Features from September 2019
- Scouting isn’t the only thing you need to do before hunting season arrives. Get yourself in shape for the effort you’ll be putting forth.
- Anglers from the Sportsman’s Paradise can hang with anyone, but they’re only beginning to make a big impact on national tournament trails.
- Storms and hurricanes that go somewhere else along the Gulf Coast do a whole lot of good for the fishing in south Louisiana.
- The Sportsman’s Paradise really does have a paradise of outdoors opportunities. Here’s a preview of the hunting seasons on WMAs in the Hammond Region.
- The Sportsman’s Paradise really does have a paradise of outdoors opportunities. Here’s a preview of the hunting seasons on WMAs in the Lafayette Region.
- Here'a a WMA forecast for the 2019-20 hunting seasons on Louisiana WMAs in the Coastal & Non-Game Resources Division Region.
- The Sportsman’s Paradise really does have a paradise of outdoors opportunities. Here’s a preview of the hunting seasons on WMAs in the Lake Charles Region.
- The Sportsman’s Paradise really does have a paradise of outdoors opportunities. Here’s a preview of the hunting seasons on WMAs in the Minden Region.
- The Sportsman’s Paradise really does have a paradise of outdoors opportunities. Here’s a preview of the hunting seasons on WMAs in the Monroe Region.
- The Sportsman’s Paradise really does have a paradise of outdoors opportunities. Here’s a preview of the hunting seasons on WMAs in the Pineville Region.
- Deer hunters should be prepared to figure out where whitetails will be when bow season opens. Here’s how to get a leg up on other hunters.
Columns - September 2019
- On a recent trip to a freshwater lake, Steve Savoye showed a technique he uses to get up close and personal hunting bass in his trusty pirogue.
- Try nose-rigged soft-plastic jerkbaits when speckled trout aren’t responding to traditional offerings. It can be the difference between success and failure.
- This fisherman has been smiling ever since Cotton Cordell Lures downsized one of his favorite artificial lures for speckled trout: the Pencil Popper.
- Venturing into the woods during the hottest months of the year can produce some delicious foods, but that is when the most dangerous animals are active.
- In an effort to stop the spread of chronic wasting disease, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission modified a law on deer-urine products.
- Many archers still don’t realize how critical it is to properly level all three axes of their bow’s sight. Failure to do so can result in severe misses.
- A subject that many trophy trout anglers across Louisiana continue to discuss is where have the big trout gone in Louisiana?
Outdoor Updates - September 2019
- The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission approved a notice of intent to reduce the LDWF alligator hide tag fee from $4 to $3 for the 2020 and 2021.
- LDWF will offer alligator sport hunting licenses online and from authorized license vendors beginning this Thursday (Aug. 1).
- With its reopening, Bussey Brake Reservoir north of Bastrop in Morehouse Parish will again become a prime fishery for bass, bream, crappie and catfish.
- The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission passed a Notice of Intent to make the current crappie regulations on Eagle Lake in Madison Parish permanent.
- The thermometer indicated it was a blistering hot July in Louisiana — but some big bass apparently felt like it was still springtime up at Toledo Bend.
- It’s the middle of summer, but there’s no vacation for the big largemouth bass on Louisiana’s premier lunker bass lake, Caney Lake in Jackson Parish.
- The new Garmin “Force” trolling motor won the “Best of Show” award at this year's ICAST show. This is Garmin’s first entry into the trolling motor market.
- Hunters and landowners who have a good hardwood component can save money and rely on the acorns for their deer-hunting success.
Field Notes - September 2019
- It’s no surprise that spiders are a common culprit for hunters’ annual ailments in the field, some even resulting in hospital visits.
- Call them lemon fish, cobia or ling, but their firm white meat is delicious, and right now is prime time to catch them off the Louisiana coast.
- With bow season starting up in the coming weeks, it’s past time to shake the rust off and ensure you’re ready when that deer steps out on opening morning.
- Capt. Cody Obiol has guided teal hunts with Cajun Fishing Adventures for years, and shared his Top 3 tips to help you knock down more birds.
- Kelly Neuville, of Buckfins-N-Feathers, shared a few key tips to keep in mind if you’re scrambling to get ready for the opening of dove hunting season.
- With bow season starting up in the coming weeks, it's past time to shake the rust off bow and ensure you're ready when that deer steps out at 30 yards on opening morning. Even if you've been shooting on a regular basis, it's a good idea to take a few minutes to tune the bow.
Hot Spots - September 2019
- Capt. Eric Olsen of Saltwater Therapy Charters pounds the waters out of Shell Beach every day in pursuit of the speckled trout.
- The Lake Pontchartrain Basin has had quite a unique year, but that’s fine with Capt. Justin Bowles, who targets September redfish in the Biloxi Marsh.
- Moving out of the depths of the Calcasieu Ship Channel in September, large speckled trout will be in a feeding mood before colder waters appear in December.
- According to Chris Black, owner of Bayside Tackle in Pierre Part, the Atchafalaya and Lake Verret water levels are finally falling, and bream are biting.
- Here are some ways to catch bass and beat the late-summer doldrums on Toledo Bend. Schooling action is at its peak in September.
- For fifty years Mike White has fished Grand Isle, pursuing his passion not just to catch big speckled trout and bull reds.
- Cliff “The Cajun Baby” Crochet plans to catch and release plenty of bass when he gets the opportunity to fish the Atchafalaya Basin with these lures.
- It’s taken a bit longer this year for the Ouachita River system to get right, but it's getting there now. And the crappie bite is right behind.