Elize Cormier and Jude Mequet
Crappie/Bream

Henderson Lake for sac-a-lait

It’s easy to find the prime fishing spot to catch bass and sac-a-lait in October at Henderson Lake.

Just head for the canal paralleling Interstate 10 that intersects the middle of the lake east to west in St. Martin Parish. Really, after a drawdown lowered the lake level starting in August, there is far less room to roam with adequate water depth favorable for gamefish. 

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Deer Hunting

Video: Fishing buddies save trapped doe

When Clint Cryar and Colby Fruge headed out for a fishing trip Sunday afternoon, dodging the rain and catching a few catfish were all they really had in mind. 

The fishing part of the day turned out to be pretty forgettable in rainy, nasty weather, but what happened on their way in has made the 21-year-old friends from Clinton Facebook famous — with videos of their adventure garnering more than 250,000 views in less than 24 hours, along with 2,600-plus shares and more than 800 comments as of Monday afternoon. 

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Crappie/Bream

Hit the Basin now for beastly goggle-eye, bluegill

Darren Cooper and I sat in Doiron’s Store at 6:30 a.m., waiting for an early morning thunderstorm to pass over the lower Atchafalaya Basin. It had been several years since we had gotten together to catch bream in the huge swamp — and a slowly falling Atchafalaya River gave great promise to our day.

We weren’t disappointed — we returned to the landing six hours later with 60 bream cooling in the ice chest. And most of those were huge goggle-eye.

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Crappie/Bream

The plaque in the swamp

Bass, crappie and bream fishermen who frequent the canals of Crackerhead can’t help but to have seen a solid brass plaque mounted on one of a pair of modest-sized cypress trees standing in the water off a canal bank.

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Crappie/Bream

The man and his boat

In spite of having lived a high-powered life, Leonard Kleinpeter is living proof that effective fishing doesn’t demand investment in an expensive fiberglass bass boat.

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Crappie/Bream

Perfect time for panfish

Bill McCarty cleans a lot of panfish for frying this time every year as he taps the bream, chinquapin and sac-a-lait population in the lower Spillway, better known as the Atchafalaya Basin.

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