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Take me to the river…

It was back in 1998 when the scales of silliness were filled by a crazy talking fish — Billy Bass. Remember? Okay, It’s the middle of summer and things are slow on the lake, so it’s time to remember this icon of specialty toys for big boys. Memories of Billy Bass were brought back to … Continue reading

Louisiana anglers after college title

Louisiana will be well represented as the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series National Championship is headed to Chatuge Reservoir out of Hiawassee and Young Harris, Ga, this weekend. Included in the field will be eight anglers from ULM, four from Louisiana Tech and two from Delta Community College. It’s a complicated, grueling format, but in the … Continue reading

Weather and fishing are hot!

I’m not big on hot weather fishing, but hey, that’s my problem. That doesn’t mean there haven’t been some pretty good fishing reports the past week or so. For starters, on Lake D’Arbonne, the bream and catfish have been biting on the flats and around the banks. I’ve heard of a couple of folks bringing … Continue reading

100,000 !!!! +++++

I’m proud to report that sometime while I was asleep Friday night, the number of views on our website, lakedarbonnelife.com went over the 100,000 mark! By today’s “viral” internet standards, that isn’t going to break any world records. But when it comes to a site about hunting and fishing in northeast Louisiana, begun right here … Continue reading

You never really know

We can take stock of worldly things fairly easily…how much money we have, how many cars we have, what kind of boat we drive, even how many fishing rods we own. And we know a lot about time, too — like there are 60 minutes in every hour, 24 hours in every day…etc.  But we … Continue reading

Happy Watermelon to you!

I’m sure by now you have heard that in a recent study, the five happiest cities in America are all in one place — Louisiana! Farmerville nor any other Union Parish city/town made the list, but that’s just because the folks that put together this study didn’t get to come to the Watermelon Festival, which … Continue reading

Bussey Brake: Old being made new

After the drive just north of Bastrop, I stopped first on the south end of Bussey Brake and walked up the levee at the old water pumping station. Wow. The lake is empty, except a few deep holes near the intake and outtake areas, a few spots out in the lake and a couple of … Continue reading

Take America’s Boating Course

A lot of us grew up driving boats and always put safety first. But whether you are a newcomer to boating or driving any kind of watercraft or you are a veteran, there’s a free course you should consider taking. It’s America’s Boating Course and the Ouachita Sail and Power Squadron is offering the course … Continue reading

It’s Watermelon Week!

There are a lot of big outdoor activities in Farmerville and Union Parish, but none of them can top the annual Watermelon Festival. And it’s here.  This is Watermelon Week! And it’s the 51st annual seed-spitting, parade going, melon eating, fishing and golfing, story-telling, street dancing, canoe paddling, watermelon dressing, corn-dog eating, treasure hunting, t-shirt … Continue reading

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