Change to southeast winds shouldn’t hurt fishing

How about these mornings, and if you headed out without a jacket at sunrise earlier this week you found out how chilly was this first “real” cold front of the year.

All that’s behind us: We’re going to settle into an east-southeast wind pattern that’s going to push some water levels up in the lower reaches of our coastal marshes.

But that push won’t stop what the cold front started. From every point along the coast and in the rivers and bayous that feed into lakes and bays, the action on redfish, trout and bass was terrific, and catches should stay hot.

Unless something comes along from the National Marine Fisheries Service that would mitigate last week’s rough conditions from TS Karen — we can only hope NMFS would add another weekend — then this is the final weekend in the bonus recreational red snapper season.

Weather

With mostly 5-10 knot southeast winds, sea conditions should run one foot or less in most areas. The exception could be along the Central Coast where a constant blow could mean 1-2 footers in the afternoons. Expect 1-2 foot offshore conditions.

The forecast calls morning lows in the mid 60s with afternoon highs in the mid 80s with a slight chance of afternoon rain.

The Mississippi River is falling on the winds and is predicted to fall from 2.9 feet to 2.4 feet by Monday on the New Orleans gauge. The Atchafalaya is holding steady at 2.2 feet on the Morgan City gauge.

Freshwater

North winds spurred action in the Atchafalaya Spillway, the marshes south of U.S. 90 and in the Pearl River system.

The West, Middle and East Pearl Rivers fell more than a foot Monday and bass were taking small, compact chartreuse/white/blue spinnerbaits with a smal, curly-tailed trailer early then Love Bug-colored Baby D-Bombs and Havoc June Bug-colored (red & green flaked) in most every runout and drain.

Bass action in the Spillway’s south end and the Pigeon area stayed hot after the front. June Bug-colored Baby Brush Hogs and Sweet Beavers were the top producers. Stay with spinnerbaits and buzzbaits during mornings’ first hours, then go to the plastics. “Punching” hyacinth mats with the same plastics produced bass in Flat Lake. Working stumps with sqaure-billed chartreuse/black crankbaits worked, too.

The Spillway sac-a-lait bite is on, but remember this species runs to deeper, darker cover when the sun gets high. Old river sac-a-lait biting best in the late afternoon around piers.

Marshes-Coast

Trout are in the North Shore rivers on VuDu Shrimp and soft-plastic minnow imitations. Trout and reds showed up at Timbalier, West Timbalier and Belle Pass since Monday. Use live minnows there.