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World-famous artist and fly tier Tim Borski baptized his latest creation on this Louisiana redfish. Tippets
1355 Views - Posted: April 15, 2013 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?

1559 Views - Posted: September 01, 2012 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.

Most anglers wouldn’t even think of sticking their hand down this creature’s mouth. D’Arbonne’s Daffy Divers
3045 Views - Posted: April 01, 2012 at 7:00 am
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.

One of the best ways to approach fishing post-front days is to back out to the mouth of a pocket or cove and fan cast the opening with a variety of lures. Front Side of March
1347 Views - Posted: March 01, 2012 at 7:00 am
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.

As soon as the sun was hidden behind clouds the Lake Claiborne stripers sprang into a feeding frenzy. Cloud Dancers
5834 Views - Posted: November 01, 2011 at 10:03 am
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.

The cockahoe minnow is very useful in catching hybrid stripers on Lake Claiborne. Hybrid stripers — a man-made fish
2945 Views - Posted: November 01, 2011 at 10:03 am
The fish causing all the excitement are really not striped bass; they’re hybrid stripers, incapable of reproduction save for the intervention of man.

Blackened hybrid ala Kevin Beasley. Blackened hybrids almost as good as redfish
1696 Views - Posted: November 01, 2011 at 10:03 am
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.

LDWF cites 10 for on-the-water DWI during Memorial Day weekend LDWF cites 10 for on-the-water DWI during Memorial Day weekend
5717 Views - Posted: May 31, 2011 at 2:30 pm
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.

There are several personal boat ramps along the banks of Claiborne, and they can all hold fish during the spring. Lake Claiborne: A bass-fishing jewel
5230 Views - Posted: February 04, 2011 at 2:21 pm
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.

'Shooting' docks is an extremely effective means of putting lures far under docks to snatch crappie from areas most anglers don't reach. ‘Shooting docks’ newest crappie technique  Video Included
9793 Views - Posted: June 22, 2010 at 11:05 am
Shooting docks for crappie has definitely caught on quicker outside Louisiana than it has within the borders of the Bayou State. It's strange, really, because there are lots of Louisiana lakes that set up just like the famous crappie lakes in Mississippi, Tennessee and Alabama.

The author and Sid Havard fished this bridge on Lake Claiborne before ever realizing it was the pinch point rather than the bridge that made it productive. Pinch-Point Bass
2263 Views - Posted: March 01, 2010 at 1:43 pm
Dawn began to define what we had dubbed the “slough hole.” It was the first morning of rifle season in Area 1, and from 15 feet up an oak tree that was dropping acorns on my head, I remembered how this came to be the fourth deer stand I put up.

Just at daylight, the author likes to fish the Spit-N-King since the bass will come up and take topwater baits during low-light conditions. No lunkers, but Claiborne hot in June
2143 Views - Posted: May 21, 2008 at 1:29 pm
In June, I prefer to fish Lake Claiborne in Homer because it has really good structure, like stumps and points, it holds numbers of bass, even though it doesn’t have a lot of big fish, and it’s fun to fish there.

Havard expects swim baits to be killer during this year’s spawn, and he believes that pulling a bream-colored bait past a bed will be more than the bass can handle. Mailbox Bass
2092 Views - Posted: January 25, 2008 at 11:26 am
Have you ever seen one of those largemouth-bass mailboxes that some people have in front of their houses? Imagine taking one of those boxes and putting a couple treble hooks on the bottom of it.

Despite the crowded conditions at Lake D’Arbonne during the winter, Bobby Phillips says anglers can always find a hole where the crappie are biting. Sick Day Crappie
4623 Views - Posted: November 27, 2007 at 1:30 pm
My grandfather used to have a plaque at the end of his hall that read, “If fishing interferes with work, quit work!”

Hundreds of salt domes are found in Louisiana. These were formed when the tremendous pressure of sediments squeezed ancient salt beds to the surface. Out of the Gulf, Part II
6721 Views - Posted: August 22, 2007 at 12:08 pm
When many Americans think of Louisiana today, they visualize a swampy morass covered in cypress trees and Spanish moss.

In the summertime, crappie often cling to trees that are very near deep water. Peppered Perch
2862 Views - Posted: June 28, 2007 at 2:56 pm
As an outdoor writer, I have had the privilege of getting to rub shoulders with some of the best in the business in a variety of sports.