Red snapper start likely to be rough

Fishermen ready to take on Saturday’s start of the state’s recreational red snapper season might be in for a challenge.

It’s not that the red snapper are not at the rigs within 10.357 miles of the state boundary waters declared by the Wildlife and Fisheries Commission — reports are there are huge schools of red snapper up to the 15-20 pound class at close-in rigs — it’s just that Mother Nature is forecast to throw 15-20 knot south winds and 3-5 foot seas at the anglers on opening day, and follow that with a cold front, a chance of rain, 15-20 knot north winds Sunday and 2-3 foot seas building to 4-5 footers later in the day.

Otherwise, fishermen heading into the interior marshes have been finding solid trout and redfish action in the upper reaches of the Barataria Basin, the Biloxi Marsh and marshes and lakes near Theriot and Cocodrie. With almost constantly shifting winds, the biggest challenge there will be to find clear-enough water in those areas.

Bass action across south Louisiana is as up-and-down as ever: Areas that produced 16-pound stringers Saturday, gave up one or two keeper fish Sunday. That’s because shifting winds and the rising Mississippi and Atchafalaya rivers are constantly moving fish. Same’s true for sac-a-lait.

Weather

Wednesday’s cold front will give way to a low-pressure system moving in Friday before another cold front pushes in Sunday. It means a chance of rain Friday through Sunday, with strong southerly winds Friday and Saturday and north winds Sunday.

Expect weekend lows in the low 60s and highs in the upper 70s through Sunday.

The coast

Theophile Bourgeois charters running from Lafitte hit places like King’s Ridge, Brusle Lake and Lake Round to the southwest and ran east to the Myrtle Grove area for several solid speckled trout catches earlier this week. There were redfish, drum and flounder mixed with the specks. Most of the 12-17 inch trout were taking soft plastics with some sort of chartreuse color (solid chartreuse or lighter chartreuse with glitter) either on a jighead or worked under a cork. There was some action on topwaters, too.

White shrimp were in the marshes, and there were birds diving on shrimp in Little Lake.

Redfish were the go-to species in the Cocodrie-Theriot area with some trout showing up in the lakes.

Freshwater

Several solid stringers came from the western side of the Atchafalaya Basin over last weekend, mostly from the Fausse Pointe/Jeanerette Lake area, but Bayou Teche produced healthy bass action, and the canals off Bayous Sherman and Cheramie (more small bass than 14-inch keepers).

Spinnerbaits and soft-plastic “creature” lures were the best choices to use around cypress trees. Reported water temperatures ranged from 56-61 degrees.

The best reported sac-a-lait action is on Toledo Bend.