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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 at 7:00 am

Black bass slot limit to be removed on five state lakes effective April 20

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.

April 11, 2014 at 11:28 am

LDWF, LSU AgCenter search for cold-tolerant salvinia weevil for North Louisiana

Unusually cold temperatures in the northern parishes are expected to have killed 90 percent of the salvinia weevils used to combat the invasive aquatic plant giant salvinia, which is clogging waterways across Louisiana.

March 26, 2014 at 2:32 pm

The New Orleans City Park story

Louisiana has other urban fishing holes besides those in New Orleans City Park, including Cross Lake in Shreveport, Sibley Lake in Natchitoches, Bayou De Saird and Ouachita River in Monroe and City Park and University Lakes in Baton Rouge.

But none have developed the reputation for producing bass like City Park’s Lake.

The lake, more properly called a lagoon system, is small, with only 110 acres of water. But it has 14 miles of shoreline (not counting Bayou St. John, which also falls under the park’s jurisdiction), and most of it is accessible to fishermen.

March 15, 2014 at 8:00 am

Small-boat DuLarge — How to catch reds, specks with a mud boat

Marty LaCoste likes things a little quiet.

According to my son, it’s so he can whisper to the fish exactly what he wants them to do.

When things get a little bit too loud, those trout can’t hear him as clearly.

That’s why the “Trout Whisperer” — my son’s nickname for LaCoste — went out and bought an 18-foot-by-60-inch Gator Tail aluminum boat with a mud motor on back.

March 01, 2014 at 7:00 am

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 10:04 am

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 11:53 am

Stump jumping — Fishing hotspots for Stump Lagoon

If you leave out of my launching pad in Shell Beach you can enter the Biloxi Marsh by one of two general routes. Either you cross Lake Borgne and enter through one of the numerous bayous that wind snakelike into the heart of the marsh, or you head up Bayou LaLoutre and enter through Stump Lagoon.

January 01, 2014 at 7:00 am

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.Read More...
May 21, 2013 at 3:00 pm

Mad as a Hatter

Some people think Charles Citrano is just a little bit crazy. But the way he sees it, he’s just somebody who always has catfish fillets in his freezer.

You see, Citrano isn’t your typical Cross Lake catfish angler. Oh, he’ll get out there and drift-fish Hicks Pocket all day long when the weather is nice and sunny, but the crazy part comes into play when Shreveport is the recipient of extremely heavy rain.

“I’m not talking about little sprinkles here,” Citrano said. “I’m talking about at least an inch and a half to 3 inches. The worse the weather is the better the catfish bite.Read More...
July 01, 2012 at 7:00 am

Veteran angler catching fewer small catfish

Charles Citrano has lived on Cross Lake for the last 15 years, but he estimates that over his 71 years of life he’s spent as much time on Cross Lake as he has at work.Read More...
July 01, 2012 at 7:00 am

Drift-fishing is a Cross Lake standard

Although he prefers fishing in a downpour, Charles Citrano doesn’t mind blending in with everybody else and doing a little drift-fishing for catfish every now and then.

And he has perfected this most-common catfishing method just as much as he has off-the-wall foul-weather fishing.Read More...
July 01, 2012 at 7:00 am

Cross Lake visitors can gather at online community

After he started visiting Cross Lake on a regular basis about two years ago, Seth Winterer quickly discovered there wasn’t a whole lot of information about the lake on the internet.Read More...
July 01, 2012 at 7:00 am

July mag lays out summer hotspots

The July issue of Louisiana Sportsman will head to the printers this afternoon, (June 21) and start arriving in mailboxes and on newsstands within the week.

There’s no reason why you should go home without your fill of trout this July. We’ll tell you how to overcome obstacles such as wimpy tides, stiff winds and the extreme heat and still put fish in the boat.Read More...
June 21, 2012 at 1:27 pm

Humble Pie Specks

I am sitting in the dark in Silverfish Lodge’s boat shed waiting for my guide, Charlie Thomason, to return from an errand. Oyster boats, one after another, are chugging and puffing by in Bayou La Loutre, so close I could flip a coin onto their decks. They loom out of the dark like giant white wedding cakes, then recede down the bayou to meet their day’s destiny churning endlessly in circles over some remote oyster reef. Read More...
March 01, 2012 at 7:00 am

Arkansas takes College Classic crown from LSU

LSU fishing team members were feeling pretty confident about their chances of defending their Bassmaster College Series title, having located some nice bedding fish on Cross Lake.

And the three two-man Tiger teams did bring a few over-the-slot lunkers to the scales. However, Arkansas team members managed to stick an extra weigh fish, and that was the difference.Read More...
February 26, 2012 at 6:09 pm