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The TAG Louisiana program, a study that uses volunteers to both tag fish and report recaptures, is being axed by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries because the department says it isn't delivering useful information to biologists.

LDWF to axe TAG Louisiana program

In the wake of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ move to axe the popular TAG Louisiana program, the executive director of Coastal Conservation Association - Louisiana sent out a strong email Wednesday critical of the decision, hinting the move was a political one to punish CCA.

December 01 at 9:25am
Simple tackle is all that is needed to catch bull reds once they are located. Both men used spinning reels.

Bulling it out — How to catch and clean big reds

When the guide slid the landing net under the fish, the chef’s face lit up like a Hollywood marquee.

Was it a tender-fleshed and delectable speckled trout? No.

Was it a savory, mild-tasting red snapper. No.

It wasn’t a flounder, tripletail or grouper, either.

December 01 at 7:00am
Capt. Bubby Lamy shows off a nice speckled trout.

From hot to cold — How to fish Chalmette after the Hot Water Canal went cold

For Chalmette-area wintertime anglers, the Hot Water Canal was about as close as you could get to a sure thing. 

Warm, toasty water from Entergy’s Michoud generating facility discharged into a nondescript, otherwise unremarkable canal adjacent to the Intracoastal Waterway near the Green Bridge.

December 01 at 7:00am
Reds are a blast to catch because they put up a strong fight and test your mettle as an angler.

Get to the Pointe — Guide’s tips for Pointe a la Hache trout and reds

So another December arrives ­— a month of endings, to be sure, but also of beginnings.

Autumn ends, but winter begins. It’s the beginning of another madhouse Christmas month, but the end of another year.

December 01 at 7:00am
Ken Chaumont shows off a slot red taken on an Egret Baits’ Zombie R.I.P. Stik in the upper Calcasieu estuary, where freshwater from the Calcasieu River mixes with saltier water north of Lake Charles.

Targeting pre-winter slot redfish in upper Calcasieu estuary

These aren’t your typical redfish making wakes along the shoreline. You won’t see their tails or silhouettes darting on the water’s surface, and you’ll rarely see a bird picking overhead. 

November 29 at 9:01am
Creamy shrimp and mushroom fettuccine is a satisfying meal and only needs fresh garlic bread to set it off.

Cajun cook does shrimp his way

Lane LeMaire is a dedicated Cajun cook and a skilled outdoorsman. So it is no wonder so much of what he cooks is fish, seafood and game.

November 29 at 9:00am
Trout fill the interior Louisiana marsh in the fall, so they are easily accessible to kayakers.

Here they come - Fall speckled trout are a real treat for kayakers

It’s that time: fronts from the north and fish from the south. As fronts become more frequent, speckled trout continue to fill the marshes and are easily reachable by kayak anglers.

November 18 at 9:00am
The concave nose, paddle feet and tough double hook of the Poppn’ Toad make a deadly combination.

Stanley’s Poppn’ Toad

Stanley’s Poppn’ Toad, a hollow body soft-plastic frog with a pronounced cup in the nose, is going places.

November 15 at 9:00am
Doug Menefee scored first, casting a Gulp! Swimming Minnow on the drop-off along the ship channel.

Why Prien Lake is a great kayak-fishing option?

John Williams is a lucky guy.

As owner of Pack & Paddle in Lafayette, one of the largest kayak and outdoor gear dealers in Louisiana, he gets invited by some of the state’s best kayak fishermen to fish in the coolest places.

November 15 at 6:00am
External storage space for multiple rigged rods makes trout fishing from a kayak more efficient.

Top 7 features for trout kayaks

Sure, sure, it’s old news that kayaks are a deadly effective tool for slipping up quietly on redfish grazing for lunch is marsh ponds only a foot deep.

But speckled trout is a whole ’nother game.

November 15 at 6:00am
Capt. Chad Dufrene believes silence is golden when chasing redfish.

Reds also on the menu in Delacroix

What if we want to catch some Delacroix reds this month? No problem, Capt. Chad Dufrene said.

November 15 at 6:00am
Capt. Chad Dufrene’s favorite topwater baits include the bone-colored MirrOlure She Dog and a purple demon Top Dog.

Don’t forget topwater for trout

I love catching fish any way at all: under corks, tight-lined, live bait, plastics, whatever.

November 15 at 6:00am

Tippets

November is my favorite month for marsh fly fishing, since the interior lakes and bayous are thick with speckled trout. 

November 15 at 6:00am
Tommy Vidrine favors 2- and 3-inch Tsunami swimbaits when targeting November speckled trout on Grand Isle.

November speckled trout tactics for Grand Isle

While many people think of September and October as transition months for speckled trout in Louisiana — when the fish move from their offshore spawning haunts to inside marshes to ride out the winter — Tommy Vidrine also includes November in that count, as well.

November 14 at 9:15pm