There are some days when Mother Nature deals us a hand we cannot play — or sends weather than makes it very difficult to fish, or catch fish.
Unless you want to travel north, away from south Louisiana’s freshwater and brackish waters, this is one of those times. The past six days of squalls also have shut down offshore trips.
Even worse is there’s more rain coming, and that means more floodwaters in all waterways south of the Interstate 10 and I-12 corridor.
Rain chances are as high as 90 percent for Friday, 70 percent Saturday, and 40 percent Sunday before a cold front pushes into the southern parishes Monday.
Another problems is that 5-20 knot southerly winds are in the forecast through Sunday with 1-2 foot seas predicted for waters east of the Mississippi River and in Lake Pontchartrain and 3-5 footers along the Central Coast and offshore. The cold front will rough up Lake Pontchartain with 3-5 foot waves late Sunday.
The rain has also slowed down the continued falls in the Mississippi and Atchafalaya rivers with continued 30-foot and near 12-foot readings, respectively, at Baton Rouge and New Orleans, and 8.8-foot sheet-water flooding conditions on the Bayou Sorrel gauge on the Atchafalaya.
To protect piers and camps along most waterways, especially in the Verret Basin, local enforcement agencies have, or will, issue idle-zone warnings for miles along bayous and canals. Every local stream is bursting at its banks, and the Atchafalaya Basin continues to run too high.
The best bet for the weekend is to head to places like Toledo Bend for bass, catfish and the bluegill and sac-a-lait that have moved in from deep-water haunts and to set up feeding spots in the areas off creek channels and around piers in the bays on the Louisiana and Texas sides. Poverty Point Reservoir and several oxbows off the Mississippi River (except for those still connected to the river’s floodwaters) are the best bets for this weekend and possibly for the next two weeks.
On the coast
Last week’s best reports came from areas east of the Mississippi River, but it’s likely several inches of freshwater over the Delacroix-Hopedale area and the Biloxi Marsh have cut into that action.
Redfish and speckled trout moved to the bridges on the southeast corner of Lake Pontchartrain, a sign that usually means trout should show up under The Causeway two or three weeks later. Rainfall in the Pontchartrain Basin likely will delay that migration.
Live bait was working on the Pontchartrain bridges (and for flounder) along with the usual Slammin’ Sammy and blue moon/chaertreuse colored soft plastics on a jighead worked around the pilings.