• July 2015 - Volume 17, Number 7

    Features

    Lake Chotard and nearby Eagle Lake are two oxbows that fulfill bluegill anglers’ dreams, no matter what the Mississippi River does. Here’s how to take advantage of those options.

    Those of us dragging 65 or more years behind us remember when fishing at Lake Chotard meant double-checking river gages, crossing the Little Sunflower River and Steele Bayou on a barge ferry powered by a Ford Model A engine, and dodging potholes along a muddy road to reach Laney’s Fish Camp.

    There’s more to feeding deer than planting food plots and filling feeders. Here’s how natural groceries should play into your deer management.

    Every deer hunter wants to grow more deer, specifically more bucks, and, in particular, bigger bucks.

    The truth is if you want to grow more bucks, then you also have to grow more does, since the antlerless deer contribute just as much to the genetics of the bucks as the male deer component of the breeding process. Ironically, some research suggests that the doe has an even greater genetic role than the buck. Either way, you have to have the does to get the job done. So, if you work to grow more deer, even does, then the result should statistically be more bucks as well.

    The market is flooded with new, innovative baits. But bass pros often turn back the clock and use decades-old lures that have proven fish-catching track records.

    Like Babe Ruth pointing beyond the fences in Yankee Stadium, or Michael Jordan signaling a swish after releasing a 3 at the buzzer, Pete Ponds called his shot.

    The FLW Tour angler looked at a fallen treetop and made a bold prediction.

    “Get ready,” he said, “this is where it’s gonna happen. Watch this old lure work its magic.”

    Lethargic in the heat of summer, fish need time to choose a meal. Spider-rigging is the perfect answer.

    Crappie fishermen who troll with spider rigs base their success on the same theory of snack hawkers at a baseball game, girl scouts pushing those diet-busting cookies outside the local grocery store and the ice cream man blasting the Music Box Dancer throughout your neighborhood.

    Lake Mary Crawford is known for its bream and crappie, but is also loaded with bass and catfish. So it’s easy to fall under its spell.

    As summer peaks and outdoor enthusiasts look for locations to get away from the crowds and enjoy great fishing and camping opportunities, it would be hard to pick a better destination to celebrate the Fourth of July than Lake Mary Crawford.

    Hunting season is right around the corner, but growing monster deer is a year-round endeavor. Learn how to ensure your herd has what it needs to produce trophy bucks.