If you’ve been experiencing a incessant, but unfulfilled, desire to fish Lake Pontchartrain on a late fall day, then this is the weekend to feed that urge.
A lengthy duration between cold fronts brings a rare calm weather weekend. A shift in the winds from the Friday-Saturday run of 5-knot northeast winds to Sunday’s 5-10 knot southerly brings near calm conditions over the state’s largest inland lake. (By Monday, the forecast calls for 2-foot waves.)
The same goes for the waters on the east side of the Mississippi River.
In freshwater, water in the Belle River-Intracoastal Canal area of the Verret Basin has cleared because of the lack of rainfall, and fishing points and flats should produce first-rate bass action.
There’s a universal pattern across south Louisiana waters: The best action appears to be after the sun gets up, sometime after 9 a.m.
The next cold front is due in here Monday with a 40 percent chance of rain and wind shift that will rough nearshore and offshore waters. Central Coast waters will have rougher conditions than eastern waters and will limit access to the coastal bays and lakes from Grand Isle west to Cocodrie. Look for morning lows in the 40s with afternoon highs near 70. Afternoon highs early next week will be near 60.
The Mississippi and Atchafalaya rivers are on slow rises, but shouldn’t impact action for bass and sac-a-lait.
Bass and sac-a-lait catches remain solid despite the slow, two-week rise in the Atchafalaya River. The best action is coming north and south of the Pigeon area. Top producers are spinnerbaits and buzzbaits in the morning, then jigs-n-pigs and creature baits after noon when bass move to grass.
Spinnerbaits and lipless shad-colored crankbaits are working in the Belle River-ICWW area because bass there eat shad.
Pearl River bass are active, too. All three runs of the river are clearing. Try light-colored spinnerbaits and buzzbaits early, then go to shad-colored crankbaits off the banks when the shad and pogeys move off the banks later in the morning.
A Pontchartrain trip affords the chance to catch speckled trout from the bridges, including The Causeway, and to get in on redfish that continue to a school under shrimp and pogeys on the south shore near the U.S. 11 bridge.
Soft plastics worked on a 3?8-3/4 ounce jighead (depending on tidal movement).
The Sulfer Mine near Golden Meadow continues to provide first-rate speckled trout action.
There are throwbacks in the mix, but most trout are running 14-17 inches and are taking black/chartreuse and “limetreuse” H&H Cocahoe Minnows.
Similar action is coming from Lake Boudreaux and the Lake DeCade areas.