The second-coldest cold front of the season is settling over south Louisiana, and success during the coming weekend through Thanksgiving week is going to depend on how you adapt to the changes in water levels, water clarity and water temperatures across south Louisiana.

Sunday’s slight chance of rain heralds another front pushing in Monday, and we’re going to have to contend with a rising barometer, too.

And with offshore seas running 3-7 feet, there will not be much of a chance to take advantage of a second red snapper season in state waters.


Bundle up for the lower-50s then 40-degree mornings well into next week with 10-20 knot northerly winds, and prepare for afternoon temps reaching only into the low 60s. Expect to find rough open-water conditions with 1-2 footers running over Lake Pontchartrain through Saturday before getting rougher Sunday.

The Mississippi and Atchafalaya rivers are on a standstill at relatively low levels, but with two heavy rain periods in the past week, local rivers and bayous will be running above normal.


The Atchafalaya Spillway continues to hold promise, but recent rains have muddied most of the waters in the main bayous, notably Big and Little Pigeon and Bayou Long. As the cold fronts blow through, most of the best action will be in the canals, and flipping into the bank brushtops, ledges and other structures with soft-plastic “creature” baits.

Speed Craws, Brush Hogs, D-Bombs and Sweet Beavers are working, and with the barometer on the rise (the highest readings will settle in Monday) think about working everything deep and slow.

The exception is clear-water areas in the Bayou April/30-inch Canal areas where slowly worked gold jerkbaits work around stumps and off-the-banks brushtops.

Cane-lined runs off the Mississippi River in the Venice area, the Delacroix marshes and the rocks along the MRGO continue to hold bass and redfish. Use spinnerbaits and swimbaits and vary retrieves until you find the pattern that works on these two species.

Along the coast

The succession of fronts has pushed most of the trout in the eastern marshes and inside waters along the Central Coast to the bottom, though not in the deepest water, but this front might push trout to seeking the depths.

Most reports from the coast indicated the action was slow, and that trout reacted more to taking soft plastics worked on a jighead along the bottom, than trout were eating live bait, even live shrimp. Bass and redfish took the same lures, mostly Gulp!, Matrix Shad’s Ultraviolet and Deadly Dudley Terror Tails’ Slammin’ Sammy.