Features from February 2018

Columns - February 2018

  • BCKFC ‘fish pics’ tourney marred by alleged cheating scandal
    The Bayou Coast Kayak Fishing Club holds several tournaments each year. Most are traditional catch/weigh-in tournaments, but one is a little differen
  • Despite bitter cold, Bahan wins 2017 BCKFC Championship
    Dec. 9, 2017 was a day that many will remember for years to come across South Louisiana. 
  • February’s best bets
    Caney Lake in North Louisiana holds six of the top 10 record bass in Louisiana. All are over 15 pounds, but all were caught in the 1990s. The lake experienced a decline when all of its grass beds were destroyed by carp, but the carp are almost gone and the grass is bouncing back.
  • Food for thought:
    By the time you are reading this, unless you live in the extreme southern part of Mississippi, the 2017-2018 deer season will already be “in the books,” as they say.
  • Gourmet taste can be gluten-free
    Stefanie Rogers lives with her husband Scotty in the rural Louisiana community of Pine — the same village where they grew up. Considering where they live, it would be easy to assume she would simply cook Southern style dishes, with little seafood other than fried catfish.
  • GPS waypoints for the Biloxi Marsh
    The Biloxi Marsh area located in St. Bernard Parish encompasses the general area north of the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet (MRGO) Canal to the Mississippi Sound, and from Lake Borgne to Chandeleur Sound.
  • Learn to manage hunting pressure
    This month, I’m going to touch on a subject that applies to deer hunting with any weapon: managing hunting pressure on your herd. In my opinion, no single factor is more important to your success in terms of seeing and harvesting deer — especially mature bucks.  
  • Louisiana Operation Game Thief
    In the late 70s, some of the western states began establishing reward programs for information leading to the arrest of fish and wildlife violators. One of the original names for the programs was Operation Game Thief (OGT).
  • New ‘worm’ order
    A little over six years ago, Dave Hise took a children’s play toy and turned it into one of the most productive flies since the Woolybugger.
  • New gear reviews
    From the innovative minds at YakAttack comes “the last rod holder you’ll ever need.” The Omega is designed to handle casting, spinning, large conventional and even fly rods — all with the same holder. Utilizing the all-new LockNLoad mounting system, the Omega easily attaches to all rail mount systems that are common on many brands of fishing kayaks.
  • Pompano: The glamour fish
    Some fish are work horses: They’re strong and can pull heavy loads all day. That’s a redfish. Others are race horses. They are sleek and fast, but poop out quickly — that’s a speckled trout.
  • The season may be over — but memories remain
    For the most part, the 2017 deer season is over, although some DMAP cooperators in the Tier 1 classification can still hunt a couple of weeks in February. For Area 1 and 6 hunters, this could still give you time to connect with a deer, and perhaps even that elusive trophy.

Outdoor Updates - February 2018

Field Notes - February 2018

Hot Spots - February 2018

  • 10-pounders are hot topic at Toledo Bend
    Wouldn’t you know it? About a month ago, I wrote that January should be a month when unseasonably warm temperatures prompt bass to move into shallower depths at Toledo Bend.
  • Best bets for Upper-Basin bass
    The sprawling Atchafalaya Basin offers bass anglers a lot of playing room, but when Addis angler Darren Hernandez heads to this swamp, he’s likely to be working the waters surrounding Big Bayou Pigeon.
  • Crappie bringing it on Lake Bistineau
    Homer Humphreys is excited to talk about February crappie fishing on Lake Bistineau. The lake is chocked full of big crappie.
  • Find reds in Dularge’s dead-end canals
    Calm days are few and far between this month, but if you can snag one, there are plenty of tackle-busting fish waiting for you, according to Dularge guide Capt. Anthony Kyzar.
  • Get ready for Lac Des Allemands crappie spawn
    Luling angler Tim Bye said February is when it’s most likely sac-a-lait will pull onto the banks to spawn in the Lac Des Allemands area.
  • Highway 1 bridges are trout hotspots on Grand Isle
    February is pretty much a mixed bag weather-wise, but whatever the conditions, you can bet Tommy Vidrine always has a plan to catch speckled trout near Grand Isle. 
  • Sac-a-lait shine this month out of Morgan City
    Like many other sac-a-lait fishermen, Bill McCarty is ready to make a well-placed cast, set the hook and pull in slab after slab when February rolls around in South Central Louisiana.
  • Slow down in Delacroix
    Fishing, a lot of times, isn’t about following a path as much as hacksawing your own.
  • Spiders track down Ouachita River crappie
    Tim Elrod hasn’t been a crappie fisherman for decades like some anglers, but when he started picking up the sport a few years ago, the West Monroe angler was hooked.
  • Target specks between the fronts
    I think of huddling in front of my space heater in February. 
  • Top 5 cold-weather tactics for Chalmette success
    My old friend Capt. Mike Gallo (504-259-3474) says the frigid cold water will pile the fish up in the deep holes of Chalmette’s waters — and that’s where they’ll stay until it warms up.
  • Troll the bottom for trout
    South Louisiana’s speckled trout fishing is the best in the nation. Nowhere in the country can the sheer numbers of speckled trout compare.