And the beat goes on for frustrated speckled trout hunters at the same time freshwater fishermen are reveling over the dramatic falls in the Mississippi and Atchafalaya rivers.
Terrebonne Parish waters hold the only consistent trout reports this summer, and the only place where soft-plastic artificials are attracting strikes, but even in places like Lake DeCade and Bayou Dularge, there’s no guarantee of daily limits.
Sac-a-lait fishermen are singing the same song as the trout pursuers, but with waters falling fast in Old River and other Mississippi River-connected oxbows — and in the Atchafalaya Basin — it’s possiblefolks are pushing the panic button too quickly and must wait for the water to settle before sac-a-lait find the just-right places to spend the rest of the summer.
With a forecast of light seas throughout the weekend, offshore action on cobia, mangrove snapper, the recently reopened season on amberjack and actively feeding tarpon should provide enough action for offshore crews, and there’s enough action on yellowfin and blackfin tuna, blue marlin and bull dolphin to keep the bluewater fleet happy.
A weak high front will linger over coastal waters and bring southerly winds and seas to the Central Coast. Expect 5-10 knot southwest, then northerly winds and 1-2 foot seas east of the Mississippi River. Morning lows will be in the mid-70s with afternoon highs in the low-90s. There’s a slight chance of morning storms along the coast. The rain chance increases in the afternoon.
Bass action remains solid on the lower end of the Atchafalaya Spillway. Fishermen should find Spillway water levels more stable now after more than a two-foot fall (from 5.9 feet to 3.6 levels at Bayou Sorrel) during the past three weeks.
Grand Lake and the Pigeon area have been producing bass, goggle-eye and bluegill much better in the past seven days than the past two months. The Atchafalaya’s Wax area south of U.S. 90 is also more consistent for bass. Early morning buzzbaits and topwaters (frogs mostly) work, then go to swimbaits around grass beds near cypress trees.
While there are exceptions, it’s been a good trout day followed by at least one “bad” trout day from the Pontchartrain Basin west across Grand Isle into Timbalier waters. Live shrimp continues to work under a cork, while larger trout are chasing live croakers worked on Carolina rigs.
Strong morning tides and light seas are favorable for working the beaches from South Pass to Last Island, but only if you can find clear water pushing to the beaches. If possible, free-lining shrimp and croakers works best in the surf. Redfish continue to feed in the surf and over inshore reefs.