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Falling Red River produces in June

The bass fishing on the Red River in Alexandria generally will start turning on in June, depending on the water level. The river still may be flooded this month, but under stable or falling conditions, a number of the bass will begin moving out to the remaining part of the river. In June, I prefer to run to the cuts and the riprap out on the main river and catch the bass on a crankbait or flip wood in the main river.
June 21, 2011 at 12:46pm
Most of the time, a black buzz bait is an early-morning lure, but on some days, the author fishes it all day long.

Lunkers at Larto Lake in May

Larto Lake, located south of Vidalia in Catahoula Parish, is an old Mississippi oxbow lake. I like to fish here because I can stay at the Honey Brake Lodge near Jonesville, one of the best duck-hunting spots in the nation. At this lake, you can combine a duck-hunting trip with a great bass or crappie-fishing trip in the winter.
May 02, 2011 at 8:43pm
Spring is Greg Hackney’s favorite time to be on the water.

Fish Toledo Bend in April for spawning bass

I’ve picked Toledo Bend for April, because I’m competing in a Bassmaster Elite Series Tournament there this month, and I hope to place in the money. BASS has selected Toledo Bend for a tournament in April because this reservoir will be producing numbers of bass this month.
April 01, 2011 at 11:55am
D'Arbonne is productive year-round, but March is a premier month to fish there for nice bass

Bet your bones on D’Arbonne during March

Lake D’Arbonne, located a little northwest of Monroe, is a productive place to catch really big bass this month, although the lake yields nice bass year-round. March is probably the best month to fish this lake because the bass are either in the pre-spawn or the spawning mode, and will be moving into the backwater creeks.
March 04, 2011 at 7:11am
Bayou Black is coming back strong after a series of calamities.

Bet on Bayou Black for January bass

Bayou Black, located 15 minutes south of Houma off Highway 90, is one of the southernmost places to catch bass in the state. In January, central and northern Louisiana generally have cold weather. However, near the Bayou Black area, the weather may be just seasonally mild.
December 29, 2010 at 6:48am
Hack Attack Jig

Caney Lake has all you need for a Merry Christmas

No, you won’t find the lunker largemouth you’ve dreamed about under your Christmas tree, but you just may find it at Caney Lake, which is known for its double-digit bass.
December 01, 2010 at 2:49pm
Spit-N-King

Chicot is great park with even better bass

Ville Platte’s Lake Chicot sits on the border of the delta and the hill land. One side of the lake has a bluff bank, and the other side is as flat as the bottom of a cast-iron skillet. Chicot has numbers of cypress trees, so don’t try to get your boat up on plane there.
November 01, 2010 at 10:46am
The Mississippi River oxbows come alive this month as temperatures cool.

It’s time to hit the cooling oxbows

In North Louisiana during October, the weather will start to cool off. The bass will get into their fall mode more quickly than they do in South Louisiana because they’ll start to feel winter approaching.
October 01, 2010 at 10:40am
Strike King Spit-N King

Cataouatche bass get predictable in September

One of the reasons Cataouatche is my lake of choice during September is because the bass are very dependable there during this time.
September 01, 2010 at 2:41pm
Fishing for bass is fun, but catching them is more fun. There's plenty of bass to be caught near Venice, and when you get a bite, you won't know whether it’s a speckled trout, redfish, flounder or largemouth.

Venice shines in August — hopefully not from oil

During the extremely hot weather this month, I’ll go to Venice, where the water’s always moving, which causes the bass to bite. For an enjoyable day of fishing and an easy day of catching, Venice will be the most-productive place to fish this month.
August 02, 2010 at 11:53am
When Hackney is fishing thick vegetation, he likes the Strike King Hack Attack Jig because it punches through the grass and has a good weed guard to keep the grass off the hook.

July is Basin bass time

Generally, by July, the Mississippi River will have started falling, which causes the water in the Atchafalaya River to begin falling. During the spring, the water will be high, and the bass hard to find because of the numbers of canals, natural bayous and lakes throughout the Atchafalaya Basin.
June 28, 2010 at 1:39pm
Strike King 4S crankbait

Red is certainly not dead

This month, I’ll return to the Red River at Shreveport to fish for bass. Generally in June, the river begins to go down and stabilize, and the bass start their summertime pattern. The water’s warm, the bass will be active and the spawn has ended. The bass are hungry and starting to feed up to replace the body mass they’ve lost during the spawn.
June 01, 2010 at 4:14pm
Surface lures like buzz baits will deliver the goods this month on the Red River.

Rage on the Red River

May’s an excellent month to fish the Red River because the bass have finished their spawn and are starting to move from the bank out to deeper water. But they’re not all the way to the deep places where they tend to hold in the summertime.
April 29, 2010 at 12:47pm
Fast fishing early and slow fishing after the sun comes up will put D'Arbonne bass in your boat during April.

Spinnerbait, crankbait deliver on D’Arbonne

I enjoy fishing Lake D’Arbonne near West Monroe. During April, some of the bass at D’Arbonne still will be bedding. To catch the most and the biggest bass at D’Arbonne in April, watch for the shad spawn. Usually at some time from the middle to the latter part of this month, the baitfish will spawn on D’Arbonne’s cypress trees and stumps. So, I’ll fish shallow this month.
March 30, 2010 at 3:32pm
You won't catch many monster bass at Lake Verret, but you should be able to catch plenty of 2- to 4-pound bedding fish.

Think outside box for Verret bass

Most people are concerned about fishing for bass in the Atchafalaya Basin because the water can be up or down, it can be muddy or clear and it can change quickly. But I like to fish Lake Verret this month, and you also can get to Bayou Black from there. This area has lots of water to fish, so generally in March, you can find places to catch bass at Lake Verret.
March 01, 2010 at 1:37pm
The author will have his sights set on winning the 2010 Bassmaster Classic this month.

Chicot, Caney hold February’s brutes

Most of my attention for the first of this month will be focused on fishing and winning the 2010 Bassmaster Classic on Lay Lake in Birmingham, Ala.
February 01, 2010 at 2:25pm