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The making of a fisheries leader

As a young Northeast Louisiana University (now ULM) biology major, Mike Wood figured out fairly quickly what he wanted to do in life.

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April 15 at 7:00 am
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2016-17 duck season dates set by LWFC

Four months ahead of the typical August announcement, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission set the 2016-17 duck season dates — along with hunting season dates for other species and the general and WMA hunting rules and regulations — at its April meeting on Thursday in Baton Rouge.

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April 08 at 11:00 am
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Invasive apple snails wreak havoc in Orange Grove marsh

Mike Arcement put decoys out on his 2,000-acre lease in Orange Grove southwest of Houma the weekend before duck season started last November, and by opening day many of them were already covered in bright pink egg cases.

Submerged aquatic vegetation on the lease — key forage for ducks — was practically non-existent by the time the season started, as well.†

The culprits in both cases were apple snails, an invasive species that arrived in Louisiana about 10 years ago and readily consumes aquatic plants.†

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March 22 at 9:27 am
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How to pick a jig

Billy Billeaud fishes four styles of jigs: flipping, bladed, swimming and football models.

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March 15 at 7:00 am
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Equipment for bass fishing in the Atchafalaya Basin

Billy Billeaud doesn’t arm himself lightly for bass fishing in the Atchafalaya Basin.

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March 15 at 7:00 am
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We got gar - Louisiana has four species

In a state laced with streams, rivers, bayous, lakes and marshes, pretty well anyone who spends time outdoors knows that Louisiana has a lot of gars.

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March 03 at 2:20 pm
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Jig power ó Tips for fishing jigs for more Atchafalaya Basin bass

“I hate finesse fishing,” the fair-skinned man said with a mischievous look, pausing to wait for my reaction.

Getting none, Billy Billeaud went on.

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March 01 at 7:00 am
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Warhawks maintain lead after Day 2 of College Series Central Regional

On Day 2 of the Bassmaster College Series Central Regional, the University of Louisiana-Monroe’s Tyler Stewart and Nick Joiner managed a solid five-bass limit and will carry a 4-pound, 1-ounce lead into Championship Saturday on the Atchafalaya Basin.

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February 26 at 7:05 pm
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ULM takes lead in College Series Regional on Atchafalaya Basin

With 17 pounds, 9 ounces on Thursday, Tyler Stewart and Nick Joiner of the University of Louisiana-Monroe took an early 4-pound-plus lead after Day 1 in the Bassmaster College Series Central Regional on the Atchafalaya Basin.

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February 26 at 7:19 am
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King Kat Tournament Trail to make first-ever Louisiana stop on April 9

For the first time in its 13-year history, the King Kat Tournament Trail is heading to Louisiana, where catfish anglers will have the opportunity to compete for cash and prizes in the Atchafalaya Basin out of Morgan City in April.

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February 24 at 3:33 pm
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Atchafalaya Basin versus Atchafalaya Spillway

For many, if not most outdoorsman, the names “Atchafalaya Basin” and the “Atchafalaya Spillway” are synonymous.

But the fact is, they are not.

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February 15 at 7:00 am
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Crappie assassins are made, not born

“I fish four days a week, sometimes five,” Murphy Royer said. “Monday and Tuesday, I fish. Wednesday I clean fish and do chores. Thursday and Friday, I fish, and Saturday I clean fish and do chores.

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February 15 at 7:00 am
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What Louisiana waters are public?

Most anglers will be stunned when they learn how little of Louisiana’s waters — especially in the swamps and marshes of the coast — are claimed by their state.

All you have to do is log onto the State Lands Office website to access a map database that shows what waters are clearly state owned, and what waters private landowners are legally allowed to control.

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February 02 at 9:01 am
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2015-16 Deer of the Year

The 2015-16 deer hunting season has been one of ups and downs, with temperatures fluctuating on seemingly a daily basis. When it got hot, it stayed in the 80s for longer stretches than hunters wanted.

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February 01 at 7:00 am
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Fausse Point Frolic ó Bass fishing tips for Fausse Point Lake

I sat quietly in the boat in front of the camp on Bird Island Chute. The swamp smelled fresh in the winter air. I thought about how good the caviar was the previous night.

Wait a minute ….

Caviar? In a swamp? In Louisiana?

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February 01 at 7:00 am
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Parts of Area 9 in Atchafalaya Basin to reopen for deer hunters Saturday

Deer season will reopen in parts of Deer Area 9 in the Atchafalaya Basin on Saturday (Jan. 30) when the Atchafalaya River gauge at Butte La Rose falls below 18 feet, according to a press release from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

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January 29 at 6:12 pm
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