Macaluso: Bream could save Easter weekend trip

How good can 38-degree mornings and an unusually high barometric pressure be for fishing in mid April? Not good, not when it comes with strong winds, not when that cold front will give way to a chance of thunderstorms leading into Easter weekend, and not when we’re catching major rivers on a rise … Continue reading →

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CCA LIVINGSTON CHAPTER BANQUET: 6 p.m., Forest Grove Plantation, Denham Springs. Tickets $60, $30 spouses, $25 youths. Membership, dinner, live/silent auctions. Call Nolan Reynerson (225) 952-9200. FRIDAY NIGHT COOKIE JAR BASS TOURNAMENT: 7 p.m.-midnight, Morrison Parkway public landing, False River, New Roads. Fee $30/boat. Friday nights through Sept. 15. Call … Continue reading →

Donaldsonville pair wins annual Seniors Bass tournament

Advocate staff photo by JOE MACALUSODonaldsonville anglers Ulric Webre, left, and Vic Calvaruso claimed first-place money in Friday's annual Senior Bass tournament. Webre holds  black and chartreuse-colored buzzbaits and a Rattlin' Rogue, and Calvaruso holds the heaviest bass from the 8.32-pound, three-bass winning stringer. The now 10-year-old tournament is open to fishermen 55 and older, is held in mid-spring and limits fishing hours to mornings only so, said tournament organizer Wayne Tucker,

There was a lot of gray showing on the cloudless Friday at the Belle River Public Landing. That’s because Baton Rouge area 55-and-older bass anglers gathered for the annual Seniors Bass tournament, a morning-only festival that turns out to be more reunion than fishing contest. Still, there is the contest, and Vic Calvaruso and Ulric Webre, who said they’ve … Continue reading →

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RED STICK FLY FISHERS PROGRAM: 7 p.m., Louisiana Room, Wildlife and Fisheries headquarters, Quail Drive, Baton Rouge. Call Greg Brignac (225) 892-4352. Website: COASTAL WETLANDS PLANNING, PROTECTION & RESTORATION ACT TECHNICAL COMMITTEE MEETING: 9:30 a.m., District Assembly Room, Army Corps of Engineers, 7400 Leake Ave., New Orleans. Review and … Continue reading →

Fishing results

Seniors Bass BELLE RIVER — Friday’s results from the annual Seniors Bass tournament held at the Belle River Public Landing with anglers, their catch in pounds on a 3-bass limit, and top 2 teams in Big Bass and prize winnings (ties broken by heaviest bass): 1, Vic Calvaruso-Ulric … Continue reading →

GMFMC to vote on 11-day red snapper season

Sometime Thursday morning, the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council, meeting at the Embassy Suites in Baton Rouge, will vote on a plan to reduce the 2014 recreational red snapper season to 11 days. That 11-day season was approved Tuesday by the Council’s Reef Fish Committee and came after extensive debate about a recent court ruling that … Continue reading →

Macaluso: More water could mean less catch here

One week can make a big difference in the early spring, and freshwater folks should notice a difference between what they found last week and what they will see in the next days. Water is the reason: It’s coming from thawing Midwest waters and from heavy rains across the state during the past … Continue reading →

Fishing results

Trinity Outdoors GONZALES — Saturday’s top 10 from the inaugural Trinity Outdoors Disabled Adventures Bass tournament weighed in at Cabela’s with anglers, their hometowns, number of bass weighed (5-bass limit), total weight in pounds and prize winnings, and big-bass standings (ties broken by heaviest bass on team stringer): Top … Continue reading →

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THURSDAY cca northshore chapter banquet: 6 p.m., Castine Center, Mandeville. Tickets $60, $30 spouses, $25 youths. Membership, dinner, live/silent auctions. Call Adam Guillory (504) 460-7345 or Ryan Guerin (225) 952-9200. FRIDAY SENIORS BASS TOURNAMENT: 5:30 a.m. registration, Pisano’s, La. 70 at Belle River. Anglers 55 and older. Fee $55 includes big-bass kitty and lunch. Noon weigh-in. Waters south of … Continue reading →

Plague of pigs

File photoParker Landrum was among the hundreds of deer hunters who decided to take a feral hog on a hunt for whitetails. He took this 240-pound hog in St. Helena Parish in 2012. In a report Thursday, state Wildlife and Fisheries veterinarian Jim LaCour, estimated the state has 500,000 wild hogs in all 64 parishes. He said the hogs are destroying habitat beneficial to other animals, including deer, are destructive to agricultural crops and can spreading disease to wild stocks and domestic animals.

There’s a plague on the land. It walks on four legs. For decades in south Louisiana that’s meant nutria. Not today: This creature can grow hundreds of times larger than our much-hated, marsh-loving rodent. Because of what they are, what they eat, how they breed and what diseases they can carry, feral hogs pose … Continue reading →

Joe Macaluso: The Wild Side for April 6, 2014

If you want to see how the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council works, or doesn’t, show up at the Embassy Suites during working hours Monday through Thursday. Yep, right here in River City, right on Constitution Avenue, our state’s three council reps will meet with folks representing the other Gulf States … Continue reading →

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BASSMASTER ELITE SERIES: Final day, Table Rock Lake, Branson, Mo. Third in 8-tournament series to determine 2015 Bassmaster Classic qualifiers. Website: CCA Metro New Orleans Area Spring Fishing Seminar: 5:30 p.m., Bent Marine, Airline Dr., Metairie. Red beans and rice supper. Call Nolan Reynerson (225) 952-9200. CANAL BANK BASS TOURNAMENT: … Continue reading →

Rules approved to take feral hogs from helicopter

A report on the increasing problems caused by the ever-expanding feral hog populations in Louisiana spurred the state’s Wildlife and Fisheries Commission to call for new regulations that would allow taking the wild pigs from helicopters. Wildlife and Fisheries’ veterinarian Dr. Jim LaCour told the commission that feral hog numbers have swelled to an estimated 500,000 across … Continue reading →

Macaluso: Late thaw giving Basin anglers time

The delay in the spring thaw up North has given Atchafalaya Spillway folks a couple of extra weeks. Like most anywhere else these days, finding clear water is the prime objective, then finding out what’s been a unique pattern the bass are in for each day. The Lake Verret Basin … Continue reading →

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LOUISIANA WILDLIFE & FISHERIES COMMISSION MEETING: 9:30 a.m., Louisiana Room, state Wildlife & Fisheries headquarters, Quail Drive, Baton Rouge. SHRIMP TASK FORCE MEETING: 1 p.m., Louisiana Room, state Wildlife & Fisheries headquarters, Quail Drive, Baton Rouge. BASSMASTER ELITE SERIES: Table Rock Lake, Branson, Mo. Third in 8-tournament series to determine … Continue reading →

Fishing results

Claire’s Heart LUTCHER — The top seven teams and the big-bass winner from Sunday’s inaugural Claire’s Heart Benefit Bass tournament with anglers, weight of their catch in pounds and prize money: Top 7: 1, Fred King-Roy Laborde, 15.96 pounds, $1,600. 2, David Bourdanny-Marty Duhon, 12.95, $900. 3, Lane Zimmer … Continue reading →

Robert Meyers wins City Park Big Bass Rodeo

Advocate Photo by KYLE ENCAR --Robert Meyers shows the crowd his 5.48lb bass during the 67th City Park Big Bass Rodeo and Fishtival on Saturday, March 29, 2014, Meyers won the Joe Courcelle award, named after a legendary weigh master

As a LaPlace resident and longtime angler, Robert Meyers is quite familiar with the New Orleans City Park Big Bass Rodeo. But the 67th annual gathering of the event Saturday marked the first time he entered the event. One thing’s for sure — Meyers knows how to make an entrance. The 52-year old was … Continue reading →

Macaluso: The latest on snapper proves point

Heard the latest? A Washington federal district court ruled late last week that the National Marine Fisheries Service violated the Magnuson-Stevens Act when it allowed recreational fishermen to take fish under the guidelines set by the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council. The lawsuit was filed nine months ago by … Continue reading →

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CCA LIVINGSTON CHAPTER SPRING FISHING SEMINAR: 6 p.m., Aqua Marine, Denham Springs. Charterboat guides: Dudley Vandenborre, Frank Dreher, Steve Shook, Vern Ledoux, Greg Schlumbrecht. Donations $5 includes food. Women, children no fee. Call Nolan Reynerson (225) 952-9200. CCA BATON ROUGE CHAPTER MEMBERSHIP BANQUET: 5:30 p.m., John Parker Ag Center, LSU, … Continue reading →

Zelita, Chuck Cristina go trolling for giant trout

Photo provided by CHUCK CRISTINA -- Zelita Christina with a 4.9-pound speckled trout caught trolling The Causeway in Lake Pontchartrain earlier this month.

If you heard a loud scream last Saturday morning, it was from Zelita Cristina. “She’s so excited she can hardly talk,” husband Chuck wrote in Monday. “She just caught the biggest (speckled) trout ever, so big that she said it was bigger than the one I caught,” Chuck said. Well, unless the scales were … Continue reading →

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THURSDAY CCA FELICIANAS CHAPTER MEMBERSHIP BANQUET: 5:30 p.m., American Legion Hall, Clinton. Tickets $60, $30 spouse, $25 youths includes annual membership, dinner. Live/silent auctions. Call Julie Grunewald (225) 952-9200. FRIDAY DONALDSONVILLE CHAPTER/DUCKS UNLIMITED BANQUET: 6 p.m., Lemann Center, 100 Clay St., Donaldsonville. Raffles, live/silent auctions. Tickets $60, $75 couples, $10 Greenwings (youths), … Continue reading →

Macaluso: New moon could better hot bass bite

Judging from results from recent bass tournaments, there appears to be few problems finding enough bass to fill out limits. Those catches have come despite continuing cold fronts and wind shifts, and the always unnerving possibility floods from the winter thaw in midwestern and northern states. That hasn’t happened yet, even though we can assume that … Continue reading →

Fishing Results

Pro Bass Challenge Sunday’s final top 10 and top big bass in Pro and Co-Angler divisions from the annual Pro Bass Challenge with anglers, bass weighed (5-bass daily limit/Pro Division; 3-bass daily limit/Co-Angler Division) and total catch weight in pounds: Pro Division: 1, BoJack Anderson (10) 26.9 pounds. 2, … Continue reading →

Anglers get early start for tournament

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Garrison Schilling shares a morning fishing the lagoons that run throughout City Park in New Orleans with his dad Kevin, who set the Crescent City's angling world on fire when he hauled out a 9-pound largemouth on Mardi Gras Day 2013. The elder Schilling has has his share of success in the park's Big Bass Rodeo and Fishtival. The 67th-annual event is set Saturday with categories for anglers of all ages and fishing preferences, including a new

Ready to be a dawn-buster Saturday? The folks who grew up with the Dawn Busters on New Orleans’ WSMB radio years ago started the City Park Big Bass Rodeo the year after their thousands of GIs returned from World War II. Right around dawn Saturday, the precise time is 6:30 a.m., the oldest freshwater fishing … Continue reading →

Macaluso: Claire’s mom, dad need help

How many of us pray daily for our families? How many of us have learned that the health of our spouse, our children, our grandchildren, our parents, all our loved ones surpasses any wish for wealth, or passing that final exam or even an easier road in life? When … Continue reading →

Garret Graves honored for work at CPRA

Advocate file photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Garret Graves has been selected Conservationist of the Year for 2013 by the Governor’s Conservation Achievement Awards program sponsored by the Louisiana Wildlife Federation.

Garret Graves’ work to restore Louisiana’s rapidly eroding coast began years ago, but it began in earnest six years ago when he took the reins of the state’s Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority. During his tenure, Graves’ effort produced the State Master Plan for coastal restoration and he became the state’s leader in the five Gulf States’ … Continue reading →

Outdoors Calendar for March 23

SUNDAY PRO BASS CHALLENGE: 4 p.m. final weigh-in for two-day tournament, Albertson’s, George O’Neal at Jones Creek roada, Baton Rouge. Website: BASSMASTER ELITE SERIES: Final day, St. John’s River, Palatka, Fla. Second in eight-tournament series to determine 2015 Bassmaster Classic qualifiers. Website: MONDAY RED STICK FLY FISHERS FLY-TYING SESSION: 7 … Continue reading →

‘Skinny’ water leads team to fat paycheck

Advocate photo by JOE MACALUSOWillie Couch II shows his 5-pound bass weighed Sunday in La. Sportsman Open.

In modern fishing lingo, “skinny” water means shallow water. Sunday, when Caleb Sumrall and Jamie Arceneaux talked about their two-day, blow-the-field-away catch to win the $12,000 top money in the Louisiana Sportsman Open Bass Championship, they put a new definition to “skinny” water something on the order of runway-model skinny. “We flipped shallow banks,” Sumrall said … Continue reading →

Reforesting means turkeys on Kisatchie

Advocate pnoto by JOE MACALUSOJim Caldwell, Kisatchie National Forest's public affairs officer, holds a shoot from a French mulberry vine, a key plant for species like deer and wile turkey on KNF lands. Caldwell invited turkey hunters to take to the thousands of the acres in the state's largest national forest for the spring hunting season. As seen in the background, the forest is more open than most south Louisiana turkey areas, and KNF biologist Jonny Fryer said hunters must use camouflage and hunt more quietly than other areas in order to be successful.

Fire! It’s not a word you want to hear, at least not with an exclamation point behind it, if you work for the U.S. Forest Service. But for the folks who manage the Kisatchie National Forest, fire has become a tool to help reforest most of its 605,000 acres across the central and western … Continue reading →

Macaluso: Catfish fun to catch and eat

Catfish aren’t the prettiest fish that come over the side of your boat or hauled up on a bank, but they sure look great battered, fried and on a dinner plate. And if you want to add that terrific table fare to your menu during this Lenten season, now’s the time to do … Continue reading →

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GULF COUNCIL/AMENDMENT 28 PUBLIC COMMENT WEBINAR: 5-8 p.m. Call-in public comments on re-allocation of red snapper in the Gulf of Mexico. Registration required/website:, then go to Amendment 28 webinar. … Continue reading →

Fishing results

GONZALES — Sunday’s top 25 teams in the two-day La. Sportsman Open with anglers, their catch in parentheses (5-bass daily limit), total weight in pounds and prize winnings, and daily top two big-bass teams: … Continue reading →

Video: Kisatchie's Public Turkey Hunting

If you have not found land to hunt turkey's this season, Advocate Outdoors Writer, Joe Macaluso knows of a gem, in the middle of Louisiana. Kisatchie National Forest is open to the public! Check it out in this edition of "The Advocate: On The Outside." … Continue reading →


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