Tips for filling your boat with fish from the Lake


by Frank Davis / Fishing Expert

Posted on November 19, 2009 at 5:01 PM

Updated Thursday, Nov 19 at 7:42 PM

Now if your primary weekend escape activity always includes a day of fishing, I’m here to tell you that right now is a great time to catch a wide variety of fish right in the middle of Lake Pontchartrain. 

“Mid-November in the lake annually produces good catches of speckled trout, white trout, redfish, black drum, sheephead, croakers, ground mullets, channel and blue cats, and a mess of stingrays,” Capt. Kenny Kreeger, my official TV show guide confessed this week.  “The cool temperatures we experience this month and the pre-winter water conditions that accompany it make practically every species in the lake ready to feed ravenously.” 

Kenny and I spent the early morning hours today drifting back and forth between the Twin Signals and Marker 174 on the railroad trestle.  And to make a long story short, when we headed back in to the dock at 10:30 a.m. there were 10 different species of gamefish packed into our cooler. 

“Frank, everybody reading this can make a catch exactly like ours this weekend if they just pay heed to the words they’re reading right now on this web page.”

Let’s revisit a little. . .

1—Get out early.
2—Fish your peak tidal periods.
3—Look for the isolated pockets of clean, green water.
4—Regardless of where you fish, fish the west side of the trestle
5—If the tide is falling, fish close to and toward the trestle.
6—If the tide is incoming, fish out from and away from the trestle 
7—Try a spot—if nothing happens in, say, 15 minutes, move.
8—Move only small distances—a block or two at a time is ideal.
9—Use live shrimp on a Carolina rig.
10—If you get a strike that kills the shrimp, put on another shrimp.
11—If in doubt at all, “measure.”  Don’t keep anything undersize.
12—Keep only your legal limit—keep a good and accurate count.
13---Be courteous to other fishermen!  Don’t crowd them!
14—If there’s a fishermen “in your spot,” find another spot!
15—Best ingress point is Rigolets Marina on US 90.
16—The facility has a first-rate triple back down ramp. 
17—Rigolets almost always has a good supply of live bait.
18—Expect to wait in line to launch, however.  It’s a popular place.

Each angler should make note that because of the great fishing action going on this week there’s a lot of folks fishing Pontchartrain/Borgne/St. Catherine right now.  With that in mind, be extra cautious when navigating from place to place. 

Of course, if you don’t have your own boat and motor to fish the standard “hotspots,” you can always enlist the services and expertise of a guide.  Almost a dozen of them charter in the lake.  Capt. Kenny, my TV guide, is also open for personal charters. If you’d like to fish with him, simply call him at 985-643-2944. 

Next week I’ll be working over my Thanksgiving turkey and watching football with a stuffed belly.  So I won’t file another fishing report until the week after next.  But no worries, mate!  T’ain’t nothing gonna change in the lake for a week or so, so you’re set. 

Just stay out of my spots, okay?

Frank Davis