Another week, another cold front, but a weekend when strong, north winds will give us a chance to get after the good run on speckled trout across the coast.

The caution is that 20-25 knot north winds will mean low-water conditions. By Saturday, when winds will blow 5-10 knots from the southeast, the task will be to find clear-enough water to catch trout and redfish.

Low water will not be a problem in the Atchafalaya Spillway. Small rises in the big rivers will push water levels up there.

Another note is that the West Zone duck season opens Saturday. Launches along the coast will be jammed.

Give duck hunters leeway for opening weekend. Besides the best fishing action is coming after the sun gets high in the sky.


Expect strong tides and morning lows in the 30s Saturday then warmer into next week. Small-craft warnings will give way to Friday’s northeast, then Saturday’s southeast winds that will continue into Monday, when widespread rain returns to the forecast.


Venice, the Atchafalaya Spillway, the Lacassine marshes and the Red River are the hot spots.

Roseau-lined runs off Pass a Loutre and Baptiste Collette are holding bass. There’s been continuous action on white/chartreuse spinnerbaits, red-shad worms and purple trick worms.

Soft-plastic creature baits (Brush Hogs, Sweet Beavers, Pit Boss, Craw Fatty) and black/blue jigs-n-pigs are taking bass in the Spillway in brush tops and near grass.

Spinnerbaits in Lacassine and crankbaits along the rocks in the Red River are the tricks.

The best sac-a-lait reports are in Verret-area canals.

The coast

When conditions allow, the Causeway is producing speckled trout on the Deadly Dudley Slammin’ Sammy (chartreuse tail), Gulp! Shrimp and Jerk Shad and avocado H&H Cocahoe Minnows. Small trout and flounders are showing up at the Trestles and U.S. 11 bridge.

Unknown Pass, Lake St. Catherine and the Bayou Bienvenue areas producing smaller keeper trout.

The Lake De Cade area is heating up. Soft plastics under a cork is the trick on points and over shell reefs.