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A sunset provision has been added to HB 1082, which would raise Louisiana's saltwater license fee from $5.50 to $13.00. If the bill passes with the provision, it would have to be reauthorized in four years. Sunset provision added to House bill which would raise saltwater license fees
819 Views - Posted: April 17 at 3:19 pm

A 4-year sunset provision has been added to House Bill 1082, which would increase a Louisiana resident’s saltwater fishing license fee from $5.50 to $13.00 and create a Saltwater Fish Research and Conservation Fund, officials said.


Jason Ellender caught this 10.65-pounder at Sabine Lake in March, 2013 on a Heddon Super Spook and landed at No. 8 in the state's record books for Top 10 speckled trout. An exclusive club: Louisiana's Top 10 speckled trout
3064 Views - Posted: April 17 at 10:55 am

Last year, only one angler managed to crack into the record books for the state’s Top 10 speckled trout.


Port Sulphur man sentenced for oyster violations and public intimidation of law enforcement Port Sulphur man sentenced for oyster violations and public intimidation of law enforcement
701 Views - Posted: April 17 at 9:26 am

A Plaquemines Parish man pleaded guilty on April 15 to his sixth offense of taking oysters in a polluted area and felony public intimidation of a game warden, according to a release from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.


A juvenile bald eagle was found shot and killed in St. Bernard Parish on April 4. Anyone with information on those responsible can contact Operation Game Thief at 1-800-442-2511. $7,500 reward offered in killing of bald eagle in St. Bernard Parish
1471 Views - Posted: April 17 at 8:54 am

A bald eagle was found shot to death in St. Bernard Parish, and officials are offering up to a $7,500 reward for information that leads to the arrest of those responsible, according to a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service official.


Long a favorite spot for speckled trout anglers south of Terrebonne Parish, structures making up the Pickets are scheduled to be removed and replaced by an artificial reef. Artificial reef that will ultimately replace the Pickets currently in design phase
1675 Views - Posted: April 16 at 4:19 pm

Design work has begun on Phase 1 of the artificial reef that will ultimately replace the Pickets, with the hope that construction of the 8- to 12-acre site will be completed later this summer, officials said.


Shawn Savant shows off the two largemouth bass he caught simultaneously Saturday afternoon on Oden Lake in Rapides Parish. Both bass were hooked on Strike King's KVD jerkbait in sexy ghost minnow. Woodworth angler gets 'two-for-one special' on Oden Lake
2598 Views - Posted: April 15 at 5:10 pm

When Shawn Savant set the hook on his jerkbait Saturday afternoon on Oden Lake in Woodworth, he thought he was about to land a nice 5- to 6-pound bass as the very first fish on his brand new rod. 


Josh Castile lived a dream when he arrowed this big buck with Dreams Come True in 2010. Archery Shoot fundraiser May 3 in Opelousas benefits Dreams Come True
709 Views - Posted: April 15 at 3:29 pm

Dreams Come True is hosting its second annual Archery Shoot benefit on Saturday, May 3 at 4 Seasons Outdoor Archery in Opelousas.


Redfish and black drum have been steady in the Lafitte area despite recent strong winds, according to Capt. Kris Hebert. Recent winds have muddied the waters near Lafitte, guide says
1110 Views - Posted: April 15 at 11:05 am

Windy conditions have muddied the waters near Lafitte, but the redfish and black drum bite remains steady, a fishing guide said.


Texas recreational hunters can pay helicopter companies to serve as gunners on feral hog control flights. The Lone Star state has an estimated population of 3.2 million hogs that cause about $400 million dollars in annual damages. LDWF investigating allowing recreational hunters to serve as helicopter gunners to help reduce feral hog population
4908 Views - Posted: April 14 at 5:33 pm

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is currently working with Texas Parks and Wildlife to investigate developing a program that would allow recreational hunters in Louisiana the opportunity to pay and serve as gunners on helicopter flights to help reduce the state’s feral hog population.


Kevin Madeley caught this 11.56-pounder near Housen Bay with a red crawfish Rat-L-Trap in 6- to 8-feet of water on March 1. Texan takes 11-plus-pounder near Housen Bay on Toledo Bend
1444 Views - Posted: April 14 at 11:01 am

With only 30 minutes until weigh-in for the Fishers of Men tournament at Toledo Bend on March 1, Texan Kevin Madeley and David Miller of Lake Charles had five fish in the livewell and just a few more minutes of fishing time to spare. 


ULM's Dustin Perkins and Trapper Munn won the 2014 Carhartt Bassmaster College Series Central Regional on the Ouachita River Saturday. ULM team wins College Series Central Regional on the Ouachita River
1150 Views - Posted: April 14 at 9:32 am

After a slow opening day on Friday, Trapper Munn and Dustin Perkins picked up the pace Saturday with five fish weighing 11-3, enough to win the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series Central Regional on the Ouachita River with a two-day total of 19 pounds, 6 ounces. 


Darold Gleason caught his third double-digit bass at Toledo Bend since November when he reeled in this 11.71-pounder near the Indian Mounds on Wednesday. Leesville angler catches third Toledo Bend lunker this season
3241 Views - Posted: April 11 at 3:38 pm

Darold Gleason might need more wall space to house all of the giant bass replicas he’ll be receiving soon from the Toledo Bend Lunker Bass Program.


George Smith with the 11.91-pound bass he caught Wednesday morning in Sandy Creek at Toledo Bend. Smith caught her with a white Zoom fluke in about 2 1/2-feet of water. Texas angler lands 11-pounder at Toledo Bend
2407 Views - Posted: April 11 at 2:39 pm

In about an hour’s time Wednesday morning at Toledo Bend, George Smith had more than 25 pounds of bass in his boat, including a hog that tipped the scales at almost 12 pounds.


Slot limits are being rescinded on five lakes statewide effective Sunday, April 20, after LDWF biologists determined length regulations have not proven effective. Black bass slot limit to be removed on five state lakes effective April 20
5277 Views - Posted: April 11 at 11:28 am

Regulations for black bass on several water bodies across the state will change on Sunday, April 20 after biologists determined that length regulations have not been effective, according to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.


The East End boat launch off La. Hwy. 82 at the Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge will be closed April 14 through May 2 for modifications to the back down ramps so the public will be able to launch in low tide conditions, LDWF said. East End Locks boat launch on Rockefeller Refuge to close for repairs on April 14
1215 Views - Posted: April 11 at 10:55 am

Modifications to the back down ramps at the Joseph Harbor boat launch off La. Hwy. 82 at the Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge in Grand Chenier are complete, and the facility is set to reopen Saturday morning, according to a press release from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.


Three cited for alleged game fish violations on Larto Lake, LDWF says Three cited for alleged game fish violations on Larto Lake, LDWF says
3884 Views - Posted: April 10 at 5:38 pm

Enforcement agents on Wednesday arrested three people for alleged game fish violations on Larto Lake, according to a press release from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.


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