Let’s get the complaining over quickly: Midwest rains during the past month are showing up here and the rising Mississippi and Atchafalaya rivers are going to dog fishermen for the next week, maybe longer.

We’re going see a Friday-through-Monday rise from 3.7 feet to a 5.1 reading on the Atchafalaya (at Bayou Sorrel). At the same time, the Mississippi will push from 12.5 to 17.7 at Baton Rouge, and from 3.9- to 6-foot readings at New Orleans.

That’s a big slug of water, and it’s going to mean the Mississippi will push into Old River, and means muddy water near Venice, and trying for bass and sac-a-lait is never easy when the Atchafalaya is on a rise.

Even the very productive Pearl River will rise from recent rains and won’t settle on the East Pearl until the middle of next week.

Otherwise, conditions will be mild, if not calm and most all other areas should be ripe for the picking.


High pressure will linger along with cool, jacket-wearing mornings and warm afternoons. A forecast of light, shifting winds (west, then southwest, then east) could be a problem but seas will be relatively calm before winds and seas increase slightly late Sunday into next week. Rain chances are minimal into Wednesday.


No reports in from anywhere after Monday’s violent weather, and Belle River and the Verret Basin are muddy, but the big lakes should clear enough to provide bass action on spinnerbaits, buzzbaits and square-billed, bream- and shad-colored crankbaits.

Bass fishermen should also try the Delacroix area, where grassbeds will holds bass under the high, bright sky. Use weedless topwaters and swimbaits around the grass.

The strong north winds blew lots of water from the marshes, and bass usually hold on grass lines near run-outs and points under these conditions.

On the coast

The Delacroix and Hopedale marshes produced limits of redfish near run-outs and points where moving water carried shrimp and baitfish (mostly small pogeys) to waiting predators. Live minnows, spinnerbaits rigged with chartreuse/black soft plastics worked along with plastics under a cork.

Speckled trout were showing up there, too, and the first limits of the fall were reported from the Oak River near the Twin Pipelines, and in the marshes south of that intersection. Live shrimp under a cork was the first choice followed by plastics on a jighead in open water.

Because of heavy winds, most of the action in Terrebonne Parish waters was confined to canals and bayous on plastics under a cork. With near-calm conditions ahead, look to Lake DeCade, Lake Mechant and Lake Boudreaux to give up speckled trout on topwaters, plastics on a jighead and plastics under a cork.