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Slot limits are being rescinded on five lakes statewide effective Sunday, April 20, after LDWF biologists determined length regulations have not proven effective. Black bass slot limit to be removed on five state lakes effective April 20
5323 Views - Posted: April 11 at 11:28 am

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.


North Louisiana's population of salvinia weevils was drastically affected by this winter's severe temperatures, so scientists are working on developing a cold-tolerant weevil for the northern parishes of the state. LDWF, LSU AgCenter search for cold-tolerant salvinia weevil for North Louisiana
2287 Views - Posted: March 26 at 2:32 pm

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.


Bridges and other permanent structures in the park still bear WPA logos and marks. The New Orleans City Park story
371 Views - Posted: March 15 at 8:00 am

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.


Running a small mud boat allows Marty LaCoste access to shallow areas big boats just can’t reach. Small-boat DuLarge — How to catch reds, specks with a mud boat
1318 Views - Posted: March 01 at 7:00 am

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.


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
11088 Views - Posted: February 25 at 10:04 am

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.


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
39291 Views - Posted: January 10 at 11:53 am

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.


If the winter remains mild to moderate, the speckled trout will be thick at Stump Lagoon throughout the month of January. Stump jumping — Fishing hotspots for Stump Lagoon
1962 Views - Posted: January 01 at 7:00 am

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.


The 2013 lottery alligator harvests will be conducted between Aug. 28 and Oct. 3. Apply now for alligator lottery hunts
6899 Views - Posted: May 21, 2013 at 3:00 pm
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.

Catfish this size aren’t the norm, but Citrano says he hardly catches the small, fingerling catfish under 1-pound anymore. Mad as a Hatter
2442 Views - Posted: July 01, 2012 at 7:00 am
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.

During or just after a heavy rain is when Citrano drops everything to head to the Cross Lake to catch catfish that stack up in the bayous and drains. Veteran angler catching fewer small catfish
1325 Views - Posted: July 01, 2012 at 7:00 am
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.

Cross Lake is known for its catfishing, and the summer is a great time to be on the lake drift fishing. Drift-fishing is a Cross Lake standard
1718 Views - Posted: July 01, 2012 at 7:00 am
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.

During or just after a heavy rain is when Citrano drops everything to head to the Cross Lake to catch catfish that stack up in the bayous and drains. Cross Lake visitors can gather at online community
1406 Views - Posted: July 01, 2012 at 7:00 am
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.

July provides great opportunities for catching trout. July mag lays out summer hotspots
3349 Views - Posted: June 21, 2012 at 1:27 pm
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.

Thomason uses his long rods to steady pick at transition trout and end the day with a good catch. Humble Pie Specks
2164 Views - Posted: March 01, 2012 at 7:00 am
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.

The Arkansas fishing team decoded the notoriously tough Cross Lake to win the 2012 Bassmaster College Classic. Arkansas takes College Classic crown from LSU
5489 Views - Posted: February 26, 2012 at 6:09 pm
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.

Printable maps of the Biloxi Marsh can be found on the LDWF website, on the WMA page, and should be used to mark the boundaries of the WMA. No Lease, No Problem
4396 Views - Posted: December 01, 2011 at 10:35 am
As we soak our waders into yet another duck hunting season, many of us have already begun to reap the residuals from the productive ponds on our leases, while others have had ample time to allow their sore shooting shoulders to heal after experiencing the great pleasure of bagging the limits that come along with a guided trip.

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