There’s no secret about the effects of a full moon on coastal fishing, especially during what is “summer” - May through September - in Louisiana.

Friday’s full moon means higher, stronger tides. These higher tides are going to hold for a couple of days before decreasing to weak levels by the middle of next week.

Common to all areas is that early morning action is best, and catches are decreasing rapidly in freshwater and saltwater by 9:30 a.m.


South winds will build from the 5-knot range into 5-10 knots, and seas will gradually move from near flat to 1-2 feet by the weekend. Look for moderating afternoon temperatures (in the low 90s compared to the upper 90s of last week). The major rivers are on a slow fall.

Fresh water

Sac-a-lait continue to be the talk in the Capital City area. The best bass action is coming in the Belle River-Lake Verret area and the Delacroix marshes.

Sac-a-lait are showing up at Old River and most of the oxbow lakes north of Old River up to Lake Providence, and in the Lake Verret system. Black/chartreuse tubes on a jig work around cypress trees, in the depths around piers and deep brush piles, and under a cork in downed trees. Beetle Spins and Roadrunners work on ultralights around grass beds.

Bass are blowing up buzzbaits in Delacroix, where there is a bonus of redfish action on these same lures. One report had Zoom’s “bruised banana” color worm rigged weightless and weedless taking bass when worked slowly through the grass beds. The action there has waned on frogs.

Verret system bass continue to take spinnerbaits early around water hyacinths and other heavy cover. Use worms and small jigs after that around bulkheads and cypress trees.

The coast

The combination of more and more Sargasso grass showing up in gulf waters and light south winds likely means we’re in for first-rate deep-water catches of blue-water species like marlin, bull dolphin, wahoo and even some sailfish in the coming days and weeks. Rips are forming daily.

Good news from Pontchartrain: Salinity levels are rising now that the Bonnet Carre Spillway has been closed for more than two weeks. Big trout are showing up at the bridges; and catches of smaller specks, white trout and redfish are increasing in Lake St. Catherine, the Biloxi Marsh and Lake Borgne. Live bait is the key.

Live shrimp and live croaker are keys to taking limits of trout along the Central Coast. Reefs behind Grand Terre and Grand Isle are holding trout, as are the barges along The Fourchon. East Timbalier and Wine islands are holding larger trout (best places to catch trout on top waters), and trout are coming from platforms in Lake Barre and Lake Pelto.