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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

‘Shooting docks’ newest crappie technique

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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.Read More...
June 22, 2010 at 11:05 am

Pinch-Point Bass

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.Read More...
March 01, 2010 at 1:43 pm

No lunkers, but Claiborne hot in June

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.Read More...
May 21, 2008 at 1:29 pm

Mailbox Bass

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.Read More...
January 25, 2008 at 11:26 am

Sick Day Crappie

My grandfather used to have a plaque at the end of his hall that read, “If fishing interferes with work, quit work!”Read More...
November 27, 2007 at 1:30 pm

Out of the Gulf, Part II

When many Americans think of Louisiana today, they visualize a swampy morass covered in cypress trees and Spanish moss.Read More...
August 22, 2007 at 12:08 pm

Peppered Perch

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.Read More...
June 28, 2007 at 2:56 pm