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Jason Ellender caught this 10.65-pounder at Sabine Lake in March, 2013 on a Heddon Super Spook and landed at No. 8 in the state's record books for Top 10 speckled trout. An exclusive club: Louisiana's Top 10 speckled trout
2496 Views - Posted: Yesterday at 10:55 am

Last year, only one angler managed to crack into the record books for the state’s Top 10 speckled trout.

Like other anglers, Eric Rue focuses much of his effort on the rocks of the Lake Calcasieu jetties during the hottest time of the year. Lake Calcasieu
85 Views - Posted: April 15 at 7:00 am

Lake Calcasieu, locally called “Big Lake,” on the western end of the state anchors a speckled trout fishery known for producing large fish.

Vermilion Bay can provide a lot of fishing action, as user reelin1 discovered. Who doesn’t want a fishing edge?
2524 Views - Posted: April 07 at 9:00 am

Dear Capt. Paul:

Do you have the GPS position coordinates for Vermilion Bay and the Boxcar Reef?

– Thanks, WA

Tip with “maaw-ket” shrimp, cast over the abundant oyster beds in this area — and HOLD ON!  Plan A, B and C — Fishing tactics for redfish, drum and sheepshead
582 Views - Posted: April 01 at 7:00 am

“Redfish in April?” Artie laughed as Doc mentioned our forthcoming fishing trip. “Man, redfish ain’t ‘runnin now! Dey run in da fall! You guys gotta be outcha mind!

Theophile Bourgeois loves topwater fishing more than any other kind of fishing and his favorite lure is bone-colored Badonk-A-Donk. 2014 Speckled trout forecast
686 Views - Posted: April 01 at 7:00 am

April is here at last—time for any red-blooded coastal fisherman to start thinking about the fish.

Capt. Mike Gallo said the speckled trout bite now is sporadic in Lake Pontchartrain, Lake Borgne and the Biloxi Marsh, but it should improve as water temperatures begin to consistently remain above 60 degrees. Speckled trout bite will get more consistent near Lake Pontchartrain area as water temps rise, guide says
2725 Views - Posted: March 17 at 5:15 pm

As water temperatures slowly start rising in Lake Pontchartrain, Lake Borgne and the Biloxi Marsh, speckled trout action should begin consistently heating up as well.

The quickly changing coastline of Louisiana is forcing those who live in the area to find ways to cope - or move out. A moving target
3923 Views - Posted: March 17 at 6:00 am

It’s already happening. Right now. Low-lying areas along the coast are disappearing and exposing what sits behind to the Gulf of Mexico, which continues pushing further into Louisiana with each passing year. To put it another way, in terms that should sound familiar, the bottom boundary of the state is vanishing and being recreated. 

Just a few months ago, officials at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration erased 31 locations in Plaquemines Parish off of their maps, including Yellow Cotton Bay, English Bayou, Locust Pond and Pass de Wharf, among many others. 

Bridges and other permanent structures in the park still bear WPA logos and marks. The New Orleans City Park story
362 Views - Posted: March 15 at 8:00 am

Louisiana has other urban fishing holes besides those in New Orleans City Park, including Cross Lake in Shreveport, Sibley Lake in Natchitoches, Bayou De Saird and Ouachita River in Monroe and City Park and University Lakes in Baton Rouge.

But none have developed the reputation for producing bass like City Park’s Lake.

The lake, more properly called a lagoon system, is small, with only 110 acres of water. But it has 14 miles of shoreline (not counting Bayou St. John, which also falls under the park’s jurisdiction), and most of it is accessible to fishermen.

The author scored on this tom near Folsom, La., on 150 acres. The turkey had an 8-inch beard and weighed 18 pounds. Small Tract Toms — Turkey-hunting tactics for small properties
550 Views - Posted: March 01 at 7:00 am

My return to turkey hunting after a 15-year hiatus was truly haphazard.

I had recently leased a 150-acre tract of land near Folsom for deer hunting and was scouting for deer sign in late winter trying to learn the lay of the land. What I discovered was startling: The deer lease was full of turkey sign, and I spotted several turkeys during my scouting trips.

With spring fast approaching, I thought a little turkey hunting might help me get more familiar with the new lease, but realistically my expectations were fairly low.

I was in for a real surprise.

The ability to start a fire can be critical to survival when an emergency strikes in the field — and that same fire can act as a signal for rescuers. Manchac swamp stranding shows importance of survival gear
4369 Views - Posted: February 28 at 9:00 am

If you’ve ever traveled Interstate 55 south to New Orleans, you have passed over that exotic, and almost mystical area between two of Louisiana’s major lakes — Lake Maurepas, and Lake Pontchartrain.

The mixed cypress and hardwood swamps bordered by brackish and freshwater marshes are connected by Pass Manchac, the winding waterway that connects Lake Maurepas with its much larger brother, Lake Ponchartrain. 

Little has changed this area since Iberville passed through in 1699, en route to the French fleet anchored at the Chandeleur Islands. He and his brother Bienville split their forces at Bayou Manchac, just south of the site of present-day Baton Rouge. They were returning from their exploration of the Mississippi River as far north as the Red River’s junction with the “Father of Waters.” 

Capt. Scott Walker with Get U Some Charters said he likes to target redfish now with a lemonhead Matrix Shad on a spinner bait. Redfish, speckled trout in transition near Lake Pontchartrain as temperatures fluctuate
3076 Views - Posted: February 27 at 5:12 pm

Redfish and speckled trout are in transition in the areas surrounding Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Borgne, moving back and forth from deeper water to the shallows as water temperatures fluctuate, according to a fishing guide. 

This map shows the projected location of a 4-acre limestone reef adjacent to the Williams Boulevard Fishing Pier. Construction of the reef is scheduled to begin on Jan. 31. Artificial reef to be constructed in Lake Pontchartrain starting Jan. 31
4496 Views - Posted: January 15 at 6:00 am

Anglers in Lake Pontchartrain will soon have a new 4-acre artificial limestone reef to fish on near Kenner, officials said.

Despite fewer birds than expected in December's aerial waterfowl survey of Louisiana's coastal zone, many hunters enjoyed a good opening weekend for the second split. Coastal zone duck numbers remain below long-term averages
4071 Views - Posted: December 17, 2013 at 10:00 am

Despite frigid conditions in the northern U.S. and almost double the number of ducks here now compared to last month, December’s recently completed aerial waterfowl survey total is still about 25-percent below the long-term average.

The Vortex Shad comes in dual colors and a big V-shaped tail that wobbles, driving fish crazy. The Vortex Shad
4154 Views - Posted: December 16, 2013 at 9:00 am

A veteran saltwater fishing guide who says he fishes with soft plastics 99 percent of the year always reaches for a bag of soft plastics he has the utmost confidence in when he’s out on the water.

The scientific name for ladyfish translates into “serpent reptile,” and they do resemble a reptile  — particularly in the head. Yes, we have no bananas today
4714 Views - Posted: December 04, 2013 at 9:00 am

“Yes, We Have No bananas Today” is the nonsensical title of a novelty song composed by Frank Silver and Irving Cohn for Broadway in 1923. Like the song, the little fish that Louisiana coastal anglers call “banana fish” is self-contradictory. 

Trout become accessible to kayak anglers again as water temperatures cool and the fish transition in from their summer haunts. Pontchartrain plastics
5987 Views - Posted: November 18, 2013 at 9:00 am

Lake Pontchartrain is legendary for its fall run of speckled trout. With miles and miles of bridge structures and some artificial reefs, there’s no shortage of locations to get on a hot bite.