There’s something about constant, consistent conditions that help fishermen target their prospective catches. And that’s what’s ahead this weekend.
Last week’s cold front helped to push water lots of water, and there’s nothing like moving water in the fall to spur a freshwater and coastal marshes feeding spree. It seems like fish know they need to stock up on food before winter.
There was enough activity in the Atchafalaya and Verret basins to know the north winds helped throughout the weekend. And the Delacroix and Hopedale marshes finally started producing enough speckled trout to write about.
High pressure across the area through Sunday with 5-10 knot south and southeast winds, except the forecast calls for northwest winds Sunday east of the Mississippi River, where near-calm seas will be the rule through Monday. Expect 1-3 foot seas along the Central Coast, and 2-3 footers offshore. Lake Pontchartrain should have a medium ripple over the surface waters.
Rain chances will increase Sunday afternoon through Tuesday morning with morning lows near 70 and afternoon highs near 80.
The Mississippi River is predicted to rise from Friday’s 2.8 to Monday’s 3.1 reading on the New Orleans gauge, and the Atchafalaya River reading at Bayou Sorrel is steady at 3.2 feet.
The big new news is that buzzbaits and spinnerbaits have a firm hold on the top lures to cast at largemouths in the Atchafalaya, Verret and Des Allemands areas. Next best are flipping June Bug-colored creature baits around outer cypress trees with nearby grassbeds and working vibrating jigs (we won’t call them Chatterbaits) on points with moving and/or mixing water.
With the Mississippi River down, the runs off the river in the Venice area are giving up solid bass catches. Buzzbaits and swimbaits are working in the ponds, while flipping worms and crawfish imitations are best around Roseau cane.
Sac-a-lait are taking black/chartreuse tubes and shiners around Atchafalaya grass beds and brushtops on the deep bends in bayous, and sac-a-lait are showing up around piers at Old River.
On the coast
The weekend’s north winds spurred activity on specks that were feeding on shrimp and small pogeys. That meant shad-looking hard plastics and shrimp artificials 18-24 inches under a rattling cork worked in moving water in the Hopedale, Delacroix and Terrebonne Parish marshes.
Redfish fed heavily on minnows around run-outs and small drains in Delacroix (bass were caught there, too) from the Biloxi Marsh, Hopedale, the Oak River area and in The Fourchon marshes. Easy limits of reds came from the Falgout Canal-Theriot area.