September 2018 - Volume 38, Number 9


This 13,800-acre North Louisiana lake is home to some lunker largemouths — here’s how one local tournament angler targets them during the dog days of summer.

The drive from Morgan City to Natchitoches was a long four hours after I knocked off from my day job at 5 o’clock. And, by the time my wife and I checked into the Chateau Saint Denis Hotel downtown, it was after 9 p.m. — and I was just hearing from Pure Fishing ambassador Jimmy Jeansonne.

Recent floods have taken their toll on bass fishing in the Red River, but with a little cooperation from Mother Nature, there are some signs a rebound could happen.

After Chad Wiley weighed-in on the final day of the 2014 Bassmaster Central Open on the Red River, his three-day total of 34 pounds, 14 ounces landed him in fifth place.

The scenic Tangipahoa River is home to a healthy population of spotted bass. But navigation can be a bit tricky — here’s how to get lucky with Kentuckys.

The grizzled veteran perched on the bow of the small flatboat expertly swung it in a half-circle in the swirling current of the Tangipahoa River.

Louisiana’s public lands hunters have more than 1.5 million acres at their disposal. But which state wildlife management areas offer the best chance to score this fall? Find out in this year’s WMA Forecast.

Biologists from each of Louisiana’s seven wildlife management area regions crunched the numbers and analyzed data from last year’s hunting seasons to give you an idea of how some of the 50 state WMAs might perform this fall. But drought, flooding, mast production, lactation rates and habitat condition all play a role in determining what public lands hunters might encounter when heading into the field starting this month. So read up on prospects for your favorite tract, or maybe scout some new territory after you’re armed with historical harvest information and the outlook for this season.

September is when coastal fishing turns on its head, with redfish moving out and trout moving in. Here’s how one guide ensures he’s in position to intersect the two species.

The water was a sheet of glass when Capt. Austin Plaisance wheeled his Blazer Bay out of the canal into the shallow, grass-filled pocket.

Bow season cranks up early in Southwest Louisiana, and while conditions may not be all that pleasant, WMAs there offer some quality hunting — without crowds.

It takes a diehard deer hunter to brave the elements that are pervasive during Louisiana’s early bow season, which opens for most residents on Monday, Oct. 1. 

It’s finally almost time to start deer hunting again. Check out this year’s WMA Forecast compiled by Don Shoopman to help locate some promising public lands opportunities.