Just got off the phone with my TV Fishing Guide Kenny Kreeger who just minutes ago brought me up to date on precisely where sportsmen can still catch saltwater fish in Lake Pontchartrain.
"Frank, with the exception of that section of the trestle on the north shore between the original first and second firebreakers, the rest of the lake is nothing but milkish-brownish river water," he meticulously explained. "At that spot, the water is pretty and green and still holding speckled trout, white trout, drum, sheepshead, flounder, croakers, and redfish. All you need is some market shrimp--dead bait--fished off a Carolina rig right on the bottom.
"The other place that will still provide some good fishing--at least for the time being--is under the hump at the new I-10 Twin Spans. You principle catch here are keeper drums, fished on the bottom against the pilings, again with market shrimp. But forget about fishing Irish Bayou, South Shore, the Five Mile Bridge, and the rocks on the southern end of the trestle. That's all river water now. And by the way, the river water extends all the way out through the Rigolets and Chef Pass well into Lake Borgne."
Kreeger asked that I remind any boaters who will be out on the lake to proceed cautiously because there are lots of "garbage" floating just under the surface of the water. Chunks of trees or large broken logs could sink a small boat if it slams into any of this flotsam.
If any sportsman, however, intends to fish the river water in the lake, be sure to rig and fish specifically for freshwater species--catfish (some huge!), gaspergou, gar, sturgeon, shad, buffalofish, and carp. The recommendation is that heavy baitcasting tackle be used on the bottom.
I'll keep you updated right here on this webpage. Be sure to check it often. --FD