Last week’s cool spell spurred freshwater and coastal action on a variety of species, but not speckled trout, which continue to hold in open-water areas in lower Terrebonne but not in “big” waters east of the Mississippi River.
A high-pressure system will linger over south Louisiana with more east winds and elevated seas Friday and Saturday before winds switch to the north Sunday and calm inside and nearshore waters. Expect rough offshore conditions through Sunday. Look for temperature ranges from lows near 70 to afternoon highs near 90 with rain entering the picture early next week.
Want big bass? Head to the runs off the Mississippi River east of Venice. You’ll have to fish the moving water in the small run-outs that move water from bayous and passes to the larger bays. Flip the canes with your preference of soft-plastic creature bait in pumpkinseed and California Love colors and remember to dip the tails in chartreuse dye. With water levels hitting late-summer lows (2.8 feet on the New Orleans gauge) getting into grass-choked ponds will be a chore. You can also find some bass action in the canals and ponds on the west of The Jump, and weightless plastics, swimbaits, buzzbaits and small spinnerbaits are working there.
Bass continue to hang along the MRGO rocks near the Violet Canal.
Lots of small bass are showing up in the Atchafalaya Spillway. It’s mostly early morning action on white buzzbaits worked parallel to the banks, or two-bladed spinnerbaits with chartreuse/white/blue skirts.
After that go to Texas-rigged soft-plastic crawfish imitations (Speed Craw, Pit Boss, Power Claw and Chigger Craw; green pumpkin appears to be a solid color) and redshad-colored worms. One problem is that even the longer 8-inch worms are attracting strikes from bluegill and goggle-eye. If you want to take these panfish, then use crickets or the H&H Cajun Spin in black/chartreuse or black/yellow.
Trout remain in Lake De Cade and Lake Mechant south of Theriot, and you can stop on the return trip to the launch to tackle redfish in the bayous (bass are in there, too), and avocado/red glitter plastics among other colors on a jighead for trout and under a cork for redfish is working best.
Lake Borgne is holding trout, but it’ll be rough getting to platforms. Live bait is working there. Redfish, drum and flounder are on the Pontchartrain bridges. Use Gulp! Shrimp or Jerkshad on the bottom.
Redfish appear to be everywhere in the Biloxi Marsh and the marshes south of The Rigolets. Use plastics under a cork.
Work the reefs behind Grand Isle and Timbalier for trout with live bait and go with avocado/red glitter plastics for redfish inside.