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They aren’t as glamorous as a big bass or a slab crappie, but channel catfish provide a great fight for fishermen and excellent table fare.

Lake to table - Lake D’Arbonne’s catfish are hard to beat

The appeal of catching an 8- to 10-pound bass or a cooler full of slab crappie brings most visitors to the 16,000-acre Lake D’Arbonne in Farmerville.

May 19 at 11:08am
Crappie fishing under Pendleton Bridge can get fast and furious with numbers coming quickly into the boat.

Where and how to nail Toledo Bend crappie

In early May, Johnson spends much of his time beneath Pendleton Bridge over public artificial reefs.

May 15 at 7:00am
Veteran Toledo Bend guide Jerry “JT” Thompson predicts larger crappie sizes for the summer of 2016 based on the crappie taken this spring.

2016 Toledo Bend summer crappie forecast

Before this spring’s historic flooding on Toledo Bend, longtime guide Jerry Thompson of Living the Dream Guide Service (318-256-8991) was finding some hefty slab crappie.

And he doesn’t see that changing any time soon.

May 15 at 7:00am
Johnson said Toledo Bend crappie can often average a pound during catches is May through July with at least a couple of 2-pounders taken weekly.

Toledo Bend public reefs are crappie magnets

Fishing guide Shane Johnson said May and June are the best months to catch numbers of crappie off the artificial reefs under Pendleton Bridge.

May 15 at 7:00am
One of the prizes of small creek or bayou fishing is tasty sunperch like this one.

Best fishing hotspots on the state’s only national forest

Public access to small bayou and stream fishing in North Louisiana is almost unlimited when you consider the resources available in the five ranger districts of the Kistachie National Forest, located within an imaginary triangle between Winnfield, Natchitoches and Alexandria.

May 15 at 7:00am
With numbers like this, Rhett Buteau needs a stopwatch to keep track of his catch and stay within the limit.

Jeanerette angler is ‘overboard’ for sac-a-lait

Rhett Buteau admitted a little guiltily that he is obsessive about fishing.

“I’m probably a tad overboard, as any sac-a-lait (crappie) fisherman can get,” Buteau said. “It’s all I think about. I log every trip. I record date, catch, water level, moon phase, color of bait and style of bait. I tie my own jigs.

May 15 at 7:00am
Well heads are easy to fish and can be approached from any angle. Note that his jigging rod is a fly rod and fly reel.

How to fish different crappie cover

Although crappie — or sac-a-lait as Rhett Buteau knows them — will move into often move into open water, particularly late in the evening when they are feeding on midges, they are generally considered to be fish that like to hug cover.

May 15 at 7:00am
Laydowns are fished both along their edges and in the interior of the branches. This particular laydown rapidly produced nine sac-a-lait, one behind the other.

When and where to fish Atchafalaya Basin crappie

The Atchafalaya Basin is huge and its habitats are complex. Besides the main channel of the Atchafalaya River that runs the length of it, the Basin has major and minor bayous, pipeline and oilfield canals, sloughs, coves, lakes and back-swamps. 

May 15 at 7:00am
Mike Nolen shows off the 12.11-pound lunker bass he caught near the Toledo Bend Dam on a Carolina-rigged 6-inch watermelon red lizard.

Put your money on plastic frogs

When I go bass fishing in May on Toledo Bend, my go-to lure will be — without a doubt — a soft-plastic that should wreak havoc on bass up and down the lake wherever peppergrass, milfoil and coontail is prevalent.

May 13 at 11:27am
The Matrix Mini allows anglers to scratch the angling itch when trout are lethargic.

The Matrix Mini

Chas Champagne wishes it would have been as simple as pointing a futuristic-looking device at one of the most-popular speckled trout soft plastics on the market and reducing the size significantly, like in the 1989 movie “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids.”

May 13 at 10:47am
Capt. Marty LaCoste said when conditions are right this month, Raccoon Island is a great place to target speckled trout with double rigs.

Raccoon Island means trout this month out of Dularge

May is typically moving month for speckled trout along Louisiana’s coast, as they make their transition from inside waters and head offshore to spawn. 

May 13 at 8:30am
The bass spawn is pretty much wrapped up by now, but that doesn’t mean big Caney Lake fish have disappeared.

End of spawn doesn't mean action over on Caney Lake

Fishing for big bass during the spawn on Caney Lake is legendary, but just because that bite is over doesn’t mean it’s time to put up the bass rods.

May 09 at 11:05am
A full field of 108 Elite Series anglers will be fishing the Bassmaster stop at Toledo Bend May 12-15.

Elite Series anglers expecting high, muddy water at Toledo Bend

Most of the 108 professional anglers on the Bassmaster Elite Series have had at least some experience on Toledo Bend — but probably not in the conditions they’ll face next week.

May 06 at 11:30am
Tommy Giles, of Shreveport, fishes on Caddo Lake in an Ultraskiff 360, a round, lightweight one-man boat with a 6-foot diameter that's suitable for both fresh and saltwater fishing.

Fishing in the round: The Ultraskiff 360

Tommy Giles owns an insurance company in Shreveport, but that didn’t stop him earlier this year from becoming a boat dealer — of sorts.

May 04 at 7:38pm
Shane Johnson displays the largest Toledo Bend sac-a-lait taken by four anglers fishing public artificial reefs under Pendleton Bridge and brushpiles just north offshore.

Pendleton Perch — How to catch Toledo Bend crappie

It was the day of the full moon of May 2015, and New Iberia’s Shane Johnson was pumped.

“This trip could not have worked out better with timing,” the 43-year-old Toledo Bend guide said.

May 01 at 7:00am
A mixed bag of crappie, bass and catfish typifies a late spring or summer creek fishing trip.

Up a creek — State’s scenic rivers offer awesome fishing opportunities

Scott Long has a fishing secret. He and his family discovered it years ago.

Everybody who fished used to know, but apparently Long is one of only a few who retained this knowledge. 

His secret?

May 01 at 7:00am