Yes, Corey Wheat did catch an 8-pound largemouth in the Ascension Area Anglers tournament over the weekend. And his fellow AAA buddies had enough action to bring in five-bass limits to show how much difference there is in trying to catch bass on the lower end of the Atchafalaya Spillway compared to the Pigeon area in the vast Atchafalaya Basin.

Wednesday’s reports proved the Delacroix area is another bass hot spot, and, maybe the hottest bass-redfish waters in the state.

With two major saltwater rodeos on the Fourth of July holiday weekend, the promise of finding big numbers of speckled trout anywhere other than the Lake DeCade-Bayou DuLarge area in Terrebonne Parish is an iffy proposition, but offshore conditions should be good enough to provide the rodeos with a full leaderboard.

Weather

Afternoon thunderstorms are in the forecast through Tuesday. Otherwise, expect a weak front to bring light but shifting winds and relatively light seas through the weekend with morning lows in the mid-70s and afternoon highs in the low-90s.

The coast

While charter skippers continue to report first-rate speckled trout catches from waters in the lower end of Plaquemines Parish, weekend fishermen aren’t having that kind of success.

There has been trout action on the rigs in Lake Borgne, but catches there have been good one day and poor the next in the same spots. Water movement is the key, and currents are moving harder for the first 2-3 hours after dawn. Use live shrimp there. Sharks are dominating the scene along the islands east of the mouth of the Mississippi River.

The Lake DeCade-Bayou Dularge area continues to produce trout on soft plastics under a cork in open water and on jigheads around rocks and oyster beds.

The ‘in-between’ water

Small spinnerbaits and spoons worked on keeper redfish and largemouth bass up to two pounds around grassbeds in Delacroix’s clear water spots. Try the south end of Lake Lery, Lost Lake and Lake Batola. Bass and reds were chasing lots of small baitfish. Take along polarized sunglasses to sight-fish for these aggressive feeders.

Freshwater

Moving water is the highest priority for Atchafalaya Basin bass, and it appears the water was moving on the south end, but not in the middle section in the past several days. Tides affect south-end waters more than it does around Bayou Pigeon.

Last week’s heavy rains put the water on a standstill in the Pigeon area, and action there on all species was reduced to near nothing through Monday. With the river on a slow rise, the prospects are slim.

Catfish (nightcrawlers) and bass (spinnerbaits, buzzbaits) on points near runouts continue to dominate Lake Verret Basin catches.