Wind and more wind and another cold front coming in by Friday morning will dictate more of what we can and can’t do in the coming days.
The current cold-front cycle for past four weekends leaves the best fishing days — at least the calmest days — for Mondays-Wednesdays.
Despite 15-25 knot winds and rising barometric pressure, action has remained steady for freshwater catches, and has increased the speckled trout bite for most inland areas, including Lake Pontchartrain.
Offshore ventures have taken the biggest hit: When conditions are moderately calm (1-3 foot seas), the action on yellowfin tuna, mangrove snapper and cobia have been solid at rigs and around shrimp trawlers 5-25 miles off the coast.
Friday’s gusty 15-20 knot north winds will give way to 5-15 knot east winds Saturday and Sunday and bring a light chop over the inside waters, with offshore seas settling to 2-3 footers on 10-knot east winds by late Saturday.
Expect lows in the low-40s Saturday morning and low-70s for afternoon highs with a temperature range of 55-79 Sunday through Tuesday.
Look for a 3.1-foot reading on the Mississippi River at New Orleans and a 2.1-foot reading at Morgan City for the Atchafalaya River.
Tidal movement will be on the low side through the weekend, then building to stronger tides next week.
Venice, Delacroix and the Cataouatche-Salvador area continue to draw bass anglers. All three areas are producing solid stringers on spinnerbaits. Water clarity doesn’t seem to affect the action on this versatile lure. Most reports are that white and chartreuse skirts are the top colors, though adding some blue into the skirt helps in murky water.
Adding a soft-plastic trailer helps slow the bait’s fall around grassbeds, piles of water hyacinths and along the lines of roseau cane in all three spots. Gold willowleafs and silver, round blades are the best combination.
The best action in those three places, in the Atchafalaya Spillway and the Verret-Belle River area, comes in moving water. Bass are feeding heavily near run-outs and points, especially when you can find murky water pouring into clear water.
Soft-plastic creature baits and black-blue jigs-n-pigs are working in the Spillway and Belle River. Sac-a-lait action is solid on black/chartreuse tubes in the Spillway south of Bayou Pigeon.
When conditions allow, trout are stacking up at The Causeway and along Pontchartrain’s other bridges. Water is clearer on the lake’s north end, and a wide variety of soft plastics (Dudley’s Slammin’ Sammy, Gulp! Jerk Shad in watermelon red and camo and anything avocado with chartreuse tail) are taking trout, flounder, large and small drum and redfish.