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ACT off to a fantastic start

If you went crappie fishing on Lake D’Arbonne Friday and you didn’t catch anything, you might not want to read any more of this. The fish were biting. Only three of the 54 teams in the American Crappie Trail professional tournament brought to us by title sponsor Rockport Rattlers lure company Friday did not catch … Continue reading

Guess your weight…and more

The consensus among four of the top pro fishermen putting on a brief fishing seminar under the Pavillion in Ruston’s Railroad Park Wednesday night  was that it will take between 12 and 13 pounds per day Friday and Saturday to win the American Crappie Trail tournament on Lake D’Arbonne.  That would be two seven fish … Continue reading

Time to get your Crappie on!

The next few days, the Lake D’Arbonne version of “where the rubber meets the road” turns into “where the crappie bait meets the water“.  It’s time to get your crappie on…and get the net. The American Crappie Trail contestants have been practicing all week. Thursday night they have their rules meeting and Friday morning, they … Continue reading

No more ducks. No more Dynasty

We interrupt crappie fishing season to bring you something that does not make me happy, happy, happy. The popular Louisiana reality show, Duck Dynasty will air its last episode on A&E Wednesday night, March 29, at 8 p.m.  It’s been five years since the first one aired in March of 2012. Maybe it was time … Continue reading

ACT brings big week to the ‘Bone

It’s going to be a big week on the ‘Bone. The newly formed American Crappie Trail hits the water on Lake D’Arbonne this week. After a 10-day off limits period for tournament anglers, practice begins on Monday and goes through Thursday. The actual tournament will be Friday and Saturday with take-off and weigh-in at D’Arbonne … Continue reading

Good cheer

Trusting and following God is serious business. It’s an eternal business. Those that miss that bus are in for a long, hot, rough ride. But God loves us to smile. He loves us to laugh. When I saw the following I had to laugh, and I think it would make him laugh. At least now … Continue reading

Lake D’Arbonne Night Light

Who’s scared of the dark?  Not me, especially when I’ve got my Humminbird Helix 9 Night Light. Fishermen don’t ever grow up, their night lights just get more expensive… Hey, you can still see the fish down there in the dark! But when the big motor’s running, you have to keep your eyes on the … Continue reading

Why D’Arbonne?

There are about as many good crappie lakes in America than there are colors, styles, shapes and sizes of crappie jigs on the market today. So how did the brand new national American Crappie Trail end up picking Lake D’Arbonne in Farmerville for one of it’s March 31-April 1 tournament, one of five regular season … Continue reading

Part 3: 12 months of deer

This is part three in a series of monthly looks at things you can do to be a more successful deer hunter by taking care of business all year long. We asked Dan Preaus of Ruston to share some of his insights, tips and ideas in this new monthly lakedarbonnelife.com  feature. Spring is here and … Continue reading

Yes, this is so 80’s…

Oh my. I’ve been chasing fish with words for  a long time.  More than 40 years to be almost exact. And yes,  this is so 80’s . . . I’ve been blessed with some wonderful fishing times, experiences and memories. There aren’t many that can top the day featured in the video linked below from … Continue reading

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