Conditions are setting up for the perfect summertime weekend. The only downer is the heat. Other than that, light winds and seas, a push from next Saturday?s full moon, and extra-strong tides could be the trick to shake speckled trout and other saltwater species out of the recent winds and seas problems brought by Tropical Storm Don and the constant threat of torrential thunderstorms.

Freshwater action is solid now that the Mississippi and Atchafalaya rivers are down.


Expect extra-hot afternoons with southwest and west winds running 5 knots and seas one foot or less nearshore and offshore well into Sunday.

The coast

Don and more than two weeks of violent thunderstorms broke up schools of baitfish and shrimp and appeared to have scattered speckled trout east of the Mississippi River and along the Central Coast.

Live shrimp continued to produce trout from Barataria Bay east to Four Bayous, but 3-5 foot seas pounding the beaches nixed action on croakers.

Much calmer winds and seas should push trout back to the beaches from the west side of the Mississippi River west across Grand Terre, Elmer?s Island, The Fourchon, the Timbalier area and to the Last Island chain. Use croaker and pogeys up against the beaches on the early morning?s rising tide.

For surf fishermen, the reliable 52M18 MirrOlure and the ?18? color MirrOdine along with several topwater lures are likely the best bets on larger trout.

After that, pull off the first or second sandbar: A variety of soft-plastics on jigheads will work, among them the avocado/red glitter (dip the tail in chartreuse dye) Cocahoe Minnow, and Dudley?s blue moon/chartreuse tail or copperhead colors.

Plastics under a cork continue to work in areas out of Breton Sound Marina while gold spoons around grass and soft plastics near the bottom are producing specks, reds and some bass in the Delacroix area.

With the amberjack season open, the offshore fleet will have another option now that the red snapper season is closed. Amberjack are at the West Delta rigs in water more than 80 feet deep. Catch small hardtails, or use small white trout 40-60 feet down out to 120-foot depths, then 50-80 feet down out to 200-foot depths.


Atchafalaya Spillway bass are hitting just about anything you want to throw. The most consistent has been the watermelon Baby Brush Hog, but topwaters, spinnerbaits and crawfish imitations are working from the Grand Lake area south into Flat Lake and American Lake.

For sac-a-lait, work black/chartreuse jigs under a cork around downed trees.

Old River sac-a-lait have pulled into the depths around piers and walkways. Bream are taking crickets 6-8 feet down around the houseboats.