With Thanksgiving coming, it’s time to take a look at what we can expect for the next five holiday-filled weeks - and weekends.
The current pattern of cold fronts means colder water temperatures. For the time being, that’s not a problem, but with more cold weather (but not necessarily colder temperatures) on the way, we can expect to see speckled trout and redfish working their ways to deeper and deeper water the first two or three days after a cold front moves to the coast.
After that 2-3 day period, trout, redfish, drum and sheepshead will respond to baitfish moving up from the depths into shallower water and nearer to banks to feed, and the bigger fish will move in to eat the little fish.
Remember water warms faster over shellbeds, pipelines, rip-rap banks, jetties and piers and bridges where pilings take the sun’s heat and transfers it to the water. Trout especially will be more active in areas around above-water structures.
A cold front’s effects on freshwater species will linger longer than for the saltwater cousins. Finding structure will be important, too. Brushtops, logs, piers with “planted” brush, rock-lined banks and off-the-banks oil and gas platforms will hold active fish. And working big-bladed spinnerbaits, jigs-n-pigs and soft-plastic creature baits around and off the drop-offs in most oil-field canals will pay off for bass. Working deep cover is a proven way to take sac-a-lait.
Want to make a road trip? Try the Red River. Shad-colored and bream-colored crankbaits and watermelon red or black/red flake Sweet Beavers (color depends on water color).
The bass action has been solid from Pool 3 north to Pool 5 just south of Bossier City. Work rip-rap and the points.
Bass pulled off the banks in the Atchafalaya Spillway and in Belle River after the cold front last week, but were back to hitting spinnerbaits and redshad worms along the banks over the weekend. That pattern likely will be repeated this week.
Marsh bass and Venice-area largemouth continue to take spinnerbaits and redshad worms. Find clear water and grassbeds for the best catches.
The first solid reports came from the Cocodrie-Dulac area. When conditions allow, Lake Pelto is holding trout up to 24 inches long. On Saturday and Sunday look for light east and southeast winds, and use Long As (black/gold/orange), Top Dogs, Rapalas and 5-inch avocado Gulp! on an eighth-ounce jig.
Reefs behind Last Island (Pelto, Timbalier Bay, Terrebonne Bay) and structures in Caillou Boca are holding trout.
Lake Borgne, Lake Pontchartrain’s bridges and Unknown Pass are the best spots on the east side of the Mississippi River.
Homer Humphreys and Howard Cuevas contributed to this report.