Sac-a-lait is the name of the game, or at least the big slabs being hauled from at least a dozen area waterways were the talk around the Capital City earlier this week.
And with the Atchafalaya Spillway getting down to fishable levels, bass will join their sunfish cousins atop the “can’t-miss” list.
When explosions like that happen, there’s usually a dip in catches somewhere else, and that somewhere is along the Central Coast. Fishermen there are trying to figure out if heavy rains or a last-quarter moon phase turned what were speckled trout limits into a scramble for a decent catch. Live shrimp continues to be the best bet.
Whatever happened to the trout catches didn’t happen to redfish, drum and sheepshead. Those species cooperated and stretched many a line over the weekend and into this week.
Keep an eye on the southern Gulf of Mexico this week for tropical weather. It’s unclear if that system is the cause for a forecast of 15-20 knot southeast winds and 4-6 foot offshore seas into Friday.
Conditions are predicted to calm to 5-10 knot east winds and 1-2 foot seas by late Saturday.
A front moving from the Midwest will bring shifting, 5-10 knot winds across south Louisiana through Sunday. Expect rough nearshore conditions through Friday , then 5-10 knot southeast winds and 1-2 foot rollers through Saturday.
That’s likely to push more anglers to inside areas where a “protected waters with a light chop” forecast will hold through Sunday.
Head to Old River, the Tickfaw, Natalbany and Tchefuncte rivers, the Lake Verret system, the Spillway, Henderson Lake and Larto-Saline for sac-a-lait.
At Old River, jigged black/chartreuse tubes are paying off around cypress trees and buttonwoods. With the Mississippi River on a slow fall, sac-a-lait will continue to move to deeper structure.
That means you must spend time trying to find the right water depth around these trees. Bream are taking crickets on a weighted hook 6-8 feet down around the houseboats.
On the Tickfaw and other Florida Parishes rivers, sac-a-lait moved to shallow structure where tubes and shiners under a cork worked near the banks.
Grassy Lake and deep-water canals off that lake were the best sac-a-lait producers. Use shiners and black/chartreuse tubes in clear water or blue/white in milky water.
Cuts along Bayou Maringouin are the top Spillway spots and the I-10 bridge pilings are holding sac-a-lait in Henderson.
Sac-a-lait are holding on deep brush at Larto-Saline and bass are schooling along points in the lake, especially where wind is pushing baitfish schools to the top.
J.B. Salter, Carlton Savoy and Tom LeBlanc contributed to this report.