Can anyone remember the last time we’ve had three September weekends when LSU football games didn’t conflict with getting in first-rate time on the water?

How about never.

Better still is fish are biting leading into the weekend and you have a choice of freshwater and saltwater and different species in these areas.

For anyone heading to the marshes, remember teal hunters have their final weekend of the special season, and that the Federation Bass Tournament will bring anglers from across the South to Berwick.

Weather

A cold front is predicted to move in Friday and another one for late Monday. That means constantly shifting winds through the weekend. The late-Saturday into Sunday time frame appears to be the best wind/seas conditions for the next five days. Expect to find water moving on the northerly winds Friday and early Saturday.

Freshwater

Sac-a-lait catches are up in the Atchafalaya Spillway and at Old River.

In the Spillway, try Big and Little Pigeon bayous around the Texas Gas (Cross) Canal and head into the Grand Lake area and find brush-tops and lay-downs. Shiners are working, but so are pink/white and blue/white tube jigs. Some are using jigs 16-20 inches under a cork, but tight-lining is taking bigger fish. Expect to find fish tight on deep cover.

The same is true at Old River: Sac-a-lait are on piers and walkways. Fish the shade. Bluegill continue to hang deep on cypress trees and under houseboats. Use crickets on weighted hooks.

Spillway bass are hot, and the hottest place is the Grand Lake area. That includes structure in the lake and in canals off the lake. Because reports have come in on so many patterns on so many baits, it’s a take-your-pick on lure choice. In general, bass numbers are coming on chartreuse/white spinnerbaits and redshad worms. Heavier bass are taking “creature” baits (Sweet Beavers, Havoc Craws and Brush Hogs) and jigs punched into grass and rafts of water hyacinths.

Crankbaits and spinnerbaits are taking bass in structure in Belle River and off points in the big lakes, Verret, Grassy and northern banks of Palourde.

With river levels steady and water clear, float trips on the Florida Parishes rivers are producing largemouth and spotted bass.

Cane-lined runs in Venice are first-rate bass spots, too.

The coast

Redfish from 16-inch keepers to 30-pound bulls are everywhere and are taking live minnows and all manners of soft-plastic offerings.

Cobia have invaded the close-in rigs and are eating the new Gulp! Mullets along with live and cut bait.

Speckled trout are moving on the reefs behind Grand Isle, and the first reports of specks are coming from The Causeway and other Pontchartrain bridges.