If light winds, cool mornings and warm afternoons make for terrific springtime conditions, then you couldn’t ask for much better than what’s coming this weekend.

The year’s best weather weekend comes after hard winds since Sunday and a cold front that pushed to the coast Wednesday.

There’s also the promise of the calmest weekend we’ve seen on Lake Pontchartrain and into Lake Borgne in months.

With speckled trout looking like they’re finally moving from the marshes to the coastal bays and lakes, even into coastal waters, and redfish showing up everywhere, the near calm conditions predicted for late Friday through Sunday should provide the opportunity to get in on what’s been the latest speckled trout movement we’ve had in years (blame that on the cold winter).


For snapper fishermen, 10-15 knot easterly winds will push offshore seas to 2-3 footers for most of the weekend. Look for seas to calm Sunday into early next week.

Expect morning lows in the 50s and afternoon highs near 80 through the weekend with light north, then northeast, then east breezes.

The Mississippi River is on a fall from 29.3 feet at Baton Rouge (to 26.3 feet Monday) and 11.6 feet at New Orleans (to 9.8 feet Monday) with the Atchafalaya River dropping from 7.8 feet to 6.9 at Bayou Sorrel. The far southeastern waters got much more rain than other coastal parishes, and the Mississippi Coast was high with 4-6 inches of rain Wednesday, which could push dirty water into eastern Lake Borgne and The Rigolets.

The coast

Delacroix is a place to start, as are the Lake Mechant/Lake DeCade area and East Timbalier. Don’t expect limits, but there are enough speckled trout showing up in the deeper areas in Delacroix (Oak River and run-outs into canals), and near canals and bayous running to the Mechant/DeCade, and along the submerged rocks and the shoreline at East Timbalier. Use plastics and VuDu Shrimp under a cork in shallower water and on a jighead in the deeper waters. There are redfish and some flounder mixed in most catches.

Redfish and black drum are showing up on the beaches along the Central Coast, where tides will run strong in the morning hours.


The first run on bluegill is showing up in lakes and canals across most of the southeastern lakes, bayous, rivers and canals. Bass action is mixed, with the best in the Delacroix and Bayou Black area marshes.