Features from March 2023
- After a complete renovation, Bussey Brake Reservoir in Morehouse Parish is producing some of the biggest bass in the state.
- Cypress trees are great places for bass because they provide them with so much cover. To a bass, a cypress tree is essentially a big reef.
- The most important thing to know about mullet is that they are a favorite food for speckled trout in the spring.
- Catfish is an underutilized resource. All the big rivers throughout Louisiana hold big blue and flathead catfish as well as channel cats.
- Mark Sagerholm and Kevin Dean specifically target sheepshead in both inshore and offshore waters. Here are their March tactics.
- It’s a great time of year to fish the magical shallow water marshes of Louisiana. You can trick monster speckled trout and make your day.
- A better understanding of wild turkeys, their breeding cycle, nesting habits and other factors could help Louisiana turkeys thrive.
Columns - March 2023
- When it comes to fishing all waters covering our beloved Sportsman’s Paradise, March goes through its lions-to-lamb scenario many times.
- A well-stocked first aid kit is good insurance and can prove invaluable in the field should your hunting dog need it.
- The time is now for kayak bass fishing in Louisiana. Largemouth bass generally spawn in Louisiana from January through March.
- The Black Label Tackle Prowler Squarebill crankbait does just what its name suggests — invade the habitat to trigger pressured, finicky bass.
- Snow Goose Confit Banh Mi is a complex dish to make, but it's a great way to use late season geese in a recipe.
- Wild hogs are among the most reproductively efficient breeders on earth, and can thrive in most any environment.
- There will never be another Duck Dynasty. There will never be another Phil Robertson. The show made West Monroe famous.
Outdoor Updates - March 2023
- Tucker Moses harvested a trophy buck, which scored 150 ½ inches, on private property in West Baton Rouge Parish.
- With hunting season in the books, it’s time to make plans to bring your bucks to the Louisiana Sportsman Big Buck Contest, scheduled for March 17-19.
- Bowie Outfitters will have a big inventory on a lot of hunting and fishing items at the Louisiana Sportsman Show this year.
- Ryan Semmes of Crowley landed his personal best largemouth, an 11.79-pound whopper, working a submerged creek on the south end of Toledo Bend.
- A big buck stepped out, one with an unusually tall rack and McGehee immediately identified it as the one he had seen on camera in velvet in October.
- Back at the show is the Fetch-n-Fish Tub, with nationally known Jason Reynolds combining fishing seminars with dog shows.
- Billy Gunther was hunting on private property in West Feliciana Parish on Dec. 17 when he downed a trophy12-point buck.
- College student Cade Cavin was hunting on family property in Beauregard Parish when he killed an impressive 10-point buck on Dec. 30.
- Feral hogs remain a major problem in Louisiana. The swine, which ruin precious crops and ravage hunting grounds, have invaded all 64 parishes.
- Gary Patterson of Central took down a 147 4/8-inch buck with his bow on public land in West Feliciana Parish.
- Four anglers caught double-digit bass at the Feb. 4 MLF Bass Fishing League Cowboy Division tournament on Toledo Bend Reservoir.
- Sean Habetz was hunting family land in Concordia Parish next to the Cocodrie National Wildlife Refuge when he shot this big buck on Jan. 14.
- Casey Osbon of West Monroe caught a 10.25-pound bass on Feb. 6 from Bussey Brake Reservoir north of Bastrop.
- Cody Pitt from Elmer, La., landed a 10.09-pound largemouth bass on Jan. 27 and a 13-pound, 6-ounce monster bass on Feb. 4.
- The 43rd annual Louisiana Sportsman Show and Festival will be held March 17-19 at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales.
- Davis Oates killed this trophy buck on Dec. 21 on private property in Natchitoches Parish on Dec. 21, 2022.
- Fisher Brown was hunting at the Panther Lake Hunting Club in Madison Parish when he shot a big buck with palmated antlers.
Hot Spots - March 2023
- Allen and Richard Anders indicate the Caney Lake lunker largemouth bite has turned on. Grass and the hydrilla is the key to catching fish.
- March is a prime time to check out Black Lake, a close neighbor of Calcasieu Lake. It gives up speckled trout, redfish and flounder.
- Avid angler Chris Macaluso loves to target Chef Pass bass this month, and he bases his whole approach on the weather conditions.
- Capt. Eric Ellison has got the knack for catching speckled trout on Sabine Lake. He said trout will start making slicks this month.
- Charter Captain Gabe Boudreaux of Bayou Boudreaux’s Charters said March means taking the longer run to the MRGO Rocks and beyond for big fish.
- All bass don’t spawn at the same time, so there could be several weeks of peak spawning season on Toledo Bend.
Field Notes - March 2023
- The LDWF launched its Get Out & Fish! program where channel catfish are stocked in the spring and fall, and rainbow trout in the winter.
- Northwood High School senior Emily Waits of Lena is focused on her last semester academically and on the archery range.