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Chinquapins, properly called “redear sunfish” for obvious reasons, are always a prized catch for bream fishermen. They spawn much earlier than bluegills and only for a short 3-week period.

Top bream-fishing tackle

Charles Johnson grew up as a country boy fishing bream. He cut his own cane poles from creek cane (bamboo that had escaped from cultivation).

May 15, 2015 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
Bluegills are more likely named for the bluish hue on the bottom of their gill covers than for the dark tab extending from the rear of the cover.

Confessions of a bream killer — Expert bream-fishing tips

“Ain’t nuttin’ to it,” drawled the lanky 68-year-old. “Ya just find a bed of ’em and ketch ’em.”

If only it was that easy.

May 01, 2015 at 7:00am
Josh Andrews poses with a fish over 50 pounds, the biggest fish of the day.

It’s a family tradition

“I call it ‘grabbing.’ I don’t know where they came up with ‘noodlin,’ ‘grampling’ and ‘grabbling,’” Josh Andrews sneered. “I’m grabbing fish. Most of the time, when they’re protecting their eggs, they grab you.”

May 15, 2014 at 8:00am
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
Although he lives in Mississippi, Josh Andrews fishes almost exclusively in Louisiana.

Night Stripes — Fishing tips for Lake St. John hybrid stripers

It was over in a second.

November 01, 2013 at 7:00am
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
Bass are often lethargic in cold water, so multiple treble hooks help you snare the ones that just slap at the bait.

Suspended Animation ­—Jerkbait tips for wintertime bass fishing

Cold water, shallow water, clear water; plenty of situations make it hard to get fish to bite. For largemouth bass, one of the biggest mistakes anglers make in these conditions is fishing too fast and pulling baits through the strike zone with only a brief window of opportunity for predators to make their move. 

January 01, 2013 at 7:00am


A reminder to fly anglers competing in the summer-long CCA STAR tournament that there’s a bonus drawing again for 2012 in the Fly Fish Division. Weigh in any qualified speck (14 inches or larger) and, even if it doesn’t make the leaderboard, your name goes into a drawing to be held at the end of the tournament for a TFO BVK fly rod.
July 09, 2012 at 7:00am
The Mississippi River oxbows provide scenic fishing opportunities.

Oxbow bream

Once again, the weather prognosticaters had proven that their job is better left to leaf readers and Ouija boards.

I’d taken a good day of vacation to take my daughter Cokie fishing while she was off on Easter break. We were hoping to hit a home run on big bream at Lake Concordia.
April 01, 2012 at 7:26am
As soon as the sun was hidden behind clouds the Lake Claiborne stripers sprang into a feeding frenzy.

Cloud Dancers

The Good Lord gave us a glorious sunrise, the glowing orb back-lighting a cloud in the eastern sky that looked for all the world like an angel in flight. I snapped a few photos as the sun slowly nibbled away the cloud bank. In a matter of minutes, the sun did what it has been doing for the past month, sending its searing heat down on us.
November 01, 2011 at 10:03am
The cockahoe minnow is very useful in catching hybrid stripers on Lake Claiborne.

Hybrid stripers — a man-made fish

The fish causing all the excitement are really not striped bass; they’re hybrid stripers, incapable of reproduction save for the intervention of man.
November 01, 2011 at 10:03am

Lake Bruin drawdown scheduled for fall

Lake Bruin will be lowered to 4 ½ feet below pool stage beginning Sept. 6, and will remain lowered through Dec. 15, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced today (June 21).

The drawdown is being conducted to allow managers to replace a disabled water control structure, to help control vegetation in the Brushy Lake area, to improve fisheries and to allow homeowners to conduct shoreline and property maintenance.
June 20, 2011 at 2:18pm
The Mississippi River oxbows come alive this month as temperatures cool.

It’s time to hit the cooling oxbows

In North Louisiana during October, the weather will start to cool off. The bass will get into their fall mode more quickly than they do in South Louisiana because they’ll start to feel winter approaching.
October 01, 2010 at 10:40am