After surviving March with few problems — except for the rising Mississippi and Atchafalaya rivers — it looks like we’re going to battle another adage, the one that goes “April showers brings May flowers.”
Oh, the pain of it all, because, for most of us, rain means cutting grass most definitely will cut into our fishing time.
And, for this weekend, the showers are coming. Worst of all, there are good chances for thunderstorms Friday through Monday across south Louisiana, and that means boaters will have to keep one eye out for dangerous lightning.
The good news is that the catch-all species we call “bream” are biting in several places, and rainfall generally washes loads of food sources (caterpillars, worms, insects) for them into canals and bayous, and bluegill and chinquapin are more than ready to dine on this feast.
If you’re ready for a trip, then Toledo Bend is on fire for bass, bluegill and catfish.
A not-so-strong cold front is due in here Friday, then is predicted to stall when it hits the Gulf of Mexico, which means it will head north and bring rain and thunderstorms Friday through Tuesday. Mornings should be quieter than afternoons with mild temperatures through early next week.
The forecast is for 5-10 southwest winds and 1-2 footers in open waters along the coast Friday with a switch to the east at 5-10 knots and seas running less than one foot Saturday before 10-15 knot southeast winds and 1-3 foot seas rule Sunday into Tuesday. Look for 2-4 footers offshore.
The Mississippi and Atchafalaya rivers are on a decided fall, but neither will be that fishable through the middle of next week.
Along the coast
Shifting winds again will be a problem for speckled trout hunters. Winds are breaking up concentrations of bait fish and the whatever eating-sized shrimp still living in the marshes and inside waters and trout have scattered with the bait.
Redfish are everywhere and eager to take live bait and soft plastics. Work baits in moving water, and the clearer the water the better. Most any plastic with a chartreuse tail is working, but go with the rule of using darker baits on dark days and lighter colors on bright days (and in clearer water). If you can find grass off or near points, so much the better, because reds are chasing food between grass and marsh banks.
Red snapper are abundant on platforms and reefs within sight of the mouth of the Mississippi River and Grand Isle.
Catfish are running in the Verret Basin and in the Lac Des Allemands areas. Use your favorite “scent” bait. Go with crickets for bluegills. Gold jerkbaits, white/chartreuse/blue spinnerbaits and June Bug-colored creature baits for post-spawn bass.