Bass fishermen take note: If you need an invitation to return to the Atchafalaya Spillway, or for the more adventuresome trips to Venice waters in and off the Mississippi River, then look for Mother Nature’s card in the mail. The envelopes were posted over past weekend.

There’s action aplenty now that the rivers are at summer lows, and the expected rise in river levels coming this weekend shouldn’t put a damper on the action.

As for the coast, it’s another toss-up. Fishermen continue to bemoan the lack of action on speckled trout. Redfish continue to provide loads of action, and flounder have started to show up in the major basins.

Marsh fishermen should take note that the teal season opens Saturday, so give the teal hunters some time in the early morning in the ponds before you run into the marsh.


A cold front is predicted to move to the coast Friday, then stall there late Saturday. Expect rain Friday in advance of the front, then afternoon thunderstorms are predicted into Tuesday. Look for light southeast, then northeast, then easterly winds Friday through Sunday with near flat water inside, light sea conditions nearshore and 1-3 footers in offshore areas.

Morning lows should dip slightly, but expect near 90-degree afternoon highs.


Water is down inside the main bayous in the Atchafalaya, and inside the main runs off the Mississippi River. That means spinnerbaits along with small, shad-colored crankbaits and swimbaits will work in the Atchafalaya. The river’s slight rise, a detriment to catches in most scenarios, could help, because it will continue the current through the bayous and shouldn’t move the bass from their spots near cypress trees.

Try the same tactics in the Lake Verret Basin, the Pearl River system, Bayou Teche and the marsh bayous and canals off the Atchafalaya south of U.S. 90.

For bass along the Mississippi River, shad-colored crankbaits will work along rip-rap in the big river, and spinnerbaits and swimbaits should work in the marsh ponds. Redshad and June Bug-colored worms will work in the cane-lined runs off the river.

Sac-a-lait have settled into the same places in the Afchafalaya. Look for brush piles on deep points near canals and the deep bends in the bayous. Some deeper canals are holding fish, too. Look for outside stumps to hold sac-a-lait and goggle-eye.

The coast

The lower reaches of the Terrebonne Basin continue to give up the best speckled trout catches. Catches remain sporadic in the Grand Isle and Venice areas. Redfish are taking a wide variety of live bait, fresh crabs and artificials (gold spoons and swimbaits over grass, and soft plastics on jigheads and under a cork). Flounder like shrimp on the bottom.