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Ruston angler nabs Lake Claiborne lunker

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If your numbers happen to come up, you just got lucky — and you suddenly become a millionaire.  

April 06 at 3:30 pm

How to build a kitchen sink rig

Want to try the kitchen sink? Here are the details of the rig Jay Stone came up with to put the maximum number of baits in the right spots to catch suspended crappie.

March 15 at 8:00 am

Best gear

If you want to hear the cry “striper on” often, here’s the gear Captain D recommends.

August 15, 2014 at 7:00 am

Four seasons of Claiborne stripers

Persistent fishermen can catch striped bass on Lake Claiborne pretty much all year long. The four seasons of Claiborne stripers vary a little bit from traditional “seasons,” as Donny Hood outlined below.

August 15, 2014 at 7:00 am

Eat, sleep, fish

Whoever came up with the “Eat, Sleep, Fish” T-shirt must have been from Louisiana. That’s because usually everywhere you find good fishing, good food can’t be far away.

August 15, 2014 at 7:00 am

History of Claiborne stripers

Lake Claiborne was completed in 1967. Even before that time, Hood’s father had property on the lake, and the two of them have actually walked all the way across what he calls the Little Lake area of Claiborne, which is the large open area north of the Big Lake but still south of the two large arms that extend far to the north of the spillway almost all the way to downtown Homer in Claiborne Parish.

August 15, 2014 at 7:00 am

Captain D’s Place — Tips for striper fishing on Lake Claiborne

After an hour chasing sparse schools of striped bass across boat lanes, creek channels, coves and finally out into the big lake without a single strike, Donny Hood stopped for a second, calmly set his rod down and moved to the driver’s seat of his 22-foot Blazer Bay bay boat dubbed the Miss Judy.

August 01, 2014 at 7:00 am


The first week of April will be Easter break for many students. What better time to take a youngster fly fishing than this month?Read More...
April 15, 2013 at 7:00 am


During September, water temps begin to drop. Slowly at first due to radiative cooling, and then increasingly as cool fronts invade the state.Read More...
September 01, 2012 at 7:00 am

D’Arbonne’s Daffy Divers

It was late evening in the early summer. The five men assembled on the back deck of the Petrus family camp, set on a hill slope overlooking Lake D’Arbonne, were engaged in a masculine redneck ritual. Bobby Petrus, a.k.a. “The Claw,” was grilling meat, and all of them were exchanging humorous insults.

The rough-and-tumble humor, mixed with an equal blend of braggadocio and self-deprecation, was delivered with powerful North Louisiana twangs in what a Cajun or a New Orleanian would consider a foreign language.Read More...
April 01, 2012 at 7:00 am

Front Side of March

Bass angler, beware the Ides of March.

Not that you have to look over your shoulder for a group of friends intent on stabbing you 23 times in the back, but for approaching cold fronts that can do enough damage to take you out.

For North Louisiana bass anglers in particular, March can be the best of times, or it can be the worst of times. Just as soon as you think you’ve got the bite pinned down, a cold front blows through and messes everything up.Read More...
March 01, 2012 at 7:00 am

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. Read More...
November 01, 2011 at 10:03 am

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.Read More...
November 01, 2011 at 10:03 am

Blackened hybrids almost as good as redfish

Kevin Beasley of Ruston was reared in Slidell down in redfish country. He loved to catch redfish, and he also loved them on the table.Read More...
November 01, 2011 at 10:03 am

LDWF cites 10 for on-the-water DWI during Memorial Day weekend

Ten boaters from across the state were cited with operating a vessel while intoxicated during the Memorial Day weekend, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries reported.

In Southeast Louisiana, the LDWF Strikeforce made DWI cases against:

• Rouddy A. Pierce, 43, of Galliana, on Bayou Blue in Lafourche Parish on May 28;
• Brandon B. Vice, 25, of Houma, on the Intracoastal Waterway in Terrebonne Parish on May 29; and
• Phillip J. Trahna, 25, of Gibson, on the Intracoastal Waterway in Terrebonne Parish on May 29.Read More...
May 31, 2011 at 2:30 pm

Lake Claiborne: A bass-fishing jewel

There are plenty voices rising above North Louisiana suggesting that Lake Claiborne, a 6,400-acre impoundment 25 miles northwest of Ruston, has become an enigma — a mystery wrapped in a riddle.

In fact, there are claims that the best Lake Claiborne has to offer is behind us.

This is what typically happens when anglers come up empty-handed and are looking for a way to excuse their poor performance. You've seen those fishing excuses T-shirts? They are a hot seller around Lake Claiborne these days.Read More...
February 04, 2011 at 2:21 pm