Rains to the west and heat to the east, and it appears the blustery conditions that hampered coastal action over last weekend will ease.
The outlook for the weekend is good. Trout are everywhere, and the constant southerly winds pushing saltwater into the marshes — and coming on the heels of the tropical depression’s surge along areas west of the Mississippi River — should mean inside bays and lakes will hold a bounty of small trout and redfish along inshore reefs and rock piles.
Saturday’s seas should be calm enough to get after an abundance of mangrove snapper living at the platforms in Bay Marchand and out to South Timbalier rigs in 60-100 foot depths.
For the first time in several weeks, it looks like freshwater anglers will get a bump up in action in the Verret Basin and the Florida Parishes rivers, especially the Pearl River system.
High pressure will build in the wake of the tropical system that moved into Texas and bring us 5-10 knot southwest and south winds with mostly 1-2 foot seas along the coast, except that we can look for near calm conditions in waters east of the Mississippi River.
Rains in Texas and Oklahoma will keep the Red River high, and the major rivers continue to hold lots of water for the middle of June.
Summer’s heat has settled in, so remember to drink water and take the sunscreen. Plan for early morning trips to beat the chances of afternoon thunderstorms.
Lots of dirty water is in bays west of Grand Isle, and foul weather (mostly rough seas) kept folks from getting into those areas. The hope is that lighter winds and seas will help clear the water by the weekend.
Areas east of the Mississippi River were more fishable, but most folks stayed in interior waters and worked small bays, canals, bayous and rivers for redfish and some small trout.
With seas calming, and most inside waters from Freshwater Bayou east around the Mississippi River to The Rigolets closing to shrimping Friday, you can look for areas in lower Barataria Bay and the waters on the west side of the Mississippi River to produce trout.
Redfish continue to bite along The Causeway, and the trout bite should return to the railroad Trestles and the Chef Pass area.
Small spinnerbaits, gold jerkbaits and pearl-colored swimbaits are taking bass in the Verret Basin. Here’s how: schools of shad are away from cover in the early morning and bass are feeding on them. When the sun gets up, shad are bunching up and moving to deeper water and bass are following them. That’s when crimping a small split shot on swimbaits is attracting strikes.
Small shad-colored spinnerbaits and chrome/blue Rat-L-Traps are taking bass in the East and Middle Pearl.