There’s urgency in this week’s report, and it’s for anyone who wants to take advantage of the run on speckled trout along Lake Pontchartrain’s south shore.
Terrific reports are a constant from waters off the seawall near the UNO campus east to the Seabrook area. It appears trout are feeding on white shrimp and all you have to do is look for the birds. Other than working under the birds, there’s no specific time frame, because one day the best catch comes in the morning, and the next day, the afternoon bite is better. Weather is the likely trigger: The bite appears to be better in the morning on sunny days, and after noon on the cloudy days. Wind is a factor, too.
The urgency comes with opening the Bonnet Carre Spillway. History tells us water from the Bonnet Carre will flow along the south shore. That leaves only another four or five days before muddy freshwater invades this area.
Although avocado/chartreuse, blue moon/chartreuse and, on some days, pink are good color choices, pick your favorite color and work it on a jighead.
Otherwise, high and still-rising Mississippi and Atchafalaya rivers floodwaters affect most of the action.
Friday morning’s rain and 10-20 knot west winds (90 percent chance) advances a cold front before a low-pressure system developing Saturday brings in 5-10 knot north winds that will linger in waters east of the Mississippi River, but is predicted to bring a wind shift to the south (15-20 knots) along the Central Coast and offshore Sunday. Winds should decrease by Monday.
Friday’s low-50s to near 70 degree temperatures will drop near 40-to-mid 50s range Saturday into early next week.
The Wall and the MRGO area continue to produce trout and some redfish, while redfish-bass action is coming down the MRGO and into Delacroix waters. Hard-plastic jerkbaits are working on 2-pound-plus trout along rip-rap and concrete walls from mid-afternoon until dark. Seabrook is holding fish, but take along plenty of tackle because the trout are on the bottom, and that means plenty of hang-ups and lost jigheads.
Action in the Sulphur Mine near Golden Meadow is good one day, poor the next, but catches in the big lakes in the Cocodrie area are steady on smoke-red glitter and avocado soft plastics.
Lake DeCade is producing trout on drifts when winds allow getting on the lake.
Wakes area causing damage in the Belle River area. Bass action good there.
With water falling in the Florida Parishes rivers, use red-shad plastic worms around run-outs in the Tickfaw and Pearl rivers, and go to shad-colored lipless crankbaits when schools of shad come to the surface.