lovell took this photo of a dead sperm whale carcass tied to a bulkhead in Sister Lake on Dec. 28. The whale had beached itself on a barrier island and was dragged out to sea, but its body was initially discovered on Dec. 3 near Turtle Bayou.

Guide’s photo of dead sperm whale goes viral

Sister Lake is known for nice speckled trout and redfish, but nothing as big as what Capt. Travis Lovell photographed last month in Terrebonne Parish. 

January 05 at 2:08am
January might be nippy, but it offers really nice trout without making long runs.

Deep Delacroix

I was surprised to hear Captain Ron “Ahab” Broadus (504-914-6063) say January was one of his favorite months to fish.

“It’s cold, it’s miserable, it’s windy — what can you possibly like about January?” I asked.

January 04 at 9:53am