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College boys hit tournament circuit

If they would have had a college bass fishing tournament circuit when I was 20 years old, I would probably have a picture of some big bass hanging on the wall instead of a college diploma today. That’s because I probably never would have graduated. I would have been fishing all the time. Seems like … Continue reading

A difficult fishing skill to master

One of the greatest skills in fishing doesn’t have to do with lures or techniques, boat control or finding fish. It has to do with overcoming a basic human flaw that has been developed to a higher degree in this day and time than any other before us. That is lack of patience. If you … Continue reading

Many big fish sure to be “caught”

There aren’t many fishing reports that you can know are absolutely true. But I gotta tell you, I know where more fish will be caught Friday January 25 through Sunday January 27th than any other place in north Louisiana. They’ll be caught…released..re-caught…and they’ll gain weight every time you hear about them. Where?  The secret’s out: … Continue reading

In the beginning…

In the spring of 1957, when I was five years old, Alvin Green of Bernice was busy attending public meetings, convincing his neighbors to sell flowage rights on their family land and making countless trips to Baton Rouge asking for money for this area. He could have been fishing in his favorite spots along Bayou … Continue reading

Forming a more perfect Union

Want to know what’s going on in Union Parish? Thinking about spending a weekend on the lake when it warms up? Want to see some of the highlights of Lake D’Abonne Country from Bernice to Farmerville to Spearsville to Marion and every spot in between? Click on the Union Parish Tourist Commission logo at the … Continue reading

Bream moving shallow

The bream seem to be moving up shallow and fishermen are congregating on the flats, even though the lake is frozen solid. They are hitting cold worms best. Okay, okay, okay.  It’s too cold to go outside and I’m just messing with you. What? You thought EVERYTHING you were going to read on a fishing … Continue reading

Water update; Caney Comments

D’Arbonne Water level update: As of 10 p.m. last night, Lake D’Arbonne appeared to be leveling off at 82.35 feet. If we don’t get any significant rain today, that could be the crest. That should be good news to a lot of anxious home and camp owners on the lake. Let’s keep our fingers crossed … Continue reading

Water, water everywhere

Right now, there’s more interest in how high the water is — and how high it will get — on Lake D’Arbonne than there is in the fishing. It’s amazing to see the lake come from five feet low just a few weeks ago to several feet above pool stage so quickly. The road to … Continue reading

Hard to explain, but real

The wind blows in a variety of directions. Saturday, it blew mostly from the south/southwest. And it blew pretty good. During the night, it shifted from the northwest and it blew pretty good again. Fact is, the wind blows wherever it pleases.  You hear it whipping through the trees and rattling the boat in the … Continue reading

Reality TV material….kind of

Last week, a man from another area of the state who was deer hunting here was arrested in Union Parish for allegedly firing his rifle over the heads of a group of duck hunters who were crossing a pipeline where he was hunting deer. The news report stated the man had apparently become very angry … Continue reading

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