Grab some live shrimp wherever you can, even if it takes learning how to throw a cast net, and get ready to catch speckled trout.

That’s the trick these days now that speckled trout are showing up in good numbers along the coast.

If you’re looking for freshwater action, consider a trip to Pearl River. Darned near everything that swims is biting in the East and Middle Pearl runs. And with water levels stabilizing in the Atchafalaya Spillway, a trip to the more productive south end is also a good bet.

Weather

The “cold” front that moved through Wednesday is moving north as a warm front, and will continue a pattern of strong afternoon thunderstorms with warm mornings and hot afternoons.

It also means continued southerly 5-15 knot winds and 1-3 foot seas along the coast and 2-3 footers in offshore waters.

The major rivers continue to run higher than normal, and aren’t predicted to start falling until next week.

Freshwater

Responding to falling water conditions, fish in the Pearl River are on a feeding spree. Bass are chasing shad and small pogeys in open, moving water in the major rivers, and small bream and minnows in areas off the main rivers. The East and Middle Pearls are holding more actively feeding bass and bluegill. Bass are chasing buzzbaits early, then going to spinnerbaits or shad-colored crankbaits after the sun gets high in the sky.

Bluegill and goggle-eye like crickets. A good second choice are Gulp! Crickets. Small Beetle Spins and Roadrunners on ultralight tackle are good for goggle-eye and small bass.

The south end of the Atchafalaya Spillway and Lake Verret continue to produce bass on small spinnerbaits, Chatterbaits and chartreuse/blue or Tennessee shad-colored crankbaits. “Creature” baits like D-Bombs and Sweet Beavers are the best soft-plastic lures.

The coast

Only Mother Nature knows why specks have turned on to a solid shrimp pattern in the past couple of weeks, and baitshops across the Central Coast are working hard to keep up with demands for live shrimp.

Work live shrimp at various depths under a cork, until you find consistent action. Redfish and flounder are eating shrimp, too, along Elmer’s and The Fourchon west of Grand Isle, and trout have moved to the Grand Terre area. Live pogeys are attracting larger trout. The shrimp trawling season inside Barataria and Terrebonne bays ended Tuesday.

Redfish and trout are active in the Venice area, and trout up to 4 pounds and reds in excess of 27 inches long are cruising the beaches. Heavier fish are taking live pogeys and croakers, and there’s an early morning bite on topwater lures.

Delacroix continues to give up solid redfish and bass on swimbaits along grassbeds.