Wow! We’re getting terrific weather and terrific reports just in time for the kickoff of the summer fishing season and a three-day holiday when we should take at least a few minutes between Saturday and Monday to remember the men and women who gave their lives to provide us with the opportunity to enjoy what should be ideal fishing days especially along the coast.
The big news comes for speckled trout fishermen: Trout action between Buras and Venice has been on for two weeks — wind has been the only hindrance — and reports from the Central Coast, waters from Grand Terre west into the Timbalier and Last Island areas, mean trout have finally made it into the lower coastal bays, the barrier islands and shallow reefs.
For offshore folks, we’re in the last days before the June 1-July 31 closed season for greater amberjack. Tuna, amberjack and wahoo catches are off the charts.
In freshwater, no rain has allowed water to clear in the Lake Verret Basin, the Lac Des Allemands areas and the marshes, and has allowed for lower, clearer water in the Florida Parishes rivers and the Pearl River.
A high-pressure system sitting over us will move to the east in the coming days and bring light, but shifting winds across the southern parishes. Expect less than 10-knot winds and light seas through Monday with morning lows near 70 and afternoon highs near 90.
The major rivers are high and will continue on a slight rise through the weekend.
This is a time of year when choice of lures vary in waters east and west of the Mississippi River.
VuDu Shrimp, Gulp! Shrimp, and a variety of shrimp-colored soft plastics are the top artificials along the Central Coast.
Redfish and drum, some of them tackle-busting size, continue to patrol the barrier islands and along the beach shorelines.
On the river’s east side, notably in The Rigolets and points north in the Pontchartrain Basin, try the original Deadly Dudleys (the ones with the straight tail) and the Norton Sand Eel. These baits look like small eels and small baitfish and provide a larger profile than the small shrimp in the system today. You can go with shrimp-like lures farther out in Lake Borgne and in the Breton area, places where shrimp should be larger.
Redfish are everywhere in the marshes and interior waters, and limits of 17-24 inch reds are common on a wide variety of baits, including market shrimp.
Spinnerbaits, buzzbaits, swimbaits, frogs and dark-colored worms are working across the southeastern parishes, especially in the Verret Basin. Early morning action is best.
Bluegill are eating crickets, catfish like worms and goggle-eye are eating both offerings in the Verret and Des Allemands areas.