The weekend brings rough wind and sea conditions — on 15-25 knot east winds through Sunday — and after thunderstorms left the areA Wednesday, there’s still a chance of rain through Tuesday under partly cloudy skies.
While the choppy inshore conditions aren’t favorable to follow up on reports of solid speckled trout catches in the Delacroix-Hopedale area and the reefs in Barataria north of Grand Isle, it does leave an opening for freshwater action on hungry catfish.
Channel cats continue to feed in nearly every canal off the big lakes in the Verret Basin and in several locations in the Lac Des Allemands area and to a lesser extent in the Amite and Tickfaw rivers. Nightcrawlers and cut bream are good, but so are a variety of prepared “stink” baits.
Take along crickets, too, because the bluegill are bedding up in big numbers across the southern parishes.
After a second-place finish in the 2016 Bassmaster Elite Series opener last month, Gonzales touring pro angler Greg Hackney is fourth in the Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year standings after finishing 29th in last weekend’s second Elite event. Hackney has 191 points, four behind Randall Tharp. Brent Chapman leads with 213 points.
Like Hackney, Pierre Part’s Cliff Crochet earned $10,000 for his 37th-place finish Saturday on South Carolina waters.
After floodwaters receded, Wildlife and Fisheries managers announced Tuesday that the Pearl River-Honey Island Shooting Range inside the Pearl River Wildlife Management Area will open Friday. All roads in the Pearl River WMA are opened, and range hours will be from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Fridays and 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. For more on the range, call (985) 643-3938.
LDWF managers also said the Shreveport area’s Bayou Pierre and Loggy Bayou WMAs are open, and that the April 15-17 turkey lottery hunt set for Loggy Bayou will be held.
The LDWF is opening its district office at 468 Texas Gulf Road in Bourg (Terrebonne Parish), April 26-28 to commercial fishermen for licensing and license renewals. Hours will be from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Fishermen can pay with personal checks, cashier’s checks, money orders and cash, but no credit cards, and should bring license renewal notices. There are other regulations for first-time applicants. For details, call the agency’s Commercial Section at (225) 765-2898.