Freshwater Fishing

Is the grin on Larry’s face there because he envisions how the fillets off this beauty will taste rolled in his fish fry and fried?

Des Allemands fat cats

Pre-spawn catfish are feeding voraciously now in warming springtime waters. Here’s how they fill a box near the “Catfish Capitol of the Universe.”
April 01 at 7:00am
Spider rigging ledges in the backwaters is a great way to target spawning crappie in rivers.

Last call for crappie

When the crappie spawn is wrapping up on D’Arbonne and Caney, action is usually just about to crank up on a section of the Ouachita River. Here’s how one guide still catches slabs in April.
April 01 at 7:00am
A hard-fighting Saline Lake gou brought a grin to Tyler Bordelon’s face.

Gaspergou are everywhere

Get all the details on the species known as freshwater drum
April 01 at 7:00am
John Jones with two nice Bistineau springtime crappie.

Search salvinia for springtime crappie

Combine fishing methods to catch more fish
March 20 at 4:58pm
This 5-weight outfit that cost $79 has landed countless bream — and twice avoided a drowning thanks to a section of pool noodle.

Tippets

March 15 at 8:00am
Step 1: After removing the crawfish’s claws, insert the hook beneath the tail, near the tail fins.

Rigging crawfish the Kelley way

March 15 at 8:00am
Mike Kelley insists that a set fisherman’s pliers is as important as any other piece of gear for this kind of fishing.

Tip of the day

March 15 at 8:00am
Grilled gaspergou is mild and has a delightful steak-like texture.

Guess who’s coming to dinner?

March 15 at 8:00am
The author’s longtime favorite bream rig is a TFO rod with an Allen reel, a $200 setup with lifetime warranties.

Gearing up for gobbules

Beginner or expert, budget tackle works
March 10 at 9:00am
Mike Kelley, Sr. has a passion for fishing, especially for jigging crappie in Old River. But he fishes for freshwater drum very often from late February into April because his favorite spot is only a quarter-mile from his home.

Beating the drum

Gaspergou may be looked down upon by some bass anglers, but Mike Kelley Sr. has etched his name into the state record books with plenty of False River freshwater drum.
March 01 at 7:00am
Rick Hill’s built in “tackle box” is a piece of sticky-back foam that has held baits on the front deck of his boat for more than a decade.

Mind your minnows

February 15 at 7:00am
Hill swims his jig around a cypress tree looking for early-spawning crappie. The more you keep the lure in the water, the more bites you’ll get.

Two quick lessons

February 15 at 7:00am