Best tip of the week - go fishing. Action abounds in freshwater and saltwater.


Mexico’s tropical storm is pushing groundswells into nearshore and offshore waters. Other than that, expect variable 5-10 knot winds and 1-3 foot seas along and off the coast through the Fourth of July weekend.

The still-high Mississippi and Atchafalaya rivers are at a standstill and will show a slight rise for the next two weeks after Midwest rains pushed Ohio and Missouri rivers higher.


Despite high water, Old River is producing sac-a-lait on black/chartreuse jigs and shiners 8-10 feet down in 17-20 foot depths around piers and walkways and around flood cypress trees. Bluegill are in 6-8 foot depths in The Ballpark (between Lake Mondieu and the levee) and are taking crickets on a weighted hook. Old River Landing is open.

While Belle River muddied earlier this week, bass, sac-a-lait, bluegill and catfish are active in the Verret basin. Brush Hogs and spinnerbaits produced bass around water hyacinths, lily pads and brushpiles. Sac-a-lait were best on the south ends of Lake Verret and Grassy Lake (black/chartreuse tubes and shiners) around cypress trees and brushpiles (rig the tube under a cork around the brushpiles); bluegill like crickets under a cork; and, catfish were taking nightcrawlers under a cork.

Bass are active in canals and bayous south of Bayou Black Marina in Gibson. Try buzzbaits early, then spinnerbaits and redshad worms later around grassbeds and near moving water on points.

The coast

Red snapper are abundant from West Delta west through the Grand Isle, South Timbalier, Ship Shoal and Eugene Island blocks in 60-300 foot depths.

Big numbers of mangrove snapper are in the Grand Isle 20 and 40 blocks and in 40-100 foot depths in the South Timbalier blocks.

With last week’s rain and winds, finding clear water is the key to catching speckled trout. To wit: Water behind Grand Terre Island was clear last week and the hottest spot in the Grand Isle area, but it clouded up late Friday and Saturday and was marginally productive since Saturday.

The tip for the coast is live bait^=shrimp, croaker and pogeys^=and fish them on a rising tide near the shorelines of the islands, rock jetties and the rock piles along the coastline. Work live bait under a cork around the rocks. Heavier trout and some redfish are taking live croakers in the surf from Elmer’s Island to The Fourchon and west to East Timbalier Island.

There is some topwater action in the surf. Try black/chartreuse Top Dogs and She Dogs.

Platforms in Terrebonne Bay and Lake Pelto producing trout on live shrimp.

Pete McKnight, David Pizzaloto and J.B. Salter contributed to this report.