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Water high, but not Texas high

No matter how much we complained about water levels around here in recent weeks, we’re not living in southeast Texas, where our neighbors to the west should be checking out the biblical specs for ark building. Except for the major rivers, water levels are either on the way down, or are predicted to… Continue reading →

Calendar for Thursday, May 28

THURSDAY NEW ORLEANS FLY FISHERS MEETING: 7 p.m., Whitney Bank, 1441 Metairie Rd., New Orleans. Call Sean Gilthorpe (504) 259-2329. FRIDAY FRIDAY NIGHT COOKIE JAR BASS TOURNAMENT: 7 p.m.-midnight, La. Express Landing, False River (south end), Jarreau. Fee $30/boat plus launch fee (maximum 2 anglers). Weekly Friday night event through Sept. 11. Call Guy Perkins (225) 293-3402. SATURDAY ST.… Continue reading →

Fishing results

Junior SW Bassmasters GIBSON — Saturday’s top age-group finishers in the Junior Southwest Bassmasters-Denham Springs’ May bass tournament held from Bob’s Bayou Black Marina with anglers, their hometowns, number of bass weighed in parentheses and catch weight in pounds along with bigbass age-group winners: 15-18 Age Group: 1, Cade Fortenberry, Prairieville (5) 11.87 pounds. 2, Justin Watts, Denham Springs… Continue reading →

Big change ahead for duck hunters

With a dozen or more U.S. and Canadian waterfowl biologists flying over waterfowl breeding these days — the result will be the annual May Breeding Count Survey — North America’s waterfowl hunters are engaged in other outdoors pursuits. But today, some are wondering about the dates for the upcoming season.… Continue reading →

Outdoors calendar for Sunday, May 24

MONDAY RED STICK FLY FISHERS FLY-TYING SESSION: 7 p.m., Bass Pro Shops, Denham Springs. Call Pete Bongiovanni (225) 313-3813 . Website: www.rsff.org. FIN-ADDICT FLY FISHERS MEETING: 6:30 p.m., Spahr’s Seafood Restaurant, 1400 W. Tunnel Blvd., Houma. Call Stephen Robert (985) 850-0082. Website: finaddictflyfishers.blogspot.com. TUESDAY WOMEN’S FISH TAGGING WORKSHOP REGISTRATION DEADLINE: For June 6 workshop, Cabela’s, Gonzales. Limited to 30… Continue reading →

Officials announce plans to remove black bear from federal protection

Photo provided by Louisiana Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries  Louisiana black bear, like the one shown near Morganza three years ago, has grown from fewer than 100 bears 20 years ago to an estimated population of as many 750 in the state. During ceremonies Wednesday, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced it was taking the first steps in removing the Louisiana black bear from the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife List. This subspecies of black bear is behind the origin of the legend of the famed child's stuffed animal, the Teddy Bear from President Theodore Roosevelt's hunt during the early 1900s in south Louisiana.

Among the many steps in removing the Louisiana black bear from the federal Endangered/Threatened Species List is consideration of a hunting season. For now, a bear season for Louisiana hunters is a very long step away. State and federal officials confirmed that Wednesday at the ceremony announcing the start of the “delisting” process for Louisiana’s state… Continue reading →

Correction: No inspection needed for boat trailer

Covering National Safe Boating Week, Sunday’s Advocate Outdoors story listed a item about the need for boat-trailer inspections. A correction is needed: House Bill 347 from the 2014 State Legislature turned into Act 235 which exempts boat trailers from state inspections. So, Louisiana boaters, you don’t have to worry about inspections stickers for your boat trailer.… Continue reading →

Outdoors calendar

thursday RIVER PARISHES CHAPTER-CCA BANQUET: 5:30 p.m., Jerusalem Shrine Center, 1940 Ormond, Destrehan. Tickets $65, $35 spouses, $25 youths, $500 tables. Call CCA (225) 952-9200. FRIDAY FRIDAY NIGHT COOKIE JAR BASS TOURNAMENT: 7 p.m.-midnight, La. Express Landing, False River (south end), Jarreau. Fee $30/boat plus launch fee (maximum 2 anglers). Call Guy Perkins (225) 293-3402. FRIDAY-SUNDAY 20TH-ANNUAL GRAND ISLE… Continue reading →

Trout still ‘on’ in the Pontchartrain

Speckled trout catches remain solid in the Pontchartrain, and Grand Isle-anders continue to celebrate the solid trout run in surrounding waters, while freshwater action continues to suffer on almost constant rainfall, southerly winds and still-rising water in the Mississippi and Atchafalaya rivers. Dirty water continues to hamper trout anglers in the lower reaches of Terrebonne Parish, but where you… Continue reading →

Rodeos mean it’s boating safety time

Advocate file photo by JOE MACALUSO A fire extinguisher, at left, and signaling devices like an air horn, signal flares and a simple whistle are items needed to fulfill safe-boating regulations in Louisiana waters. Louisiana's Department of Wildlife and Fisheries joined in  National Safe Boating Week that began Saturday, and LDWF Boating Safety Division personnel urge boaters to check their safety equipment. Also required are life jackets for all aboard and a throwable device that can be used to reach anyone in the water. The complete list of required items depends on length of the boat.

The 20th annual Grand Isle Speckled Trout Rodeo begins Friday. And CCA Louisiana’s Statewide Tournament and Angler’s Rodeo — it’s the 21st S.T.A.R. — begins its summer-long run Saturday. If it hasn’t happened already, now that fishermen have reported world-class speckled trout, redfish, tuna and red snapper catches daily for the past three weeks, these two Memorial Day Weekend… Continue reading →

Macaluso: Trout Rodeo, S.T.A.R. big attractions

It’s difficult to believe that it’s been more than two decades since Mike D’Antoni called to talk about a new venture for CCA Louisiana. Coastal Conservation Association-Texas experimented with a statewide coastal fishing event, and the folks at CCA Louisiana knew they could make it work, and did. Yes, Louisiana’s… Continue reading →

Outdoors calendar

TUESDAY LAFAYETTE KAYAK FISHING CLUB MEETING: 6 p.m., Pack and Paddle, 601 E. Pinhook, Lafayette. Call (337) 232-5854. Website: www.lafayettekayakfishing.com. WEDNESDAY WETSHOP 2015 REGISTRATION DEADLINE: For June 14-19 coastal awareness workshop for science, history & social science teachers, Department of Wildlife & Fisheries Research Lab, Grand Isle. $250 stipend after… Continue reading →

Water continues to be problem for anglers

If you’re looking for some relief from all the high water spread across Louisiana, especially the southern parishes, then you’re going to have to wait days, maybe weeks. Heavy April rains, rainfall that made it the fourth-wettest April on record, combined with all that snow and ice melting (and more heavy rains) in the dozens of states… Continue reading →

Outdoors calendar

THURSDAY JUNIOR SOUTHWEST BASSMASTERS-DENHAM SPRINGS BASS MEETING: 7 p.m., Bass Pro Shops, Denham Springs. Call Jim Breaux (225) 262-0929/(225) 772-3026. FRIDAY FRIDAY NIGHT COOKIE JAR BASS TOURNAMENT: 7 p.m.-midnight, La. Express Landing, False River (south end), Jarreau. Fee $30/boat plus launch fee (maximum 2 anglers). Weekly Friday night event through Sept. 11. Call Guy Perkins (225) 293-3402. FRIDAY-SATURDAY… Continue reading →

Fishing results

Bassmaster Elite LAKE HAVASU CITY, Arizona — Sunday’s final top 12 in the four-day Bassmaster Elite Series held on Lake Havasu with anglers, their hometowns, number of bass weighed in parentheses (5-bass daily limit), catch weight in pounds and prize winnings. Also listed are bonus winners, Louisiana anglers and Top 10 & Louisiana anglers in overall standings after… Continue reading →

Macaluso: Trout still ‘on’ at Lake Pontchartrain

The beat goes on for speckled trout in Lake Pontchartrain and in the Grand Isle area, but “trout music” slowed down in Terrebonne waters during the past week. Conditions will be OK for the next couple of days, but thunderstorms and stronger southeast winds could put a crimp on weekend action along and… Continue reading →

Early May’s speckled trout fishing much better than same time last year

Photo provieded by JOHN BLAKEAvid Baton Rouge coastal fisherman Michael Montalbano shows off a 24-inch-long speckled trout he took from waters near a platform in Lake Pelto in the coastal waters of Terrebonne Parish in extra-calm winds and seas after a late-October cold front. When conditions allow during the fall and winter months, reefs, structures and platforms in Lake Pelto and Lake Barre hold hefty specks that will take large soft-plastic lures and hard-plastic jerkbaits.

At least for the first week in May, coastal fishermen are forgetting what they complained about during the same time last year. Remember when morning temperatures dipped into the 40s in early May 2014? Remember that even into the usually fish-rich months of June and July that speckled trout catches remained unusually low? That’s not the case this year:… Continue reading →

Outdoors calendar

MONDAY 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: www.rsff.org. THURSDAY JUNIOR SOUTHWEST BASSMASTERS-DENHAM SPRINGS BASS MEETING: 7 p.m., Bass Pro Shops, Denham Springs. Call Jim Breaux (225) 262-0929/(225) 772-3026. FRIDAY FRIDAY NIGHT COOKIE JAR BASS TOURNAMENT: 7 p.m.-midnight, La. Express Landing,… Continue reading →

Macaluso: Take a pledge on Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day. With that most sincere wish for all moms comes a couple of days after the 70th anniversary of V-E Day, that May 8, 1945, when humanity celebrated the end of World War II in Europe. Today comes with a thought of how many hundreds of thousands of… Continue reading →

LWFC votes to open spring shrimp season on May 18

Breaking with a tradition Thursday, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission voted to open the spring inshore shrimp season across the state’s coastal waters on the same day — 6 a.m., May 18. A long-standing policy was to open the state’s three major shrimping zones when state marine biologists determined the brown shrimp in each of those… Continue reading →

Looking for lunkers? Toledo Bend in revival mode, as more anglers show up seeking bigger fish

Photo provided by Terry Bergeron -- Samuel Bergeron holds his 5-pound  bass that fell victim to a spinner bait while fishing during the Louisiana High School qualifier on Toledo Bend on March 15. ORG XMIT: BAT1503231342460975

MANY (AP) — Once a sparkling fishing haunt for the masses, Toledo Bend Reservoir went through a period in recent years where anglers young and old avoided it like the plague, primarily due its inaccessibility and to a lack of production. But the 185,000-acre fishery that spans Louisiana and Texas appears to be making an impressive comeback… Continue reading →

Outdoors calendar

TUESDAY ACADIANA FLY RODDERS PROGRAM: 6:30 p.m., first Tuesday monthly, Grace Presbyterian Church Hall, 415 Roselawn, Lafayette. Call Richard Latiolais (337) 354-8957. WEDNESDAY VERMILION CHAPTER-CCA BANQUET: 5:30 p.m., VN Hall, 1201 North Lafitte Road, Abbeville. Tickets $75, $40 sponses, $25 youths, $600 tables. Call CCA Louisiana (225) 952-9200. PONTCHARTRAIN… Continue reading →

Macaluso: ‘Private’ folks come up short again

Advocate file photo by JOE MACALUSOThe federal red snapper season dates were finalized Wednesday, and shortened to a nine-day season in federal waters.

Once again, when it comes to catching red snapper, recreational fishermen get the short end of the stick. Friday, NOAA Fisheries, the federal agency that controls red snapper allocations, gave recreational fishermen a short, 10-day season: 2015’s “formal” season is set to open at 12:01 a.m. June 1 and run through 12:01 a.m.… Continue reading →

Recreational fishermen expected to get 10 red snapper days

The Southeast Regional Office of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration’s Fisheries Section is expected to announce Friday that recreational fishermen will have a 10-day red snapper season in federal waters. That season will run June 1-10. Because U.S. Department of Commerce secretary Penny Pritzker approved Gulf of Mexico Fisheries Management Council amendment to separate charterboat/for-hire… Continue reading →

Hunting season over? Not quite

Photo provided by CHRISTOPHER JONESPhoto provided by CHRISTOPHER JONESPure pleasureIt took a few years, but Missy Jones’ family got her to the coast for her first marsh fishing trip. Jones shared the trip to Hopedale with her son, Chris, and grandsons, 8-year-old Finley Jones, left, and 12-year-old Cazes Jones, right. The Hopedale-Dealcroix area has been producing trout and redfish, and, along the southern Terrebonne Parish marshes, is one of the ‘hot’ spots along the Louisiana coast leading in the usually productive month of May.

Even though morning’s chill will greet awakening Louisianans on Saturday, it’s not the approach of fall. This spring “hangover” — and we don’t get too many days in May with morning temperatures in the 50s — comes on a day when nearly all outdoorsmen around think about wetting a line in their favorite fishing spot. Hunting… Continue reading →

Outdoors calendar

THURSDAY BATON ROUGE CHAPTER CCA BANQUET: 5:30 p.m., River Center, Baton Rouge. Tickets $65, $35 spouses, $25 youths, $650 tables. Call CCA Louisiana (225) 952-9200. NEW ORLEANS FLY FISHERS MEETING: 7 p.m., Whitney Bank, 1441 Metairie Rd., New Orleans. Call Sean Gilthorpe (504) 259-2329. FRIDAY FRIDAY NIGHT COOKIE JAR BASS TOURNAMENT: 7 p.m.-midnight, La. Express Landing, False River… Continue reading →

Macaluso: Finally, a fishing weekend looks good

Celebrate! For the first time in more than a month, we’re looking at a terrific weekend to be on the water, especially if you’re thinking about a trip to the coast. It’s rough there now after Wednesday’s small-craft advisory, but Saturday’s forecast of light winds, light seas and near-calm conditions for the inside waters is just… Continue reading →

Heavy rainfall diluting saltwater levels and impacting the food our coastal fish like most ... brown shrimp

Advocate staff photo JOE MACALUSOAlex Heintze, a teenage member of the Junior Southwest Bassmasters of Denham Springs, shows off two of the bass he took to finish second in the Co-Angler Division of the recent Pro Bass Challenge. High school anglers, like Heintze, will show up on south Louisiana waters this week for the first Louisiana High School Bass Championship. Weigh-in is set to begin at 4 p.m. Saturday at Bass Pro Shops off South Range Avenue in Denham Springs.

Wonder what the effect of all the water, the runoff from all the rain that’s descended on south Louisiana, will have on fishing during the coming months. First, consider the effect is has on the critters fish like speckled trout, redfish, flounder, sheepshead and drum eat. What about freshwater, and the bass, bluegill, sac-a-lait, catfish and goggle-eye? With the… Continue reading →

Macaluso: No wonder CCA filed the lawsuit

Maybe before us senior-aged fishing guys pass rods and reels to another generation of recreational anglers, this constantly contentious issue about red snapper will be resolved. Until then, we’re going to have to battle several forces, notably the Environmental Defense Fund, commercial interests and some restaurant associations, which consistently have thrown up roadblocks to our ability to take advantage… Continue reading →

Outdoors calendar

MONDAY RED STICK FLY FISHERS FLY-TYING SESSION: 7 p.m., Cabela’s, Gonzales. Call Pete Bongiovanni (225) 313-3813 . Website: www.rsff.org. FIN-ADDICT FLY FISHERS MEETING: 6:30 p.m., Spahr’s Seafood Restaurant, 1400 W. Tunnel Blvd., Houma. Call Stephen Robert (985) 850-0082. Website: finaddictflyfishers.blogspot.com. WEDNESDAY ACADIANA CHAPTER-CCA BANQUET: 5:30 p.m., Boustany Center at Heymann Center, Lafayette. Tickets $65, $35 spouses, $25 youths,… Continue reading →

Norris Cole brings valuable experience to Pelicans

New Orleans Pelicans' Norris Cole (30) drives to the basket against Brooklyn Nets' Deron Williams (8) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 10, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger) ORG XMIT: NYAH118

At age 26, Norris Cole found himself an elder statesman as the New Orleans Pelicans entered the NBA playoffs against the Golden State Warriors. Cole, who is in his fourth season, came to the Pelicans on Feb. 19 having been in three NBA Finals with the Miami Heat, winning championships his first two years in the… Continue reading →

Outdoors calendar for April 23

THURSDAY BAYOU CHAPTER-CCA BANQUET: 5:30 p.m., Civic Center, Houma. Tickets $60, $30 spouses, $25 youths, $480 tables. Call CCA Louisiana (225) 952-9200. university of louisiana-lafayette/ducks unlimited banquet: 6 p.m., Cajun Field (home side), Lafayette. Tickets $30 students, $50 nonstudents, $500 tables. Call Cole Placek (337) 322-9316 or Dave Suter (337) 316-2388. FRIDAY… Continue reading →

LSU fishing team has big dreams

Advocate staff photo by JOE MACALUSO -- LSU Bass Fishing team members Adam Gotangco, left, of Lafitte, and Jarod Hughes of St. Amant.

Jarod Hughes has a dream. So does Adam Gotangco. This time, sharing a dream could forged a friendship that could last a lifetime. As far as college students go, it’s not unusual to make life-long friends from different areas of the state, even the country. And, if you ask former college athletes, they talk about how,… Continue reading →

Let’s all celebrate Patriots’ Day

Wonder why April 19 is labeled “Patriots’ Day?” Check 1775 and what happened in Lexington and Concord, Massachusetts: Colonials took up arms against British troops marching from Boston to seize their weapons. The day produced the “shot heard ’round the world” and touched off the American Revolution. It’s not difficult to believe that one day so long ago set… Continue reading →

Outdoors calendar

TUESDAY LAFAYETTE KAYAK FISHING CLUB MEETING: 6 p.m., Pack and Paddle, 601 E. Pinhook, Lafayette. Call (337) 232-5854. Website: www.lafayettekayakfishing.com. WEDNESDAY EARTH DAY EAST JEFF CHAPTER-CCA BANQUET: 5:30 p.m., Landmark Hotel, 2601 Severn Avenue, Metairie. Tickets $75, $40 spouses, $25 youths, $750 tables. Call CCA Louisiana (225) 952-9200. thursDAY BAYOU CHAPTER-CCA BANQUET: 5:30 p.m., Civic Center, Houma. Tickets… Continue reading →

Senior Bass Tournament postponed because of high water

Photo provided by PORTER TAYLORSpring break redfish Connor Taylor took advantage of last week's spring break to take a family trip to the coast to take this redfish on the north side of the L&N train bridge in Lake Pontchartrain. The St. Thomas More seventh grader caught the 'keeper' red on a live shrimp worked on a Carolina rig. Redfish and speckled trout have moved to the bridges on the southeast corner of the state's largest lake, but constant rain during the last five days have kept trips to a minimum.

Acting on an advisory from the Assumption Parish Police Jury, Wayne Tucker has postponed Friday’s annual gathering of the Seniors Bass Tournament. Assumption Parish’s Office of Emergency Preparedness issued a notice Tuesday declaring no-wake zones “in effect (immediately) for Belle River in the vicinity of all homes, camps, structures, etc. and Pierre Part Bay. This… Continue reading →

Macaluso: Weather dealing us bad hand

There are some days when Mother Nature deals us a hand we cannot play — or sends weather than makes it very difficult to fish, or catch fish. Unless you want to travel north, away from south Louisiana’s freshwater and brackish waters, this is one of those times. The past six days of squalls also have… Continue reading →

Fishing results

La. Saltwater Series GRAND ISLE — Saturday’s Top 10 teams from the Louisiana Saltwater Series-Redfish event held out of Bridge Side Marina with teams, total weight of two redfish in pounds (16 inched minimum and less than 27 inches long) and winnings for the top eight teams: 1, Chris Kennedy-Steven Hooter, 15.85… Continue reading →

Outdoors calendar

THURSDAY CWPPRA TECHNICAL COMMITTEE MEETING: 9:30 a.m., Louisiana Room, Wildlife & Fisheries state headquarters, 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge. Coastal Wetlands committee public comments/review of 25th Project Priority List to select 10 “candidate” and up to 3 “demonstration” projects. Call Brad Inman (504) 862-2124. NEW IBERIA CHAPTER-DUCKS UNLIMITED DINNER: 6 p.m., Cajun RVera, 713 NW Bypass (La. 3212), New… Continue reading →