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2015-16 WMA Forecast

The outdoorsmen who know so much about deer, squirrels, rabbits and other wildlife and the environment in which they live are enthusiastic about the upcoming hunting seasons on wildlife management areas in Louisiana.

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Yesterday at 7:00 am
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Science vs. opinion

What are the roles of science and public opinion in the process of structuring hunting or fishing regulations?

It’s easy to say that we, the hunting and fishing public, should get what we want — as long as game species are protected from overharvest. After all, we pay the bills.

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Yesterday at 7:00 am
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Two fish kills reported recently in the Atchafalaya Basin

A perfect storm of high temperatures, a falling river and the return of afternoon thunderstorms caused two localized fish kills in the Atchafalaya Basin within the last week, according to a Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries freshwater biologist.

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August 19 at 9:41 am
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Basin fishing set to ramp up as Atchafalaya River finally falls

With the Atchafalaya River finally in a steady fall, it looks like early September could be the start of a special fall of fishing in the Basin.

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August 18 at 9:58 am
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Top frogging equipment

Frogging is a specialized sport. Even though frogs’ eyes shine in the dark, they can be hard to spot, especially if the frog is partially shielded by water lilies or sitting on the bank behind a bunch of brush.

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August 15 at 7:00 am
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Defining the Atchafalaya Basin

It’s hard to define exactly what the Atchafalaya Basin is.

People can’t even agree on the name. Most experts on that sort of thing agree the name “Atchafalaya” is derived from the Choctaw Indian language and interprets as “long river.” 

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August 15 at 7:00 am
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Tips for fly-fishing

August is the last full month of “SweatFest 2015,” the one festival no one likes to celebrate. It also brings some tough conditions for fly fishing, with a few exceptions.

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August 15 at 7:00 am
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Grand River hammers — Expert frogging tips

“Now that’s a hammer there,” rumbled the 35-year-old man as he closed the boat in on a turbo-sized bullfrog sitting on a rare piece of exposed bank. 

The amphibian was so big it looked like one of those concrete frogs city folks use to decorate their lawns.

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August 01 at 7:00 am
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Water movement is key to Basin bass

The Atchafalaya River is influenced by the Gulf of Mexico tide, and that affects water movement far into the swamps.

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July 15 at 7:00 am
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Cover crasher — Crankbait tips for the Atchafalaya Basin

If you had to pick one lure to use this summer to stack up Atchafalaya Basin bass, which would you pick. A worm? A jig.

Well, if you didn’t think “crankbait,” you might be missing the boat.

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July 01 at 7:00 am
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Macaroni magic — Using macaroni to chum up mangrove snapper

The absolutely transparent water churned with fish.

It was like a giant aquarium.

The slightly-built, heavily suntanned 50-year-old man threw another handful of macaroni into the seething mass of Bermuda chubs and mangrove snappers. 

Macaroni?

You betcha — macaroni.

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July 01 at 6:00 am
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Atchafalaya Basin bass creel limit increases Saturday

Beginning this Saturday, bass anglers in the Atchafalaya River Basin will once again have a 10-fish daily creel limit, according to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. 

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June 18 at 11:21 am
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Bassmaster Magazine names Toledo Bend No. 1 bass fishery in nation

The rest of the nation is about to find out what pretty much everyone in Louisiana already knows: Toledo Bend Reservoir is the No. 1 bass fishery in the land.

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June 17 at 8:22 am
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Man of the swamp

Johnny Broussard’s great passion is fishing for goujon with a rod and reel.

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June 15 at 7:00 am
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Crook Chene Calamity — Top tips for fishing for Opelousas cats

All Johnny Broussard’s friends describe him as a man of the swamp.

 “I met him in the swamp,” his good friend David Meyers said. “That’s because that’s where he always is.”

Actually, he isn’t always in the swamp. The slender, athletic, square-jawed Cajun with the mischievous twinkle in his blue eyes owns and operates Johnny’s Custom Paint in Broussard.

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June 01 at 7:00 am
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Top bream-fishing tackle

Charles Johnson grew up as a country boy fishing bream. He cut his own cane poles from creek cane (bamboo that had escaped from cultivation).

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May 15 at 7:00 am
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