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River ramps reopened

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers can control a lot of things, but not Mother Nature. Not all of the time. The recent heavy rains have raised the Ouachita River back up to the point that the Corps is reopening boat ramps, which is good news for fishermen and hunters. There was no information provided … Continue reading

It was the Russians. No kidding

When nothing else will bite, you can almost always catch a spoonbill catfish. At least in some places like Bayou D’Arbonne, especially in the deep channel and below the spillway of the lake. And seriously, it was Russian collusion. If not collusion, then indirect influence. Why are there so many spoonbill catfish in the Ouachita … Continue reading

Following his example

I love this sticker on the back of Rev. Warren Maxwell’s boat:  Here’s possibly the greatest of all of Jesus’ fish stories. And unlike some of mine, this one’s total truth: Matthew 14:13-21 Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand 13 When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of … Continue reading


You wanna know how long I’ve been around? Just check out my short list of things to be thankful for: Black Grape Jelly Wagglers * A mom & dad who fished *  Trolling motors (you ever paddle a boat very far?) * Aunt Lucy’s Pond (even the day cousin Paul cut the topwater plug out … Continue reading

Duck, duck Whoosh!

Man, the opening weekend of duck season 2018-19 East Zone version was shaping up to be a doozy. We had SNOW in November the week BEFORE the season….we had a fair migration of early ducks and there was water, water everywhere. Then came another front three days before the season and washed the ducks away … Continue reading

LDWF handy hunting app

Users of state wildlife management areas have a new friend.  A new app that will allow users of Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Wildlife Management Areas (WMA) to check in and out of WMAs online with their mobile device is now available, LDWF announced. While physical WMA self-clearing permit stations are still available, … Continue reading

Greater love

You know why you are free to worship where and how you want today? Why you are free to hunt, fish, bear arms, pursue happiness? It’s because countless men and women have served to defend and protect your freedom. At the top of that list are our military veterans. There’s a new generation of ignorant … Continue reading

A secret weapon for crappie

Definition of overalls:   Noun.  1. a garment consisting of trousers with a front flap over the chest held up by straps over the shoulders, made of sturdy material and worn especially as casual or working clothes.  2. Something that will help you catch more crappie. Okay, maybe I made that second part of the definition … Continue reading

It’s crappie.com week!

Whether you are a veteran crappie angler just looking for a fun weekend, or a newcomer to the sport who wants to learn from some of the best, there is an event on Lake D’Arbonne this weekend that is for you. It’s a family-based affair — no rules and regulations and formal atmosphere. It’s the … Continue reading

Small is the gate

Right is still right. Wrong is still wrong. Yet today, we are pounded daily by false prophets who would tell us differently. They are often subtle. They are often bold. But following the wrong crowd just because it is a crowd will still get you in a lot of trouble, both in this time and … Continue reading

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