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Mike McNerlin hangs a nice crappie after trolling over the edge of a creek channel.

Follow the bait

Cranking is productive on any lake that has a healthy crappie population. Cypress Bayou/Black Bayou Reservoirs, Toledo Bend, Caddo Lake, Lake D’Arbonne, Bayou D’Arbonne, Caney Lake, Poverty Point Reservoir, and Larto are just a few of the good spots.

And cranking veteran Clark LaBorde said there is no great secret to finding crappie on these lakes. 

August 15 at 7:00am
Mike McNerlin (left) and Greg Hammett with some of the 37 crappie they caught in one morning of cranking.

Crank it up — How to catch crappie trolling crankbaits

Trolling crankbaits has exploded onto the crappie fishing scene in the last few years. And, while there is bit of a learning curve, the tactic can be highly productive in terms of filling the freezer with fillets.

August 01 at 7:00am
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will conduct a lottery to award alligator tags to the general public later this summer. Applications for the lottery must be postmarked by July 5, 2015, to be eligible for the random drawing.

LDWF announces 2015 alligator lottery hunts

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is conducting a lottery to award alligator tags to provide the general public with harvest opportunities.

According to a press release, a random computer drawing from eligible hunters submitting applications will determine who receives tags from five Coastal and Nongame Resources Division Wildlife Management Areas, 15 Division WMAs, one U.S. Army Corps of Engineers property and 25 public lakes for the 2015 harvest.

May 13, 2015 at 3:29pm
When the temperature gets warm enough to start shedding jackets, you can bet February bass have moved up shallow looking for something to eat.

February resolve — Where to and how to catch bass this month

There is a certain mentality I have that makes me want to roll over and pull the covers over my head on the exact morning I’ve been waiting on to get in the deer stand.

February 01, 2015 at 7:00am
FLW pro David Dudley knows the big influence of a big crankbait.

Get Down On It — Extremely deep-diving crankbaits up the odds of catching deep summer bass

They’re big, they’re bad and they’re a handful to sling — those giant crankbaits that have exploded onto the bass-fishing scene over the past couple of years.

August 01, 2014 at 7:00am
Larger surplus brood stock Florida bass are released in Nantachie Lake on Monday. Fingerlings released later this spring as part of the state's annual stocking program will be about 2 inches long, or about double the size previously released.

LDWF releases Florida largemouth bass stocking priority list for 2014

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries plans to stock fewer but larger pure Florida largemouth bass fingerlings into waters across the state later this spring, a biologist said.

February 25, 2014 at 10:04am
Slot limits on six Louisiana lakes designed to produce lunkers like this one caught at Chicot Lake by LouisianaSortsman.com user

Minimum size limit for bass should be dropped on six lakes, LDWF says

Slot limits should be dropped on six lakes because the regulations aren’t producing larger bass — largely because of anglers’ refusal to harvest enough fish, a Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries biologist told Louisiana Sportsman.

January 10, 2014 at 11:53am
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries filed a notice of intent that would alter the daily creel limit regulations for channel and blue catfish in Texas boundary waters by allowing five fish over 30 inches in total length.

LDWF adopts NOI to alter catfish regulations on Texas boundary waters

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission adopted a notice of intent that would alter daily creel limit regulations for channel and blue catfish taken in Toledo Bend Reservoir, Caddo Lake and the Sabine River.

January 09, 2014 at 4:45pm

New regulations now in effect for yo yos and trotlines on specified lakes, LDWF says

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is reminding anglers that revised regulations are now in effect regarding the use of yo yos and trotlines on seven lakes across the state.

December 21, 2013 at 10:00am
The Flip’n OUT will tempt big bass, as some tournament anglers testing prototypes learned.

Mister Twister Flip’n OUT

Louisiana born and bred Mister Twister Flip’n OUTs, the latest in soft plastic creature baits, were scheduled to go on the market the first week of August.

September 16, 2013 at 9:00am
Legislation approved this session included offering hunting licenses for non-resident high-schoolers at reduced rates and allowing game and fish to be donated to Hunters for the Hungry.

Legislators address hunting and fishing issues during 2013 legislative session

Louisiana Legislature wrapped up its regular session in early June after debating dozens of bills related to hunting, fishing and the outdoors. A number of the proposals never made it through the process, having been voted down or pulled from consideration by lawmakers.
June 20, 2013 at 1:00pm
The 2013 lottery alligator harvests will be conducted between Aug. 28 and Oct. 3.

Apply now for alligator lottery hunts

If you want to participate in the 2013 alligator lottery hunts, now is the time to get in your application. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will select eligible hunters to hunt on four Coastal & Nongame Resources (CNR) Division Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs), 15 Wildlife Division WMAs, one U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACOE) property and 24 public lakes for this year's alligator harvest season.
May 21, 2013 at 3:00pm
If the Louisiana High School Athletic Association listens to the Legislature, bass fishing could be established as one of the sports offered in high schools across the state.

House backs high-school bass fishing

The House Education Committee unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday that could lead to the establishment of competitive bass-fishing tournaments for Louisiana’s high schools.
May 15, 2013 at 3:49pm
Since he knows a lipless crankbait is capable of producing giant bass, Havard typically throws one all day long.

Dogged Determination — How to catch big Caddo Lake bass during the winter using Rat-L-Traps

Lipless crankbaits are not for the cowardly.

With all those exposed treble hooks, the faint-hearted have a hard time seeing past the snag waiting to happen.

On the other hand, the lion-hearted are able to look past potential pain and see the largemouth light at the end of the tunnel.

Therefore, the timid might as well find someplace else to fish during February rather than head to Caddo Lake.
February 01, 2013 at 7:00am
Caddo guide Paul Keith has found that the salvinia forces him to adjust how he fishes the lake on a daily basis.

Caddo guide adjusts to salvinia on a daily basis

The salvinia that has infested Caddo Lake has forced many bass anglers to adjust their approaches to fishing the lake.
February 01, 2013 at 7:00am

2013 Louisiana High School Fishing Championship to be held March 10

The 2013 Student Angler Federation Louisiana High School Fishing State Championship will be held on Caddo Lake on March 10, the Bass Federation announced.

“The Shreveport-Bossier Sports Commission, along with the City of Shreveport, the City of Bossier City, the Caddo Parish Commission and the Bossier Parish Police Jury are excited to have partnered with The Bass Federation on the previous two state high school fishing state championships …,” said Kelly Wells, vice president of the Shreveport-Bossier Sports Commission. “We’re excited to be back once again on the world-famous Caddo Lake this year and partner with Earl Williamson Park and the Caddo Parish Commission and their staff.
January 28, 2013 at 1:50pm