If all goes according to the Weather Service’s forecast, March most definitely will come in like a lion Sunday. Let’s hope, like the adage prescribes, March will go out like a lamb.
Yes, there are fish to be caught. Unless you’re ready to brave strong winds and rough seas, trout, redfish, bass, sac-a-lait and catfish will be there when conditions improve.
The forecast is for warmer weather beginning Sunday (afternoon highs in the 70s) into the first days of next week, but that comes with prediction of a chance of thunderstorms (late Sunday) then lingering into Tuesday.
Sunshiny days through Saturday won’t likely be enough to overcome Wednesday’s cold-rain soaker — it was the kind of rain that drops water temperatures 3-5 degrees — especially with morning temperatures in the 30s Friday and Saturday and winds running 15-20 knots from the northeast, then the east, then southeast from Friday through Sunday.
Look for small-craft advisories through the weekend.
The major rivers and most local rivers and bayous will have rising water for the next several days.
If you can stand up to the wind, this will be the final weekend to get to Old River and hit the narrows and Lake Mondieu for bass and the piers for sac-a-lait. From the river forecast, the Mississippi River should begin running to this oxbow lake sometime late next week.
The Atchafalaya Spillway continues to give up sac-a-lait and bass, but with east winds coming and a prediction for a slight rise (from 3.2 to 3.6 feet on the Bayou Sorrel gauge), expect slower action when a high-pressure system settles Friday over south Louisiana. When the system moves east, the action should increase as barometric pressure drops and clouds return late Saturday and Sunday.
The marshes south of U.S. 90 are giving up bass, too, and, because the Atchafalaya River continues to run lower than normal for this time of year, the Wax Bayou has been a hot spot. Use spinnerbaits and swimbaits.
Canals north and south of Pierre Part in the Verret Basin hold the best promise of being able to stay out of the wind. Black/chartreuse tubes in clear water and blue/white tubes in murky water are working on sac-a-lait. Catfish are showing up in the bayous.
Along the coast
Delacroix and Hopedale hold the promise of decent trout, redfish and bass action. Swimbaits, swimming jigs and soft plastics under corks are working along submerged grass lines, around points and run-outs.
East winds will push water into these marshes, and trout will tend to hang off the banks in deeper water, while redfish and bass usually push into edge of the marshes and into ponds.
Canals in the Cocodrie, Dulac and Theriot areas are holding small trout. Redfish are in the ponds and bayous.