If you like north winds, clear skies and downright chilly mornings, you’re going to love this weekend — maybe if you’re a duck hunter, and maybe not even then because ducks stay high in a cloudless sky.

With a strong cold front and high barometric pressure settling over south Louisiana, and the Mississippi and Atchafalaya rivers on the rise, chances for one of those can’t-miss trips run somewhere between iffy and not hardly.

If you’re scheduled to get in that trip before holiday obligations put the clamps on runs to the coastal marshes, then you have only one option — fish deep and slow, because the combination of a high barometer and decreasing water temperatures (after recent cloudy, rainy days) usually pushes trout, redfish, bass and sac-a-lait to the bottom or into deep cover.


Blustery 10-15 mph northeast winds and choppy conditions over open waters will linger through Sunday. Expect 3-6 foot seas along the coast and 5-8 footers offshore with morning lows near 40 through Saturday and the upper-40s Sunday and Monday and afternoons highs in the mid-60s.

The Mississippi River is on a hard rise and will push to 26.1 feet at Baton Rouge and 9.3 feet on the New Orleans gauge. The Atchafalaya is predicted to rise from 5.7 to 6.6 feet Thursday through Monday on the Bayou Sorrel gauge.


Rainy days through Tuesday kept Atchafalaya bass from moving into heavy cover and above average catches came early on spinnerbaits, jerkbaits and topwaters before soft-plastic “creature” baits worked later in the day.

All that will change: With the high sky, sunlight will warm surface temps and afternoon catches should be better than mornings.

Bass action has been strong in the marshes near The Wall/MRGO area, in Delacroix (around points and grassbeds) and in the Lafitte area. Weedless soft-plastic swimbaits worked slowly through the grass can produce bass and redfish. Use shad colors, and make sure there’s some chartreuse color in the lure.

While water is rising on the main rivers, the strong push from north winds will have water moving in the Florida Parishes rivers, and that could trigger action on bass in the Tickfaw, the Amite, The Tchefuncte, Bayou Lacombe and the Pearl River’s runs.

Along the coast

The Alligator Pass area, Lake Amedee and Lake Robin are holding trout and redfish and the action is coming on black/chartreuse and blue moon/chartreuse plastics under a cork along the marsh shorelines. Ditto for Golden Meadow, Leeville and Theriot waters. With north winds coming, working runouts should produce trout and reds. Remember to make slow retrieves.