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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
Bluegills are suckers for worm-tipped tube jigs.

Atchafalaya fruit salad — The Basin offers multi-species fishing opportunities this month

When the winter-spring floodwaters fall out of the Atchafalaya Basin, everything that swims bites.

Unless a fisherman is a single-species snob, a day’s catch can include, largemouth and spotted bass, white bass, yellow bass, two species of crappie, three or four species of bream, blue catfish, channel catfish and the odd flathead catfish.

July 01 at 7:00am
The author's dad, Allen Crawford, helped drag a mess of huge goggle-eye out of the Atchafalaya Basin last Monday.

Atchafalaya Basin fishing turned as river drops

If you're in South Louisiana and want to catch some bass or panfish, all you need to do is head to the Atchafalaya Basin. Water levels have finally dropped, and that means the runouts are holding bass, crappie and bream.

I learned that first hand while on vacation last week, during which I spent four of the five days fishing the Spillway from the Flat Lake area all the way to upper Bayou Sorrel.

June 27 at 10:41am
Kevin Diez (front) and Gene Hoover have been friends for many years and love to fish in the Atchafalaya Basin.

The making of two Atchafalaya Basin bass-fishing experts

Kevin Diez is an old friend.

I first met him fishing. We were both belly deep in the water at Elmer’s Island, clobbering speckled trout and white trout.

We were the only two on the island and the fishing was easy, so we started talking.

June 15 at 7:00am
During the summer low-water period, punching vegetation with short underhand casts is deadly effective for bass under vegetation.

Atchafalaya Basin bass-fishing calendar

Largemouth bass fishing is cyclic. Water temperatures, and with them oxygen levels, vary by season.

June 15 at 7:00am