Salinity Readings Looking Good!
It’s this month that anglers start paying attention to the salinity reading for Lake Pontchartrain. With the cool fronts signaling an early fall, good salinity readings paired with dropping water temperatures are the perfect ingredients for an electric speckled trout bite along the northern shoreline of Lake Pontchartrain and it’s contributing rivers and bayous that feed it. The Lake Pontchartrain Hydrocoast Map that is updated by the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation reveals better readings than at this time last year. In 2016 the Hydrocoast Map showed readings of 0.4 PPT at the Causeway and 1.0 PPT at the Trestles. This year the salinity readings show better numbers with the Causeway at 1.8 PPT and the Trestles at 4.0 PPT.
A popular destination for Lake Pontchartrain anglers this summer has been the Biloxi Marsh. Mathew Harding and his family made a trip across Lake Borgne and into the marsh to find plenty of trout. “We fished the north side of the marsh with DOA plastic pink and chartreuse shrimp and ended up with 40 keeper specks and 6 white trout. We had plenty throw backs but it was a good time for me and the family,” Harding says.
Manatee Spotted in Bayou Lacombe
Mike O’Brien made a trip to investigate the mouth of Bayou Lacombe for the speckled trout that usually make their annual appearance in the bayou but says the fishing was slow. “I caught a few little bass on a Z-Man Pop Shadz fishing the marsh to the east of Glockner’s Place,” O’Brien says. While back in the marsh Mike says he noticed something watching him. “I looked down next to the boat and noticed a manatee was keeping an eye on my activities. He came back a few times to take a look and would then head off to do whatever manatees do,” he jokes. O’Brien exited the marsh and started fishing the main bayou but all he could manage were small bass. “I switched over to a lip-less crankbait but all I could manage was a few more small bass,” he adds
The inaugural Pearl River Clean Sweep is scheduled for Saturday, September 23. Volunteers will pitch in to clean up the Pearl River from its headwaters in Neshoba County, Mississippi through the Ross Barnett Reservoir, along the border of Mississippi and Louisiana and all the way to the Gulf Coast. Watercraft and land-based cleanup teams will be deployed along as much of the Pearl River watershed as can possibly be covered. If you would like to help, visit PearlRiverKeeper.com.
NFR Fall Fishing Seminar
The 2017 Fall Fishing Seminar will be held at T-Rivers in Madisonville on Thursday, September 28 at 6:30 P.M. Guest speakers will include Mike Gallo of Angling Adventures of Louisiana, Andy Jones of Wicked Charters, Justin Bowles of JB Fishing Charters, and Forrest Green. There will be a live band and raffle that will include numerous fishing packages and a chartered trip courtesy of JB Fishing Charters. Admission is free.
Bass Assassins held its tournament at Bayou Lacombe. Tough conditions hampered anglers as the first place winner, Eric Ciko, was only able to bring in 4 fish weighing 12.4 lbs. Ciko also won the big fish division with a 6 lb. 10 oz. largemouth bass. In second place was Paul Paille with a 5-fish bag that weighed 6 lbs. 10 oz. Richard Bennett came in third with a 5 lbs. 14 oz. limit.
A tournament to benefit Adalyn Mince will be held on September 16th at the North-Pass 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Northshore Bass Series Championship will be on October 7th and will consist of 13 different launches. Weigh-in will be at The Blind Tiger Restaurant in Slidell. To quality for this event an angler must have competed in at least one NBS Tournament in 2017.
For more information please contact Terry Jones at (985) 255-2136.
(Keith Lusher Jr. writes a weekly column. For more info, visit NorthshoreFishingReport.com.Contact Keith at email@example.com.)