Find clearer water for best action

No reports in from last weekend’s red snapper action, likely because fog, rain, wind and the 4-6 foot seas kept most, if not all, offshore folks tied up at marinas.

Then, the front and strong, north winds have shoved so many fish around along the coast and the interior freshwater areas that predicting what’s up for the coming three-day Easter holy day will be a chore, especially now that southerly winds have returned and we’re on the backside of a full moon.

Speckled trout catches have remained strong for this time of year near Buras and Boothville and south of Lafitte, and there’s word that trout are showing up at The Trestle bridge on the south end of Lake Pontchartrain. Redfish action remains strong in most coastal marshes.

While there is some solid bass action around here, first-rate bass reports are coming from Toledo Bend and the Red River.

Weather

Friday looks to be the best day with 5-10 knot southeast winds and light seas. Conditions get iffy on the prediction of stronger southerly winds, heavier seas and a chance of Saturday and Sunday.

Expect warmer conditions with lows near 60 and highs approaching 80 with a rain in the forecast through Tuesday.

The Mississippi River will begin a slow fall this week, and, at a 3.4-foot reading at Morgan City, water levels in the Atchafalaya Spillway are fishable.

The coast

Chartreuse soft-plastics continue to be the top trout producers, and when you can find clearer (not clear, but clearer) water, topwaters are producing, too, in the marshes and along the edges of bays. Southeast winds likely will cloud waters east of the Mississippi River in places that produced trout earlier this week. The key is to have one fishermen putting soft plastics under a cork and another in the boat working the bottom with the plastics on a jighead. Moving water is another key, and it doesn’t seem to matter whether the water is coming in or moving out.

Fresh shrimp under a cork is taking redfish in most marshes. Flounder, drum and sheepshead are a bonus when using shrimp.

Use heavier jigheads (up to a half-ounce) with larger soft-plastics for the trout moving around The Trestle bridge in Pontchartrain. Avocado/red glitter and blue/chartreuse tail (Dudley’s Slammin’ Sammy) are good colors there.

Freshwater

Muddy water is everywhere in the Verret system and most canals in the marshes south of U.S. 90. Redshad-colored worms, watermelon-red creature baits and lizards are working on bass in the marshes.

Announce your presence with large-bladed spinnerbaits (chartreuse/white/blue skirts; Colorado or willowleaf blades) in muddy water. Smaller blades don’t push enough water to help the bass locate the lure. Same’s true for buzzbaits. Black/blue jigs and gold jerkbaits working in clearer water.