Another weekend, another cold front, and this one comes with another round of strong winds and much colder temperatures.
While that’s good for duck hunters, this one likely will more adversely affect fishing than any of the past five through here during the past two weeks.
Even worse, another front brings rain Sunday and more cold into next week.
That progression won’t give us the “between the fronts” fish-catching action we’ve enjoyed the past two weeks, and makes it difficult to predict catches for the next five days.
When wind, waves and barometric pressure settle, the action in Lake Pontchartrain and the Delacroix and Hopedale marshes has been off-the-charts good.
Bitterly cold for mid-November days with a freeze in store Friday in the Baton Rouge area and warming only into the lower-40s Sunday before settling back into the lower-30s Monday and Tuesday. Expect afternoon highs from the lower-50s to near 60 with rain Sunday.
Look for 10-25 knot nearshore and offshore north winds and heavy seas through early Saturday before shifts to the east, then south, then west, then back to the north between Saturday and Monday.
The major rivers continue to fall on north winds and lower runoff in the Midwest.
Most of the terrific reports this week came from the Pontchartrain Basin, the Hopedale and Delacroix areas and the marshes in the southern reaches of Terrebonne Parish.
The Causeway and The Trestles produced solid trout numbers in the mornings’ first hours late last week and Monday and Tuesday, days following a procession of cold front. There’s no one best color, although blue moon/chartreuse, chartreuse and Dudley’s Slammin’ Sammy, along with the Gulp! camo Jerkshad worked on jigheads were the most common colors listed in reports.
Another point made in the reports was that trout were scattered, some on the pilings of these bridges, while others were between the pilings, then some as far as 40-50 feet off the bridges.
Redfish continued to school on pods of white shrimp near The Trestles toward the South Shore.
Plastics and live shrimp under a cork worked in the marshes east of the Mississippi River and in the Terrebonne marshes. It’s likely this front will break up the shrimp and mean minnows will replace shrimp for the best available live bait. Swimbaits are working the heavy grass, too.
Slowly worked gold/black back jerkbaits and small lizards, worms and creature baits around cypress trees will be the best choices in the Atchafalaya Spillway and the Verret Basin.
Sac-a-lait are taking black/chartreuse tubes there, and along the piers at Old River between the fronts.