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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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Shrimp season to close in most state waters Dec. 21

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Robert Barham accounced the fall shrimp season in most state waters will close at official sunset next Monday, Dec. 21.

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December 15, 2015 at 9:22 am
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The top trolling tactics and gear for Lake Pontchartrain trout

Chuck and Zelita “Z” Cristinas never use a trolling motor to troll for speckled trout.

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December 15, 2015 at 7:00 am
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Learning to troll for Lake Pontchartrain trout

Trolling for speckled trout came late in Chuck and Zelita “Z” Cristina’s fishing lives.

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December 15, 2015 at 7:00 am
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Six cited for illegal shrimping in Lake Pontchartrain Sanctuary area

Agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries cited six men for alleged shrimping violations in the Lake Pontchartrain Sanctuary on Dec. 7 in Orleans Parish.

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December 09, 2015 at 4:06 pm
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Unabridged trout — How to troll for Lake Pontchartrain trout

“That’s a big trout, Momma. Be careful! Take your time, Momma. Bring him this way.”

Gravelly-voiced Chuck Cristina was issuing orders like Lord Admiral Horatio Nelson, only with an old-time New Orleans accent. 

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December 01, 2015 at 7:00 am
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Predictable Patience — Why you should wait for the rut to hunt

There is no doubt that the rut is the absolute best time to shoot the biggest buck your property is capable of attracting.

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December 01, 2015 at 7:00 am
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How the Lake Pontchartrain Trestles was built

The bridge modern-day trout fishermen call the Trestles is old. In fact, nobody who fishes it today was alive when it was first built.

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November 15, 2015 at 7:00 am
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How the Cressons fish the Lake Pontchartrain Trestles

Tom Cresson’s fishing style has changed since he and his wife purchased their lake house and Karen started fishing.

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November 15, 2015 at 7:00 am
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LDWF to conduct telemetry tagging event on Lake Pontchartrain

As part of an ongoing study of specks, redfish and bull sharks in Lake Pontchartrain, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is hosting a fall acoustic telemetry event during the week of Nov. 16.

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November 10, 2015 at 3:25 pm
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Trestle tramps — How one couple fishes the Trestles for trout

“She’s ate up with fishing!” the man said. “She starts texting me about noon to go fishing. She’s the honey badger of fishing: She just takes what she wants!”

Tom Cresson was talking about the attractive brunette in his boat, his wife Karen.

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November 01, 2015 at 7:00 am
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