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Focus on travel routes for postspawn crappie

Most fishermen understand the basics for targeting crappie before and during their spring spawn, but when fish leave spawning grounds and head to deep water, what’s the deal?

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May 22 at 11:10 am
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Top bream-fishing tackle

Charles Johnson grew up as a country boy fishing bream. He cut his own cane poles from creek cane (bamboo that had escaped from cultivation).

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May 15 at 7:00 am
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Best baits and tackle for Toledo Bend crappie

Jackson has fished Toledo Bend most of his life. He was a competitive bass angler early in his career, qualifying for the 1982 Bassmaster Classic in 1982 on the Alabama River.

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May 15 at 7:00 am
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Dredging up deepwater crappie

When crappie go deep — which happens sometime this through November — shiners are the mainstay of most Toledo Bend crappie guides in the summer, and Jackson is no exception.

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May 15 at 7:00 am
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Toledo Bend crappie driven by low-water cycles

The quality of the crappie coming off the tops during the past couple of years has been outstanding: It is not uncommon to catch a few fish over 2 pounds.

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May 15 at 7:00 am
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Crappie regulations could change on Eagle Lake effective Oct. 1

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission on Thursday adopted a Notice of Intent that would modify current crappie regulations on Eagle Lake in Madison Parish.

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May 08 at 11:18 am
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Mr Crappie

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If you get the opportunity to fish with a guy who is named after the fish he catches, you better go with him.

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May 07 at 6:00 pm
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11 tips for mopping up on post-spawn crappie

Earlier this year, Tim Bye was working a turnaround while the Internet was abuzz about big catches of spawning crappie.

Hearing that so many of his favorite species were being caught made him want to go fishing, but he wasn’t too brokenhearted.

You see, Bye doesn’t even like fishing the spawn.

Yeah, that’s right: This South Louisiana angler would rather wait until after crappie finish their spawning rituals and move out.

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May 06 at 3:09 pm
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Slabs down deep - How to catch Toledo Bend crappie in the heat of summer

Toledo Bend has been on an amazing run lately, producing numbers of double-digit bass.

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May 01 at 7:00 am
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The fishing chef works his magic

It’s problematic to decide what Dustie Latiolais loves more: fishing or cooking.

His job is cooking. He is executive chef and general manager of Crawfish Town USA, a Henderson-Breaux Bridge seafood landmark.

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April 29 at 9:00 am
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Use a rake, small jigs for grass-bound crappie

If sac-a-lait are off points, Fontenot motors over to hyacinth mats and other grass patches and use a homemade, pronged aluminum rake to make holes in the mats about 12 inches in diameter.

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April 15 at 7:00 am
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Top chinquapin baits

Aggressive and gluttonous as any schooling fish, chinquapin are hardly picky. Nevertheless, catering to their tastes and preferences will earn you more love.

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April 15 at 7:00 am
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Scaled-down Matrix Shad a super crappie-fishing bait

Until the big trout start showing up in Lake Pontchartrain, just about all Ty Hibbs — who will fish for anything that is biting — fishes for is sac-a-lait.

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April 15 at 7:00 am
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Impromptu bow-fishing trip yields potential Toledo Bend record longnose gar

As evidenced this spring, Toledo Bend’s 185,000 acres are home to an untold number of lunker largemouth bass that roam throughout the reservoir.

Of course, lots of other species call the Bend home, like bream, crappie, catfish, carp and striped bass, among others.

And even though you don’t hear much about longnose gar, an unplanned bow-fishing trip late last month might have resulted in a new lake record — if the fish would have been officially verified and submitted. 

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April 13 at 10:07 pm
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A tale of two lakes

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness .…”

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April 08 at 9:00 pm
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Catch more crappie using dehydrated nibbles

Face it: Crappie can be very finicky feeders when you’re using artificial lures. 

Better known as sac-a-lait where I’m from, or white perch by the folks in North Louisiana, I grew up fishing for them almost exclusively with an 11-foot jigging pole in my hands.

Now, no matter what type of rod and reel I use, my artificial lures will almost always be tipped with an enticer like Berkley’s PowerBait Crappie Nibbles.

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April 07 at 4:44 pm
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