So while the prayers to stop the rain have worked, it’s time to shift our messages to doing something about these weeks of wind.
Yep, we’ll battle shifting winds from this latest cold front, and that means finding canals and sheltered bayous and rivers.
Just know early April is a transition month for speckled trout moving from winter and early spring locations to areas nearer the coast as this species gets ready to a) meet and feed on brown shrimp moving into the coastal bays and lakes and b) get ready for the first spawn coming in May.
Those two reasons, plus the constant winds and lingering effects of March’s deluges, have trout scattered and explains why most daily two-angler catches are counted in the upper teens and not the limits or near limits we should begin seeing this time next month.
You can make up for the lack of trout action by targeting tackle-busting redfish — some up to 35 pounds in bays and lakes near the open water leading to the Gulf of Mexico — and, even better, catch these brutes on topwater plugs.
For the most part, bass action on heavy largemouths is on the slow side because bass are in the post-spawn cycle, but numbers of smaller bass are showing up across south Louisiana.
But for a Saturday fish fry, you can count on very active bluegill and catfish.
No rain until Tuesday, but count on 15-20 knot northerly winds Friday with a shift to east and southeast at 10-20 knots Saturday and Sunday. While it means less than a one-foot sea Saturday east of the Mississippi River, the forecast is for 2-4 footers nearshore and 4-8 footers offshore through the weekend in other locations.
The Florida Parishes rivers are on a slow fall, as is the still-high Atchafalaya River, but the Mississippi River is on a slow rise.
Bluegill and catfish are showing up in Bayou Teche, the Verret Basin, the Lac des Allemands area and most of the Florida Parishes rivers, especially the Amite and Tickfaw rivers.
Crickets and worms are working, along with a variety of Gulp! panfish baits. Reports are bream and catfish are moving to the banks and you can work these baits 12-18 inches under a slip cork around trees with caterpillar webs in the leaves. With the pecan trees budding, it’s time to consider fly fishing with poppin’ bugs.
Small bass are taking small white/chartreuse spinnerbaits and topwaters.
Along the coast
For nearly two months, finding clear water has been a must for speckled trout — everywhere. Gulp! Jerkshad and blue moon Cocahoe Minnows, Deadly Dudleys and Matrix Shad are working on quarter-ounce jigs. If you’re working within sight of the Gulf, then VuDu Shrimp under a cork is taking smaller trout. Redfish are taking topwaters near points.