Speckled trout catches remain solid in the Pontchartrain, and Grand Isle-anders continue to celebrate the solid trout run in surrounding waters, while freshwater action continues to suffer on almost constant rainfall, southerly winds and still-rising water in the Mississippi and Atchafalaya rivers.
Dirty water continues to hamper trout anglers in the lower reaches of Terrebonne Parish, but where you can find patches of clear water, trout are showing up in lakes Pelto and Barre and in the open waters west of Caillou Boca.
The Delacroix area is going through a change: Trout numbers are declining and redfish dominate the action. Hopedale has been better than Delacroix when it comes to trout catches.
Not much help here. Friday and Saturday are shaping up to be much better than Sunday with 10 knot east, then southeast winds and 1-2 foot seas dominating open-water areas east of the Mississippi River. Along the Central Coast and in offshore waters, Friday’s light north breezes and near calm seas will give way to 10-15 knot southeast winds and 2-4 foot seas through Monday. The Pontchartrain forecast calls for a light chop Friday before stronger southeast winds rough up the lake late Saturday into Sunday. Expect summertime temperatures and the possibility of afternoon thunderstorms.
Heavy rains in the northern parishes mean more water in bayous and rivers, and in the Red River, which means continued rising water in the Atchafalaya Basin. The Mississippi River is on the rise, too and will move the Baton Rouge gauge up a foot to 28.7 feet by Monday, when the New Orleans gauge will hit 10.5 feet, up nearly half-a-foot from Wednesday’s reading.
The Verret Basin remains high, and the Florida Parishes’ rivers, especially the Pearl River, are high and muddy and mostly unproductive for bass and panfish.
Along the coast
Small trout showed up on the shell pad near Bayou Lacombe and the reef-ball area near the Tchefuncte. Live shrimp are best along with a variety of soft plastics.
Trout are on The Causeway: They’re smaller than what most anglers expect from this area (mostly 14-18 inches with some throwbacks). Use Green Hornet- and Shrimp Creole-colored Matrix Shad, Gulp! natural shrimp and avocado- and blue-moon colored soft plastics on 3?8- and 1/2-ounce jigs.
The bonus at the 24-mile long Causeway are redfish, and limits have been common on reds measuring 16-30 inches long throughout this week. The reds are taking the same lures.
The surf along the barrier islands near Grand Isle are producing trout on topwater lures from first light until mid-morning hours with a small flurry coming shortly before sundown. Double-rig H&H Sparkle Beetles working over reeds in the bays.