If you don’t like winds — and when can you remember days of strong northwest like we’ve had this week — then you’re not going to like the rest of the week.
The saving grace, if there is any, is winds will shift to the east Sunday, meaning marshes on the east side of the Mississippi River should begin to get water blown out by north winds.
Freshwater action isn’t much better. While the north winds have moved water from the Verret Basin, the marshes and most Florida Parishes rivers, the barometric pressure will remain high through the weekend.
The best freshwater action seems to be in places where winds have pulled water into bayous and canals.
Look for 10-15 knot west winds Friday on the next cold front with a shift to the northeast Saturday, then to 10-20 knot east winds Sunday, all of which means we can expect small-craft advisories. Next week’s temperatures will moderate, but the front will dip Sunday morning’s low into the mid-40s. After the front and Monday’s rain, look for a warm-up period with predicted highs into the mid- to- upper-70s late next week.
Barometric pressures will remain high (30.42 inches Saturday, 30.24 Sunday) with a dip below 30 inches Monday morning, then rising back to the 30.1 range into the middle of next week.
The Mississippi and Atchafalaya rivers remain very high, but both are on a slow fall, as are most of the north shore rivers. The Pearl River is predicted to rise through the weekend.
All reports have come with a warning about low water in the marshes, and all report action on the slow side. Retrieves need to be extra slow.
Speckled trout limits are scarce in this week’s reports, and redfish have provided most of the action from the Biloxi marshes west into the Golden Meadow, Cocodrie, Dulac and Theriot waters.
Most of the trout are coming from deeper holes in deeper lakes and rivers, and are coming on plastics rigged with three-eighths ounce jigheads worked slowly on the bottom.
When you can find cocahoe minnows or mud minnows, rig them on a 1/0 Kahle hook and fish them on the bottom on a Carolina rig, or free-line them in moving water, especially where you can find a canal dumping water into a bayou or river.
Another productive tactic has been to find stands of roseau cane along the rivers and bayous on the east side of the Mississippi River (Oak River is good place to start) and cast live bait and plastics into the stands of cane and slowly work baits back to the boat. Find the depth for that spot and you can put bait and lures under a cork to allow the bait to lay next to the roseau.
There are no reports from Lake Pontchartrain, mostly because it’s been too rough to get on the lake. Same’s true for open lakes and bays.