There’s always a price to pay for this first taste of comfortable, fall weather and we’re going to pay for it this weekend.

The front that’s brought us cool mornings, warm afternoons and clear skies through Saturday will strengthen its high-pressure grip over south Louisiana and bring extra-strong easterly winds and rough nearshore and offshore conditions through Monday.

Once again, it means staying inside and looking for redfish and the few speckled trout, flounder and small drum that have moved into the marshes.

The winds will make it tough on the folks trying to fish Old River for sac-a-lait, False River for bass and open freshwater lakes.

That makes the Atchafalaya Spillway and the protected marshes from Bayou Black west into The Wax the most comfortable bass spots.

Weather

East winds are predicted to run in the 10-15 knot range nearshore and 15-20 knots offshore with 3-4 foot swells at the barrier islands and in coastal bays and 7-10 foot offshore seas. These winds will also swell water levels east of the Mississippi River.

There is a slight rise coming for the Mississippi and Atchafalaya rivers.

Freshwater

The Grand Lake area continues to produce bass, sac-a-lait, goggle-eye and bluegill in the Atchafalaya Spillway.

Chartreuse/white spinnerbaits (gold blades) are the most consistent bass producer when worked around brush piles, the edges of grass beds and water hyacinths in the early morning. Shad-colored crankbaits are working on points, and there’s been consistent action on Texas-rigged Sweet Beavers and other crawfish-like “creature” baits.

One report told of using Carolina-rigged Baby Brush Hogs on points of canals off Grand Lake.

Black/chartreuse tubes and shiners worked around off-the-bank brushtops are productive combinations for sac-a-lait and goggle-eye. Working chartreuse/black Beetle Spins and chartreuse Roadrunners around stumps are good for goggle-eye and bluegill.

White spinnerbaits with chartreuse curly tailed trailers (gold willowleafs) are the early producers and shad- and bream-colored crankbaits are working from midmorning on in Belle River and the Intracoastal Canal (south of Stephensville) for bass.

The coast

With east winds blowing for two days now, look for redfish to move back into marsh ponds and look for shrimp and crabs moving into these protected areas on the rising water.

That means small topwaters and weedless gold spoons (resembling skittish shrimp) should work over grassbeds in the ponds. Rippletail redshad-colored worms also work when fished weedless and weightless in and around grass beds.