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LDWF announces 2015 alligator lottery hunts

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is conducting a lottery to award alligator tags to provide the general public with harvest opportunities.

According to a press release, a random computer drawing from eligible hunters submitting applications will determine who receives tags from five Coastal and Nongame Resources Division Wildlife Management Areas, 15 Division WMAs, one U.S. Army Corps of Engineers property and 25 public lakes for the 2015 harvest.

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May 13 at 3:29 pm
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West Monroe angler lands 13-pound, 10-ounce Caney Lake monster

Setting the hook is pretty much the moment of truth when you get a bite: Either you miss the opportunity and wind up empty-handed, or feel that exhilarating tug in response and know you have a fish on the line.

Micah McClain’s hookset Monday on the north end of Caney Lake was epic in lots of ways - and so was the fish he ultimately reeled in that afternoon around 2 p.m.

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April 08 at 4:23 pm
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Ruston angler catches 13-pound Caney Lake hammer

Robert Ogle was just about to take a snack break on Caney Lake Wednesday, when he noticed what he thought was a 5-pounder sitting on a bed.†

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March 26 at 2:00 pm
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Five baits for five lakes: Toledo Bend

With a length of 65 miles, a 1,200-mile shoreline, 200,000 acres of water and a surface area of 289 square miles, it stands to reason that any lure selected as a Toledo Bend necessity better be a good one.

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March 20 at 1:49 pm
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Five baits for five lakes: Caney Lake

Caney Lake in Jackson Parish is one of those lakes where bass can pull up overnight and then back out just as quickly.

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March 19 at 1:47 pm
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Five baits for five lakes: Red River

Variety is the spice of life, and it’s also the spice of the Red River.

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March 18 at 2:15 pm
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Fresh from the 2015 Bassmaster Classic, Pruett lands 10.89-pounder on Caney Lake

Just a week removed from the frigid conditions on Lake Hartwell and his first-ever Bassmaster Classic appearance, Brett Pruett felt right at home on Caney Lake Saturday when he reeled in the biggest bass of his life.†

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March 03 at 9:17 am
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Could 2015 be the year for a new Louisiana record largemouth bass?

Despite Mother Nature’s hot and cold mood swings over the last few months, lots of lunker bass have been caught around the state this winter, including a Poverty Point record 14-pounder this January.

With March’s full moon just around the corner, some folks are wondering if this will finally be the year when a new state record is set.

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March 02 at 4:05 pm
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Bald eagle struck and killed by vehicle in Winn Parish

Brandt Barton was traveling on Highway 34 heading into Joyce early Friday morning when something laying on the opposite side of the road caught his eye.†

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February 10 at 5:41 pm
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February resolve ó 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.

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February 01 at 7:00 am
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Angler talks about Poverty Point 14-pounder

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For most fisherman, dealing with a backlash can be a frustrating, time consuming ordeal that often results in a bird’s nest of line being surgically removed from your reel- all while your buddies are hauling in a steady stream of fish over the gunnels.

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January 13 at 8:24 pm
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Poverty Point sets new record with 14-pound largemouth

EDITOR'S UPDATE: David Houston, who caught the lunker bass, spoke to LouisianaSportsmanc.com after this story went live on the website. The complete story of how he caught the bass, and ultimately released it, can be seen by clicking here.

Poverty Point Reservoir’s largemouth bass record was shattered Monday when David Houston arrived with a hawg that was actually just a little wider than it was long.

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January 13 at 12:02 pm
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Go shallow for summertime bass

Everyone loves to chase bass during the spring and fall, when fish are cruising shallows and chomping on everything that moves.

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July 17, 2014 at 6:30 am
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Green trout heaven ó Fishing tips for Delacroix bass

We’ve come a long way since virtually everyone in Southeast Louisiana used the term “green trout” to refer to largemouth bass. One of Louisiana’s first conservation laws on the books was for the protection of New Orleans green trout populations.

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July 01, 2014 at 7:00 am
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Redear sunfish

Yes, I know that a redear sunfish isn’t really a perch, but that along with “bream” is the generic name for the clan of freshwater panfish that includes bluegills, goggle-eyes, slick perch (green sunfish), sunperch and stumpknockers.

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June 04, 2014 at 9:00 am
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Shellcracking the code

“When it comes to redears, leave the fly tackle at home.”

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April 10, 2014 at 9:00 am
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