Macaluso: What front? Summer fishing prevails

By Joe Macaluso

jmacaluso@theadvocate.com

Did you see that blue line moving through south Louisiana on Wednesday’s weather map?

Blue line=cold front. Right?

It sure would be nice if somebody told the fish, and Mother Nature, about that, because they might act differently if they had an inkling this pattern had arrived.

Fact is, fish across south Louisiana are more into a summertime pattern than anytime in the past three months.

For the most part, the action along the coast (but not offshore) and darned near every freshwater spot is over by 10 a.m. Yes, there are places the desirable species like trout, redfish, bass, sac-a-lait and bream “turn on” later in the day, but there’s that five to six inactive hours that should send you back to the dock, camp, marina, motel room, etc. for lunch and a nap rather than getting burned to a crisp by the 90-plus-degree heat.

Look on the brighter side: The fish know it’s football season and their midmorning shut-down gets us back in time for those 11 a.m. Saturday kickoffs.

Weather

Except for a constant threat of afternoon thunderstorms, expect 5-10 knot east and southeast winds and 1-foot or less seas across Lake Pontchartrain through Sunday with bumpier conditions in Lake Borgne, Breton-Chandeleur and the Central Coast.

The forecast if for 10-15 knot east winds and 2-3 footers offshore.

The major rivers are nearing summertime lows, and temperatures are ranging from the low 70s to low 90s.

Freshwater

The Atchafalaya Spillway, Bayou Teche and the Pearl River continue to provide solid bass action. Frogs appear to be the most offered early morning lure, but buzzbaits and spinnerbaits are working, too. Working grassbeds with soft-plastic creature baits is a good bet, too.

In the Atchafalaya, water levels continue on a slow fall, and predator fish have moved to areas near moving-water bayous: Working points with crawfish-colored crankbaits is productive in those spots.

Now that most of the water is out of the deep swamp, you can start looking for increased action in the waters south of Bayou Pigeon and Old River.

There are enough goggle-eye and bluegill (some chinquapin, too) in these three places for an afternoon fish fry with the neighbors.

Saltwater

Redfish continue to provide the most consistent action across the coast.

Easterly winds will swell water levels across the eastern side of the Mississippi River. Look for reds in ponds.

Take along your favorite topwater lures and gold spoons. Live minnows are working under a cork along flooded marsh banks and points.