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Bronson Strickland took this Texas buck in 2010.

Truth vs. Fiction — The truth behind several deer-hunting maxims

It’s the middle of hunting season and you glance at the weather forecast for the weekend: There’s going to be a full moon.

So you tell your buddies at the camp that you’ll be sleeping in on Saturday morning and heading to your stand around midmorning. That’s when the deer will be moving, you tell them.

December 01 at 7:00am
A fishing trip will put a smile on your face and make the cares of life disappear. So make time to enjoy the outdoors as we move into a new year.

Get out and relax

A chaotic year is coming to a close. Spring flooding swamped North and Central Louisiana, and Toledo Bend reached historic levels. Then the Great Louisiana Flood in August destroyed homes and businesses down south.

December 01 at 7:00am
Bassmaster Elite Series pro Cliff Crochet focused on 2-foot water in an old bayou in the lower Atchafalaya Basin to win the Central Open stop last week.

Crochet shares keys to Bassmaster Central Open victory

Pierre Part’s Cliff Crochet relied on a spot he rarely fishes to work his way to the top of the leaderboard during the Bassmaster Central Open stop at the Atchafalaya Basin last week.

“It’s one of those areas you kind of save until it’s needed,” Crochet said. “You don’t fun fish it; you just kind of save it until you need it.”

And he needed it. The young pro has struggled on the Bassmaster Elite Series trail the past two seasons, and without a win he would be sitting out his second straight Bassmaster Classic.

Instead, he jumped from sixth place to first in the Basin tournament to clinch his third Classic berth in four years.

November 03 at 10:22am
Cliff Crochet, the 'Cajun Baby' from Pierre Part, won the Bassmaster Central Open in the Atchafalaya Basin Saturday and qualified for the 2017 Classic.

Crochet wins Central Open, clinches Classic spot

Cliff Crochet cashed in on home field advantage Saturday at the Central Open at the Atchafalaya Basin to claim his first B.A.S.S. victory and a berth in the 2017 Bassmaster Classic. 

October 30 at 8:32am
The Southern gray squirrel is the most commonly found subspecies of gray squirrels in Louisiana’s forests. This prolific subspecies sports a grayish-brown body with a white underside. The central portion of its bushy tail matches the body coloration with

Bayou boogie — Best WMAs and squirrel-hunting tips

On opening day last year, conditions were favorable for squirrel hunting at Sherburne Wildlife Management Area and the adjacent Atchafalaya National Wildlife Refuge.

Winds were calm, temperatures were tolerable and the forest floor was moist as hunters made their way into the 44,000-acre wetlands complex.

Well before sunrise, Joe Speyrer and his three sons boated south along Big Alabama Bayou, making their way through the area locally called the “narrows” and traveling past the Bayou Des Glaises junction.

October 01 at 7:00am
The first of two Central Opens in Louisiana over the next four weeks will be contested on the Red River starting Thursday. Next month, the final Central Open of the season will be held in the Atchafalaya Basin.

Louisiana to host two Central Open Series events in the next month

Louisiana waters will play host to two Bassmaster Central Open Series events in the next month — potentially providing two more anglers with the opportunity to compete in the Classic next year on Lake Conroe in Texas. 

September 27 at 12:45pm
A good food source can be the key for hunter success once the rut is over.

The 2016-17 Rut Report

There is no debate that the best bucks killed each year in the Bayou State are taken during the rut. And, since the rut is your best time to tag a buck, now is the time to start planning hunts and understanding when the rut occurs.

Hunters often say they simply hunt whenever they can. While this is good, success can be poor on days when deer activity is slow.

Why not put the knowledge of the rut dates to work and up your odds for success?

September 01 at 7:00am
Although many of the early fish of the day came on orange-bladed spinner baits, the bite later shifted to spinners with chartreuse and gold blades.

A humdinger! Spinnerbait tips for more Venice bass

When I was a kid, a big lie was called a “humdinger,” as in “That Billy Bob shore tole a humdinger!” 

Nowadays, the dictionary definition seems to have settled on a humdinger being something extraordinary or outstanding.

I’m sure this definition is the one Tony Landry prefers. 

September 01 at 7:00am
Focusing on wood in the current of main bayous is the key to catching Atchafalaya Basin bass this month.

Best bets for Atchafalaya Basin bass

The long-awaited drop in the Atchafalaya River happened in late June, and that meant it was easy to catch bass in the Basin.

August 26 at 6:43am
Jerald Horst (rear) and his grandson Jake Gros spend a lot of time fishing, and they catch a lot of bream. Horst's goal for each trip is 200 fish.

6 tips to catch more bream

Louisiana Sportsman contributor Jerald Horst has a reputation as a serious bream killer. I’ve repeatedly heard stories of him returning to the landing with hundreds of bluegill and goggle-eye.

“My goal is 200,” Horst confirmed when he called and invited me to join him and his grandson on a trip yesterday to the sprawling Atchafalaya Basin. “If I don’t catch 200 it’s not a good trip.”

July 27 at 2:49pm
Creature baits are great for plucking Atchafalaya Basin bass from active drains.

Basin run-outs light up

When the nation’s last great overflow swamp is done taking its annual bath and the water level starts falling, Atchafalaya Basin bass anglers can have a grand time.

A veteran angler who has fished the Atchafalaya Basin since he was old enough to hold a fishing pole saids one of the bassing hotspots will be Grand Lake.

July 25 at 10:08am
Big, meaty goggle-eyes are common in the Atchafalaya and are willing biters, no matter how hot the weather is.

The best conditions for Atchafalaya Basin fishing success

While many factors come into play in successfully fishing the Atchafalaya Basin, what the Atchafalaya River is doing dominates decisions on whether and where to go fishing.

July 15 at 7:00am
A cold-worm tipped tube jig will catch crappie and bream such as bluegills, chinquapin (redears), and goggle-eyes equally well.

Langlois’ best Atchafalaya Basin fishing equipment

“I don’t have any fancy jig poles or expensive ultralights,” John Langlois growled. 

July 15 at 7:00am
Cokie Cormier snatched this nice bluegill off a gravel bed using a Cap Spider.

Along came a spider

Listen in on a group of a fanatical fly fishermen enjoying their favorite adult beverages, and pretty soon the fish get bigger and stories get weird.

Several of us had gathered after a day on the water and were recalling our most-unusual catches on the fly.

July 08 at 1:00pm