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Josh Maxwell catches Bistineau slabs in January by spider-rigging jigs.

The Bistineau jig

Josh Maxwell isn’t a big dancer, but in January you can bet you’ll find him dancing a jig out at Lake Bistineau.

A Bistineau jig.

14 hours ago
Frank Canizaro Jr. shows off the first lunker bass of 2017 — a 10.55-pounder he caught on Jan. 11 in the Huxley Bay area pitching a black-neon V&M Flatline jig.

Mansfield angler scores on Toledo Bend 10.55-pounder

Mansfield’s Frank Canizaro Jr. and his fishing buddy Andrew Pilcher initially set out on Toledo Bend’s waters near Huxley Bay on Jan. 11 in search of crappie.

January 16 at 9:40am
Sam’s favorite round jig heads and sickle hooks produce regularly on his favorite color plastic jigs shown here.

Gearing up for crappie success

Sam Roberson’s cost per catch ratio is pretty amazing. He doesn’t spend a whole lot of money on fishing gear, but he has some tried-and-true favorites on which he depends for crappie fishing in deep water.

January 15 at 7:00am
Two trademark deep water slab crappie caught by Sam Roberson.

Seeking more than a crappie

Years of fishing success has led Sam Roberson in what he said is a more important direction.

January 15 at 7:00am
Sam Roberson can’t pass up spending some time around bridge pilings or the ridges and deep spots around them.

‘Don’t pass up a bridge,’ crappie angler says

There’s one piece of structure on Lake D’Arbonne — or any lake, for that matter — that Sam Roberson said you don’t need a depth finder to locate.

January 15 at 7:00am

Tippets

The question of the month is, “rainbow or rainbeaux?”.

For fly anglers in and around New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Gonzales, Lafayette, Hammond, Chalmette and Monroe, it’s “rainbeaux trout” time.

January 15 at 7:00am
An example of successful “thump” therapy.

Call Sam! West Monroe shares Lake D’Arbonne crappie secrets

Facing an empty livewell? Don’t know where to turn to catch a mess of crappie? Feel like giving up? Don’t despair.

Just call Sam!

Many North Louisiana residents have probably seen long-running television advertisements for a local attorney with a catchy jingle and a prompt to “Call Sam” to cure all of your legal troubles.

January 01 at 7:00am
These four D’Arbonne slabs came on shiners in the middle of the old river channel.

Crappie Food Network — Best crappie lure presentations

Presenting your crappie bait in the best spot for the maximum amount of time is the most important thing you can do to be successful for suspended crappie, Ronnie Turner said.

December 15, 2016 at 7:00am
Ronnie Turner uses a few things to make his crappie bait arsenal more appealing.

Tip tips for more crappie

Whether it’s a jig or a shiner, West Monroe’s Ronnie Turner always adds a little lagniappe for his crappie.

December 15, 2016 at 7:00am
This area of D’Arbonne looks like open water during regular water levels, but you see what’s really down there during drawdowns.

Falling water means great Lake D’Arbonne crappie fishing

If history repeats itself, the 2016 winter drawdown on D’Arbonne will make the water go down and fishing action will go up.

It stands to reason that when the fish have less water to hide in, they are easier to find.

December 15, 2016 at 7:00am

Tippets

For flycasters, trout take center stage this month — both the saltwater and freshwater varieties.

December 15, 2016 at 7:00am
If you want to catch more crappie, these tips should help.

10 Commandments of crappie fishing

Like the Israelites of the Bible, crappie anglers often struggle because they ignore the simplest rules for life. Designed to assist and enlighten all crappie anglers, from the novice week-end angler to the seasoned professional, these principles will help everyone become more successful, which at the end of the day, can be measured by the number of crappie in the livewell.

December 14, 2016 at 6:00am
Kingston Morgan caught this Sibley Lake crappie.

Crappie fishing for Christmas

Chuck Morgan travels all over the region crappie fishing for fun and competitively, but he also enjoys being home for the Christmas season, looking for crappie on the Christmas trees or other assorted sunken tops and structure right in his own backyard.

That’s one of the advantages of living on the shores of the 2,000 acre Lac Terre Noir just outside of Natchitoches.

December 09, 2016 at 8:31am
Blackfin shiners are certainly the most common shiner in the state and can be found in virtually any moderate- to fast-flowing creek, bayou, or river.

It’s a tough little world for shiners

Most freshwater fishermen don’t give a lot of thought to the little fish in their bait bucket. They’re just shiners. Or to the glittery little fish flashing in the creek, river or lake — they’re just minnows. 

December 04, 2016 at 9:00am