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CCA-Louisiana will begin construction of the new West End Reef in Lake Pontchartrain on May 31. The reef, which will be composed of 2,200 tons of limestone and crushed concrete, will be located near a planned fishing pier.

CCA to build new West End Reef in Lake Pontchartrain

The Coastal Conservation Association of Louisiana is scheduled to begin construction of a new artificial reef near West End in Lake Pontchartrain on May 31, according to a news release.

May 24 at 4:45pm
Josh Chauvin shows off a big alligator snapping turtle he caught using a noodle constructed with a non-stainless hook, untarred line and a ½-inch hex nut for the weight.

Apex Predator: How to make noodles to catch alligator snapping turtles

Catching turtles is something I’ve done since childhood. In fact, I used to catch and sell them with a reptile collector’s license as a kid. 

May 24 at 2:30pm

Four cited in Terrebonne Parish for alleged shrimping violations

Agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries cited four people for alleged recreational shrimping violations Saturday in the Robinson Canal in lower Terrebonne Parish, according to a news release.

May 24 at 5:38am
A set of steps and a hand rail make for safer entry and exit from the boat while it is on the trailer.

Inspect your boat before launching

I’m usually a little late getting started with spring fishing because hog hunting with the dogs fills the gap between the close of deer and opening of turkey seasons.

Then chasing the gobblers uses up most of April.

But this year was a little different. We had some catching up to do. 

May 23 at 10:14am
Louisiana's Safe Boating Week is May 21-27, and enforcement agents with LDWF will be conducting safety checks and patrolling for DWIs.

Louisiana's Safe Boating Week set for May 21-27

May 21-27 has been designated as “Safe Boating Week” in Louisiana, and the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is reminding everyone to be responsible on the water.

May 20 at 1:54pm
Benton Elementary School's team poses with their national championship trophy in the NASP/IBO 3-D Challenge division at the NASP National Tournament last week in Louisville, Ky.

Benton schools earn two championships in national archery tournament

Two Benton schools recently earned national titles at the National Archery in Schools Program National Tournament held in Louisville, Ky. last week.

May 20 at 10:50am
Bassmaster Elite Series anglers pick up oxygenated bags of Florida largemouth bass fingerlings that they later distributed across the Toledo Bend reservoir this weekend.

Elite Series pros help restocking efforts on Toledo Bend

Everyone knows Bassmaster Elite Series pros can catch lots of bass at Toledo Bend — but as it turns out, they’re pretty good at stocking the reservoir with fingerlings, too.

May 16 at 9:57am
Ricky Richoux (on right) and Jody Auenson formed a friendship with knives in their hands over piles of fish at marina docks.

The friendship of the guide and fish cleaner

Although Jody Auenson and Ricky Richoux have been friends for at least 15 years, this was the first time they fished together.

“I was really looking forward to this trip,” Richoux said.

“I’ve invited him before,” Auenson said, “but he’s always busy cleaning fish.”

May 15 at 7:00am
Johnson said Toledo Bend crappie can often average a pound during catches is May through July with at least a couple of 2-pounders taken weekly.

Toledo Bend public reefs are crappie magnets

Fishing guide Shane Johnson said May and June are the best months to catch numbers of crappie off the artificial reefs under Pendleton Bridge.

May 15 at 7:00am
This stream may not look like a fish haven, but it and others like it provide great bank and wade fishing.

LDWF biologist is small-water enthusiast

Ricky Moses knows what Scott Long is talking about. And he totally agrees.

May 15 at 7:00am

Four cited for alleged shrimping violations in Plaquemines Parish

Enforcement agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries cited four men for allegedly using skimmers during a closed shrimp season on May 10 in Plaquemines Parish.

May 13 at 1:49pm
Justin Viator, 31, of Carencro, died Thursday afternoon when the boat he was traveling in struck an I-10 piling near Whiskey Bay, according to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

Carencro man dies in boating accident near Whiskey Bay

A 31-year-old Carencro man died Thursday afternoon when the boat he was traveling in with his father struck an Interstate 10 piling between the Ramah and Whiskey Bay exits, according to a news release from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

May 12 at 4:59pm

Slidell man cited for alleged crab trap theft in Plaquemines Parish

Agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries cited a Slidell man for alleged crab trap theft in Plaquemines Parish on May 11.

May 12 at 4:38pm

Six boaters arrested for DWI in Livingston Parish

Enforcement agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries arrested six boaters for allegedly operating a vessel while intoxicated on the water in Livingston Parish.

May 12 at 2:30pm
A proposal approved by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission would allow permit holders to take outlaw quadrupeds, as well as nutria and beaver, on private property at night during hunting season from Sept. 1 through the last day of February.

Proposal would allow nighttime take of outlaw quadrupeds during hunting season

A proposal adopted by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission last week would make it possible for landowners to take outlaw quadrupeds at night on private property during the regular hunting season — but only if they obtain a free permit first.

May 12 at 11:19am

LDWF schedules drawdown for Iatt Lake starting May 16

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will initiate a drawdown on Iatt Lake in Grant Parish starting on May 16 for vegetation control. 

May 11 at 11:16am