A slight chance of showers advancing a cold front predicted to move across south Louisiana on Saturday night is the only hindrance to weekend plans.
The current run of cool nights and warm afternoons changed patterns only slightly in freshwater and coastal waters.
If there’s a common thread running across the coast, it’s that the best action comes after the sun gets up. There are enough reports that signal trout become active between 10 a.m. and noon.
After checking tides and recent foggy mornings, it’s likely moving water and sunlight penetration warming water after fog lifts are the keys to limits and near limits of trout and redfish.
Expect winds to shift from the southeast Friday to the north by Sunday. The Lake Pontchartrain forecast is for light seas Saturday and Sunday, but much rougher than that along the Central Coast with light-to-moderate chop in the interior marshes. Saturday’s rain chances are the highest in the next five days.
The Mississippi and Atchafalaya rivers are on a slight rise.
Watch for rising water in the Atchafalaya Spillway to cut in on what has been first-rate action on bass. On the fronts, slowly worked jig-n-pig and soft-plastic creature baits are the best around deep, heavy structure. This week’s warmer weather and moderate barometric pressure sent bass and sac-a-lait into shallower water.
Bass were taking chartreuse/white spinnerbaits, white buzzbaits and shad-colored crankbaits around “outside” brush, stumps and over points where water was moving. Rising water could push bass behind the stumps and to the banks. Look for schools of shad for the best action on bass and sac-a-lait. Use black/chartreuse tubes and shiners in the Spillway, canals in Verret Basin and around piers at Old River.
When trout moved to the deep holes during that three-week run of extra-chilly weather, it appears they stayed, and have moved to shallower water near those depths this week. The redfish continue to hold in the bayous and canals
The Sulfur Mine near Golden Meadow continues to hold trout, as does Lake DeCade and Lake Mechant. And when conditions allow, the Pontchartrain bridges give up larger trout and redfish continue to feed on shrimp and pogeys near the south shore at the U.S. 11 bridge. Marshes on the edges of Lake Borgne and Lake St. Catherine are holding 18-25 inch redfish. Use minnows under a cork.
A clear sign that southeast winds and stronger tides pushed clear water into the marshes is that the “electric chicken” color in soft plastics started to produce trout strikes. When water changes on the north winds (then moves back in on the southerly winds), colors like black/chartreuse work when water gets cloudy.