With Mississippi River flood waters invading what should be hot speckled trout waters, area anglers are trying to dispel the impression that Lake Pontchartrain fishing is kaput for the summer.
Earlier this week, charter skipper Greg Schlumbrecht said he’s seeing fewer and fewer boats working areas that are loaded with speckled trout and white trout.
“We’re finding fish and lots of ‘em,” he reported. “The guides are ready to go fishing, and we need to let everyone know that they’re here to catch.”
Pontchartrain addict Robbie Johnson said live shrimp and soft-plastic artificials are working on trout along the train trestle bridge on the eastern side of the lake, and that most of the fish are running 12-18 inches long. He reported the best action is on the northern end of this span, one of three bridges in the area.
Charter captain Mike Gallo also fishes the area, but spends more time in the Biloxi Marsh south of the bridges.
“There is some muddy water in the area, but we know the freshwater layers on top of the saltwater. The fish are there, you just have to get after them as early in the morning as possible,” Gallo said.
Gallo said using live shrimp is a good move because, “everything around here eats shrimp and when the trout stop biting, move into the marshes and start looking for redfish. There are lots of fish here and we aren’t seeing the numbers of boats we should be seeing for this time of year.”
Nearby launch sites are Dockside off Old Spanish Trail and Rigolets Marina off U.S. 90.
With the Atchafalaya River falling, the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has reopened the stretch from East to West guide levees along the Interstate 10 bridge spanning Henderson Lake. The LDWF closed a mile-wide, four-mile long stretch last month after rising water put boaters too close to overhead power lines. The area is a favorite for sac-a-lait fishermen.
Flotilla 4-10, the Baton Rouge auxiliary of the U.S. Coast Guard, will hold a day-long About Boating Safety course Saturday in the Seminar Room at Bass Pro Shops in Denham Springs. Louisiana’s boating education law mandates anyone born after Jan. 1, 1984, must complete a boating education course, and carry proof of completion, to operate a motorboat powered by an engine in excess of 10 horsepower. Call Greg Norton at (225) 776-3530 for details.