What? A June cold front?
Yes, that’s what the weather folks are predicting, and, no, it’s not time to take out the long johns, but the westerly winds that’ll come with Saturday’s system certainly will impact the weekend.
The good news is that we’ll see a drop in morning temperatures Sunday and into the first days of next week. By Monday, the nearshore 1-3 footers (2-3 footers offshore) will calm and provide near calm conditions and afternoons in the upper 80s and not the upper 90s.
For the weekend, it looks like the best action will be behind the barrier islands and as far back into the bays as you can find trout and redfish, but southwest and west winds during the summer seldom bode well for trips to our coast.
Freshwater-wise, the Verret Basin, the Lac Des Allemands area and the Florida Parishes rivers should be ready to give up bass (spinnerbaits, gold jerkbaits, crawfish imitations, Juen Bug worms) and bluegill (crickets; fly fishing with chartreuse/black poppers), and the latest bass news from Lakes Concordia and St. John points to a productive up-country road trip.
Friday’s conditions will be the best of the next three days with seas generally running less than a foot before 10-15 knot westerly winds make for rougher coastal conditions. Expect to see thunderstorms late Saturday through Sunday.
The Mississippi and Atchafalaya rivers are on another major rise, and it looks like we’ll not be able to get into the Atchafalaya Spillway until the middle of July.
Reports from the interior marshes on the east side of the Mississippi River confirm that speckled trout have moved from the Delacroix marshes. Hopedale’s marshes have some trout but only in waters near places like Bay Eloi, Lake Fortuna and Breton Sound.
You can find redfish in Delacroix, but it’s better to plan on a redfish/bass trip and work grassbeds with gold spoons, green/pearl (dirty water) or blue/pearl (clear water) swimbaits and floating worms. Use your favorite soft-plastic color or live shrimp under a cork in the “outside” Hopedale area.
Same’s true for the waters behind Grand Isle and Grand Terre and points east to Four Bayous. Trout are taking live shrimp and a wide variety of soft-plastic colors along reefs and anywhere you can find clear, moving water. Laughing gulls are very active and can point the way to trout feeding on shrimp and minnows.
Topwaters, Model A Bombers and double-rigged chartreuse/silver Sparkle Beetles continue to be winners in areas west of Belle Pass, like Timbalier and Terrebonne bays. Live shrimp are working there and in the Lake DeCade area.
There was a report of trout action on the western side of Vermilion Bay, places that appear to be less affected by the still-high Atchafalaya River.