The August Fishing Forecast has been published at NorthshoreFishingReport.com and leading the list of top rated spots is the Salt Bayou area in Slidell. Todd Oalman gives it a rating of 5/5 and says the W-14 Canal that runs along Highway 433 is where the marsh bass are this month. “Right now the bass are holding to the run-outs and along the weed-lines.
The best baits are weedless floating soft plastics,” Oalman says. Todd reminds anglers that it’s the hottest part of the year right now and to try to get an early start to beat the heat. “Make sure to try and get out there as early as possible. As the sun warms up, the bass transition off of the banks. Switch over to a Texas rigged worm in Tequila Sunrise or the Victory Red Shu-Shu Slugs,” Todd says.
Mike O’Brien fishes Bayou Lacombe almost every day and gives the bayou a 3/5 rating. He reminds anglers to not let the heat slow you down in August. “The typical high temperatures for this time of year may be slowing the anglers down more than the fish. Steady if not spectacular results can still be expected – Just bring a good hat and plenty of liquids. The best bets for bass have been during the early morning and late evening hours. A good number of quality fish have been taken on top-water baits like Chug Bugs, frogs, and buzz baits. As they move away from the shoreline, crank-baits have been effective near the drop-offs,” O’Brien says. Not only are the bass biting in Bayou Lacombe but the perch action is fast and furious. “Bream and goggle-eye are taking small poppers on top early and jigs tight-lined off the banks as the sun gets higher. Work the grass and pads along the main bayou near any cuts and canals especially when the water is down,” he says.
I had a chance to talk with North Shore fishing expert Jeff Bruhl about the effects of the above average rains we’ve seen this summer. Jeff says the high water has definitely impacted the fishing but right now it’s all about finding baitfish transitioning into deeper water. “Schools of shad are beginning to migrate out of the rivers so the shad patterns are great choices. Crank-baits and white colored spinnerbaits are good choices to start a trip. Top-water baits like white frogs or poppers fill in the gaps,” Bruhl says. With the rain causing the water to be muddier than normal. Jeff suggests using slow moving dark colored jigs in these adverse conditions.
August is perhaps the worst month to fish Lake Pontchartrain but anglers do have options to the east. George Seibert often fishes Lake Borgne and gives the area a 3/5 rating. “The fishing in Lake Borne generally slows down due to the extreme heat of the day and the trout having moved to the outside waters. Some trout, redfish, flounder and sheepshead are still being caught. If you’re going to fish Lake Borne, the eastern half has a somewhat higher salinity. From Malheureux Point to the Creole Gap – the level is 6 ppt to 15 ppt. The shoreline of the Biloxi Marsh is also good. If nothing is happening in the lake, cut through Three Mile into Bay Boudreaux and fish those Islands. There are plenty of shell reefs and that’s where you will find the trout,” Seibert says. George reminds anglers that live shrimp are the ticket this month.
FPBA is holding its next tournament at the East Pearl River on Saturday, August 12. For more information about becoming a member please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A tournament to benefit Adalyn Mince will be held on September 16th at the NorthPass boat ramp in Manchac. The 2 year-old is battling Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. For more information please contact Patrick Engerran at (985) 474-6112 or email@example.com.
The inaugural Judy Bourgeois-Brueau Memorial Bass Tournament/Fundraiser will be held on Saturday, August 12 at Lock #1 in Pearl River. All money collected will benefit Noah Brueau, who is an only child that recently lost his mother to cancer at the age of 55. Noah’s father is a recent stroke victim who currently resides in an assisted living community. For more information contact Lance at (985) 966-3532.
(Keith Lusher Jr. writes a weekly column. For more info, visit NorthshoreFishingReport.com.Contact Keith at firstname.lastname@example.org.)