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Turtle Bayou and Orange Grove are known for bass and other freshwater fishing.

Turtle Bayou and Orange Grove

Dear Capt. Paul:

I have been the target of several jokes about fishing the Turtle Bayou and Orange Grove fishing area for freshwater fish. My “friends” keep telling me that I would need a very good mapping GPS unit supplemented with aerial or topographical maps to find my way in and out of these areas.

June 08, 2016 at 9:00am
LDWF enforcement agents cited three people for allegedly operating a vessel while intoxicated during 2015's Operation Dry Water this past weekend.

LDWF agents make three DWI arrests during Operation Dry Water

Enforcement agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries arrested three boaters for allegedly operating a vessel while intoxicated during Operation Dry Water this past weekend.

June 30, 2015 at 3:57pm
Ty Hibbs generally doesn't catch as many fish at Des Allemands as he does in Lake Cataouatche, but the fish he locates there tend to be larger. At both locations, he generally likes to fish natural colors about 2 feet under a cork.

Crappie hotspots: Des Allemands and Cataouatche offer one-two punch!

It’s safe to say Ty Hibbs suffers from wanderlust.

February 18, 2015 at 8:36am
Dillon King, left, and Kody Kelly show off a nice bass during a practice day last summer at the 2014 High School Bassmaster National Championship on Kentucky Lake in Paris, Tennessee. The duo from Livingston Parish finished in 8th place.

Bassmaster High School Series accepting new teams statewide

Along with more traditional sports like football, baseball, basketball and track, you can add bass fishing to the mix of extra-curricular options available to kids at several high schools across the state.

February 04, 2015 at 6:03pm
When the temperature gets warm enough to start shedding jackets, you can bet February bass have moved up shallow looking for something to eat.

February resolve — Where to and how to catch bass this month

There is a certain mentality I have that makes me want to roll over and pull the covers over my head on the exact morning I’ve been waiting on to get in the deer stand.

February 01, 2015 at 7:00am

Experimental nighttime activity season to begin June 1 on Salvador/Timken WMA

An experimental nighttime activity season at Salvador/Timken Wildlife Management Area in St. Charles Parish will begin at 12 a.m. on Sunday, June 1, according to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

May 29, 2014 at 12:08am
Ken, left, and Devin Sherman will be hitting the road with Front to Back Boat Service's fisherman support team trailer. They will be on-site at many local tournaments with an inventory of parts and supplies to assist anglers with a variety of boat issues.

Shermans taking boat services on the road to Bayou Segnette this Sunday

Ken and Devin Sherman will be pulling a nice new rig to boat landings across South Louisiana starting this weekend, but don’t expect to see them out on the water any time soon.

January 21, 2014 at 2:50pm
Bass Kandi’s Croaker is the latest in the fake frog offerings.

Bass Kandi Croaker

With the very large number of plastic frogs on the racks and shelves for bass fishermen to choose from, who would’ve thunk to add another one to the mix?

August 15, 2013 at 9:00am
Bassmaster Elite pro Greg Hackney finds big prespawners by pitching heavy jigs around the edges of grass lines.

Prespawn Patrol ­— Tips for bass fishing success during the prespawn

Pickles and ice cream, donuts with lots of sprinkles, Cheese Whiz and anything with chocolate — pregnancy cravings are a fact of life, for a soon-to-be mom eating for two (or more).

Expectant bass might not crave anything odd, but they’re all about packing their bellies for their forthcoming spawn. Learn where and how to locate these fish and you can, ahem, “expect” your own delivery of rod-bending fun.

First, consider the basics of where they’ll spawn. Creeks, coves, backwater canals. Pretty much any shallow habitat with good sunlight and some type of cover will do.
February 01, 2013 at 7:00am

CWPPRA offers hope for future of coast

I have watched with sadness the rapidity of change along the Louisiana coastline. Delacroix is a shell of what it was when I first ventured out of End of the World Marina almost two decades ago with then-editor Todd Masson.
July 02, 2012 at 7:00am
Female bluegill, such as this fat beauty, are seldom caught on spawning beds.

Pocket Perch

When I first moved to New Orleans as a (very) young man in the mid-1960s, I just knew that I was a fishing hot dog. I thought I knew all there was to know about catching bass, bream, white perch and catfish — and that’s where the fishing world ended.

While I was expounding on the virtues of these freshwater fish during a break in a sales meeting, I noticed a kind-hearted co-worker, Grant “Popsy” Rodriguez, watching me in bemusement. Over lunch after the meeting, he pulled me down to earth and explained the fishing facts of life, a la New Orleans, to me.
May 01, 2012 at 7:00am
By hitting what Clark Reehm called high percentage areas, anglers can dramatically up their chances of catching a good bag of bass.

Closing the Gap

A huge gap exists between amateurs and professionals in most sports.
January 01, 2012 at 1:00am
Although all reports during practice had Venice with a healthier class of bass, Lake Cataouatche and its big-fish capabilities turned on just in time for Kevin VanDam.

Bassmaster Classic reveals lessons for tournament bass anglers

Bass fishermen are fond of referring to "timing" as a key piece of a puzzle when breaking down a potential winning pattern. It also becomes a wonderful excuse when you don't catch them.

"My timing was off," "I zigged, when I should have zagged,'' or "I need to switch up my timing." All of those sentences were uttered at the 2011 Bassmaster Classic on the Louisiana Marsh.
March 03, 2011 at 8:02pm
Although he passes several great fishing holes between Grand Point and New Orleans, Matthew Hymel prefers fishing Lake Cataouatche because its been one of the hottest fisheries in all of Louisiana.

Take Home Angler: Matthew Hymel

After releasing his third bass of the morning, Matthew Hymel wondered aloud if I had learned my lesson yet. Although we had met for the first time only two hours earlier, he was starting to get a sense of just how hard-headed I can be.
March 01, 2011 at 11:01am