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More than 350 get out to fish in BREC event

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUKMinnows, anyone?If you're wondering what bass are feeding on in ponds and other south Louisiana waters, check out this school of minnows found in the middle of last week on University Lake near LSU. Top minnows, shad and carp spawned a couple of week early this year across south Louisiana and are providing post-spawn appetizers for largemouth, spoitted and white bass, goggle-eye and bluegill.

The order of the day was Get out and Fish! and more than 350 anglers covering ages from 4 to 74 showed up last weekend at BREC’s Burbank Park to follow that order. After Wildlife and Fisheries stocked in excess of a thousand pounds of catfish in the ponds earlier that week, Saturday’s catches went beyond expectations, LDWF program… Continue reading →

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SUNDAY BASSMASTER ELITE SERIES: Final day of four-day tournament, 3:15 p.m. weigh-in, Wheeler Lake, Decatur, Alabama. Website weigh-in: www.bassmaster.com TUESDAY ACADIANA FLY RODDERS PROGRAM: 6:30 p.m., Grace Presbyterian Church Hall, 415 Roselawn, Lafayette. Call Richard Latiolais, (337) 354-897. WEDNESDAY PONTCHARTRAIN BASIN FLY FISHERS MEETING: 6:30 p.m., Beach House Grill, 124 Girod St., Mandeville. Call Corey Tohme, (985) 624-9331.… Continue reading →

Speckled trout fishing hitting prime time

Photo provided by GREG SCHLUMBRECHT If it's tru that a picture is worth a thousand words, then can charter skipper Greg Schlumbrecht's photo of day on Lake Pontchartrain be worth 100 speckled trout? Certainly, and when Capt. Greg declares "The lake is on fire!" the proof is in the catching. After nearly two weeks of action on trout, it's clear the state's largest lake is coming on strong after four relatively down years of catches, and has rebounded from the opening of the Bonnet Carre Spillway earlier this year.

“The lake is on fire!” Don’t take it literally, and, please, don’t call 911, because if you know the source, charter skipper Greg Schlumbrecht, then you know you’ll see no flames, and you’ll know there’s smokin’ hot speckled trout action. Schlumbrecht sent along a photo of a four-angler, 100-trout limit taken Sunday from Lake Pontchartrain. To be more precise,… Continue reading →

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THURSDAY RICHARD LIPSEY TRIBUTE & SPONSOR BANQUET: 5:30 p.m., Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Perkins Road, Baton Rouge. Benefits waterfowl projects in Cameron Parish. Call Scott Singletary (225) 235-7085 or Zac Brown (225) 573-4030. Website: www.ducks.org/louisiana NEW ORLEANS FLY FISHERS MEETING: 7 p.m., St. Francis Xavier Church Hall, 444 Metairie Road, New Orleans.… Continue reading →

Fishing results from Bassmaster Elite Series tournament

MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. — Sunday’s top 12 and big-bass winner from the four-day, 110-angler Bassmaster Elite Series tournament held on Lake Norfork at Bull Shoals with anglers, their hometowns, number of bass weighed in parentheses (5-bass daily limit), total catch weight in pounds in pounds and ounces and winnings. Also Louisiana anglers’ results. Only the top 50… Continue reading →

Ducks Unlimited to honor Richard Lipsey for longtime efforts in conservation

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Richard Lipsey, shown in his office, is being honored by Louisiana Ducks Unlimited at a banquet Thursday in Baton Rouge.

Richard Lipsey has been honored by his community, as a giant in business and industry, for his leadership in support of his beloved LSU. Now, Thursday, for the first time in his life-long love of the outdoors, the Baton Rougean will be honored for his efforts in conservation. Ducks Unlimited’s Baton Rouge Chapter set a major fundraiser around… Continue reading →

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SUNDAY BASSMASTER ELITE SERIES: Final day of 4-day tournament, Bull Shoals/Norfork, Mountain Home, Arkansas. Website weigh-in: www.bassmaster.com MONDAY RED STICK FLY FISHERS FLY-TYING SESSION: 7 p.m., Conference Room, Cabelas, Gonzales. Call Sydney Dobson (225)892-1613. Website: www.rsff.org. FIN-ADDICT FLY FISHERS MEETING: 6:30 p.m., Spahr’s Seafood Restaurant, 1400 W. Tunnel Boulevard, Houma. Call Stephen Robert, (985) 850-0082. Website:… Continue reading →

Parts of Maurepas Swamp and Joyce wildlife management areas to close

The combination of strong east and southeast winds and April’s increased tides forced state Wildlife and Fisheries managers to close portions of Maurepas Swamp and Joyce wildlife management areas just days before the spring squirrel season begins. Boyce Tower Road past the bridge off U.S. 61 in lower Ascension Parish and the nature trail off old U.S. 51 near… Continue reading →

Bayou Black, Grand Isle areas among week’s top fishing targets

Photo provided by JIM BREAUX -- Jacob Cowart from Denham Springs competes in the 7-10 year-old age group, the youngest set in the Junior Southwest Bassmasters' tournaments, and outcaught his fellow youth fishermen and their adult 'guides' in Sarturday's event held from Bob's Bayou Black marina in Gibson. Cowart brought in a five-bass limit weighing 9.24 pounds to win his division by more than four pounds. Dillon King's 8.04 pounds in the 15-18 age group was his nearest competiion among the near 30 youngsters fishing the monthly tournament, and Cowart bested the Adult Division's top stringer, a 9.12-pound catch brought in by Chad Varnado.

It’s easy to pick out this week’s fishing hot spots. Try the freshwater marshes in the Bayou Black area, and the interior waters a few miles east and west of Grand Isle. There’s high water pushing in along the coast mostly because of the strong southerly winds of the past several days, but the… Continue reading →

Florida puts bounty on invasive lionfish

Lionfish, like this one spotted in the Bahamas, are a carnivorous, non-native predatory fish that damage coral reefs and can decimate native fish populations. (Cammy Clark/Miami Herald/MCT)

With more and more Louisianans taking reef-diving trips to Florida, divers need to take note of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s recent action on a program to remove more lionfish, a nonnative species, from state waters. Last week, the FWC approved a two-part plan it and Florida marine biologists will further encourage removals of the… Continue reading →

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THURSDAY CCA Northshore CHAPTER Banquet: 6 p.m., Castine Center, 63350 Pelican Blvd., Mandeville. Tickets $65, $35 spouses, $25 youths, $500 tables. Call CCA Louisiana (225) 952-9200. THURSDAY-SUNDAY BASSMASTER ELITE SERIES: Bull Shoals/Norfork, Mountain Home, Arkansas. Third in 10-event series. Website: www.bassmaster.com FRIDAY FRIDAY NIGHT COOKIE JAR BASS TOURNAMENT: 7 p.m.-midnight, La. Express Landing, False River (south end), Jarreau.… Continue reading →

Fishing results from the Junior Southwest Bassmasters-Denham Springs

GIBSON — Saturday’s age-group results from the Junior Southwest Bassmasters-Denham Springs monthly tournament held from Bob’s Bayou Black Marina with anglers, their hometowns, number of bass weighed in parentheses (5-bass limit), total weight in pounds and big-bass winners: 15-18 Age Group: 1, Dillon King, Denham Springs (5) 8.04 pounds. 2, Taylor Clark, Prairieville (5),… Continue reading →

Bass angler Steve Fontana continues quest for perfect spinnerbait

Advocate photos by JOE MACALUSO  Steve Fontana has been trying to find the 'perfect' spinnerbait for Verret Basin waters, the place where he spends most of his bass-fishing time. He's tried to match the color and movement of the shad bass feed on in those waters and believes he's found perfection in a a bait he makes that uses a 'glimmer blue' skirt with a 'glimmer blue' trailer on a Stanley Vibra Shaft body.

So it’s not like the legendary search for the Holy Grail, but for guys like Steve Fontana, fishermen who wake every morning on a quest for the perfect bass lure, there’s a clear parallel. “I never stop looking. There’s always something new, and you have to keep trying to look at what’s around you, and… Continue reading →

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SUNDAY TIGER ISLAND BASS CLUB FISHING TOURNAMENT: 3 p.m., Big John’s Galveztown Landing & Storage, 43002 La. 42, Prairieville. TUESDAY CCA Acadiana CHAPTER Banquet: 5:30 p.m., Frem F. Boustany Center, Lafayette. Tickets $65, $35 spouses, $25 youths, $500 tables. Call CCA Louisiana (225) 952-9200. LAFAYETTE KAYAK FISHING CLUB MEETING: 6 p.m., Pack and Paddle, 601 E. Pinhook, Lafayette. Call… Continue reading →

Youth Journalism Contest tests photo and writing abilities

Young writers, photographers, hunters and fishermen have a May 31 deadline to enter one of three contests sponsored by the Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association and a handful of Louisiana outdoors groups. There will be three cash awards each in three divisions of the LOWA’s Youth Journalism Contest, co-sponsored by Louisiana’s members of the Safari Club International. For young hunters,… Continue reading →

$1M Bassmaster Classic to cast off close to Louisiana in 2017

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The 2017 Bassmaster Classic will be held within driving distance of south Louisiana bass fishing fans after B.A.S.S. and Harris County-Houston Sports Authority executives announced the 47th Classic will be held on Lake Conroe with daily weigh-ins set for the Houston Astros home stadium, Minute Maid Park in downtown Houston. The Classic is set for March 24-26, 2017, and marks the… Continue reading →

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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). 5 bass limit/14 inches minimum size. Weekly event through Sept. 16. Call Guy Perkins (225) 293-3402. FRIDAY-SATURDAY IFA Lucas Oil Redfish Open: Falgout Canal Marina, Theriot. Team event. Thursday 5-6:30 p.m. registration, pairings… Continue reading →

Rough conditions make catfish a solid alternative

The weekend brings rough wind and sea conditions — on 15-25 knot east winds through Sunday — and after thunderstorms left the areA Wednesday, there’s still a chance of rain through Tuesday under partly cloudy skies. While the choppy inshore conditions aren’t favorable to follow up on reports of solid speckled trout catches in… Continue reading →

Check out results from Sunday’s Bassmaster Elite tournament

Bassmaster Elite GEORGETOWN, S.C. — Sunday’s final top 12 from the four-day Bassmaster Elite Series tournament held on Winyah Bay with anglers, their hometowns, total bass weighed in parentheses (5-bass daily limit), total catch weight in pounds and ounces and winnings, along with big-bass winner and Louisiana anglers (only the top 50 advanced to… Continue reading →

Macaluso: Thank you from the bottom of my heart

There are just some days when you wish you had a crystal ball. Today is one, if only to give the most loyal readers in the land a chance to see the future of Advocate Outdoors, pages in our newspapers for at least 70 years. It’s been a very special privilege to be able to do what I’ve been… Continue reading →

Seniors Bass Tournament results

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BELLE RIVER — The top 12 overall and the top two in big bass from the annual Seniors Bass Tournament held from various landings and weigh-in at the Belle River Public Landing with anglers, number of bass weighed (three-bass limit), total catch weight in pounds and winnings: Top 12: 1, Jesse Gill-Mark Burns (3) 8.15 pounds, $600. 2, John… Continue reading →

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SUNDAY BASSMASTER ELITE SERIES: Final day, Winyah Bay, Georgetown, South Carolina. Live weigh-in website: www.bassmaster.com MONDAY RED STICK FLY FISHERS PROGRAM: 7 p.m., Louisiana Room, Wildlife and Fisheries headquarters, Quail Drive, Baton Rouge. Call Joe Kahler, (225) 892-4352. Website: www.rsff.org. WEDNESDAY CCA Tri-Parish CHAPTER Banquet: 5:30 p.m. Tickets $65, $35 spouses, $25 youths, $500 tables. Call Tony Berrigan (225)… Continue reading →

LWFC meeting: Duck hunters win; hog hunters lose

West Zone duck hunters successfully beat back an amendment to the 2016-2017 hunting seasons that would have dramatically altered their season dates, but more than a dozen members of the Louisiana Hog Hunters Association were unsuccessful in their bid to keep three wildlife management areas open for using dogs to take feral swine. The votes came during… Continue reading →

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THURSDAY LOUISIANA WILDLIFE & FISHERIES COMMISSION MEETING: 9:30 a.m., Louisiana Room, state Wildlife & Fisheries headquarters, Quail Drive, Baton Rouge. cca Bayou CHAPTER Banquet: 5:30 p.m., Civic Center, Houma. Tickets $65, $35 spouses, $25 youths, $500 tables. Call CCA (225) 952-9200. THURSDAY-SUNDAY BASSMASTER ELITE SERIES: Winyah Bay, Georgetown, South Carolina. Second in 10-event series. Live weigh-ins website: www.bassmaster.com FRIDAY… Continue reading →

Macaluso fishing report: Winds up; find some protection areas

So while the prayers to stop the rain have worked, it’s time to shift our messages to doing something about these weeks of wind. Yep, we’ll battle shifting winds from this latest cold front, and that means finding canals and sheltered bayous and rivers. Just know early April is a transition month for speckled trout moving from winter and… Continue reading →

Caterpillar eggs give clue for finding springtime bluegill

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Coastal fishermen know what it means when they see laughing gulls diving in open-water bays and along the barrier islands. Schooling speckled trout. Right? For freshwater fishermen, there’s a much quieter fish locator, and cleaner, too, because this one doesn’t come with the chance you’ll have to clean gull poop off your hat,… Continue reading →

Check out results from the B.A.S.S. Southern Open

JASPER, Ala. — Saturday’s final top five in Boater and Nonboater divisions (180 anglers in each division) from the two-day Bassmaster Southern Open held on Smith Lake with anglers, their hometown, number of bass weighed (5-bass daily limit in Boater; 3-bass daily limit in Nonboater), total catch weight in pounds and ounces, and winnings. Also listed are… Continue reading →

City Park Big Bass Rodeo results

NEW ORLEANS — Saturday’s results from the 69th annual City Park Big Bass Rodeo, Boats on the Bayou and High School Battle of the Bass (team) divisions, and the Champions’ Challenge (category for past big-bass winners) with anglers, their catch and weight in pounds: Battle of the Bass: 1, Bass Busters, Mandeville High, 5.25.… Continue reading →

Macaluso: The cat’s out of the bag

You would think this would be easy. It’s not. Retirement is supposed be something like rolling off a log. Friday will be my last day of full-time employment with The Advocate. Farewells will come with next Sunday’s column. Advocate Outdoors is not going away. Naturally, there will be changes. You’ll be able to read other writers, younger men and… Continue reading →

Artificial reef slated for Lake Ponchartrain’s West End launch

Lake Pontchartrain fishermen will have another reason to celebrate in the coming weeks and months. Craig Gothreaux, the state Wildlife and Fisheries’ biologist in charge of the LDWF’s Artificial Reef Program, announced the agency has a permit application for a 10-acre artificial reef location within sight of New Orleans’ West End launch. Plans call for 15,000 cubic yards… Continue reading →

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TUESDAY Louisiana Crab Task Force MeetING: 1 p.m., Room 210, UNO Advanced Technology Center, 2021 Lakeshore Drive, New Orleans. DUCKS UNLIMITED/TIGER CHAPTER CRAWFISH BOIL: 6 p.m., 4-H Mini Farm, AgCenter Drive, LSU, Baton Rouge. Call Luke Laborde (225) 281-0711/email: llabor2@lsu.edu or Clint Pace (409) 673-4826/email: cpace8@lsu.edu. ACADIANA FLY RODDERS PROGRAM:… Continue reading →

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THURSDAY NEW ORLEANS FLY FISHERS MEETING: 7 p.m., St. Francis Xavier Church Hall, 444 Metairie Road, New Orleans. Call Sean Gilthorpe (504) 259-2329. FRIDAY OPENING NIGHT/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). 5 bass limit/14 inches minimum size. Weekly event through Sept.… Continue reading →

Fishing results from the FLW state high school championship

FLW State High School NATCHITOCHES — Saturday’s top 10 teams and other area schools finishing in the 2016 TBF/FLW High School Fishing Louisiana State Championship held on Sibley Lake with anglers, their schools, number of bass weighed in parentheses (5-bass limit) and total catch weight in pounds and ounces, and big bass award winners: Top 10:… Continue reading →

Beating the dirty-water problem in Barataria marshes

Advocate photo by GARY KROUSEBaton Rouge Louisiana Fish Fry executive John Deutschman shows off the hefty redfish he took last week in the marshes south of Theophile Bourgeois' charter operation in Lafitte a day after north winds dropped water levels by more than one foot and left anglers searching for trout and redfish in muddy water. When able to find clear water, teams of fishermen from across the Deep South and two from the West Coast  were able to catch speckled trout on baits ranging from topwaters to small soft-plastic shrimp and minnow imitations.

It was a day an avid Louisiana marsh fisherman would label “marginal,” an afternoon following a couple of days of strong south winds then 36 hours of north winds that dropped the morning temperature into the 40s. Even worse, the late March cold front’s winds dropped water levels more than a foot measured at Bourgeois Charters… Continue reading →

Macaluso fishing report: Catfish a solid alternative

Advocate photo by BRAD KEMPMickie Druilhet baits his hook with a worm while fishing for catfish in the rain on the Vermilion River in Beaver Park on May 11, 2015 , in Lafayette.

Even though we’re a couple of weeks into spring, it looks like Mother Nature doesn’t want to loosen her grip on winter. Yep, another cold front is predicted to move in Friday just in time to ruin another weekend. It’s not the mornings near 50 degrees that’s hurting: Shifting winds are churning all shallow-water areas across south Louisiana, and… Continue reading →

Danica Williams to win Governor’s Award as Conservationist of the Year

Saturday will be a big day for Danica Williams. It’s because the petite dynamo has made so many other Saturdays so special for so many others that the Louisiana Wildlife Federation will make her the recipient of the Governor’s Award, the Conservationist of the Year, at a banquet Saturday evening at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Baton Rouge. Williams,… Continue reading →

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MONDAY RED STICK FLY FISHERS FLY-TYING SESSION: 7 p.m., Orvis Shop, Bluebonnet Boulevard, Baton Rouge. Call Sydney Dobson (225)892-1613. Website: www.rsff.org. FIN-ADDICT FLY FISHERS MEETING: 6:30 p.m., Spahr’s Seafood Restaurant, 1400 W. Tunnel Boulevard, Houma. Call Stephen Robert, (985) 850-0082. Website: finaddictflyfishers.blogspot.com. TUESDAY Louisiana Oyster Task Force Meeting: 1 p.m., Louisiana Room, state Wildlife and Fisheries headquarters, Quail Drive,… Continue reading →

Macaluso: We have bigger problems than water, wind; it’s access to fishing

Happy Easter, and with most youngsters free of school during the next days, a day of fishing is in order. From the forecast, make them Monday and Tuesday before predicted thunderstorms roll through the southern parishes Wednesday and Thursday. Don’t expect a reprieve from the winds: After the cold front clears, look for 10-15 knot north winds Monday with… Continue reading →

Big Bass Fishing Rodeo set for Saturday at City Park

Advocate Photo by KYLE ENCAR --Joseph Finger holds on to his 1st place, 4.59lb bass during the 67th City Park Big Bass Rodeo and Fishtival on Saturday, March 29, 2014

There are plenty quality spots for bass fishing throughout Louisiana, but some are surprised to learn that New Orleans City Park is among them. Those in the know have been heading to the park for decades to participate in the Big Bass Fishing Rodeo. The 69th edition of the rodeo, believed to be oldest freshwater fishing… Continue reading →

Youth turkey hunter’s patience pays off

Photo provided by CY D'AQUILA Olivia D'Aquila celebrated the first hunt when she was allowed to pull the trigger by taking the second of two gobblers she bagged on consecutive days duyring the youth-only hunt on family land in the southwest corner of Mississippi. The 9-year-old Catholic-Pointe Coupee third grader spent time with her dad, Cy, in turkey blinds during the last three years, and bagged a turkey on opening day before heavy rains set in, then returned to the hunt in the next morning to take an even larger turkey. She plans to hunt near her New Roads home when Louisiana's spring season opens Saturday on private lands.

It was an overcast morning, one that gave all indications that heavy rain was on the way. At 9 years old, Olivia D’Aquila most certainly is classified a “youth hunter,” but even one so young knew the ominous sky provided only a small window of opportunity from the blind her dad, Cy, was setting up. A gobbler was more… Continue reading →

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THURSDAY ABBEVILLE/DUCKS UNLIMITED DINNER: 5:30 p.m., Vietnamese Reception Hall, 1201 E. Lafayette Street, Abbeville. Tickets $65-$85. $600 tables. $300 sponsor. Call Brittney Reed (337) 412-4712 or Troy Dubois (337) 224-9718. THURSDAY-SATURDAY CABELA’S COLLEGIATE BASS TOURNAMENT: Lake Dardanelle, Russellville, Arkansas. Website: www.collegiatebasschampionship.com. MONDAY RED STICK FLY FISHERS FLY-TYING SESSION: 7 p.m., Orvis Shop, Bluebonnet Boulevard, Baton Rouge. Call Sydney… Continue reading →