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Tim Bye shows off a couple of the slab sac-a-lait he caught earlier this week at Toledo Bend. Bye said fish were biting in about 20 feet of water over brush piles, and along pilings at the Pendleteon and Lanan Bridges before Thursday's cool front arrived.

Crappie bite solid at Toledo Bend

The crappie were biting consistently at Toledo Bend this week — at least before yesterday’s cool snap came through with the coolest air of the fall so far.

October 21 at 4:36pm
The Pearl River gets full of speckled trout in the fall when the white shrimp move through the area, Capt. John Falterman said.

A low Pearl River is perfect setup for trout

When many anglers think of the Lake Pontchartrain Basin in October, they think of the Trestles.

October 04 at 10:47am
Big, fat crappie like these usually start biting again at Poverty Point this month.

September weather fires up Poverty Point crappie

Poverty Point Reservoir in Delhi is famous for whopper crappie — and lots of them. Local angler Twayne Hosea is famous for catching both, but that’s mostly in the spring. However, that isn’t the only time Poverty’s crappie fishing gets rich.

September 21 at 8:42am
Every fisherman loves his boat, but Danna has a special connection with his since he helped design it.

The perfect crappie boat

Every fisherman is proud of his new fishing rig. Steve Danna is no exception, but he didn’t just pick out a boat he liked.

Instead, Danna helped design his boat.

September 15 at 7:00am
Abbeville’s Caleb Brown, 12, hooked this 23½-inch monster bass that weighed 7 pounds, 13.5 ounces at Toledo Bend using a Strike King Rage Space Monkey.

Toledo Bend is in great shape for September

I’m sure fall isn’t in the air at all when you read this in late August or early September. But “prefall” is just around the corner, which means bass fishing is about to bust loose on Toledo Bend.

September 14 at 8:40am
Bull reds like this one caught during the Iberia Rod & Gun Club Saltwater Fishing Rodeo can be caught at Boxcar Reef this month.

Boxcar Reef - Find the ditches to locate big bulls

Fishermen who want to feel the brute force of a sizeable redfish on the business end of their fishing line in Vermilion Bay invariably point the bow of their boat to legendary Boxcar Reef.

September 08 at 5:22pm
With the first slight cooling temps of fall, Claiborne crappie start to fatten up for the winter.

Crappie tops — Tips for September crappie fishing on Lake Claiborne

Crappie fishing is simple in the fall on Lake Claiborne.

“Find the shad and find the crappie,” said Steve Danna, a veteran angler who goes chases the panfish for fun and as a seasoned tournament fisherman. “That’s true just about all year long, but it is especially true when you are after crappie this time of year.”

September 01 at 7:00am
Michael Garcie caught his personal best — this 8.33-pound beast — at Toledo Bend. He used a Zoom craw topped with a punch skirt made by his best friend, Aaron Pousson with Pousson’s Punch Skirts and Custom Tackle.

Toledo Bend tactics for the dog days of summer

As of the next‐to‐last week of June, Toledo Bend still was a little over full pool stage, water was getting hotter and, as you might imagine, the daytime bite for bass was decreasing dramatically. 

August 26 at 5:33am
You can catch crappie throughout the summer, if you know where they’re most comfortable.

Find the thermocline for more crappie

With August here, the first step to catching most species of fish is to find the thermocline, which is the depth in the water column where the temperature is most comfortable and the most oxygen-rich.

That’s where the crappie will be.

August 17 at 9:30am
Mike McNerlin hangs a nice crappie after trolling over the edge of a creek channel.

Follow the bait

Cranking is productive on any lake that has a healthy crappie population. Cypress Bayou/Black Bayou Reservoirs, Toledo Bend, Caddo Lake, Lake D’Arbonne, Bayou D’Arbonne, Caney Lake, Poverty Point Reservoir, and Larto are just a few of the good spots.

And cranking veteran Clark LaBorde said there is no great secret to finding crappie on these lakes. 

August 15 at 7:00am
Step 1 - Push the point of a jighead hook through the small hole in the wide end of a stick guard (aka weed guard).

How to prep a crappie jig

Everyone who knew J.B. Salter Sr. agrees he was a particular man.

“He wanted you to do things 100 percent right at all times, and if you didn’t he let you know you were doing things wrong,” Jeremy Gremillion said.

J.B.’s son Blaine agreed.

August 15 at 7:00am
Mike McNerlin (left) and Greg Hammett with some of the 37 crappie they caught in one morning of cranking.

Crank it up — How to catch crappie trolling crankbaits

Trolling crankbaits has exploded onto the crappie fishing scene in the last few years. And, while there is bit of a learning curve, the tactic can be highly productive in terms of filling the freezer with fillets.

August 01 at 7:00am
Blaine Salter’s goal is to build the family jig pole business his father founded larger and better than ever.

Pole Kat — How the Salter Jiggin’ Pole can make you a better angler

The cork slowly went under.

I knew it was a crappie: It didn’t swim off like a bass, twitch like a bream or disappear with a snap like a catfish.

It just eased down, down, down.

August 01 at 7:00am
A fat Toledo Bend bass taken deep by Kyle Guidry using a swim jig.

Heat advisory — How to catch Toledo Bend’s summer bass

Bass fishing in temperatures exceeding 100 degrees is not for the faint of heart.

But those willing to brave the sultry temperatures know August can deliver sizzling bass action — especially on America’s No. 1 bass fishery.

August 01 at 7:00am