Can anyone remember the last time we faced 25-knot north winds and morning temperatures in the high 40s in the middle of May?
Yes, a cold front blew in here in early May last year, but we didn’t have heavy winds following days of rain like we’ve had during the past five days.
The silver lining is that the north winds will help push rainwater through the river systems, but that means dirty water will wind up in lakes and bays, and the north winds will push lots of water from the marshes in the matter of two days.
There have been very few reports since Friday, but when the rains slacked Tuesday there were speckled trout catches Wednesday morning. That will change on the wind shift.
Experience tells us that fish will react to this much-too-late cold front the same way they react to the initial rush of a cold front during the fall. For instance, with sunshine in the forecast and water temperatures on a slow rise during the past month, water temperatures should remain relatively stable.
What the front will change is the feeding pattern of most species. Like the fall fronts, strong winds break up baitfish schools, including pogeys and shad that have been moving into the coastal areas on the southerly winds of the past seven days. When bait fish break up, predator species scatter.
Silver Lining-Part II is that rains and south winds have filled marsh ponds during the past week and the hard north winds predicted into early Friday should push storm minnows from the ponds into the waiting mouths of redfish and trout lingering in the marshes. That should enhance action in Delacroix, Hopedale, the Biloxi Marsh, the Central Coast marshes and the Lake Mechant-Lake DeCade area.
Look for hard winds to calm late Friday through the weekend with 5-knot south and southeast winds and light seas inshore and offshore by Sunday. Take a jacket for Friday’s upper 40s morning temperatures, and mornings in the lower 60s through Tuesday with afternoon highs in the 80s.
The major rivers are running high but are predicted to go on a slow fall.
The best bass and sac-a-lait reports are coming from the Lake Verret Basin. Expect a late-morning bite on the waning full moon.
Spinnerbaits, shad-colored swimbaits and black/blue crawfish imitations worked for the bass bite. In clear water, use black/chartreuse tubes for sac-a-lait. In dirty water, use blue/white or pink/white tubes.
Solid trout came Wednesday morning from the mid-lake reef out of the Bonnabel Launch in Lake Pontchartrain and loads of bait gathering around the south end of the Causeway attracted more trout. Waters south of Venice were trout hotspots, too.