Fishing

Lafitte specks stack up around the outside islands this time of year, and they can be fooled easily with lures.

Go light in Lafitte

When you pull up to your favorite marina and grab some live bait, your main objective is to get the shrimp in your livewell and keep them frisky. 

6 hours ago
Raymond Champagne, 54, of Baton Rouge, shows off the CCA STAR-tagged redfish he caught along the Fourchon barges Tuesday morning. Upon verification, Champagne will be awarded a new Chevy Silverado pickup for catching the tournament's first tagged redfish.

Angler in Fourchon wins Louisiana CCA STAR pickup truck

Like the old saying goes, timing is everything.

8 hours ago
Kevin  VanDam used a variety of crankbaits in his wire-to-wire victory earlier this month at the Bassmaster Elite Series stop on Toledo Bend.

KVD details winning crankbait strategy on Toledo Bend

I’m getting a lot of questions about the crankbait strategy I used to win at Toledo Bend.

15 hours ago
Tim Delaney shows off both the giant 1.83-pound bream he caught late Saturday afternoon on Iatt Lake in Grant Parish, and the 2-foot kiddie pole he caught it with. If certified by LOWA, the fish will become the new No. 1-ranked bluegill in Louisiana.

Potential new No. 1-ranked bluegill caught Saturday on kiddie pole in Iatt Lake

Tim Delaney might have been fishing with a 2-foot kiddie pole on Iatt Lake Saturday evening, but the pint-sized tackle didn’t stop the 33-year-old Prospect angler from reeling in potentially the biggest bream ever to land in the Louisiana record books. 

May 26 at 2:07pm
Jordan Babcock shows off the big 11.12-pound bass he caught Saturday night with a swimbait near Six Mile at Toledo Bend.

Texas angler catches 11.12-pound bass during nighttime bite at Toledo Bend

Jordan Babcock lived one of those rare experiences on Toledo Bend that most bass anglers only dream about.

May 25 at 1:59pm
Tournament Director Rad Trascher shows off one of the 50 tagged redfish that are currently swimming along the Louisiana coast for the 2016 CCA STAR Tournament. The first registered angler to catch a tagged redfish wins a brand new Chevy Silverado pickup.

22nd CCA STAR kicks off Saturday

More than $500,000 in prizes — including boats, motors, trailers, tackle packages and a brand new 2016 Chevy Silverado pickup truck — are up for grabs when the Louisiana Coastal Conservation Association’s STAR Tournament cranks up this Saturday morning at 12:01 a.m.

May 25 at 10:50am
Throwing live shrimp under a sliding cork is the key to catching nice speckled trout at the islands south of Cocodrie, Custom Charters' Capt. Tommy Pellegrin said.

Big trout patrolling beaches at islands south of Cocodrie

If you’re looking to stock your freezer with speckled trout, the islands south of Cocodrie are where you want to be.

“It’s easy,” said Capt. Tommy Pellegrin. “It’s the best fishing I’ve seen in my lifetime. Yesterday I couldn’t get away from trout for nothing. I had a guy who wanted to catch a redfish, and I couldn’t get away from trout.

“It’s insane.”

May 25 at 2:41am
CCA-Louisiana will begin construction of the new West End Reef in Lake Pontchartrain on May 31. The reef, which will be composed of 2,200 tons of limestone and crushed concrete, will be located near a planned fishing pier.

CCA to build new West End Reef in Lake Pontchartrain

The Coastal Conservation Association of Louisiana is scheduled to begin construction of a new artificial reef near West End in Lake Pontchartrain on May 31, according to a news release.

May 24 at 4:45pm
Grand Isle big trout specialist Tommy Vidrine uses a cast net to catch live pogies at Grand Isle — one of his favorite baits to catch hammer specks.

Step-by-step instructions: How to throw a cast net

It’s definitely not rocket science, but throwing a cast net is a skill that confounds lots of anglers.

May 24 at 10:16am

Four cited in Terrebonne Parish for alleged shrimping violations

Agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries cited four people for alleged recreational shrimping violations Saturday in the Robinson Canal in lower Terrebonne Parish, according to a news release.

May 24 at 5:38am
Ty Humphries shows off the 11.74-pound Toledo Bend largemouth he caught Sunday to win the Sealy Outdoors Big Bass Splash, including $10,000 cash, a brand new Triton boat and a 2016 Ram 1500 pickup truck.

11.74-pounder wins Sealy Outdoors Big Bass Splash at Toledo Bend

Long before Bassmaster Elite Pro Kevin VanDam’s win at Toledo Bend on May 15, Stonewall’s Ty Humphries had been fishing a Strike King Series 10XD crankbait bite for some great bass leading up to this weekend’s Sealy Outdoors Big Bass Splash.

May 23 at 1:52pm
Denham Springs angler Darren Cooper seined the Pointe-aux-Chenes marsh for redfish Saturday, getting deeper into the marsh than he'd ever been thanks to sky-high water levels.

Best tips for summer Pointe-aux-Chenes reds

Last week's torrential downpours couldn't stop the redfish action in the Pointe-aux-Chenes marsh. In fact, the stiff westerly winds backed up the water, making it even easier to get to the fish.

"I never fish when the water is this high," said Denham Springs angler Darren Cooper, who owns a camp minutes from Pointe-aux-Chenes Marina. "When it's high, I usually stay at that camp."

He was happy he did't sleep in by the time he returned to the launch Saturday.

May 23 at 11:32am
Louisiana's Safe Boating Week is May 21-27, and enforcement agents with LDWF will be conducting safety checks and patrolling for DWIs.

Louisiana's Safe Boating Week set for May 21-27

May 21-27 has been designated as “Safe Boating Week” in Louisiana, and the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is reminding everyone to be responsible on the water.

May 20 at 1:54pm
Clint Ward of Lake Charles, owner of CW Custom Lures, caught these bass, a 7.2-pounder and an 8-pounder, on his own custom CW artificial lure while fishing with Johnny Watkins on April 6 at the Lacassine Pool in southwest Louisiana.

Lacassine Pool lights up

A Lake Charles outdoorsman who started fishing for bass in the Lacassine Pool of the Lacassine National Wildlife Refuge when he was in the eighth grade knows where some of the best bass fishing can be had in southwest Louisiana in May.

May 19 at 2:44pm
They aren’t as glamorous as a big bass or a slab crappie, but channel catfish provide a great fight for fishermen and excellent table fare.

Lake to table - Lake D’Arbonne’s catfish are hard to beat

The appeal of catching an 8- to 10-pound bass or a cooler full of slab crappie brings most visitors to the 16,000-acre Lake D’Arbonne in Farmerville.

May 19 at 11:08am
In a still shot from a video, Detective Jason McRight with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office talks to Elite Redfish Anglers at their captains' meeting in Orange, Texas last month about Louisiana's laws concerning trespassing and private waters.

Video: Captains’ meeting rankles tournament redfish anglers

Capt. Steve Smith, a Lafayette-based charter guide who works out of both Cypremort Point and Big Lake, also fishes the Elite Redfish Series across the Southeastern U.S.

But when the tour visited the Sabine River in Orange, Texas, last month, Smith opted to stay away from his home state's waters  — not because the fishing was better on the other side of the river, but because he didn’t want to take a chance of being accused of trespassing on private property in Louisiana.

May 19 at 8:22am