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Plans are still being finalized, but CCA-Louisiana's David Cresson on Thursday confirmed that a corporate sponsorship had been secured and the popular TAG Louisiana program will continue.

CCA-Louisiana: Popular TAG Louisiana program to continue

Just five weeks after an announcement by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries that the popular TAG Louisiana program would be ending, it appears the popular volunteer fish-tagging and reporting program isn’t dead yet.

In an interview with Thursday afternoon, David Cresson, executive director with Coastal Conservation Association-Louisiana, encouraged volunteer taggers to “just keep doing what you’re doing.”

January 12 at 5:20pm
Chas Champagne, owner of Matrix Shad soft plastic lures, keeps a close eye on the tides via a USGS website to catch big Lake Pontchartrain speckled trout.

USGS website provides real-time info on water conditions

Traditional lunar tables are great to give you an idea of high and low tide predictions for your general area, but localized weather conditions — especially wind — can have a big impact on tidal flow.

January 04 at 8:57am
Hopefully, Gov. John Bel Edwards will name a Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries secretary who will be more conscious of issues important to Louisiana's sportsmen than Charlie Melancon.

Commentary: Melancon debacle should be lesson in LDWF appointment

Often the best lessons are learned not by success but by failure. So the debacle of Charlie Melancon's reign at the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries should give Gov. John Bel Edwards a lot to chew on as he contemplates naming a successor.

While agency appointments are often made with politics in mind, hopefully Edwards has learned the importance of choosing someone to lead the LDWF who has some connection with the agency's constituency — and a firm understanding of the isssues that motivate those outdoorsmen.

December 19, 2016 at 4:50am
Larry Reynolds, the state's waterfowl study leader, said it's possible the December aerial survey could be lower than the 3 million-bird estimate from last month — but he's trying his best to complete the survey on Friday.

Day 1 of December aerial survey: More mallards, potentially fewer birds overall

Socked-in clouds out of Baton Rouge prevented Larry Reynolds from starting December’s aerial waterfowl survey as planned on Wednesday, but he flew 13 transect lines on Thursday in Southwest Louisiana from the Texas line eastward to Rayne.

December 15, 2016 at 9:38pm
The resignation of LDWF Secretary Charlie Melancon was confirmed last night by Gov. Jon Bel Edwards, but the agency head will remain in office until a replacement is named.

Melancon's resignation confirmed, but he's not going anywhere yet

Gov. John Bel Edwards confirmed in an emailed statement last night the resignation of Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries' Secretary Charlie Melancon, but a spokesman for the governor said the embattled agency head isn't leaving just yet.

"Secretary Melancon is not stepping down immediately," Richard Carbo, Edwards' communications director, told via email this morning. "He will remain on while the governor conducts the search (for a successor)."

December 15, 2016 at 8:28am
LDWF Secretary Charlie Melancon has reportedly been asked to resign.

LDWF's Melancon asked to resign, source says

Embattled Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Charlie Melancon has been asked to resign but "is still coming to work," a source told

The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said it was unclear if Melancon has actually tendered his resignation, despite news reports.

December 14, 2016 at 4:33pm
The TAG Louisiana program, a study that uses volunteers to both tag fish and report recaptures, is being axed by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries because the department says it isn't delivering useful information to biologists.

LDWF to axe TAG Louisiana program

In the wake of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ move to axe the popular TAG Louisiana program, the executive director of Coastal Conservation Association - Louisiana sent out a strong email Wednesday critical of the decision, hinting the move was a political one to punish CCA.

December 01, 2016 at 9:25am

Metairie man cited for trawling without a TED

A 62-year-old Metairie man was ticketed last week by enforcement agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries for allegedly shrimping in Lake Pontchartrain without a turtle excluder device. 

November 28, 2016 at 10:01am
Attached to Gage Speyrer’s hunting belt is a black Delta fox squirrel he killed on the 2015 season opener at Sherburne.

Taxonomy of Louisiana’s squirrels

There is perhaps no greater source of discussion concerning Louisiana squirrels than identification of species and subspecies ,and their respective color phases.

Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries biologist Cody Cedotal said it’s really not that complicated.

October 15, 2016 at 7:00am
Keeping the sun at your back and wearing polarized glasses to more easily see underwater are keys to catching more shallow-water reds in the marsh, according to Chas Champagne, creator of Matrix and Vortex Shad soft plastic lures. <br />
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Top 5 tips to catch shallow water reds

Chas Champagne is easily out on the water more than 200 days a year, and when he’s not pursuing speckled trout in Lake Pontchartrain, you can bet he’s heading for duck ponds near Alligator Point and Bayou Bienvenue in search of feisty redfish.

October 10, 2016 at 10:06pm
The Pearl River gets full of speckled trout in the fall when the white shrimp move through the area, Capt. John Falterman said.

A low Pearl River is perfect setup for trout

When many anglers think of the Lake Pontchartrain Basin in October, they think of the Trestles.

October 04, 2016 at 10:47am
CCA's New Orleans Fall Fishing Seminar is slated for Tuesday evening starting at 5:30 p.m. at Bryan Chevrolet on Airline Drive in Metairie.

CCA’s New Orleans Fall Fishing Seminar set for Tuesday evening

If you’re wondering when this year’s ‘World Series’ speckled trout run will crank up on Lake Pontchartrain — or if you have any other fall fishing questions — you can probably get them answered this Tuesday evening from an impressive panel of captains at the CCA Metro New Orleans Fall Fishing Seminar.

October 03, 2016 at 1:48pm
Biologically, the state's speckled trout population is doing OK, and Jason Adriance, LDWF's finfish program manager, said there are currently no plans to reduce the daily limit or increase the minimum keeper size.

Louisiana’s speckled trout stock ‘biologically OK,’ LDWF says

Although some fisherman have voiced concerns about the quantity and quality of speckled trout caught across Louisiana’s coast this year — as well as increased fishing pressure on the species — a biologist with the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said LA Creel data indicate more specks were actually caught in the first half of this year than in 2015.

September 28, 2016 at 9:56am

Lake Pontchartrain Monster Hunt 2

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

September 22, 2016 at 6:00pm