With a prayer you and your’s survived the tragic onslaught that ravaged several south Louisiana communities this week, it’s a weekend when we might consider helping those who aren’t the same today as they were when they awakened to Tuesday’s rush of violent weather.
If fishing is on this week’s schedule, then consider, too, fishing areas that suffered damage from the storm.
With the tornadoes came rain, lots of it, and the volume swelled rivers and bayous from Lafayette west to the Pearl River. Even though the Florida Parishes rivers are predicted to fall by Saturday, three days of extra-high rises will put fish off their feed. All that hurts freshwater action, and that violent weather and the near gale-force northerly winds in its aftermath disrupt coastal catches, too.
Since most reports on speckled trout and redfish can be described as “iffy” — except that 2-4 pound trout showed up on the northern end of The Causeway last week — freshwater will dominate this week’s report.
Small-craft advisories will be gone by Friday when 5-10 knot winds will settle in from northwest. Look for a shift to east winds Saturday with a forecast of one foot or less waves on the east side of the Mississippi River (including Lake Pontchartrain) with 2-3 footers along the Central Coast and offshore waters through Sunday.
After Monday’s full moon, it’s possible some fish will have spawned in south Louisiana.
Still, any place you can find clearer water in the canals south of U.S. 90 and Bayou Black Marina — places like the Orange Grove, Turtle Bayou and the Intracoastal Waterway — you will find sac-a-lait and bass in shallow water either in the spawning or prespawn mood. Bluegill and chinquapin are setting up feeding spots along the lines of just-off-the-banks grass.
With reported water temperatures between 64-70 degrees, bass appear to have set up feeding stations in the back ends of canals, and have been seen gorging on shad and minnows.
Sac-a-lait were doing the same, but in the water between grassbeds and the bank. Topwaters, small willowleaf spinnerbaits, quarter-ounce Rat-L-Traps and gold jerkbaits have been working on the bass. For sac-a-lait, try chartreuse/black and blue/white tube jigs under a cork, or Roadrunners (something with a small spinner) worked with a moderate retrieve on ultra-light tackle.
It’s time to note bass and sac-a-lait will move to portions of the bank where sunlight hits the water, places without overhanging tree limbs and other shade-producing vegetation. This is to ensure the sun warms fertilized eggs for a successful hatch.
Bream are attacking the sac-a-lait lures, but prefer crickets under a cork.
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