Change in wind direction aids speckled trout reports _lowres

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Blake Rymer, left holds a 4 pound speckled trout as Tommy Vidrine, right, holds a 4 pound, 4 ounce speckled trout during the second day of the 2015 International Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo. The pair are part of the "Beatin Bangin" team.

All it took was two days of east and southeast winds to turn around speckled trout action along the Central Coast. Reports coming late Friday and Saturday showed limits and near limits of trout coming from the beaches and reef north of Grand Isle and along the beaches to the east and west of that island.

Live shrimp and croakers worked best, along with a variety of hard-plastic topwaters and soft-plastics worked 18-24 inches under a cork.

A reminder to anglers is the fall inshore shrimp season begins Monday.

White Lake lotteries

Applications for the White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area’s youth-only lottery and the big-money group waterfowl hunts have September deadlines, Wildlife and Fisheries announced last week.

The Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 no-fee, youth-only lottery applications have a Sept. 11 deadline. To be eligible, hunters must be between the ages of 10-15 and have a certificate showing satisfactorily completion of an LDWF-approved hunter education course. Youth selected must be accompanied in the blind by a parent or guardian, but only the young hunter is allowed to carry a firearm.

There’s a $30,000 fee for 12-hunter, two-day group waterfowl hunts.

Dates, applications and other information about the group hunts, and applications for the youth lottery hunt are available at the LDWF website: www.wlf.louisiana.gov/refuge/lottery-applications.

A $2,500 deposit must accompany the completed group-hunt application. The deadline is Sept. 2. The LDWF will select one application by random lottery drawing for each hunt offered.

Completed applications can be delivered to Room 422, LDWF headquarters at 2000 Quail Dr. in Baton Rouge.

All applications can be mailed to: Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Attention: White Lake Youth Waterfowl Hunt or Attention: White Lake Group Hunt, 2000 Quail Dr., Room 422, Baton Rouge, LA 70808.

For more information on the two White Lake hunts, call Wayne Sweeney at (337) 536-9400, Ext. 1 or Email: wsweeney@wlf.la.gov .