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Jason Ellender caught this 10.65-pounder at Sabine Lake in March, 2013 on a Heddon Super Spook and landed at No. 8 in the state's record books for Top 10 speckled trout. An exclusive club: Louisiana's Top 10 speckled trout
2355 Views - Posted: Yesterday at 10:55 am

Last year, only one angler managed to crack into the record books for the state’s Top 10 speckled trout.


Long a favorite spot for speckled trout anglers south of Terrebonne Parish, structures making up the Pickets are scheduled to be removed and replaced by an artificial reef. Artificial reef that will ultimately replace the Pickets currently in design phase
1296 Views - Posted: April 16 at 4:19 pm

Design work has begun on Phase 1 of the artificial reef that will ultimately replace the Pickets, with the hope that construction of the 8- to 12-acre site will be completed later this summer, officials said.


Redfish and black drum have been steady in the Lafitte area despite recent strong winds, according to Capt. Kris Hebert. Recent winds have muddied the waters near Lafitte, guide says
986 Views - Posted: April 15 at 11:05 am

Windy conditions have muddied the waters near Lafitte, but the redfish and black drum bite remains steady, a fishing guide said.


Steve Smith says that in spite of small areas such as the Cove receiving intense pressure at times, speckled trout in the Vermilion Bay-Marsh Island area receive very little overall fishing pressure compared to other areas in the state. Vermilion Bay/Marsh Island
140 Views - Posted: April 15 at 7:00 am

Of Louisiana’s seven speckled trout destinations, this one is hardest to describe (as well as being hardest to fish).


Like other anglers, Eric Rue focuses much of his effort on the rocks of the Lake Calcasieu jetties during the hottest time of the year. Lake Calcasieu
82 Views - Posted: April 15 at 7:00 am

Lake Calcasieu, locally called “Big Lake,” on the western end of the state anchors a speckled trout fishery known for producing large fish.


Jules Ballanger catches lots of speckled trout on Carolina rigs in beach waters fronting the gulf side of Grand Isle and its neighboring islands. Barataria Bay/Grand Isle
132 Views - Posted: April 15 at 7:00 am

Barataria Bay is a vast estuary ranging from near-freshwater Lake Cataouche in the north to near-marine habitats at Grand Isle in the south.


During the hot months, much of John Aucoinís trout fishing is done around man-made structures in deeper bay waters. Timbalier/Terrebonne
156 Views - Posted: April 15 at 7:00 am

This huge estuary extends from the Bayou Lafourche ridge on its eastern side to the lower Atchafalaya River on its western border. Vast tracts of freshwater marsh and swamp lie within its northern boundaries.


Breton Sound waters produce big trout for Charlie Thomason as soon as the weather allows him to get that far into open water. St. Bernard/Upper Plaquemines
122 Views - Posted: April 15 at 7:00 am

This area of the state has developed the reputation for providing the closest thing that exists to a 12-month-a-year speckled trout fishery.


Brandon Carter is one of the guides that has developed the Mississippi River deltaís reputation for big speckled trout. Mississippi River Delta
154 Views - Posted: April 15 at 7:00 am

Everything seems magnified down the river. Long boat runs are common. Frequent fogs seem thicker there than elsewhere. Navigation can be tricky because sandbars seem to shift on any whim.


One advantage to using pogies for speckled trout bait is that they can be sized for the fish being targeted. Why pogies for speckled trout fishing?
130 Views - Posted: April 15 at 7:00 am

Steve Shook is known for two things: using live pogies to catch big speckled trout and fishing the rocks of East Timbalier Island.


Ginger and Steve Shook lived a high-profile lifestyle during their days on the Southern Kingfish Association tour. Ups and downs for the Shooks
93 Views - Posted: April 15 at 7:00 am

Steve Shook has lived his fishing life in the fast lane: expensive boats, glitzy destinations, cheering crowds, famous friends, big money — over $1 million in earnings in 1998 alone.


This 19-foot center console started taking on water about 11:30 Thursday morning near the mouth of Deer Bayou. Capt. Marty LaCoste came across the stranded anglers while fishing and took them and their belongings on board his 24-foot Blue Wave. 19-foot boat sinks in mouth of Deer Bayou on east bank of Lake Mechant
8562 Views - Posted: April 10 at 2:48 pm

Capt. Marty LaCoste is used to pulling lots of fish over the rails in the waters around Dularge, but Thursday morning he had to pull three people aboard as well.†


House Bill 1082 by Rep. Stuart Bishop (R-Lafayette), would increase the state's recreational saltwater license fee from $5.50 to $13. Bill to raise recreational saltwater license fee backed by CCA Louisiana
2319 Views - Posted: April 08 at 11:08 am

A bill introduced in the Louisiana House of Representatives would increase a resident’s recreational saltwater fishing license by $7.50 and create a Saltwater Fish Research and Conservation Fund, which could provide funding for the newly-implemented Louisiana Recreational Creel Survey, officials said.


Redfish have been biting in the Biloxi Marsh on kamikaze Matrix Vortex shad tipped with shrimp, according to Capt. Jacques Laboureur. Redfish bite remains solid in the Biloxi Marsh, guide says
2108 Views - Posted: April 07 at 10:01 am

Some reports of speckled trout biting along the southeastern shore of Lake Borgne are starting to trickle in, while the redfish bite in the Biloxi Marsh remains steady, according to a Shell Beach fishing guide.


Big Lake Guide Service's Nick Poe shows off a nice 28-inch speckled trout he caught in early February. The big female weighed about 7 pounds. Big Lake speckled trout starting to crank up
3426 Views - Posted: April 01 at 3:10 pm

As long as spring-like temperatures remain in the forecast, speckled trout fishing at Big Lake should keep on ramping up as water temperatures gradually rise, according to a fishing guide.


Theophile Bourgeois loves topwater fishing more than any other kind of fishing and his favorite lure is bone-colored Badonk-A-Donk. 2014 Speckled trout forecast
673 Views - Posted: April 01 at 7:00 am

April is here at last—time for any red-blooded coastal fisherman to start thinking about the fish.


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