It’s not like there aren’t any speckled trout along the coast, it’s just that so many good fishermen are having trouble staying on them that’s got lots of folks worried about what might happen the rest of the summer.
It appears the trout are here one day and gone the next in all coastal waters. The good along the coast is that redfish are a constant, and finding and catching them has saved lots of trips.
In freshwater, keep an eye in the slowly falling Atchafalaya River with hopes it triggers a solid largemouth bite in the Spillway. Lake Verret has been a solid fall-back for bass and catfish during the past month.
Conditions east and west of the Mississippi River will vary in the coming days in open-water areas along the coast. Look for south-southeast winds into Monday with 1-2 foot seas through Saturday, then calming Sunday into Monday. The forecast calls for rougher nearshore and inland conditions west of the river and over to Timbalier and Caillou Boca waters. Offshore sea conditions are predicted in the 3-5 foot range.
Expect a good chance of afternoon thunderstorms through Saturday with lows in the middle-70s and afternoon highs in the lower-90s.
Need a bass pattern? For most reporting areas, finding grass and cypress trees with more than a foot of water around them has been productive in the Verret, Des Allemands and Teche areas (Verret is best) for the past two weeks. Clear water helps, and the bite is best early in the morning when shad congregate around the trees. Use spinnerbaits, small buzzbaits and small topwaters, including frogs.
After the sun gets up, shad are moving to deeper, moving water, so working transition areas — bulkheads, standing trees and points along bayous — produce bass on shad-colored crankbaits and swimbaits.
Catfish continue to take all sorts of live and “stink” baits (cheap hot dogs dipped in anise oil works) in Lake Verret and the northern end of Grassy Lake.
Might be the right weekend to check out the Atchafalaya for water moving through run-outs draining the swamps east of the river.
And with the Mississippi River predicted to fall three feet by Monday (25.3 to 22.3 feet at Baton Rouge), head to Old River and work “inside” cypresses for bass and sac-a-lait and the buttonwoods for sac-a-lait.
Terrific early-week reports from Dennis Lorio and guide Marty Lacoste on limits of trout in the Bayou Dularge area on soft-plastic Matrix Shad (tiger, avocado, green hornet colors), and continued action on trout and redfish in the Delacroix area on much the same baits worked under a cork.
Waters east of Grand Isle (toward Rattlesnake and the eastern areas of Four Bayous) produced trout on live shrimp.