Happy Easter and if you’re looking to spend a day on the water, then Saturday is it. The biggest question today is where to spend that day.
Need an explanation? Let’s try Lafitte: Last week’s relatively steady conditions sent speckled trout and redfish into a feeding frenzy, and places like Bay Round, Rigolets and even The Pen were can’t-miss places. Then came more rain (as if we needed it), a cold front, strong north winds that turned vast areas into a soupy mess and dropped water levels at least 16 inches in upper Barataria, and the fish stopped.
Now more rain heralds another cold front, and Friday’s 10-20 knot north winds will make Good Friday less than productive. That’s why Saturday’s light east winds, light seas and high skies bode well for coastal and freshwater trips. Just take a jacket along for the early-morning chill.
No matter where you’re headed, finding clear water will be the main objective.
Another cold front is due in late Sunday, and means Easter Sunday is a wash with thunderstorms and 10-20 knot southerly winds. Expect Friday-Saturday sunny temperatures running from near 50 to the mid-70s with Monday’s range in the upper-50s to near 70.
Lake Pontchartrain’s Saturday forecast is 5-10 knot east winds and light seas.
The major rivers continue to run high, but are on a slow fall. The Florida Parishes rivers are slowly falling, too, but the Pearl River continues to run too high for productive catches.
Despite rain and wind, Toledo Bend is the hottest place for giant largemouths. Jigs-and-pigs and large “creature” baits are working. The Indian Mounds and Housen Bay have produced the majority of the 10-pound-plus bass this month. Reports this week included at least six 10-12 pound bass on the reservoir Bassmaster Magazine declared to be the top bass lake in the country. On the Louisiana side, Lanana is giving up hefty bass, with one hitting 10 pounds and several 4-6 pounders, some taken on shad-colored and bream-colored jerkbaits.
There’s the first reports of bluegill moving to the banks in unblocked canals in the Verret Basin. Use crickets. It’s still early for poppin’ bugs. The Verret area canals are holding bass, too, and crawfish imitations and Brush Hogs appear to be the best offerings.
With Thursday’s 25-40 knot winds sweeping across south Louisiana, you should expect the comments about not being able to find clear water to remain. Find clear, moving water — and the presence of baitfish — and you should be able to take home a few specks and reds. Black/chartreuse and black back/gold glitter appear to be the universal colors throughout the marshes. Blue moon/chartreuse is working on a half-ounce jig in Lake Pontchartrain.