OK, enough with the rain already, and with more on the way, and the topsy-turvy shift in winds, it’s no wonder south Louisiana anglers are having trouble finding fish.
There’s more rain coming Saturday in advance of another cold front, and north winds should help push water from the marshes and the Florida Parishes rivers, but it won’t help flooding along the Mississippi and Atchafalaya rivers.
There’s no word on opening either or both the Morganza and Bonnet Carre spillways, but with extraordinarily high levels in our state’s major rivers, don’t be surprised if the Corps of Engineers opens a handful of bays on both structures.
Water is high in the Verret Basin, too, and with two days of rain by Sunday, and with Atchafalaya River water flowing in from the south end, local police juries could post “no wake” zones in Belle River and the Intracoastal Waterway from Pierre Part south to Stephensville and Morgan City.
It means freshwater folks have few options, and the best bet is to stay in the marshes for redfish, trout and some bass action.
Friday’s light southeast winds will give way to east winds Saturday, then strong northwest winds Sunday. Expect calmer sea conditions Friday before much rougher seas take hold during the weekend. Friday’s 70-degree high will settle into the mid-50s Sunday into early next week with morning lows in the mid-30s to near 40 under high barometric pressures.
The Pearl River and other Florida Parishes rivers hold the best promise for bass and sac-a-lait. Find clear water and work points and run-outs with slowly retrieved soft plastics. Try Carolina rigs, too. Use swimbaits in heavy grass.
The Wall, the nearby marshes and the MRGO continue to provide trout, redfish and bass action on a wide variety of lures.
Sulphur Mine Lake near Golden Meadow, Cocodrie canals and the Theriot area are holding trout, too. Redfish in these three areas are cruising the marsh banks and living near run-outs.
Rain, clouds, cold temps and a high barometer mean working soft-plastic lures on a jighead heavy enough to put the bait on the bottom, and use extra-slow retrieves. Trout bites will be soft and pay close attention to a “heavy feel” on the end of the line.
Sunny days provide an exception: Sometime after noon, after the water has had a chance to warm, trout, bass and redfish will move from the depths and become more active. That’s when you can throw jerkbaits or shallow-running crankbaits (but only on a slow retrieve) and find fish that have suspended near rock jetties and rock walls. These hard structures capture the sun’s heat and transfer heat into the water. It takes only a 3-4 degree rise in surface temps to get these species moving higher in the water column.