Recent cold fronts have helped concentrate fish, especially along the coast, and this week’s fronts will move and cool more water.

Under northeast winds, it will be important to find places where easterly winds push water from ponds and lakes through run-outs into bayous and canals.

You can eliminate places before you launch: For instance, unless you can find run-outs or cuts in the bank in southeast-to-northwest running canals, you won’t find moving water there.

Work north-south running canals and bayous for moving water, places which usually produce the best action on north and east winds in freshwater and brackish-water marches.

Because predator fish follow food, and though it can be uncomfortable, fishing open water where wind is pushing to a shoreline should be move productive than the lee areas in that lake — as long as you not looking at two-foot waves beating the shoreline. A 10-15 knot wind pushes shrimp and baitfish to shorelines.

Small trout are showing up in catches in inside waters, and redfish are everywhere.


Wednesday’s cold front will be reinforced by another cold front set to blow in Friday. That will give us 5-15 knot north and east winds through Saturday, then 15-20 knot east winds (25 knots offshore) Sunday into Monday.

Expect morning lows in the lower 50s north of I-10 and near 60 along the coast with afternoon highs near 80 come Saturday.

The Mississippi River’s fall will reach New Orleans early next week, and the hard north winds will push the Atchafalaya from 3.1 feet to a 2.2 reading at Bayou Sorrel between Thursday and Monday.

The coast

There’s no secret redfish are making headlines, and with weekend winds keeping most folks from getting into open water, working your favorite soft plastics under corks or on jigheads around points and near run-outs will be the best during the next five days. Gulp! Shrimp VuDu Shrimp are top options.

Work swimbaits (free-lining or on light jigheads) in spots where you find moving water around grass beds on the down-current sides of points and run-outs.

Working points of bayous or canals draining into larger bayous or rivers is a good plan for speckled trout.

The latest is the bayous and rivers on Lake Pontchartrain’s north shore are holding trout, redfish, flounder and some bass along the banks near the lake.

Canals and bayous in the Theriot and Dulac areas are holding redfish and bass, and trout near the big lakes, and, if you can safely fish them, the reefs behind Grand Isle produced trout, redfish, drum and sheepshead (live shrimp under a cork) during the last week.


One word — Atchafalaya.