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Catfish, crab advisory issued in Southwest Louisiana, LDWF says

High PCB levels in some tissue samples prompted several state agencies to issue a precautionary advisory concerning the consumption of fish and shellfish for Bayou D’Inde, the Calcasieu Estuary and the Calcasieu Ship Channel.

November 18 at 2:33pm
Aerial herbicide will be administered on about 500 acres in Lake Bistineau by helicopter next week to control the growth of giant salvinia.

Week-long aerial herbicide treatment for Lake Bistineau to start Monday

Helicopters are expected to hover over Lake Bistineau next week starting on Monday to administer an aerial herbicide to treat giant salvinia, according to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

November 18 at 2:02pm
Capt. Mike Guidry said fishing around Golden Meadow only gets better as winter temperatures settle in.

Prospecting at Golden Meadow

Fishing action slows down over the long, hot summer. The heat takes a toll on areas that you’d expect to hold fish. Even the water gets ugly, and anglers often come back with little to show for their efforts.

November 09 at 11:09am
Notice that the chunks of fish flesh are still intact in the finished courtbouillon.

Lafayette exec cooks from his roots

Pat Attaway modestly calls himself “a manager for a major helicopter company,” but in truth he is an executive in a highly challenging job.

October 29 at 9:00am
Fish the edges of Black Bay to catch Hopedale trout this month, Capt. Charlie Thomason said.

Hopedale fishing curve balls

Leave it to Capt. Charlie Thomason to march to a different drummer.

When I called the veteran captain looking for some Biloxi Marsh fishing tips, I received an unexpected answer.

October 17 at 3:18pm
Bob Mercer displays a picture-perfect Lafitte redfish.

The backup plan — Lafitte fall redfishing tactics

Listen carefully and you’ll hear a universal sigh of relief as we close the door on September and the peak month of hurricane season.

Not that October can’t get nasty and produce tropical systems — and, officially, the hurricane season doesn’t close until November.

But, unofficially, we know that once we get past September the potential for the worst is over.

Now we can exhale.

October 01 at 7:00am
For his Zydeco Sauced Fish, David Billeaud used blue catfish, but the recipe adapts easily to any mild, white-fleshed fish.

Vermilion Bay means seafood to Trout Masters

It didn’t take us long to learn that Vermilion Bay Trout Masters can cook as well as fish. Over a period of years, the two of us have cooked repeatedly with Steve and Pookie Smith and David “T-Coon” Billeaud, and we have enjoyed every bite.

September 29 at 9:00am
Capt. Ricky Brondum likes to target redfish this month out of Dularge with cracked crab instead of dead shrimp, because using crabs deters the bait stealers.

Redfish plentiful out of Dularge

When September rolls around, speckled trout are just starting to get the itch to head back to inside waters where they’ll ride out the fall and winter.

September 22 at 4:28pm
Bull reds like this one caught during the Iberia Rod & Gun Club Saltwater Fishing Rodeo can be caught at Boxcar Reef this month.

Boxcar Reef - Find the ditches to locate big bulls

Fishermen who want to feel the brute force of a sizeable redfish on the business end of their fishing line in Vermilion Bay invariably point the bow of their boat to legendary Boxcar Reef.

September 08 at 5:22pm
David Billeaud (with cigar) and Steve Smith have mastered the art of speckled trout fishing in the Vermilion Bay complex.

Vanquishing Vermilion — How to catch Vermilion Bay trout

Those wiggly, slimy, little silver fish just do something to a person. 

Speckled trout might not fight as hard and be as colorful as their redfish cousins, they might not grow as large as their black drum kin and they might not be as tasty as their croaker and channel mullet relatives, but specks rule in Louisiana.

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
Nick Poe holds a speckled trout caught at Johnson Bayou Rigs.

SW rigs load up with specks

Leaving Calcasieu Lake for near-offshore oil-field structures pays off with speckled trout in the ice chest when conditions are favorable this month.

No one knows that better than Jeff Poe, a veteran saltwater fishing guide who frequents those structures as much as he can this time of year. One of his favorite destinations is the Johnson Bayou rigs approximately 7 to 8 miles to the west of the Cameron Jetties.

August 26 at 6:01am
The Apex Predator, Josh Chauvin, shares his favorite gar patty recipe, and also demonstrates how to clean a gar in about five minutes using only a machete.

Video: Apex Predator cleans gar with machete in five minutes

Homemade fish patties have long been a favorite food of mine.

August 24 at 5:26pm
Capt. Curtis LeNormand with Cajun Fishing Adventures in Buras shows off a nice Breton Island speck fooled by a Z-Man TroutTrick lure last weekend.

Specks still biting on Breton Island

Capt. Ross Montet had a great trip out to Breton Island late last week, easily bringing back four limits of speckled trout on a day when the fish smashed lures as soon as they hit the water, seemingly on just about every cast. 

August 23 at 1:57pm