Macaluso: Front moved fish, another on the way

Monday’s cold front sent saltwater and freshwater species back to deep water and just two days after the front, trout, redfish, bass and sac-lait returned to their late fall feeding sprees.

With another front scheduled Sunday, it’s best to plan trips Friday and Saturday.

Weather

Thunderstorms are in Sunday’s forecast. Until then, expect the northerly winds to turn to the east Friday, then 10-knot southeast winds Saturday. Near-calm sea conditions will give way to rougher seas Sunday and Monday. You’ll need a heavy jacket early, but look for afternoon highs in the low 70s until Monday when the predicted high hits 60. Rain is swelling local rivers, and there’s a slight rise ahead for the Mississippi and Atchafalaya.

The coast

Wednesday’s catches were among the best of the fall season, and there’s every reason to believe the action will continue into Saturday.

After a week of iffy action, trout returned in big numbers to The Causeway, and the trout were on or near the bottom around pilings on the north end of the 24-mile-long span. Avocado/red glitter and opening night/chartreuse tail soft plastics were Wednedsay’s top producers.

The cold conditions also restocked the MRGO and the Intracoastal. Live shrimp and a variety of soft plastics (on jigheads) worked on dropoffs and ledges near deep holes produced the most action. Limits and near limits of trout were the rule Wednesday.

Redfish were hanging along the banks inside the Biloxi Marsh, and with east/ southeast winds, try the drains on the east side of Lake Borgne.

Falgout Canal and Lake DeCade continue to hold trout running from 11 inches to 18 inches long. Fish the drains in the canal, and drift the flats on the east side of the late after the sun gets high enough in the sky to warm the water.

The Sulphur Mine near Golden Meadow is deep, and points near bayous and canals around the mine are holding specks up to 20 inches.

Old Bayou Blue and the North-South Canal hold solid trout and redfish, too.

Freshwater

The rising barometer slowed down the action into Tuesday in the Atchafalaya Spillway and nearby waters, but Wednesday was a different story. Bass responded to slowly worked swimbaits and black/blue jigs near runouts where deeper canals run into bayous. Heavy cover held bigger bass.

Sac-a-lait were hanging around deep heavy cover in the deeper canals in the Bayou Pigeon area. There was some action in the West Fork and Bayou Aprils areas, too. Use shiners and black/chartreuse tubes.

Sac-a-lait were deep on piers at Old River and taking black/chartreuse tubes near the bottom.

The upper reaches of the Pearl River were holding bass, and some bass showed up on the lower reaches of the Tickfaw River. Redshad worms and jigs around cover worked in both places.