The fishing forecast has been released on NorthshoreFishingReport.com and the summer heat looks to have affected the ratings for most locations. However there are bright spots in the forecast that give anglers an option for catching bass, sheepshead, drum, and croaker.
Among the top rated areas is Salt Bayou which receives a 5/5 rating in July. Todd Oalman fishes the area often and says that July is one of the best months to fish for bass in the Salt Bayou area which includes the W14 canal that parallels Hwy 433. “Limits should be the norm for Salt Bayou, with days of over 30 bass being a realistic expectation,” Oalman says. Like most fishing spots in July, Salt Bayou is one that you’ll want to avoid during the daytime heat. “Early mornings, late evenings, and overcast days are the times you’ll want to fish,” says Todd. The equation for locating bass is simple during these times. “Look for moving water and bait. Ideally you’ll want to find a drain in the marsh that has pogies, shrimp, or mullet coming out of it. The bass will stack up and ambush the easy pickings,” he says. While bass fishing is the best option, Todd adds that saltwater fishing can be productive. “Croaker, white trout, drum, and sheepshead will be at the mouth of the bayou. Dead shrimp on the bottom will work for them,” Oalman says.
Bayou Bonfouca is another hot spot in July. Daniel and Roger Sissac give the bayou a 5/5 rating in July and Daniel says this is a great month for numbers. “Bass fishing comes alive in July! The menhaden are in the bayou and the bass are feeding heavily on them. If you find this happening you can catch bass until your arms get tired,” Sissac says. Daniel recommends using any type of soft plastic lure that imitates the pogies in the water. Bluegill is another option for anglers. Daniel says to pay attention to the moon phases in order to predict the spawn. “The full moon is the time to find bedding bream. The 3 days before the full moon and the 3 days after it are all times to target them,” he adds.
Fishing in Lake Borgne has taken a hit with the recent rains but all signs are pointing up in July. Captain George Seibert of FishMeister Charters says this is one of the best months to fish Lake Borgne. He gives it a rating of 5/5. “Fishing in Lake Borne should be at its peak before the heat of August. Salinity levels are coming up to the eastern side towards the Mississippi Sound. Your best bet is to head across to Malheureux Point and fish the shore- line early in the morning towards Three Mile Pass. Half Moon is also another option,” Seibert says.
Bass Assassins held it’s tournament at Bayou Lacombe and it was Eric Ciko who took first place by weighing in a 7 lb. 11 oz. bag. Eric also had the big fish of the day with a 3 lb. 7 oz. bass. With the win Ciko moves into the #7 spot in the Northshore Bass Series Power Rankings. Jason Pittman took second with a total of 5 fish that weighed 7 lbs. 11 oz. The first place victory moves Pittman into sole possession of the #1 spot in the NBS Power Rankings. Patrick Engerran took third place with a 5-fish tournament limit weighing 6 lbs. 1 oz.
Liar’s and Lunker’s is holding its classic tournament at Lock #1 in Pearl River on July 23. Teams can launch on either side and will fish until noon. There is no entry fee and food and drinks will be provided at weigh-in. To fish the Classic, you must have fished at least 3 of the 5 Liar’s and Lunker’s points tournaments this season. For more information or to confirm Classic eligibility, please contact Chad Hartzog at (985) 502-3217.
Florida Parishes Bass Anglers is holding its next tournament at Bayou Lacombe on Sunday, July 9 at the Main St. Launch. For more information about becoming a member please visit www.fpbassanglers.com.
(Keith Lusher Jr. writes a weekly column. For more info, visit NorthshoreFishingReport.com.Contact Keith at firstname.lastname@example.org.)