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Lake Pontchartrain Monster Hunt 2

You never know what creatures lurk below the waters of Lake Pontchartrain.

September 22 at 6:00pm

Ponchatoula man dies in Lake Pontchartrain on Friday

A Ponchatoula man died in Lake Pontchartrain Friday afternoon after his 14-foot boat was found partially submerged just east of the Causeway Bridge, nine miles from the north shore of Mandeville. 

September 20 at 10:02am

LDWF rescues boaters stranded on Lake Pontchartrain

Agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries rescued two boaters near midnight Monday on Lake Pontchartrain in St. John the Baptist Parish.

September 13 at 3:36pm
Attracting doves to your fields means having something on the ground for them to eat all summer long.

Double down on doves — Tips for extending dove season

The small field behind my house that I remember being full of Washington Parish watermelons when I was young had been lying fallow over 15 years. 

Except for the occasional cutting and baling of hay, this little piece of ground seldom saw any action.

September 01 at 7:00am
Kristen Torres landed this jack crevalle while fishing with Capt. Ty Hibbs.

Jacks make for fun fishing

If you were about to die of pure starvation on a deserted island, you might entertain the thought of eating a jack crevalle, but in circumstances any less critical you’d look at the fish in disgust.

September 01 at 3:15am
Hundreds of people were taken to safety by the Cajun Navy before authorities were able to get official rescue teams together.

Heroes live among us

The word “hero” is grossly overused today. If you pick up a stray cat and adopt it, you’re called a hero. If you feed the homeless, yep, you’re a hero. If you survived cancer, you can bet you’ll be hailed a hero. And if you care for someone with cancer — man, you’re headed for superhero status.

August 31 at 4:55pm


August is the last full month of “SweatFest 2016,” the festival no one likes to celebrate. The hot water and plethora of bait makes for tough conditions, more so for fly anglers.

August 15 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 at 2:47pm
Capt. Mike Gallo runs into nice speckled trout along the structures in Lake Borgne.

Lake Borgne is a bona fide June trout hotspot

Outside fishing in the summertime is popular among South Louisiana anglers, and a large portion of fishermen fill up the boat and make a long haul to Breton Sound.

Go there on a weekend in June and you likely can walk from vessel to vessel.

June 24 at 10:30am
Capt. Kris Robert, with One Last Cast Charters, holds up a stringer of speckled trout caught this week at the Compressor Rig in Lake Borgne. The key is positioning your boat well away from the rig, over the shell pad surrounding the structure.

Speckled trout transitioning from Lake Pontchartrain into Lake Borgne

Capt. Kris Robert spends well over 200 days on the water each year in and around Lake Pontchartrain tracking down speckled trout and redfish, and he keeps a daily journal of his trips: where he fished, what he caught, the most effective lures and bait, along with the day’s weather conditions. 

June 02 at 3:19pm
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
Five-year-old Caleb Kellum managed to catch a few nice specks while riding in the back of his dad’s kayak. Trolling is a great way to get young children involved in fishing.

Trolling for trout - Tips for putting more fish in the ’yak

You’re slowly making your way across a small lake. Suddenly, both lines dragging behind the kayak go tight.

It’s a problem, but a good problem.

May 18 at 9:00am
Lake Pontchartrain fisherman Chas Champagne said palming your baitcasting reel — and maintaining contact with the line with your thumb or index finger when the lure is falling — is vital to detect subtle bites while jigging at places like the trestles.

Palm baitcasting reel to feel subtle trout bites

When you’re deepwater jigging for speckled trout in a challenging place like Lake Pontchartrain — or really anywhere where you’re fishing in more than about 6 feet of water — you need to use every advantage at your disposal to feel the bite.

April 26 at 8:27am
Capt. Mike Gallo, with Angling Adventures of Louisiana, said speckled trout are still biting despite sandy-colored water in areas of Lake Pontchartrain. Friday's full moon could mean solid action if the weather cooperates, he said.

Don’t let ‘dirty’ Lake Pontchartrain water discourage you, guide says

Despite lots of dirty water still in Lake Pontchartrain, one fishing guide said April’s recent windy weather — more than any clarity issue — has been a bigger hinderance so far in catching springtime speckled trout this month.

April 19 at 10:02am
There are no secret spots in Lake Pontchartrain, but focusing on points, drains and reefs will be rewarded.

Prescription for Lake Borgne fishing success

Dr. Bob Weiss, aka “Doc,” has retired from his medical practice, but he is still giving out prescriptions for anyone afflicted with Lake Borgne fishing fever.

April 15 at 7:00am
Capt. Jones said trolling the bridges can be successful in choppy conditions that would be too difficult or nearly impossible to jig in.

Wicked trolling — How to troll Lake Pontchartrain’s Causeway

Imagine my surprise when I got a late-February call from Capt. Andy Jones, who said he was not just catching trout on the Causeway but that he was spanking them — and nice trout, at that.

April 01 at 7:00am