Merry Christmas, for the 44th year, and hope the next days bring peace into your lives, a peace we haven’t known for most of the past 17 months.

And, am I the only guy who bought those decorative solar-powered snowflake lights only to have 10 straight days of cloudy conditions. Ho! Ho! Ho!

Had enough rain?

Then keep that keep-you-dry gear, camo or otherwise colored, handy because there’s rain through the middle of the week.

OK, so it’s not so easy to hunt ducks and geese in the rain, but it’s not all that bad unless you’re in a gale.

The worst part about the three days after Christmas is the east wind. Another cold front, although not as cold as the one blowing in Christmas Eve, will bring north winds Friday, just in time to get the youngsters in the blind for the last full holiday-hunts weekend.

A note for fishermen: The highest barometric pressure this week comes Monday with a spike near 30.5 inches and will fall through Thursday before a forecast of a climb to 30.3 inches Friday.

Probably not good days to search for bass and sac-a-lait but the move of the north wind away from an east wind should get water to push from the ponds and small lakes into the canals and bayous. Runouts should produce a fair catch of trout and redfish.

Junior casters

Three young fishermen, Evan Maddie from Greenwell Springs, along with Trace Day and Noah Roblin, the latter two from Denham Springs, took home King Fisherman honors when the Junior Southwest Bassmaster wrapped up 2017’s 11 tournaments with its end-of-the-year banquet.

Maddie took the award in the 15-18 age group. Day’s came in the 11-14 group and Roblin lead the 7-10 year olds. Maddie also had the year’s lunker bass, a 5.34 pounder.

Respective second and thirds places went to Hanson Chaney and Jared Abbott in the 15-18s, Connor Rushing and Logan Guy in the 11-14 group and Jack Varnado and Caden Sellers among the 7-10s.

Among the adults, John Chaney took home the Boat Captain’s Award.

LDWF news

• Wildlife and Fisheries will close the skeet and trap range at Sherburne WMA Dec. 28-29 and Jan. 4, and the shooting ranges at Woodworth and on the Bodcau WMA on Christmas and New Year’s eves in advance the two holidays.

For more on the LDWF’s ranges, go to website: wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/shooting-ranges.

• Damage from August’s Hurricane Harvey has been repaired, and the Birding and Nature Trail on the White Lake Wetlands and Conservation Area in Vermilion Parish was reopened last week.

• A fishery and infrastructure project has forced the LDWF to close Bussey Brake WMA to all activities through the coming months. This WMA is a popular public waterfowl hunting area in need of repair.

• Discarded PVC pipe is the material LDWF’s Inland Fisheries Section used last week to establish the first artificial reef in Vernon Lake near Leesville.

The LDWF indicated the material came from an agreement between Entergy Louisiana and the Vernon Parish Game and Fish Commission. It’s the program’s 69th freshwater reef spread among 15 lakes.

Reef locations are available by using the LDWF’s “Outdoor Explorer Map Tool” on the website: arcg.is/0GuDKb. Click “Get on the Water” to find the locations.

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