When an avid trout fisherman says he’s got more specks than he knows what to do with, you’ve got to take that report seriously.

Those words came Tuesday morning: They came from a kayak fisherman working “skinny” waters on the west side of Galliano.

For powerboat folks who can’t reach shallow ponds and canals, there’s enough action in the waters from Galliano south to Leeville to take advantage of trout that have moved in since November’s Arctic blasts.

On the freshwater side, bass and sac-a-lait are providing enough action in the Lake Verret Basin and the Pearl River system to make for first-rate wintertime trips, and Theriot waters are holding trout, reds and bass.

Weather

A low will move into south Louisiana on Friday and we can expect strong southerly winds, rain and rough conditions through Saturday morning before a cold front settles in and lingers into Christmas week with morning lows near 40 and afternoon highs in the low 60s. Lake Pontchartrain’s 2-4 foot waves are predicted to settle Sunday.

The Mississippi and Atchafalaya rivers are on hard rises, with the Mississippi going over the 19-foot mark in Baton Rouge and a 6-foot reading at New Orleans. The Atchafalaya at the Bayou Sorrel gauge will move from Wednesday’s 4.1-foot reading to 4.8 feet Monday.

The marshes

Clear, green water continues to run in the Pontchartrain Basin, and the most productive places for keeper trout are spots when you can find more color and less water clarity.

Live bait appears limited to cocahoe minnows. The marshes south of the bridges and into the Hopedale area are giving up trout and redfish on topwaters and soft-plastic “chicken-on-a-chain” and blue moon/chartreuse colors.

It’s almost a use-your-favorite-bait/color action in the Lafourche and Terrebonne parishes marshes and in Lake DeCade and Lake Mechant. Places on the northern and western ends of Vermilion Bay are producing on calmer days.

Few reports are coming from Grand Isle-Fourchon waters, and, when offshore waters lay down, tuna and bonito are showing behind shrimp boats.

Freshwater

With the Atchafalaya on the rise, bass action has flipped sides of the levee. Belle River and the Intracoastal are clear and crankbaits and willowlead spinnerbaits are working around points and snags. Canals off Bayou Cheramie are holding bass, too. Verret’s south end is hot for sac-a-lait on black/chartreuse tubes.

The past 10 days has produced the hottest bass action this year on the Pearl River. Start early on points and laydowns on the main rivers. Flipping jigs and creature baits have produced the heaviest bass.

The rising Mississippi shut down Old River catches.