Take your pick, redfish, bass or sac-a-lait, and you can’t go wrong this weekend, especially on a weekend celebrating the Tigers’ win and looking forward to the Saints taking the Bears.
A cool front rolling in by Friday morning should make conditions more comfortable. Plan trips into the marshes, the Atchafalaya Spillway, the Belle River area and, for sac-a-lait, the usually productive Larto-Saline complex.
The front will change the nasty southwest winds that have plagued the coast. Expect the 10-15 knot northeast winds to drop into the 5-10 knot range and move to the east for the weekend with seas running less than a foot in most coastal areas.
Offshore conditions will run 1-2 feet but will bump up to the 3-5 foot range when winds jump into the 15-knot range by Sunday morning.
Expect morning lows in the mid-to-upper 60s with highs in the upper 80s.
There’s a slight rise in the Mississippi River, but the reading at New Orleans will remain in the 3.4-3.7 range, and the Atchafalaya River at Morgan City will steady at a 2.4-foot reading.
The latest from the Atchafalaya and Belle River areas is that water has leveled after the heavy rise from Tropical Storm Lee.
The more consistent Spillway reports are coming from the Grand Lake, Middle Fork, American Lake and lower Bayou Sorrel areas.
Moving water is the key, and northerly winds should help catches through Friday. East winds might slow down the action, but shouldn’t hurt folks using “trick” worms, small crawfish imitations (try watermelon red and green pumpkin colors) and shad-colored crankbaits.
The best action was coming in areas where clear water was mixing with cloudy/muddy water in the bayous. Because bass were chasing schools of shad, small, shallow-running crankbaits and chartreuse/blue/white spinnerbaits worked in these spots.
With more stable water levels, finding mixing water might be a chore, it doesn’t mean that the bass have left those areas. A trick is to hit an area with a crankbait or spinnerbait to find the most aggressive bass, then go back through the same area with a trick worm (even tubes were working).
Sac-a-lait are taking tubes and shiners around off-the-banks brushtops in the lower end of the Spillway and in the Belle River-Lake Verret area and in Larto-Saline.
As usual, speckled trout are in transition. Southwest winds cut into catches, but north winds will slick the fronts of the islands and increase trout catches.
Redfish are everywhere and are taking a variety of lures. Work the edges of the marshes, the surf and shell beds on the rising tide, then points, run-outs and passes on the falling tide.