Celebrate!

For the first time in more than a month, we’re looking at a terrific weekend to be on the water, especially if you’re thinking about a trip to the coast.

It’s rough there now after Wednesday’s small-craft advisory, but Saturday’s forecast of light winds, light seas and near-calm conditions for the inside waters is just what the fishing doctor ordered to get in on some of the trout/redfish action in the hot spots of Delacroix-Hopedale and the Bayou Dularge-Theriot areas. And don’t forget state waters are open for red snapper, and May will bring us the last month for taking greater amberjack before the June through July closure.

Freshwater action is a different matter: Coming off Monday’s violent storm and still suffering from last week’s rain, all rivers are high and will need another week before they can be considered “fishable.” Toledo Bend is the only sure-fire freshwater bet for the coming days.

Weather

Friday’s 10-20 knot north winds and 2-4 foot seas will be a problem, but Saturday’s forecast calls for lighter easterly winds and calmer seas with Sunday’s mild winds and less than 1-foot seas the rule in nearshore and offshore waters.

Bring a jacket for those early morning runs with sunrise temperatures at 55-60 degrees with afternoon temps near 80.

The Mississippi River will hit a crest at 35.2 feet in Baton Rouge and 14.2 feet in New Orleans and the Atchafalaya will do the same with a 9.4-foot reading at Bayou Sorrel. The Amite, Tchefuncte and Pearl are predicted to crest (from the rains) Friday.

Along the coast

The folks working the waters in Terrebonne Parish are singing a happy tune. Charter skipper Rob Dupont reported speckled trout are moving from inside areas to the bays, and lakes and reefs and structures in Terrebonne Bay and Lake Barre are giving up trout on a variety of soft plastics worked on jig heads. Redfish are everywhere on the inside and, along with drum and a few trout, are showing up at the islands.

Redfish and trout are holding around islands and points in the California Bay and Black Bay areas on the east side of the Mississippi River from Buras south to Pass a Loutre. Topwaters are working along with black/chartreuse and green/pearl soft plastics on a jig head or under a cork.

Swim baits and soft plastics under a cork are good in Delacroix-Hopedale waters. The Hopedale side of this system are holding larger trout and redfish. Look for clear, moving water for the best action.

Freshwater

Grass beds along creek beds are holding bass at Toledo Bend, where sac-a-lait (shiners, black/chartreuse tubes) have moved to 4-9 foot depths and bluegill (crickets) have moved to the piers in the bays and coves.

The canals (points and run-outs) in the Copasaw and Turtle bayous areas are best in south Louisiana for bass and goggle-eye on spinnerbaits and dark-colored worms and lizards.