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Anyone been fishing around Lake Borgne or Rigolets since the spillway opened? Just looking for reports of any catches, not spots. Thanks

April 04 at 7:29pm

After reading the recent article on this site regarding a poor migration I found myself needing to vent. It seems everyone is in agreement that a wet mild winter across much of the country allowed ducks access to food sources and resting areas causing them to stop short. I think most have figured that out by now on their own and can live with that. When Mother Nature gives you a blow you just got to roll with it. Every year can’t be a banner one. But what no one wants to comment about is that these very same conditions have been artificially created more and more throughout much of those areas to the north, short stopping at least in part, natural migration even in favorable years. My work has carried me across much of the country for the last 15 years, specifically the central and midwestern states. I’ve been on over a thousand farms and worked with the owners in these areas. It is almost unimaginable how many farms I’ve been on, create artificial conditions that replicate the mild wet winter we just experienced. Whether it be pond heaters or water control structures that keep water moving so it won’t freeze. It’s not just one or two farms doing it. It’s widespread and growing. Unless something is done there is no end in site, especially when there’s large so called conservation groups backing and funding these artificial practices. Sorry for the vent just had to get my 2 cents out there

January 28 at 11:09am

picked up a farmers almanac recently and found this map in there. Seems to coincide with the lack of migrating ducks. I know there’s more to it than that but weather is an important piece of the puzzle. if I was a duck and had all the food I wanted and access to it year round, why the heck would I fly thousands of miles south? Just my 2 cents

January 11 at 9:19am

Congrats to my little buddy on a nice buck taken from Pearl River WMA.

December 22, 2018 at 10:39pm

Anyone seeing ducks in the Delacroix/Reggio area? I haven't been seeing much if any at all when fishing the last couple weekends. Maybe this front will push some down. Hope to hear some good reports. Thanks

November 09, 2018 at 4:05pm

Anyone know the rules/regs related to putting a houseboat on the Biloxi Marsh WMA? Thanks

October 02, 2018 at 9:03pm

Anyone know the rules/regs related to putting a houseboat on the Biloxi Marsh WMA? Thanks

October 02, 2018 at 9:01pm

Took my Pops fishing Saturday 9/22 in Lake Borgne. Rising tide all morning with stiff easterly winds building. Fished points and cuts along the western lake shore till we couldn't take the wind anymore. We were just shy of a two man limit of reds and also caught a nice flounder. Wanted to hit Lake Catherine and try our luck at some specs but as we headed there a big storm was building up right on top of us and decided to call it a day and head in.

September 24, 2018 at 11:16am

Heading down to GI tomorrow through the weekend. Looking for some recent reports. How’s the bite on the beach? In the bay? Live bait/artificial? Any fish under lights at night? Camp we’re staying at has lighted pier. How are the crabs running? Thanks in advance and I’ll post a report following the trip

LC

June 13, 2018 at 10:57am

Figured I'm not the only one having trouble finding replacement rod holders for the console of my bay boat so thought I would share. I could not find anything that was an exact fit/replacement for my 2008 Sea Pro SV19. Not to mention cost of what was available. I was able to replace all (6) holders on my console for less than what I would have spent on just (2) commercially bought holders, plus some additional fabrication would have been needed to make any of these work since no exact replacements could be found. I made the holders using 1 1/2 inch PVC, male adapter and female threaded cap.

June 01, 2018 at 10:58am

Haven't been crabbing in years and forgot how fun it can be. Been taking the kids lately to Bayou Lacombe and thought I'd share how we've been doing since I've seen some on here inquiring about crabbing. In about 1 1/2 to 2 hrs time we've been catching anywhere from 2 - 4 dozen. Some days they seem to run bigger than others but most have been full, regardless of size - not many kites. Initially was using frozen trout heads from fishing trips but seam to do better with turkey necks - go figure! Also, we're using the two ring nets from Academy. Every trip, one of the three lines attached to the upper ring of the net will break on several of the nets. Is it getting cut by the crabs when feeding on the bait? If anyone has a tip for preventing this please share. Thanks

LC

July 30, 2017 at 4:51pm

Hunting club in Magnolia, Mississippi has opening that includes your own 120 acre section. This section is part 2-3 yr cutover that was replanted in pine and part hardwood bottom along the Tangipahoa River. Has 3 food plot sites already opened up in the cutover portion and has room for 1 or 2 more plots. Numerous trails and bow hunting opportunities in the hardwoods. Black top frontage, easy access throughout property and close to New Orleans and Baton Rouge. Membership is $2500/yr and can be split between 2-3 people of the same group if needed. See our ad in the classifieds section under Hunting Clubs. Call or text Brian for more info at 504-957-1124. Thanks

September 25, 2015 at 9:00am

I have access to over 1,000 acres of family owned duck hunting property in the Delacroix/Reggio area that I would be willing to trade or sweeten a deal with for a hunting lease anywhere from Washington parish to West Feliciana in Louisiana or anywhere in SW Miss for the 2015 -2016 season. Would prefer something in the 200 - 500 acre range but would consider any sized property. Would also consider any still hunting and family oriented clubs that may have openings in these areas. Let me know what you've got.

Thanks,

LC

February 24, 2015 at 7:49pm

Not having as much time as I'd like to spend in the woods scouting (really not much time at all), I'm trying to locate some funnels or pinch points on our lease in Miss and was looking for some opinions/advice as to where to concentrate my efforts. Past experience tells me we tend to see more deer in certain areas but don't know why. I'm trying to understand why and in return maybe set up on them to be more consistent. For example should I look at areas where several creek bottems come to together, or would you say deer would tend to travel more on ridges? Any advice appreciated

LC

October 22, 2013 at 12:09pm

Rented camp on Grand Isle and heading down on June 9th. Taking wife and kids along w/ some friends of ours and their kids to spend the week. We go every year but never made our way onto Elmer's Island. How is the crabbing there vs the beach on Grand Isle itself ? Can you drive vehicle onto Elmer's ? Looking to make the most of our time spent w/ the kids. They look forward to running a crab line on the beach. We usually catch enough for a boil, just thought this year we could try Elmer's. Any info much appreciated

PS: I also have 3 crab traps. I've never seen anyone put them out along the beach, always a crab line. What are some thoughts on using the traps on the beach?

Thanks

LC

June 03, 2013 at 1:51pm

Does anyone have any experience using Alpha's Taxidermy in Covington? Don't know anything about him any feedback would be much appreciated. I've been using a place in Pearl River last couple years, they do good work but looking for something little closer to home. Thanks in advance

LC

January 21, 2013 at 11:05am

anybody been fishing Reggio lately? specifically Lake Amadee, Tanasia, Batola area. going sunday any reports would be much appreciated. thanks in advance

LC

November 01, 2012 at 9:58am

took the wife, kids and niece with me out on the boat yesterday for a great day on the water. launched at sweetwater for about 6:30 am. can't say enough good things about the people at sweetwater. after Capt Jack backed me down, parked my truck for me and had 150 live shrimp carried out to us in the boat, we were on our way. headed straight to one of my all time favorite islands to fish on the edge of black bay near oak river bay and lake campo. the island is no longer there on the surface, but the fish still relate to whatever is still under the water. after about 15 minutes, only had 3 catfish to show for the effort. turned around and headed back into lake campo. for the rest of the morning until lunchtime when we headed in, all we fished was 3 differant points that are all within a couple hundred yards of each other. the wife and kids did awesome catching just about all the fish. i managed to put 1 or 2 on ice in between baiting hooks and untangling lines. final tally = 21 trout, 8 reds, 2 drum and 5 flounder. what a memorial day!!

LC

May 29, 2012 at 3:37pm

Just made a batch of a soon to be holiday favorite in our household. Jalepino stuffed with cream cheese and backstrap strips then wrapped in bacon and grilled. Mmm mmm good! Let's hear some of your must have holiday recipies. Merry Christmas to all

LC

December 24, 2011 at 2:01pm

my brother and i took the kids this weekend. he w/ his twin boys and myself w/ daughter, son and niece. from friday-sunday we saw a total of 12 deer between 2 stands- (2) 6 pts, (1) 4 pt, (1) spike and (8)does. the girls decided to pass on several does as they were enjoying watching them eat in the food plot and didn't want to shoot them. one nephew shot at a 6 pt and missed, my other nephew, shot his 1st buck in his tracks, a 180 lb 6 pt in the food plot at about 60 yrds. congrats Dakota!!

December 19, 2011 at 1:15pm
A comment titled: Re: Tressels at pontchartrain in response to a report titled: Tressels at pontchartrain

Lake Borgne yesterday 4/27. Fished sunrise till mid afternoon using live shrimp, dead shrimp and plastics. Managed to put 2 reds, 4 sheep head and 4 fresh water cats on ice. Threw back several small sheep head and 6 rat reds. Pretty much everything that bit was caught. Water was chocolate milk. Visibility zero. Biologist at marina said ours was the best catch he saw all day. Till it clears up gonna be slim pickings. Good luck!

April 28 at 9:34pm
A comment titled: Re: What happened to the ducks in response to a report titled: What happened to the ducks

Here's the link for a report done by the USFWS dated December 3,2018. It includes data collected from HIP surveys from 1999 - 2017

https://www.fws.gov/migratorybirds/pdf/surveys-and-data/DataBooks/MississippiFlywayDatabook.pdf

I'm positive there is some margin of error given HIP surveys rely on honesty. But the data gives a good snap shot of whats going on year over year. There's a ton of info in this report. Digest it on your own and come up with your own conclusions. To completely deny data collected from 18 hunting seasons would be no different than throwing your head in the sand.
We shouldn't get complacent and say 'oh well, that's just how it is' and not fight for our share. It would be an injustice for our younger generations to have to try and correct. Isn't it our duty as sportsmen and sportswomen to stand up and fight for the future? Not only for ourselves for our kids and grand kids.

lanco1, pretty sure snow blowing an ag field is futile effort, Scenario that does take place often in normal winter seasons when an ag field to our north has 2 to 3 ft or more of snow, the field is flooded with warm water. Water sourced comes from ponds with heaters. Once flooded water is circulated to keep from freezing.

I'll be the first to say I am not in favor of trying to outlaw 'ice eaters' or 'circulaters' or any of the numerous other techniques used further north in the flyway to give birds access to food. Most of us would do the same under the same circumstances. I mean who wouldn't throw a couple hundred pounds of corn in their pond if Louisiana suddenly made it legal? But I do think those types of practices to our north should at the very least be regulated and limited.

February 04 at 7:26pm

Some food for thought: Throughout the 90s I can remember the SE LA marsh being loaded with birds in the weeks leading up to opening day. Ducks literally raining from the sky and filling every pond on our property while we got the blinds ready for the coming season. As the season would progress and cold fronts push the water out, many areas throughout the marsh would be left as mud flats and inaccessible to birds and hunters. If you were lucky, as we were, you still had ponds holding water in the late season. This concentrated the birds to the few areas that had water and if you could access it made for really good late season hunts. However, many were not as fortunate and by the time the second split came around their lease was one big mud flat and unable to access. I can remember a lot of folks arguing to open the season earlier at the time to take advantage of those early migrating flocks, thereby not having to deal with the lack of water in the late season. Its a double edged sword however. If the season were to open earlier but mother nature doesn't cooperate and send timely cold fronts to push the birds down having the season run later would then look more appealing.

February 02 at 10:35am
A comment titled: Re: What happened to the ducks in response to a report titled: What happened to the ducks

lanco1, you make many good points but I would have to disagree on some. There can be all the habitat restoration and WRP land in the world created up and down the Mississippi flyway to support waterfowl along their migration and no one could argue the long term benefit of it. But consider this, cyclical weather patterns come and go, triggering ducks to continue south in search of food, resting areas, etc. Ducks stop along the natural route where these areas become available, i.e. south of frozen water and snow covered fields. As winter patterns push south so do ducks. Of course these patterns are cyclical with the past season being a prime example of what a mild and wet winter can do as far as not forcing a complete migration. I believe the main argument though is the fact that in cold, dry seasons, because of the artificial practices being implemented to our north to keep these newly created habitat restoration lands and WRP free of ice and snow, it has a big impact on how many birds actually make it down to Louisiana. And yes, there are far more than just a few ice eaters to our north. I would have never believed it coming from someone else but I've seen first hand just how widespread these types of practices are. Things like WRP can exist and benefit the local landscape and economy but keeping it free of ice and/or snow has nothing to do with its intended purpose except to short stop waterfowl. There is a world of data compiled from HIP surveys and is available on the USFWS website. It covers from 1999 thru 2017. Yes Louisiana and Arkansas are pretty much the top two states as far ducks killed year over year. Per their report, it is interesting to note however that in 2012 Louisiana peaked at an estimated 103,589 registered duck hunters but has declined since to 46,879 as of 2017. That being said our long term average seasonal bag per hunter remains the highest of the entire flyway at 23.2 ducks per hunter per season. That tells me that fewer ducks are making the migration to Louisiana but are concentrated into smaller pockets, allowing far fewer hunters to harvest a higher average, giving the allusion that ducks are everywhere in our state. Also, no matter the amount of rice fields converted to sugar cane, that shouldn't affect the number of birds in Venice which has seen fewer and fewer birds showing up year over year. In fact, the argument could be made that wintering ducks in Venice should increase given that circumstance. That's my take on it. I'll see if I can put the link on here for the USFWS report if anyone is interested.

February 01 at 2:30pm
A comment titled: Re: What happened to the ducks in response to a report titled: What happened to the ducks

2 thumbs up for Josh Goins and Flyway Federation. Bout time someone stepped up to the plate.

January 30 at 9:13pm
A comment titled: Re: Hammer 8pt!! in response to a report titled: Hammer 8pt!!

Is it same deer in both pics? If that’s two different deer man you got some really good genetics floating around. Either way congrats. Awesome rack!!

January 30 at 9:09pm
A comment titled: Re: What happened to the ducks in response to a report titled: What happened to the ducks

The proposed reduction of teal limits is yet another example of the incompetence and lack of sound management practices of those creating regulations for Louisiana. Doesn’t take a genius to look at limits throughout Mississippi Flyway and see that it is 6. Louisiana would be the only state with a 4 teal limit. According to data teal numbers are above the long term average. Numerous other factors causing poor migration. Are these Einstein’s aware that waterfowl migrate and if there was a real threat or concern in managing the teal population it would have to be a collaborative effort throughout our flyway. Is it too much to ask our officials to pick up the phone and discuss concerns with other states in the flyway before making a knee jerk reaction following a bad year. C’mon Man! Another example of why we are the laughing stock of our nation and the future here is bleak at best

January 29 at 11:37pm
A comment titled: Re: What happened to the ducks in response to a report titled: What happened to the ducks

RJA-67, I too quit duck hunting many years ago when I saw a notable change in wintering ducks here in SE La. i started chasing deer and haven’t looked back till recently for my kids sake. Duck hunting has been part of my family since the early 1900’s when land was purchased and passed down generations. I had a charmed life growing up and blessed to have this large property to hunt on. We had so many memorable hunts through the 80s and 90s I couldn’t even begin to describe. Even back when it was the point system then 3 duck limit and shorter season there really was no shortage of ducks coming here. And that’s around the time conservation groups kicked into high gear north of us. Money really does talk. Louisiana is the laughing stock of our nation in many regards. Whether it be education, oil industry or management of our wildlife and fisheries. You name it we are at the bottom. Don’t know that “Sportsman Paradise” is really fitting anymore. I’d really like to pass on to my kids our heritage of duck hunting but the future for La doesn’t look promising. And for those going to banquets, fundraisers, buying magazines, etc to benefit these conservation groups you really have to look past the smoke and mirrors, ask yourself how many of those dollars come back and benefit Louisiana.

January 28 at 10:08pm
A comment titled: Re: Lack of Ducks continued..... in response to a report titled: Lack of Ducks continued.....

I don?t have a problem with mud motors, especially from a property owner point of view. They can be an invaluable tool used responsively. At one time I had twin 23 hp long tails on back a 18 ft go-devil boat and could go anywhere I wanted on our property regardless water level or boat load. But just because I could doesn?t mean I did. I?m sure had I just rode around all day all season long my neighbors wouldn?t have minded. It?s just plain common sense which apparently many are lacking or too lazy to paddle a pirouge. Ducks are no different than deer when it comes to pressure. They go where there is none especially when numbers are low. All that said I would be in favor of restricting use of mud motors to private land/leases and get them off the WMA?s unless they are limited to certain canals or bayous within the WMA?s

January 17 at 8:37am
A comment titled: Re: Lack of Ducks continued..... in response to a report titled: Lack of Ducks continued.....

Duckbuster2013 that’s is why I gave up duck hunting years ago and is a shame. never in a million years thought that would happen. I could see the writing on the wall back then. who knew it would get this bad. When people post how excited they are to have a few dosgris, well to each his own. Don’t get me wrong I’ll both shoot and eat them but for what it costs today to maybe only if your lucky see a few dosgris knowing that has now become your targeted species I’d much rather spend my money elsewhere.
My two cents on mud motors. The birds have to be down here in the first place before they are run out by mud motors. Our area gets little to no traffic and is quite large. Would hold thousands and thousands of ducks all season long. Since early 2000’s less and less were showing up year after year even though survey numbers were increasing by the millions nationwide. We’d be hard pressed to find anything other than mottled ducks in our area today. Nothing has changed to our marsh except for the fact they just don’t show up anymore

January 14 at 5:50am
A comment titled: Re: Lack of ducks in response to a report titled: Lack of ducks

Delta Duckman I haven’t duck hunted since 2002 but have been contemplating it recently for my son’s sake. I fish Delacroix/Reggio/Lake Borgne areas and watched the duck numbers dwindling to what I would call pathetic today. I hunted these areas from the time I was a young boy in the 80s till 2002. I’m not going to try and say we always limited and sure some years were better than others but I cannot ever remember getting skunked or even coming close. There were always ducks somewhere. You may have had to move where they wanted to be but they were somewhere. I couldn’t say that today. Your post got me thinking and I did something I’ve never done before. Went on USFWS website and looked through the survey reports that date back to 1999. Per these reports in 2002 the year I stopped duck hunting there were 31.2 million birds. In the late 90s and early 2000’s we shot the heck out of ducks in Delacroix. The 2018 report shows 41.2 million birds. That’s a 10 million bird increase over the numbers of ducks when I last hunted. Yet if we went for a boat ride today we’d be lucky to see a few ducks and half of them will be mottled ducks. I think it was the 2014 survey that peaked the duck numbers around 49 million. So yes they have declined from 2014 till now but no where near as low as when I used to hunt them and did so well. Call it climate change call it short stopping call it whatever but in my opinion I believe we are witnessing a permanent change in waterfowl migration.

January 11 at 2:19pm

Way to go Reed! and Grandpa! Keep knocking em down. Congrats to you both

December 28, 2018 at 7:49pm
A comment titled: Re: Pearl River 8 pt in response to a report titled: Pearl River 8 pt

Thanks for all the replies. Its been many, many years since I've hunted public land. From the time I was about 12 throughout my teen years my father took me to Pearl River, Bohemia and Jackson Bienville WMAs. We never got any 'wall hangers' but were always took a deer or two year after year. Not to mention squirrels and rabbits. I enjoyed spending long days walking around the woods with my dad. Harvesting an animal was icing on the cake, no matter the size. Up until last year I hunted nothing but a club in Mississippi since those days with my father. It was fun and family oriented but consisted of sitting in box stands staring at food plots. Yes we harvested quite a few 'wall hangers', but nothing felt as earned as deer taken on public land with my father. I had enough of the bickering and drama that comes with being in a club and got out last year. I started taking my kids on public land this fall and have enjoyed every second with them just like when my dad used to take me. The challenge of putting my son in position to be able to harvest a buck on public land, not to mention Pearl River, was so rewarding for both of us, I don't know if we'll ever go back to being in a club. Merry Christmas and good luck to everyone for the rest of the season.

December 24, 2018 at 12:17am
A comment titled: Re: Pearl River 8 pt in response to a report titled: Pearl River 8 pt

It seems like the rut is wide open in the Pearl. Seen a big increase in fresh rubs and scrapes just in the last week. Haven't seen any does lately to be chased. That being said, this buck was reworking a scrape when my son shot him.

December 23, 2018 at 12:20pm

I bought a Barnett Wildcat couple years ago for my kids. At the time they were 8 and 13. Came with a scope and once sighted in both kids were drilling targets out to 50 yards with no problems. Kids are now 11 and 16 and still enjoy shooting it. It’s louder than my bow but not too loud. Never had anything jump the string on it. Got it on sale for under $300 at Dicks in Slidell. You can add a crank to it which I did but it’s very noisy so took it off. Good luck choosing one and let us know what you go with

September 29, 2018 at 1:45pm
A comment titled: Re: Rigolets in response to a report titled: Rigolets

Hey Fishiac, I just started fishing the area this summer, still learning it. Been having good luck finding redfish. Trout have been sporadic, hoping that changes in the fall. Congrats on your flounder. I've been lucky enough to catch flounder each trip. They seem to like hanging out on a defined point next to any small drain, especially on falling tide. Berkeley Gulps under a cork have out fished any other bait for me, even live!!. Good luck, I'll look for the Chaparral next time we out there

PS: keep reports coming from the Rigolets/Lake Borgne

September 25, 2018 at 10:15pm

Brought the kids this past Sunday. Caught 20 or so reds, dozen specs and one real nice flounder. 1/2 the were undersized. Everything caught on gulps under cork. Tons of needle fish everywhere. More than I’ve ever seen

LC

September 19, 2018 at 3:56pm
A comment titled: Re: Grand Isle in response to a report titled: Grand Isle

Started making trips to GI for memorial day or fathers day in 2008. Typically a four day trip and fish morning/afternoon each day. Usually bust one morning/afternoon but always hammer the trout during the overall trip. Never a bad trip till now. There's usually a lot of birds diving in the bay north of the island, mostly school trout but a sure thing to have the kids get some fast action. Didn't see a single bird diving in the bay this year but there was a ton of bait. Bay was loaded with commercial shrimpers and catching shrimp with a cast net was very easy. Just doesn't make sense. Ton of bait everywhere, shrimp, croakers, mullet, had good moving tides everyday but no fish. Hope this is just a fluke and not a sign of things to come

LC

June 19, 2018 at 1:22pm
A comment titled: Re: Grand Isle in response to a report titled: Grand Isle

Got back today from an long weekend in GI. fishing worst we've experienced in 10 years. In four days, six of us only managed to put a dozen trout and one sheephead in the box using live shrimp and every plastic in our arsenal. Wind ruled out surf fishing much of our trip but was not a factor fishing from the boat except for Sunday morning. Fished all around the bay north side of GI and around the islands to the east. Saw many other boats on the water, only saw one other boat catching a few fish on the east side of the island. Talked to several at the launch, no one catching. Everyone I talked to, including myself, is baffled as to where the fish went. If anyone knows feel free to comment!

On the other hand, we caught five dozen crabs over night using six crab traps. Actually had about 7 dozen counting pregnant females that were thrown back

LC

June 18, 2018 at 6:36pm
A comment titled: Re: Replacement Rod Holders in response to a report titled: Replacement Rod Holders

The threaded male adapter is glued to the pipe and keeps pipe from falling through the hole. I suppose any pvc fitting could be used to achieve the same. I used a threaded male adapter so that a cap could be hand tightened when not in use, making the holder rain proof.

June 01, 2018 at 12:34pm
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