The Lake Is Back: Plenty reds, drum, sheepshead and speckled trout

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Posted on September 22, 2011 at 6:21 PM

Updated Friday, Sep 23 at 1:17 PM

Frank Davis, Fishing Expert

· If you'd like to do some fishing this weekend, you don't have to go any further than Lake Pontchartrain. Hotspots all week have been the new Twin Spans, the old I-10 upright stanchions, the railroad trestle, and the Five Mile Highway 11 Bridge.

· When the tide is right and the winds lay down enough to keep the waters clean, juvenile speckled trout can be caught under a popping cork at the mouth of Bayou Liberty. Be sure to measure any fish which are doubtful—they must be 12 inches or they must be put back.

· Live shrimp fished on a Carolina rig will get you a nice mixed bag of speckled trout, redfish, drum, and sheepshead. Live bait is available at The Dock Marina just off Lakeshore Drive. It’s always first come first served.

· Just keep a watchful eye on the weather in case a squall pops up! Head for safe harbor long before the weather builds. Don’t wait till the last minute, especially on Pontchartrain. Pontchartrain can get awfully mean in no time at all.

· For the best creel in bottom fish, start off at “the walls” on the new Twin Spans (these are the base foundations that hold up the high-rise sections). Redfish, drum, and sheepshead tend to hide out under the walls (it apparently is hollow under them). Over at the trestle, I recommend you begin at Rail Marker174.

· Pontchartrain Guide this week was Capt. Kenny Kreeger, 985-643-2944.

 

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