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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 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 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
While they aren’t as good to eat as smaller stripers, just one like this lunker makes an afternoon trip chasing Claiborne striped bass worthwhile.

History of Claiborne stripers

Lake Claiborne was completed in 1967. Even before that time, Hood’s father had property on the lake, and the two of them have actually walked all the way across what he calls the Little Lake area of Claiborne, which is the large open area north of the Big Lake but still south of the two large arms that extend far to the north of the spillway almost all the way to downtown Homer in Claiborne Parish.

August 15, 2014 at 7:00am
The LA 1 elevated expressway casts shadows over Leeville, formerly a major thoroughfare. South Lafourche Levee District manager Windell Curole said building the highway signaled the state’s resignation to not protect the town from coastal erosion.

The Gulf's sinking stepping stone

A few hours after the sun goes down, if you’re sitting on the dock stretching out into Bayou Lafourche outside of Lisa Cefalu’s camp in Leeville, you’ll see a giant orange light of what looks like a refinery turning on for the night shift begin to glow.

May 14, 2014 at 5:00pm
Breton Sound waters produce big trout for Charlie Thomason as soon as the weather allows him to get that far into open water.

St. Bernard/Upper Plaquemines

This area of the state has developed the reputation for providing the closest thing that exists to a 12-month-a-year speckled trout fishery.

April 15, 2014 at 7:00am
Jules Ballanger catches lots of speckled trout on Carolina rigs in beach waters fronting the gulf side of Grand Isle and its neighboring islands.

Barataria Bay/Grand Isle

Barataria Bay is a vast estuary ranging from near-freshwater Lake Cataouche in the north to near-marine habitats at Grand Isle in the south.

April 15, 2014 at 7:00am