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Indiana resident Steve Schmitt caught this 20-plus-pound redfish on a recent trip with Capt. Shawn Lanier out of Venice.

Downriver redfish

Capt. Shawn Lanier (225-205-5353) said he pretty much swims against the flow this month.

15 hours ago

Ponchatoula man arrested for unauthorized use of Venice airboat

A 31-year-old Pontchatoula man was arrested Monday by enforcement agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries for allegedly taking an airboat last fall from a camp at Cypress Cove Marina in Venice without the owner’s permission.

January 13 at 8:56am
Matt Grabert's boat capsized early Saturday morning during a duck hunt in cold, windy conditions on the Mississippi River out of Venice.

Duck hunters survive capsizing in frigid Mississippi River Saturday

EDITOR'S NOTE: Staff writer Ryan Arena filed this report for the St. Charles Herald-Guide.

After a weekend duck hunt that nearly ended with catastrophe in the cold waters of the Mississippi River, Matt Grabert called Saturday’s experience “the scariest thing I’ve ever been through.

“When you get thrown into the water at 4:45 in the morning, helpless in the middle of the river … it could have been a much different result,” said Grabert, of Boutte. “I could barely process it when it was happening.”

January 10 at 9:52am user Frogslayer posted this picture from the opening weekend of the second split in Pecan Island. December's aerial survey by the LDWF revealed 3.6 million ducks in the state - the highest December number since 1999.

December aerial survey of 3.6 million ducks highest since 1999

Below-freezing temperatures and snowfall in the upper-Midwest states appears to be benefitting Louisiana duck hunters, as the state’s annual December aerial waterfowl survey completed last week revealed 3.61 million ducks in the state — the highest estimate since 1999.

December 21, 2016 at 10:22am
The two men believe that redfish have gotten an unnecessarily bad rap from local fishermen.

Credentials of a guide and a chef

What gives Lloyd Landry IV and Tenney Flynn the authority to discuss the qualities of Sciaenops ocellatus, the red drum — what we call “redfish?” 

December 15, 2016 at 7:00am
Garrett Crawford caught this bass while learningd to pitch a soft-plastic into tangles of vegetation in Venice.

How to pitch for more bass

Pitching lures into heavy cover is a great way to catch bass, but it’s a technique that takes some getting used to

I was privileged to learn from one of the best, Baton Rouge’s Ken Sherman, who coached and scolded me until I stopped backlashing quite so much.

December 14, 2016 at 3:10pm
Randy Pausina, former head of LDWF's Office of Fisheries, approved hundreds of thousands of dollars in expenditures now being questioned by state auditors.

Audit shows millions misspent by LDWF after BP oil spill

Louisiana’s legislative auditor found a lack of management oversight of funds and operations in the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries in the wake of the BP oil spill, including sampling operations in Venice that cost $2,796 per fish, more than $280,000 in clothing and uniforms with no uniform purchasing policy in place and a used $1.8 million airplane that could now cost the state more than $500,000 to repair.

November 14, 2016 at 5:36pm
The November 2016 aerial waterfowl survey conducted by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries counted more than 3 million birds in the state last week, 50 percent higher than the long-term average of 2 million birds.

3 million-plus ducks noted in November aerial survey

Despite no really cold weather so far, the annual November aerial waterfowl survey completed last week indicated almost 3 million ducks have already arrived along Louisiana’s coast.

November 14, 2016 at 5:24pm
Capt. Brian Sherman with Kayak Venice shows off a nice red caught up against the canes on the eastern edge of Yellow Cotton Bay. November is a great month to target reds and specks within easy paddling distance in Venice, he said.

Kayak Venice: Tips for November specks and redfish

If you’re planning on doing some kayak-fishing along the Louisiana coast this month, Venice is a great destination with relatively short paddles — putting redfish and speckled trout within easy reach of most anglers.

November 10, 2016 at 3:24pm
Mud boats and air-cooled propulsion engines are prohibited after 2 p.m. on Pass-a-Loutre Wildlife Management Area now through Jan. 31, 2017, according to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

New regs on mud boats, air-cooled engines now in effect at Pass-a-Loutre WMA

New regulations for mud boats and air-cooled propulsion engines are in effect now through Jan. 31, 2017 at Pass-a-Loutre Wildlife Management Area, and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries wants to make sure duck hunters are aware of the changes.

November 04, 2016 at 9:45am
Bull reds like this one will crush a topwater popper that looks like a fleeing mullet.

Mullet mayhem— Target mullet schools to catch more bull redfish

Everyone loves a parade, especially when it doubles as the buffet line. And that’s the deal with the major mullet movement that happens each fall-winter — it’s an all-out whack fest that’s as close to guaranteed fishing action as you’ll find.

Reproduction is the primary motivation and prespawn aggregations can be significant. The best part is that this parade’s duration — which roughly runs from October through March — offers multiple opportunities for redfish.

November 01, 2016 at 7:00am
Sportsman TV host Greg Hackney punched through lilies bordering the cane in Venice for all of the bass he caught Wednesday. With the Mississippi River still dirty, Hack suggested waiting to fish the last few hours of a falling tide.

Hackney punches his way to Venice bass bite

With an incoming tide and dirtier-than-expected water to start the day Wednesday, it took a while for the bass bite to turn on down in Venice.

September 29, 2016 at 7:50am
Venice redfish are always willing to eat, but you can get a lot more bites if the Mississippi River is low and green. And there's a trick to figuring out when that will happen.

Northern Mississippi River gauges key to Venice fishing, Hackney says

Fall is here. Temperatures have finally started to moderate, and some of the year’s best fishing will be available without getting heat stroke.

And Bassmaster Elite Series pro and Sportsman TV host Greg Hackney said he launches his boat at Venice as often as possible. 

“You’re getting in that time of year when the (Mississippi) river gets green,” Hackney said in a live Facebook feed from Venice Marina early this morning. “The trout start showing up in the Jump (and) they show up on the jetties in the main river.

“You can catch bass, white bass, redfish and trout — all on the same stuff.”

Of course, prime fishing is all about water clarity, and that’s dictated by the rise and fall of the river. A low river (generally below 4 feet at the New Orleans gauge) means water should be green and clear, while a higher reading hints at muddy conditions.

September 28, 2016 at 9:49am
Sportsman TV host Greg Hackney will be doing live feeds from Venice all day Wednesday on Louisiana Sportsman's Facebook page. Tune in to see what kind of day he has chasing bass in the Delta National Wildlife Refuge.

Hackney live from Venice on Facebook Wednesday morning

If you want to see what goes on behind the scenes while filming an episode of Sportsman TV, check out Louisiana Sportsman’s Facebook page all day Wednesday for live reports from Greg Hackney — who’s down in Venice to target bass at the Delta National Wildlife Refuge.

September 27, 2016 at 7:17pm