There’s so much good freshwater news to share this week, but the big news is that speckled trout appear to be moving to the interior marshes, and offshore conditions have calmed from last weekend’s blow and should provide enough action on mangrove snapper, yellowfin and blackfin tuna, wahoo and bull dolphin.
A weak cold front will move in Saturday and bring 5-10 knot northerly breezes and light seas through the weekend. Look for slight rises in the Mississippi and Atchafalaya rivers, and morning temperatures in the 60s with afternoon highs in the 80s.
Word from the east side of the Mississippi River and along the Central Coast is that trout have started showing up in the interior bayous and canals, but most of the fish are on the small side (18 inches is the largest reported trout showing in catches). And we’re not talking about limits, maybe as many 10-12 keepers per person. Shrimp and baits like VuDu Shrimp and Gulp! Shrimp worked under corks in moving water is the top-producing pattern.
This report extended into the southern reaches of the Barataria and Terrebonne basins, but trout continued to show up in Lake DeCade, Lake Mechant and Lost Lake, and redfish and bass are taking soft plastics in the Theriot area.
Redfish and bass continue to take swimbaits around grass beds and points in the Delacroix and Hopedale areas, and, because redfish have taken to busting topwaters, redfish still hold the buzz in the Biloxi Marsh and the marshes south of The Rigolets.
With a forecast of one foot or less seas, this could be the last good shot at trout in Lake Borgne, platforms in Breton Sound, and reefs and platforms in Lakes Pelto and Barre and over into Timbalier and Terrebonne bays.
You only have to look at the complete results from Jacob Dugas Memorial bass tournament to know bass are biting in the Verret Basin and in the Atchafalaya Spillway. More than half the 108-team field weighed fish, and 44 teams brought in five-bass limits. That’s got to be some kind of record, and it shows anglers are finding bass just about everywhere in these places.
You also can see that most of the fish are in the 1-3 pounds class: Michael and Michelle Himel won with a 14.92-pound total, which means fish are averaging less than three pounds, and despite a giant 7.98-pound lunker topping their catch, Jacob Mayer and Lee Landaiche had five bass totaling 12.7 pounds.
Most of the fish are taking chartreuse/white spinnerbaits, and a wide variety of soft plastics with Brush Hogs, D-Bombs and crawfish imitations standing taller than other plastics.
Don’t forget about spinnerbaits, crankbaits and worms in the Pearl River.