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Best bets for Toledo Bend crappie

Toledo Bend's brush piles normally are filled with hungry crappie this time of year, but something has changed that pattern this spring, one of the reservoir's veteran guides said.

"They're not on the brush piles yet," Living the Dream Guide Service's Jerry "J.T." Thompson said. "We keep checking them, but the fish just haven't showed up."

So how does Thompson and his fellow LTD guides keep clients happy?

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April 18 at 2:38 pm
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Caleb Sumrall’s gear

The specific gear used by Bassmaster Elite Series rookie Caleb Sumrall depends on the lure he’s using.

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April 15 at 7:00 am
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New cull system protects bass

There was a day when cull floats were attached to large clips that were stuck through bass’ jaws, but more and more tournament circuits are moving to non-penetrating floats.

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April 15 at 7:00 am
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Water-access bill passes House of Representatives committee

House Bill 391 that would guarantee public access to tidal waterways received approval by the House of Representatives' Committee on Civil Law and Procedure, setting up a hearing on the floor of the House in coming days.

And no one was more shocked than Louisiana Sportsmen's Coalition board member Darryl Carpenter.

"I have spent so many days in the Capitol, and have heard the conversations and the lobby that's opposing it — so, yes, I am surprised it passed the committee," Carpenter said.

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April 10 at 2:10 pm
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Lake Pontchartrain trout fishing mediocre after Bonnet Carré Spillway closes

The nearly month-long opening of the Bonnet Carré Spillway poured fresh water into Lake Pontchartrain, and that's definitely impacted the trout fishing.

"This spring hasn't been as good as it normally is," said Chas Champagne, who owns Matrix Shad and fishing the lake regularly. "On a scale of 10, I'd give it a 3 or 4 — more like a 3."

But Champagne said that, despite the lack of saltwater in the massive lake, last weekend's full moon provided plenty of action.

"The lake just doesn't seem to have any salt in it," he said. "But it hasn't shut (the fishing) down."

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April 04 at 5:00 pm
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Top 3 trout hotspots

This winter has been miserable, with frigid temperatures putting speckled trout all along the coast into lethargic moods.

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April 01 at 7:00 am
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Common trout mistakes to avoid

We all live for the days when you leave the launch and birds are diving everywhere — and trout seem to fly over the gunnel right into the ice chest.

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April 01 at 7:00 am
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Post-spawn particulars

Caleb Sumrall and Marcus Curry left the launch full of confidence. After a winter that saw horrifically cold temperatures, the water in the Atchafalaya Basin was hitting the 70s.

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April 01 at 7:00 am
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