Macaluso: Action will change on windy front

Because a hard-charging cold front is headed in Sunday, Friday and Saturday will be the best days on the water in the coming week.

Despite the Tuesday-Wednesday rain, we can expect trout, redfish, bass and sac-a-lait to feed heavily in advance of the front.

Weather

The 5-10 knot southerly winds will linger into Saturday before a predicted shift to the southwest, then west at 15-25 knots over south Louisiana. Expect Lake Pontchartain to go from 1-foot conditions through Saturday, then hit 3-4 footers by late Sunday into Monday. Expect similar conditions throughout the coastal area with a chance of rain Sunday and a prediction of “choppy” conditions into Tuesday. Offshore conditions will turn rough Sunday on 25-knot southwest winds.

Expect mild temperatures and clooudy skies into Sunday with rain, wind and dramatically falling temperatures well in to next week.

The major rivers are low.

Freshwater

With water levels holding above the 2-foot reading at Morgan City, the Atchafalaya Spillway continues to produce bass and some sac-a-lait in the Bayou Pigeon/Grand Lake areas.

The weekend’s cold front will push water from the basin, which means an afternoon trip Monday and Tuesday likely could produce heavier stringers. It’s doubtful catch rates will increase because its hard to better 40-50 bass-a-day action. Spinnerbaits (chartreuse/white), swimbaits and soft plastics have been the best producers. For sac-a-lait, black/chartreuse tubes and shiners are working best around heavy structure.

The canals and bayous south of Gibson and Amelia have been on fire, too. Small spinnerbaits, redshad worms and small watermelon/red creature baits have been the top producers.

Sac-a-lait are biting on Old River’s piers. Low-light periods are the best times.

The coast

Action waned Tuesday and Wednesday on the clouds and rain. The conditions limited baitfish movement.

The Causeway is giving up big trout, but not big numbers: Try watermelon/red flake plastics on the north end. Early week reports were that trout were suspended and hitting lures on the fall. Along the south shore, fishermen were finding birds working on shrimp and the trout were under the birds (hope the front doesn’t ruin that action) and limits were common 3-4 miles from the Williams Boulevard launch.

The Falgout Canal/Lake DeCade area is a hot spot. Work the drains in the canal for reds and specks, then move to the lake and find birds over bait.

Trout are under the birds, and drifting across the lake is the best way to catch limits.

Loads of small trout showing up in the Sulphur Mine Lake/Old Bayou Blue area. Limetreuse and black/chartreuse plastics are solid catchers, and add purple/chartreuse into the mix. The North-South Canal is the most consistent producer in this area.