After a week of downright terrific weather, Mother Nature’s travels through early May will make a U-turn this week with rain in the forecast through early next week and lots of southeast winds to put the clamps on coastal action.
That’s not to tell you that anything spectacular is happening in the coastal waters. Speckled trout catches are so sporadic that it’s difficult to tell the whens and wheres and hows for the foreseeable future. If you want tackle-busting redfish action, then go, because the reds are there.
The lack of rain has cleared most inland waters, and that’s helped the sac-a-lait catches in most places except the Atchafalaya Spillway and the Pearl River.
By far, the best bass action in the state is at Toledo Bend and the northern two pools on the Red River.
The worst of the rain is predicted Friday through Sunday and comes with 10-20 knot southeast winds. Combined with strengthening tides ahead of May 14’s full moon, expect to find lots of water in the coastal marshes and extra-choppy conditions in bays and open lakes. The southeast winds should help push shrimp into the estuaries, which will help trout action later this month.
Look for near summertime temperatures.
The Mississippi and Atchafalaya rivers are on the rise. The Pearl River is at least five feet too high for decent catches, and its water will affect catches along the east side of the Lake Borgne and into the Pontchartrain Basin.
Lake Pontchartrain reports are not good, and with winds and rain, it’s likely you’re wasting your time there.
Same’s true for the Timbalier area. Trout catches were off from last week, but redfish and black drum are cruising the surf. Use cracked crab on Carolina rigs when conditions allow. There were enough Spanish Mackerel in the area to cut lines, so watch casting shiny lures, even topwaters.
Trout action in the Lake Mechant-Lake DeCade area was average. Using plastics under corks and drifting areas near run-outs continued to be the best tactic. Redfish are in the canals and bayous and along lake shorelines.
Trout action in the Delacroix area is down, too, but redfish catches are solid, and there’s the bonus of catching bass on the same lures. Try swimbaits, unweighted worms and topwaters along grassbeds.
Again, Delacroix is the best bass area in the southeastern parishes. Expect water levels to swell, which means you’ll have to find water pushing up into marshes and along and inside grassbeds along canals and the lake shorelines.
Some buzzbait/spinnerbait reports on bass in the Lake Verret Basin along the lee sides of points and banks near canals and bayous. Sac-a-lait action picked up there.