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The LA Creel survey — which uses a combination of in-person dockside interviews, phone calls and emails to estimate angler catch and effort in state waters — was certified by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Friday

Feds certify LA Creel survey design

LDWF’s real-time date collection program officially replaces MRIP in state waters
January 02 at 8:47am
Experienced offshore fisherman Blake Matherne shows off the teeth of a 43-pound cubera snapper. Matherne speared the fish in 73 feet of water at a rig south of Cocodrie in 300 feet of water.

Cubera snapper

Louisiana’s coast delivers IGFA world record
December 04, 2017 at 9:00am
Barham, then secretary of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, shows some of the oily mess left behind in the marsh following the Deepwater Horizon spill  in 2010.

The best eight years of his life

November 15, 2017 at 6:00am
If the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission approves a proposal Thursday, state anglers could begin catching red snapper during a fall state waters season as soon as Friday, Oct. 6.

Fall state waters snapper season could open as soon as Friday, Oct. 6

LWF Commission to decide on proposal during Thursday’s meeting in Baton Rouge
October 04, 2017 at 1:24pm
With more than 100,000 pounds available before the state's self-imposed snapper quota is reached, it's possible Louisiana anglers could get to snapper fish in state waters this fall.

LDWF: State red snapper fall season possible

Extended summer season left more than 100,000 pounds available
September 21, 2017 at 5:09pm
Capt. Tommy Pellegrin suggests targeting smaller rigs and structures for cobia, and making sure you keep your lure moving when sight casting to fish near the surface. Don’t stop if the fish charges, or it could very well lose interest.

Cobia 101: Tips to hook up with lemon fish

Target smaller rigs, keep lures moving when sight-fishing, guide says
September 14, 2017 at 6:00am
Capt. Tommy Pellegrin says it's vital to keep reeling when a cobia is charging your lure — don't stop the jig as the fish approaches, or it could lose interest.

Cobia 101: Tips to hook up with lemonfish

Target smaller rigs, keep lures moving when sight-fishing, guide says
September 12, 2017 at 1:40pm
The thrill of the jump is what attracted David Prevost to tarpon fishing.

Quicksilver Kick

Don’t overlook the Gulf’s best and meanest acrobats
September 01, 2017 at 7:00am
Louisiana's offshore anglers will be able to target red snapper all the way through Labor Day, Sept. 4, after harvest estimates indicate the state's 1.04-million-pound self-imposed quota wasn't reached during the 39-day extended season.

Red snapper fishing to continue through Labor Day weekend

LA Creel harvest estimates allow for completion of 39-day extended season, LDWF says
August 31, 2017 at 6:17pm
With limited offshore action expected this weekend due to Hurricane Harvey, harvest data indicate Louisiana's red snapper anglers could get to fish for the entire 39-day extended federal season, which ends on Labor Day, Sept. 4.

LDWF: Louisiana’s red snapper season likely to continue through Labor Day

LA Creel data indicate anglers won’t reach 1.04 million pound harvest limit
August 25, 2017 at 9:48am
Capt. Bill Lake took a break from catching speckled trout to go offshore for snapper, and ended up finding numbers of cobia — including this 72-pounder.

Cobia show up early south of Dularge

72-pounder among mass of lemonfish discovered in Ship Shoal, fishing guide says
August 22, 2017 at 4:36pm
Capts. Brent and Meredith Ballay with some nice snapper.

Red snapper tackle & bait tips

August 15, 2017 at 7:00am
Louisiana red snapper anglers planning Gulf trips this weekend have been given the green light by the LDWF. Updated harvest figures reveal about 275,000 pounds remain on the table before the state's self-imposed 2017 quota is met.

LDWF: Another green light for red snapper trips this weekend

Labor Day ending date looks more and more likely
August 10, 2017 at 4:22pm
Louisiana red snapper anglers have harvested almost 740,000 pounds so far this year, leaving slightly more than 300,000 pounds to go with up to 16 potential days remaining during the extended federal season.

Red snapper update: Still 300,000 pounds-plus to go to meet Louisiana quota

Numbers increasingly look like fishing through Labor Day ending date is possible
August 03, 2017 at 1:58pm