Ah, springtime, and there’s always room for fishing updates, especially now with the Mississippi and Atchafalaya rivers holding lots of floodwaters (with a certainty of more to come), the fish biting in the marshes and the recreational red snapper season open.
Snapper season opened Friday under light seas and mild winds, and the six reports that came in Saturday morning showed these guys knew where to go.
Venice’s four boats ran off the mouth of the Mississippi River and hit rigs within sight of the Main Pass and South pass. It took them 25-35 minutes to catch their two-per-angler limits in waters less than 80 feet.
The two Grand Isle groups ran east to rigs near Southwest Pass and limited out in less than an hour. They were in 60-70 foot depths.
Friday’s near-perfect weather on winter’s final day — the vernal equinox, the first day of spring, came right around sundown Friday — and the report from the eastern waters in Lake Pontchartrain showed trout around the rocks at Chef Pass. The lack of water movement didn’t help the catch, but the fish were there. A move to the MRGO produced more trout, about half keepers and half throwbacks, and the day’s take included a couple dozen trout, redfish, a bass and a giant 30-pound blue catfish that inhaled a MirrOdine. Jeff Bruhl said the catfish jumped at least two feet out of the water and took him around the boat three times before it came to the net.
Another report from the marshes south of U.S. 90 showed the trout want anything chartreuse in Lake De Cade and Lake Mechant. Gary Krouse said the trout seemed never to have left the lakes since that solid fall run in these lakes November through early January.
He said the water was on the murky side, which explains the need for chartreuse colors, and added that “lemondrop” and a purplish-chartreuse Matrix Shad on a jighead worked with a slow, steady retrieve.
Bass, bream and goggle-eye filled Krouse’s Thursday’s report from the freshwater marshes in the Penchant-Copasaw area. “The water was draining from the ponds and lakes and into the canals and bayous,” Krouse said. “The water was clear and the grass was pretty in the canals, was right under the surface of the water, and not tall enough to take over the canals and bayous.”
Working canals like Bluebird and the Work Canal, he said small “buck” bass were on the banks, which means the larger females were in scattered grass off the banks and some in the solid grass beds at the drop-offs of most canals. Bass took spinnerbaits and dark colors of Missile Baits’ D-Bomb in mixing water at the mouths of the canals.
Bream, other sunfishes and goggle-eye were taking anything with a clear chartreuse tail worked about 14 inches under a cork in the scattered grass off the banks., Goggle-eye were taking a shot at spinnerbaits cast for the largemouths.