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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.

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April 26 at 8:27 am
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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.

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April 19 at 10:02 am
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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.

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April 15 at 7:00 am
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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.

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April 01 at 7:00 am
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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.

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April 01 at 7:00 am
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Invasive apple snails wreak havoc in Orange Grove marsh

Mike Arcement put decoys out on his 2,000-acre lease in Orange Grove southwest of Houma the weekend before duck season started last November, and by opening day many of them were already covered in bright pink egg cases.

Submerged aquatic vegetation on the lease — key forage for ducks — was practically non-existent by the time the season started, as well. 

The culprits in both cases were apple snails, an invasive species that arrived in Louisiana about 10 years ago and readily consumes aquatic plants. 

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March 22 at 9:27 am
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2016 Crab Trap Rodeo results in removal of more than 2,500 traps in February

More than 2,500 traps were retrieved last month in two separate events on Lake Pontchartrain and near Lafitte during the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ annual Derelict Crab Trap Rodeo.

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March 16 at 11:18 am
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More freshwater for Lake Pontchartrain will make spring trout fishing tough

Just two months after the Bonnet Carre Spillway opened — and poured fresh Mississippi River water into Lake Pontchartrain for about three weeks earlier this winter — the estuary faces yet another inundation of freshwater from rain-swollen rivers on the North Shore.

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March 14 at 12:00 pm
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Don’t expect many springtime trophy trout in Lake Pontchartrain

As of right now, the Lake Pontchartrain-based creator of the popular Matrix and Vortex Shad soft plastic paddle tail baits isn’t expecting a record-breaking spring for trophy trout on his home waters.

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February 23 at 11:23 am
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Punching the Pearl River for bass

Punching could arguably be one of the most-fun ways to catch bass. There is just nothing like having to wench a fish out of thick cover. 

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February 15 at 7:00 am
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Why are croakers croaking?

The story of the Atlantic croaker is the story of a fish that has somehow never managed to fulfill its predicted potential. They are truly one of the most abundant fish in the sea. 

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February 03 at 6:47 pm
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Volunteers needed for Crab Trap Rodeos

For the 13th year, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is holding its annual Derelict Crab Trap Rodeos in February, with plans to target abandoned traps in both Lake Pontchartrain and the Barataria Basin.

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February 02 at 5:08 pm
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Lake Pontchartrain’s recovery begins with Monday's closing of Bonnet Carre Spillway

Three weeks after it was opened, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers finished closing the last bays of the Bonnet Carre Spillway on Monday, halting the flow of freshwater from the Mississippi River that had been pouring into Lake Pontchartrain since Jan. 10.

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February 02 at 1:53 pm
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Catch big specks under birds this weekend in Lake Pontchartrain

The combination of a mild winter so far and advancing freshwater pouring in from the Bonnet Carre Spillway have created a speckled trout angler’s dream in Lake Pontchartrain — at least for now.

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January 15 at 1:40 pm
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Bonnet Carre Spillway to open starting at 10 a.m. on Jan. 10

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will begin opening the Bonnet Carre Spillway this Sunday (Jan. 10) at about 10 a.m. to relieve pressure on main line levees, maintain river stages and regulate the flow of the Mississippi River from the spillway southward.

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January 08 at 9:22 am
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How would Bonnet Carre Spillway opening impact Pontchartrain fishing?

With Mississippi River levels continuing to rise, some expect the earliest-ever opening in the 85-year history of the Bonnet Carre Spillway — which would relieve pressure on the levees protecting New Orleans and divert freshwater into Lake Pontchartrain for the first time since 2011.

That has left anglers holding their collective breath, waiting to see if there will be any impact on the upcoming spring speckled trout fishing.

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January 05 at 2:46 pm
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