Your best chances to make a big haul come Friday, Saturday and early Sunday before the next cold front brings rain to south Louisiana late Sunday through Tuesday.

Limits of trout and redfish have been reported in the coastal marshes. Your best chances for a big-time bass trip are in waters around Venice and the lower end of the Atchafalaya Spillway.


Friday’s 5-10 knot northeast and east winds will give way to 10-15 knot southeast winds into Sunday. Expect choppy inshore conditions throughout the weekend with the 2-3 foot waves nearshore and 4-7 foot seas offshore.

Morning temps will hover in the 40s with a warm-up Sunday before another front blows in Monday.

The Mississippi and Atchafalaya rivers are rising with a 6.9-foot reading (up more than three feet in the past two weeks) at New Orleans on the Mississippi and a slight rise to 2.9 feet on the Atchafalaya at Morgan City.


Take along spinnerbaits, chrome/blue Rat-L-Traps, redshad worms and watermelon red Havoc Pit Boss and Sweet Beavers and the new Kinky Beavers.

The best action is coming north of the usual haunts in Venice, places like the Wagon Wheel, in runs off Baptiste Collette and in the river near Fort Jackson.

Bateman Island at the south end of the Spillway is holding bass. A handful of reports came in from the “calendar canals” area, too. Bass in Bayou April and May were taking gold Redfins and square-lipped, green crawfish-colored crankbaits early, and there has been some action on slowly worked buzzbaits later in the day.

Marsh bass are taking smaller spinnerbaits and worms around grassbeds in The Wax and canals and bayous south of Gibson.

The coast

Starting east and heading west, the best reports are coming from the Biloxi marsh, waters west of Buras and Venice, Cocodrie, Dulac, Theriot, protected waters around Vermilion Bay and the Calcasieu Lake area.

Live bait is working most places (best in the Biloxi Marsh and on Calcasieu), and topwaters are taking trout up to 19 inches long near Cocodrie and Dulac.

David Cavell and Howard Cuevas contributed to this report.