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Big Lake coughs up 10-pound trout

Peter Landry’s trip to Big Lake yesterday was almost canceled because of the cold front scheduled to roll through.

But the day ended with the Houston angler landing a trout of a lifetime — a 30 1/2-inch speck that pushed a Boga Grip to the 10-pound mark.

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February 03 at 4:04 pm
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Lake Pontchartrainís recovery begins with Monday's closing of Bonnet Carre Spillway

Three weeks after it was opened, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers finished closing the last bays of the Bonnet Carre Spillway on Monday, halting the flow of freshwater from the Mississippi River that had been pouring into Lake Pontchartrain since Jan. 10.

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February 02 at 1:53 pm
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What Louisiana waters are public?

Most anglers will be stunned when they learn how little of Louisiana’s waters — especially in the swamps and marshes of the coast — are claimed by their state.

All you have to do is log onto the State Lands Office website to access a map database that shows what waters are clearly state owned, and what waters private landowners are legally allowed to control.

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February 02 at 9:01 am
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Slow hand ó Top Dularge winter fishing locations

So, I waited all night for the call that never came. I was so sure it would come — certain even. But it didn’t.

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February 01 at 7:00 am
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It’s rainbeaux trout time in Louisiana. Each winter, East Baton Rouge and Ascension parishes stock selected ponds with this coldwater species. In addition, LDWF now stocks ponds as part of their Get Out and Fish! community fishing program.

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January 15 at 7:00 am
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Cofounder of Ride the Bull kayak tournament loses battle with cancer

Capt. Kristen Wray, a pioneer in kayak fishing on Grand Isle and cofounder of the world’s largest kayak-fishing tournament, died early Wednesday morning after a long bout with cancer.

A native of Tulsa, Okla., Wray was 48 years old.

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January 13 at 11:41 am
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What was and is to be: The best of fishing 2015 and looking to 2016

As longtime readers to this column know, I hate “best” lists. So much so, that each year I make my own.

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January 10 at 9:00 am
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Collapsible extension ladder great for accessing T-top to sight-fish

With rods and reels, tackle boxes, ice chests, life jackets and other assorted gear all requiring a spot in your boat, space on-board is definitely at a premium.†

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January 06 at 11:05 am
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How would Bonnet Carre Spillway opening impact Pontchartrain fishing?

With Mississippi River levels continuing to rise, some expect the earliest-ever opening in the 85-year history of the Bonnet Carre Spillway — which would relieve pressure on the levees protecting New Orleans and divert freshwater into Lake Pontchartrain for the first time since 2011.

That has left anglers holding their collective breath, waiting to see if there will be any impact on the upcoming spring speckled trout fishing.

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January 05 at 2:46 pm
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Reggio milk run - How to catch wintertime speckled trout

According to Merriam-Webster, a “roundup” is a gathering together of people or animals or items. As in a cattle roundup, or a police roundup of suspects.

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January 01 at 7:00 am
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The DeepJerk Minnow

Saltwater fishermen who love to fish coastal and inshore waters for speckled trout and redfish soon will have a new weapon: the DeepJerk Minnow from Mann’s Bait Company in Eufala, Ala.

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December 15, 2015 at 9:00 am
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Weather prognosticators are predicting a wetter, colder-than-normal winter starting this month. That might not be so bad.

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December 15, 2015 at 7:00 am
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Houma angler lands giant 11-pound-plus flounder on Pointe-aux-Chenes WMA

Karl Credeur wasn’t exactly enthusiastic when his girlfriend suggested they leave his camp and head out for a quick afternoon fishing trip in a drizzly rain on Pointe-aux-Chenes Wildlife Management Area last month.

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December 03, 2015 at 7:58 am
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CCA Louisiana expands Independence Island Artificial Reef near Grand Isle

Construction started earlier this week on the four-acre expansion of the Independence Island Artificial Reef located northeast of Grand Isle, according to a news release from CCA Louisiana.

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December 02, 2015 at 7:41 am
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Humble holiday ó Redfish swarm at that East Cote Blanche Bay hotspot

It was a blasted shame. On one couch in a comatose sugar shock was my son-in-law, staring at the television. In my lounge chair reclining rocker was my oldest son and his wife, both sawing logs sound asleep.

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December 01, 2015 at 7:00 am
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Biloxi bound ó Duck-hunting tips for Biloxi WMA

“Here it’s almost Christmas!” snorted Artie’s brud-in-law Anthony (pronounced: “Ant-Knee.”) “But for us it’s still TEAL season! That’s almost all we been gettin’ — and mostly bluewings to boot!”

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December 01, 2015 at 7:00 am
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