August 2018 - Volume 38, Number 8


Toledo Bend is famous far and wide for its amazing largemouth bass fishery, but spotted bass call the reservoir home, too. Here’s how you can get in on the fun.

Finding three Bassmaster Elite Series pros working a hot bite less than a rod length from one another is a rarity, if not the prelude to a heated interaction. 

Louisiana’s coastal marshes offer a variety of hints and clues on where to target ‘green trout’ — the key is being able to interpret them.

With morning glories blooming across the canal, Capt. Cody Obiol was pushing away from the dock as I waited for his boss, Capt. Ryan Lambert to launch his Skeeter bay boat. Obiol was after bull reds that morning, but he knew my mission involved something much different, so his gracious salutation stoked my optimism.

The heat is definitely on in Breton Sound right now, but you can still catch fish. Here’s how one Shell Beach guide stays on trout when the mercury soars.

Mother Nature typically cranks up the furnace on high this month, enveloping the state in a sticky, humid sauna that practically leaves anglers begging for the first cool fronts of fall.

Great info on finding the right fit if you’re looking to join a deer camp this fall.

You’ve dreamed about it — a private sanctuary loaded with trophy deer, abundant food plots, all-weather stands, improved roads, a beautiful lodge and a great group of friends and family to share it with. 

Oppressive heat means keeper trout have moved to the fringes of the Louisiana coast. So unless your goal is to catch a million throwbacks, you have to make longer runs. These speck experts give you some tips to maximize your time on the water.

The dog days of summer have arrived, and that means staying on the water for 12 hours to limit out on speckled trout is about as much fun as hitting your thumb with a hammer. Twice.

When it’s hot, it’s hot. When it’s not, it’s not.

That’s a pretty good description of Old River.

A frog is a killer topwater lure this month, and FLW rookie bass pro Tyler Stewart shares some tips to help you hook up.

For most folks, it’s almost too hot outside to go fishing. You’ve really got to want it to go chasing largemouth bass this time of year. 

Capt. Jordan Ellis with the Mexican Gulf Fishing Company in Venice gave the tuna a break and busted some nice trout on a recent surf-fishing trip to Curlew Island. For tips on how to catch specks in the heat of August, head to page 27.