At first glance, the major impediment to first-rate catches likely would be the cold - and getting colder - front that settled in Wednesday over south Louisiana.
Or, maybe, it will be a second cold front that will move in here Friday.
Or, maybe, it will 10-20 knot northerly winds that will drop early morning wind-chill factors into the teens and make daytime temperatures feel like the mid 40s.
True, those factors play a role, but no more than the extremely high barometric pressure that will linger over our waters into Sunday. Wednesday evening’s reading was at 30.36 inches, a number that gives bass lockjaw and makes sac-a-lait hide in the deepest cover.
Lake Pontchartrain Basin veteran Dudley Vandenborre readily admits that when the barometer hits 30.30 inches speckled trout and redfish, especially trout, don’t feed.
The best part about these fronts is the bright sunshine we’ll have into Monday. When the full effects of the front wane, and the barometer dips back below that 30.30 inches reading, trout and redfish will be the first to get back into action.
Then, the only problems coastal fishermen will face are finding enough water - four days of north winds blow lots of water from the marshes - then finding clear-enough water for the sunlight to warm the water and the fish to be able to see the bait.
Northeast winds near 10 knots will give way to increasing north winds, choppy-to-rough conditions in the interior and nearshore waves up to five feet. It’s likely a small-craft advisory will be in effect most hours into Sunday.
The Mississippi and Atchafalaya rivers continue to rise.
While catches from The Causeway and other Lake Pontchartrain bridges are above average, it’s likely going to be too rough to fish the areas along these bridges that have been the most productive.
The Causeway’s hot spots are the pilings four miles from the north shore, at the eight-mile and the turnaround.
A variety of soft-plastic baits are catching trout up to four pounds. Try the Deadly Dudley Slammin’ Sammy, Gulp! five-inch watermelon Jerk Shad and avocado Hybrids.
Lake DeCade is holding lots of trout up to 16-17 inches long. Work soft plastics under a cork.
Try to find clear water around points and over oysterbeds.
Canals in the Delacroix, Shell Beach and Hopedale areas are holding trout, as is the dam on the MRGO near the launch at Hopedale. The Oak River area is holding trout and redfish, but take care running to places like the Twin Pipelines and the bays and lakes because of the low water.
Bayou Sale, Bayou Petit Caillou and Dulac’s canal system are holding trout and redfish. Find moving water near points.