The beat goes on for speckled trout in Lake Pontchartrain and in the Grand Isle area, but “trout music” slowed down in Terrebonne waters during the past week.

Conditions will be OK for the next couple of days, but thunderstorms and stronger southeast winds could put a crimp on weekend action along and off the coast.

Freshwater continues to be iffy, only because lingering southeast winds are keeping rain runoff from filtering from places like the Verret Basin, the north shore rivers and coastal marshes. There are few freshwater reports, except for the solid bass, bluegill and sac-a-lait action at Toledo Bend.


High pressure is predicted to settle over the coast, but with that comes constant 10-15 knot southeast winds and 1-3 footers east of the Mississippi River and pushing to 3-5 footers along the Central Coast and offshore waters. Look for thunderstorms to increase late Friday and linger through Tuesday. Lake Pontchartrain’s forecast calls for 10-15 knot winds from the southeast with 1-3 footers through Sunday with diminishing winds and seas Monday into Tuesday. Expect near-summertime temperatures under mostly cloudy skies.

The Mississippi and Atchafalaya rivers continue to run high during continuing spring floodwaters.

Along the coast

The Trestles that parallel the U.S. 11 bridge across Lake Pontchartrain continue to attract fishermen. Wednesday’s report had more than 200 boats hitting this span that runs the five miles separating the north and south shores.

Muddy water flow from the Pearl River moved along the north shores of Lake Borgne through The Rigolets and into Pontchatrain, but Wednesday’s info indicated water clearing and producing trout up to 20 inches toward the north end of The Trestles and the U.S. 11 bridge.

While live shrimp are available at Dockside Harbor and Rigolets Bait, Wednesday’s report included action on “midnight mullet” and “magneto” (blue moon) colors rigged on jigheads and worked on the bottom around bridge pilings. Action appears best from the middle of morning through noon.

Live shrimp and croakers along with a variety of soft- and hard-plastic lures took trout in the reefs and rock piles in the bays north of Grand Isle, and along rocks and reefs east toward Four Bayous Pass. Calm mornings have produced solid trout catches on topwaters from the surf at Elmer’s Island, The Fourchon and beaches to the west include the Last Island chain. Casse Tete and other islands behind East Timbalier held small trout.

Winds blew dirty water into the Lakes Pelto and Barre areas and over into Caillou Boca, conditions that likely explained the drop in trout and redfish action around platforms and reefs in those waters.