Trout and reds still hard to catch right now


Posted on May 5, 2011 at 3:04 PM

Updated Thursday, May 5 at 7:30 PM

Frank Davis / Fishing Expert

LAFITTE, LA - Another frontal system, another round of gusty winds, continuing murky water all over the inside marsh, and one more week of working hard to find speckled trout and redfish willing to bite. It's what my fishing team and I were up against again this Thursday as we tested the waters of Lafitte in an attempt to do my weekly fishing report.

“Yeah, but take heart,” Capt. Mike Kennair explained encouragingly. “Maybe this weekend we’ll all get a break, specifically that one particular break we’ve been waiting for for over three months now. The winds have got to die down!

“We all know the fish are here! There are trout and reds and flounder and drum and sheepshead and just about every other species in these very waters. But, since the second week in January fishermen have been waiting - and praying - for things to calm, for the water to clean up, for the seas so mellow out. And until that happens, we’ll continue to seek out a fish population that appears plagued with piscatorial lockjaw!”

Mike did add that having prefaced his forecast with a dose of negativity, if, he added, you’re determined to get out after the makings of a fish fry regardless, you should focus your attention on Bay Round, Lake Laurier, and the entire Myrtle Grove area.

“There are definitely trout, reds, sheepshead, and drum at these locations,” he continued. “We can cherry-pick them from almost every stop we make. The only problem is, conditions are so strained weather-wise right now that consistency almost doesn’t exist. It’s one here, two there, three somewhere else. But I stake my reputation as a professional guide that once we get the right elements from Mother Nature - and that’s mainly for her winds to lay down - we definitely will be able to herd all of these species into the ice chest.”

In the interim, though, if you (like me) will ignore the statistics and fully intend to sample the water at the principal Lafitte locations Saturday and Sunday. . .do this: 

  • Use fresh market shrimp;
  • Rig it on a popping or chugging cork so that it hangs suspended about 14 to 16 inches deep;
  • Fish a couple of yards off the grassy shorelines early in the morning before the effects of the weather become noticeable;
  • Try to focus on current lines—this is where the feeding action in all probability will occur;
  • And target the cleanest stretch of water you can find.

Biologically this is all you need to do to catch 'em. . .once they decide to eat again. So now for the proverbial age-old question, when's the best time to go fishing?

Capt. Mike says, “Easy answer. It's whenever you can!”

For more information on precisely where and how to fish the Lafitte/Barataria area right now, feel free to call Mike Kennair at Robichaux Fishing Charters at 504-329-8005. This is also the number you call to book a charter trip. But keep in mind that those are always first come first serve.