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Water temperatures begin to drop this month — slowly at first due to radiative cooling but more so as cool fronts invade the state.

September 15 at 7:00am
Pop-up blinds work well in flooded marsh.

Finding secret teal-hunting treasures

Flooded wild millet growing naturally in the marsh can be a teal magnet when you can find it.

September 15 at 7:00am
The view from inside East Cove through the Grand Bayou Weir and Boat Bay into the lake shows the weir areaQ is actively used by both cast netters and anglers.

The Cameron-Creole Watershed Project controversy

The Cameron-Creole Watershed Project, like many marsh restoration projects, carries fishing controversy baggage.

Capt. Erik Rue did his best to provide a balanced explanation of what has gone on.

September 15 at 7:00am
Redfish are the name of the game for fall action in the marshes east of Calcasieu Lake.

Cameron-Creole Wateshed Project a ‘necessary evil,’ fishing guide says

Much of Rue’s fishing this time of year is done on Cameron Prairie National Wildlife Refuge located on the eastern shore of Calcasieu Lake.

September 15 at 7:00am
Rue’s selection of lures for fall redfishing is simple. All the jigheads pictured are made by Jenny’s Jigs.

Capt. Erik Rue’s fall redfish lures

Capt. Erik Rue’s go-to bait for most of this morning’s fishing trip was a simple jighead and MirrOlure Lil John Twitchbait, but he made a special effort to point out the effectiveness of the Jenny’s Jigs jighead.

September 15 at 7:00am
1.) Melt lead for making heads in a melt pot, skimming slag from the surface of the molten lead and discarding it.

How to make your own spinnerbait

Tony Landry for years built his own spinnerbaits as a hobby, adding that it had a lot more to do with his love of tinkering and less about saving money than one would think.

September 15 at 7:00am
Jackson Landry, with Chance Morse as guide, scored this nice bass early in the morning.

Pros and cons to spinners

Tony Landry explained why spinnerbaits work.

“They are profile baits that effectively mimic different things that fish eat,” Landry said. “The rubber skirts we use pulse in the water, and the blades also pulse and reflect the flash of food fish.”

September 15 at 7:00am
One of the major advantages of a cork rig is that it forces an angler to slow down.

Basics of cork fishing for trout

In addition to the chunk-and-wind routine, late-summer trout anglers fishing Breton Island or other coastal island will do well to keep a cork rig handy.

September 15 at 7:00am
If deer hunting is slow during the time when bucks should be chasing does, leave the box stand and get in the travel corridors along a creek drain.

Is the rut on?

Hunters frequently tell me they do not see bucks chasing does when the rut should be in full swing. Lack of cold weather will certainly be a reason for deer activity to be poor.

September 15 at 7:00am
The fetal scale ages this fetus at 72 days; my friend Ken Mason killed the doe during the last primitive season in Bossier Parish.

How breeding dates are determined

Biologists determine breeding dates based on measurements of deer embryos and fetuses using a fetal scale developed through research conducted by Quality Deer Management Association founder Joe Hamilton and other deer researchers.

September 15 at 7:00am
Every fisherman loves his boat, but Danna has a special connection with his since he helped design it.

The perfect crappie boat

Every fisherman is proud of his new fishing rig. Steve Danna is no exception, but he didn’t just pick out a boat he liked.

Instead, Danna helped design his boat.

September 15 at 7:00am
Aaron Hue shows off the 10-point buck and the doe he arrowed within five minutes of each other on the Atchafalaya Delta WMA.

The 411 on coastal WMAs

Harvest numbers are ultra-impressive from last season for one of the wildlife management areas in the Coastal and Nongame Resources Division — so high that many hunters might do a double-take and make immediate plans to hunt it in 2016-17.

September 15 at 7:00am

Cover

Deer season is almost here, and it’s time to start deciding on your stand for opening day. Check out the 2016-17 Rut Report and the WMA Forecast in this issue to set yourself up for success.

September 01 at 7:00am
Attracting doves to your fields means having something on the ground for them to eat all summer long.

Double down on doves — Tips for extending dove season

The small field behind my house that I remember being full of Washington Parish watermelons when I was young had been lying fallow over 15 years. 

Except for the occasional cutting and baling of hay, this little piece of ground seldom saw any action.

September 01 at 7:00am
When faced with hunting teal in high water, find some open water to put out your decoys and set your sights on hunting the thick vegetation.

High-tide teal

As the remnants of tropical storm Isadore raced eastward, I hastily gathered my gear in a last-ditch effort to salvage what was left of the teal season, which was quickly being snatched away from me.

I was determined not to sit out the remaining few days of the season.

I had no idea what would await me as I journeyed into a marsh that had just been thrashed by a tropical storm. The prospects of success were bleak, but I was compelled to give it a try.

September 01 at 7:00am
Erik Rue is critical of fishermen who want to use their cell phones to find fish rather than read sign on the water.

Life after summer — Best fall fishing bets for Big Lake

“Look at the camera! Look at the camera!” 

Keeping him looking at the camera was almost impossible. Erik Rue’s brown predator eyes kept darting toward any sign of another fish to which to feed his artificial bait.

The 30-year veteran charter captain with Calcasieu Charter Service (337-598-4700) was out to show me there really is life after summer.

September 01 at 7:00am