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All four rivers rise and fall at their own pace. Move until you find the river with the right conditions.

Top 11 bass-fishing tips for the Pearl River

Here are Chase Morse’s Top 11 tips for catching more bass on the Pearl River system:

January 15 at 7:00am
Blue Strike King Hack Attack jigs with sapphire blue Zoom Ultra Vibe chunks were effective fish-getters all day.

The many Pearl rivers

The Pearl River where it separates Louisiana from Mississippi isn’t just the Pearl River: It’s a bunch of rivers.

Crossing the Pearl River basin from west to east on Highway 90, bridges span the West Pearl River, the Middle West Pearl River, the Middle Pearl River and the East Pearl River. 

January 15 at 7:00am
“Black liquor” released into the West Pearl River by the Temple-Inland Paper Mill led to the deaths of thousands of fish in 2011.

The black Pearl — Pearl River fishing recovers from Temple-Inland Paper Mill spill

A black pearl is one of the rarest of gems. But in August of 2011, Louisianans found their beloved Pearl River became black.

But it wasn’t a gem. It was a stinking mess. 

January 15 at 7:00am
The author took this Bossier Parish buck on Nov. 10 using deer urine and grunts to attract his attention.

Farts and Bubbles: Hunt like a champ

When the Notre Dame football players leave the locker room and head for the field they pass under a sign that reads, “Play like a champion today.”

January 12 at 9:00am
Spotted bass add variety to the largemouth bass catch.

The magic of the Pearl — How to catch more Pearl River bass

When we pulled up to the rugged little launch off to the side and under the Highway 90 bridge over the Middle Pearl River, Chance Morse got out of the truck and strode closer to the water’s edge.

The big guy squinched one eye at the bridge.

January 01 at 7:00am
Wood ducks provide great early morning opportunities on Pearl River WMA.

It’s time for a meat hunt

In December, seasons are open for most game species, so it is time for a hunter to put some meat in the freezer.

Generally, the term meat hunt implies a hunter is fixing to go shoot a doe to put meat on the table.

December 12, 2016 at 9:00am
The Pearl River gets full of speckled trout in the fall when the white shrimp move through the area, Capt. John Falterman said.

A low Pearl River is perfect setup for trout

When many anglers think of the Lake Pontchartrain Basin in October, they think of the Trestles.

October 04, 2016 at 10:47am
Most of us started our hunting “vocations” by stalking squirrels. The thrill is NOT gone! It’s easy to recapture.

Blasting Bachman’s — Where to hunt Bachman’s fox squirrels

Artie suddenly put down his basting brush, clapped his hands, and bellowed.

“So who wants squirrel sauce piquante next week for the LSU-Florida tailgate PAAAW-TY?” he howled.

All heads turned — but remember Otis Day in Animal House? Remember his reaction when Boon yelled, “Otis! My Man!”

October 01, 2016 at 7:00am
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
Capt. Kris Robert with One Last Cast Charters said both the L&N Train Bridge and the Hwy. 90 bridge are solid spots for speckled trout this month. His go-to setup is a drop-shot rig with live shrimp, and he said plan on being early to get a good spot.

Arrive early at L&N Train Bridge for July speckled trout action

Capt. Kris Robert said he thinks speckled trout act a lot like people when dealing with summertime heat: If they get hot, they go somewhere where they can cool down. And they prefer not to gorge themselves during the height of the heat of day.

That means early morning trips where cooler, deeper water and easily accessible bait are readily available. 

July 01, 2016 at 2:47pm
Both Bull and “pig” frogs abound in the more open, grassier regions of the Maurepas Swamp.

Midnight run — Tips for frogging in the Manchac Swamp WMA swamps

“Wind from the WEST!” Artie yelled, waving his arms crazily and looking around. “Fish bite BEST! Who on earth came up with DAT?”

He pointed at the flapping Saints flag on the porch of Doc’s camp as he yelled.

“Whoever it was sure didn’t live in Southeast Louisiana!” Eddie answered, pointing at the exposed mud stretching about 2 feet from the edge of the spartina grass to the muddy canal right below us. “Gonna be a skimpy Father’s Day fish fry!”

June 01, 2016 at 7:00am
Peace Marvel has been one of the great innovators in offshore charter fishing business.

Venice fishing guide marches to his own drum beat

The man whose name has become almost synonymous with swordfish has the look of someone who has lived a lot of life and enjoyed every bit of it.

May 15, 2016 at 7:00am

Pearl River WMA reopened after river recedes

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has reopened the Pearl River Wildlife Management Area, but three side roads remain closed.

April 01, 2016 at 3:17pm
Nice catches of speckled trout can be found at the rigs in Lake Borgne during the summer.

The Forgotten Lake — Tips for Lake Borgne success

It seems that in every family there is one child who gets all the attention. The kids are outspoken, witty and interesting. At family gatherings, they keep everyone entertained.

Then there is the other child: quiet and bashful, sitting in the shadows.

April 01, 2016 at 7:00am