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January might be nippy, but it offers really nice trout without making long runs.

Deep Delacroix

I was surprised to hear Captain Ron “Ahab” Broadus (504-914-6063) say January was one of his favorite months to fish.

“It’s cold, it’s miserable, it’s windy — what can you possibly like about January?” I asked.

January 04 at 9:53am
Nice speckled trout can be found in Lafitte this month using soft-plastics threaded on light jigheads.

The lowdown on Lafitte specks

Lafitte is a popular destination for anglers across the coast because it’s so close for many fishermen, particularly for those who reside in New Orleans.

October 21, 2016 at 11:00am
If you catch the conditions just right, you can hit a home run and take home a boat load of big trout from Lafitte.

Best bets for October specks

Capt. John Pounders said October also is a great month to target specks in Lafitte — but it can also be a tricky time.

October 15, 2016 at 7:00am
Bob Mercer displays a picture-perfect Lafitte redfish.

The backup plan — Lafitte fall redfishing tactics

Listen carefully and you’ll hear a universal sigh of relief as we close the door on September and the peak month of hurricane season.

Not that October can’t get nasty and produce tropical systems — and, officially, the hurricane season doesn’t close until November.

But, unofficially, we know that once we get past September the potential for the worst is over.

Now we can exhale.

October 01, 2016 at 7:00am
You can catch all the school trout you want this month by targeting flocks of birds, but there also are solid fish patrolling the shorelines and reefs.

Trout invasion is on at Lafitte, charter guide says

Lafitte anglers have to make long runs most of the year to reach hot trout action, but this month everything is happening near the little port south of New Orleans.

"In reality, 35 minutes from the marina you can catch plenty of trout," Capt. Theophile Bourgeois said.

May 10, 2016 at 5:15pm
Joel Weathers shows off a nice speck he managed to catch before the fish moved out to those large bays.

Kickin’ it old school — Trout will still fall for old-school equipment

My plan seemed simple enough: I wanted to fish with some old gear to see if it’d still function and produce the way I remembered.

By “old gear” I don’t mean ancient 100-year-old stuff but the stuff I grew up with. The old Mitchell 300s spun with monofilament line and shad rigs.

May 01, 2016 at 7:00am
Trout can be caught during November along the old grass lines in nearby Brusle Lake.

Best bet for Lafitte’s fall trout

There’s no doubt that the Bayou Rigoletts wall offers some of the best redfishing in all of South Louisiana during November, but there is a spot not too far to its south that offers some of the best speckled trout fishing, as well.

November 15, 2015 at 7:00am
Capt. Chad Dufrene couldn’t be happier with the fall fishing opportunities around Delacroix Island.

Delacroix’s Fall Festival — Trout, redish action picks up this month

Imagine my surprise to find long-time Golden Meadow charter Capt. Chad Dufrene fishing out of Delacroix Island — not just occasionally, but full time.

Dufrene has put down roots, built a camp and now calls Delacroix his home port.

November 01, 2015 at 7:00am
Kevin Ortego and Alex Buller downed this white blue-winged teal Sunday morning in Evangeline Parish on a 30-acre cypress lake between Oakdale and Vidrine. They wrapped up the hunt on the season's final day with a two-man limit.

Hunters down rare white blue-winged teal in Evangeline Parish

You don’t always get a second chance in life, but Kevin Ortego and Alex Buller got one Sunday morning in their duck blind in Evangeline Parish — and they both made the most of it.

September 28, 2015 at 5:47pm
Getting out early before temperatures soar is an important key to catching Lafitte redfish.

How to limit on Lafitte reds

Thursday it took one stop for guide Dominick Ochello to put his clients on all the Lafitte redfish they could stand.

“We caught 27,” Ochello said. “They were schooled up.”

July 31, 2015 at 2:55pm
Capt. Theophile Bourgeois shows off an impressive stringer of big specks caught last week wade-fishing off the Chandeleur Islands. Bourgeois said once the weather settles, he expects even more trophy trout action at the islands into June.

Speckled trout, shrimp arriving now in Little Lake, Manila Village near Lafitte

Speckled trout and shrimp are just now starting to arrive near Lafitte, but the weather has made it tough to get in a good trip, according to a local fishing guide.

April 29, 2015 at 9:33am
Sydney Evans with a cold-weather Oak River red.

Beginners guide to Oak River — Fishing tips for redfish, speckled trout and bass at this Delacroix winter hotspot

In the days before levees channeled the Big Muddy, Oak River was a natural funnel for the mighty Mississippi. For centuries it was a conduit for fresh, muddy water, and silt and sediment gradually built up significant ridges that line Oak River to this day.

February 01, 2015 at 7:00am
Milder December temperatures and saltier water near Delacroix have the speckled trout bite turned on, according to local fishing guides.

Delacroix speckled trout bite on fire, guides say

Salty water this month combined with milder temperatures have turned on speckled trout fishing out of Delacroix unlike anything the area has seen in at least three years, according to a fishing guide.

December 23, 2014 at 3:10pm
John Jeffcoat, a regular fishing partner of Donny Hood’s, shows off an 8-pound rod bender.

Four seasons of Claiborne stripers

Persistent fishermen can catch striped bass on Lake Claiborne pretty much all year long. The four seasons of Claiborne stripers vary a little bit from traditional “seasons,” as Donny Hood outlined below.

August 15, 2014 at 7:00am