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Crappie anglers converge on suspended D’Arbonne crappie in December.

Crappie season suspended — Top tips for Lake D’Arbonne crappie

They are going to have to do a lot more than just drain Lake D’Arbonne to keep Ronnie Turner from chasing crappie this December.

The West Monroe angler isn’t going to suspend the crappie season just because the lake is missing a little water.

December 01, 2016 at 7:00am
Ken Chaumont shows off a slot red taken on an Egret Baits’ Zombie R.I.P. Stik in the upper Calcasieu estuary, where freshwater from the Calcasieu River mixes with saltier water north of Lake Charles.

Targeting pre-winter slot redfish in upper Calcasieu estuary

These aren’t your typical redfish making wakes along the shoreline. You won’t see their tails or silhouettes darting on the water’s surface, and you’ll rarely see a bird picking overhead. 

November 29, 2016 at 9:01am
A lot of factors, including its massive size, make Richard K. Yancey WMA your best chance at a quality buck this season in the MAV SOUTH.

2016-17 WMA Forecast

As excited as public-land hunters must be as the 

2016-17 hunting seasons approach, there were some anxious moments over the winter and into late spring as floodwaters inundated some of the wildlife management areas.

September 01, 2016 at 7:00am
The fish are in trouble as members of the D’Arbonne Kayak Club head out for an afternoon of fun and fishing.

Find paddling opportunities in D’Arbonne Country Water Trails

Members of the D’Arbonne Kayak Club were instrumental in putting together the comprehensive small-boat tour brochuretitled “D’Arbonne Country Water Trails” to help paddlers find kayak-friendly waters.

July 15, 2016 at 7:00am
Tim Delaney shows off both the giant 1.83-pound bream he caught late Saturday afternoon on Iatt Lake in Grant Parish, and the 2-foot kiddie pole he caught it with. If certified by LOWA, the fish will become the new No. 1-ranked bluegill in Louisiana.

Potential new No. 1-ranked bluegill caught Saturday on kiddie pole in Iatt Lake

Tim Delaney might have been fishing with a 2-foot kiddie pole on Iatt Lake Saturday evening, but the pint-sized tackle didn’t stop the 33-year-old Prospect angler from reeling in potentially the biggest bream ever to land in the Louisiana record books.

May 26, 2016 at 2:07pm
The Red River offers anglers with a variety of options, but do your homework because there are few service locations along the pools.

The Red River - This top bass fishery has a lot to offer anglers

Dear Capt. Paul:

Where is the Red River Pool? Do you have a GPS coordinate for it?

May 05, 2016 at 10:24am
James Morgan poses with a healthy spring D’Arbonne crappie.

Crappie Seeking Individual — Tips to catch more springtime Lake D’Arbonne crappie

James Morgan always seems to have a plan. It’s part of his DNA.

And when it comes to crappie fishing, the only CSI you need is to discover is that he’s a Crappie Seeking Individual.

March 01, 2016 at 7:00am
The clear waters of Miller’s Lake accentuate the already bold spawning colors of these male black crappies.

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.

February 15, 2016 at 7:00am
By 1:25 a.m., things looked grim, with only two frogs in the basket, but the die-hard frog hunters were determined to get more.

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.” 

August 15, 2015 at 7:00am
There are some great prizes up for grabs in the STAR fly-fishing division.


With summer comes a change in sight-casting strategy. As the long, hot days heat the shallow ponds, bigger reds will move to the edges of lakes and bays.

June 15, 2015 at 7:00am
This 6-pounder came off a summer grass bed.

Test of time and patience — How to catch summertime bass at Lake D’Arbonne

Before David Harrell even carried the big bass to the scales that Saturday, he had an inkling about what his friends were going to say.

June 01, 2015 at 7:00am
Chinquapins, properly called “redear sunfish” for obvious reasons, are always a prized catch for bream fishermen. They spawn much earlier than bluegills and only for a short 3-week period.

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).

May 15, 2015 at 7:00am
Capt. Jacques “Jakamo” Laboureur said May is definitely trout time at the MRGO rocks.

Rock–it Science — Trout-fishing tips for the MRGO rocks

It’s often said that it doesn’t take a rocket scientist (or brain surgeon) to know whatever obvious point a person is making.

May 01, 2015 at 7:00am
This crappie hit the bottom of four Jay Stone kitchen sink jigs at 21 feet in 35 feet of water while power trolling.<br />

Stone cold crappie — Duck Commander develops crappie-catching rig

“That’s not a fair question,” Jay Stone said, turning his head quickly to eyeball the tip of one of the 16-foot crappie poles that he thought had signaled another fish on the end of the line.

March 01, 2015 at 7:00am