Remember that announcement about the opening of the state’s recreational red snapper season, and about how, at least this year, we’ll have a nine-mile state boundary into the Gulf of Mexico. There’s no need to remind anyone about the stormy next weekends of 5-11 foot seas and near gale-force winds.

Not this weekend: With gentle 5-10 knot south winds and seas running less than two feet Saturday, it’s prime time to put a crew together and make a run for those two red snapper. The forecast is for a little rougher Sunday, maybe 2-3 footers. Grouper and amberjack seasons are open, too.

Trout folks might be able to take advantage of the light seas and get into Lake Borgne. Reports are Borgne is loaded with fish around the structures and will take live bait if you can find it.

Freshwater folks will be limited: The Florida Parishes rivers and bayous are rising, and that leaves few options. False River, the Verret Basin and canals south of Bayou Black Marina are your choices.


Much calmer after Wednesday’s cold front and small craft advisories with Saturday’s low in the 40s, a high near 70 and mostly 5-10 westerly winds before mornings in the mid-50s and afternoons in the mid-70s until the next front pushes in late Tuesday with an increased rain chance. Expect stronger southerly winds Sunday through Tuesday.

The Lake Pontchartrain forecast is for 5-10 knot southwest winds and seas less than one foot Friday with 5-10 knot south winds and 1-2 footers Saturday and Sunday and into Monday.

Friday’s sunshine will help warm waters, and expect partly cloudy skies throughout the weekend.

While on a slow fall, the Mississippi and Atchafalaya rivers remain extremely high and unfishable.

The coast

While the last reports from the Lake Borgne area are three weeks old (because of nasty weather), one recent report has trout hanging around platforms and eager to take live bait. A second best offering will be Gulp! Shrimp and Jerkshad. fish are on the bottom, so use up to half-ounce jigheads.

Don’t pass up the chance to look for trout hanging on Pontchartrain’s south shore. Freshwater from the Bonnet Carre’s opening crept into the area. Freshwater is covering the surface, but the clearer saltwater is on the bottom, and it looks like the freshwater push has shoved trout into the Seabrook area.

The Wall and the rocks along the MRGO remain viable options for soft plastics and hard-plastic jerkbaits. The afternoon bite should be stronger, and trout in the Little Lake/Alligator Point area should respond to the warmer conditions.

Colder conditions pushed more trout into the Sulphur Mine near Golden Meadow, but the trout appeared to have moved into the bayous and canals.