October Fishing Forecast
The Fishing Forecast for the month of October is littered with 5-Star reports with the fall-like temperatures that this month is known for. As expected, the bayous that dump into the lake are loaded with speckled trout, and now is the time to take advantage of the cooler water temperatures and thick bait in the water.
Bayou Lacombe kicks of the cast of 5-star reports this month. Lacombe resident Forrest Green says now is the time to fish Bayou Lacombe. “Now is the time that the cigar trout are in the marshes and in the bayous and the grass beds” he says. Mr. Green says there’s a lot of grass in the bayou right now, so switch over to a lighter jig head when fishing plastics “I’ve been using a 1/16 oz. jig head on any kind of plastic with 12 lb. test,” he says. Right now anglers are catching the smaller school trout but as is often the case with Lake Pontchartrain, those trophy trout will show up along the shoreline. Green says it shouldn’t take long before we see the big girls along the shoreline. “When the water comes up along the shoreline, these big trout love to get in those little pockets along the shoreline and if you can find any tributaries that come out of the marsh and into the lake, you’ll do really well in those spots,” Green says.
Bayou Bonfouca may not seem like a good option for speckled trout anglers because of the marsh restoration project that has muddied up the water near the mouth. Daniel Sissac has fished the bayou twice and both trips have yielded trout. Daniel gives Bonfouca 5-stars and says in October, it’s all about the cool fronts. “The fishing in Bonfouca will really excel this month. Cooler weather should bring higher barometric pressure, and, contrary to what popular opinion is, I think it will help the trout run. Looking at my data for this year and last year, 29.95 and higher seems to be best – I like 30.00 and higher but take what nature gives you,” Sissac says. The bass bite on the bayou is stout this month. Daniel says the bass are stocking up for the winter as well. “They know it’s time to fatten up for the winter and they are looking for bait. Baitfish imitators such as swimbaits, Shu-Shus, and Rat-L-Traps will prove irresistible to feeding fish,” he says. A long productive summer for bream is coming to an end. Daniel says “The bream are still biting but will begin slacking soon. The fish will stop bedding so you’ll have to work a bit harder to find them.”
Bass Assassins held its tournament at Bayou Liberty and it was Trenton Pittman who took first place by weighing a 5-fish tournament limit of 8 lb. 14 oz. Trenton also won the big fish division by weighing in a 3 lb. 2 oz. kicker fish. With the first place victory Trenton moves into the #1 spot in the Northshore Bass Series. In second was Ronald Pierre with a limit that weighed 7 lbs. 5 oz. Eric Ciko took third place with a limit that weighed 7 lbs.
The Northshore Bass Series Championship will be on October 7th and will consist of 14 different launches. Weigh-in will be at The Blind Tiger Restaurant in Slidell. To qualify 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
FPBA will be holding its next tournament on Saturday, October 14 at Crawford’s Landing. For more information about becoming a member please visit fpbassanglers.com.
Bogalusa Bass Club will hold its next tournament on October 14th and 15th at Lake Bruin. For more information please contact Jason Nelson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Keith Lusher Jr. writes a weekly column. For more info, visit NorthshoreFishingReport.com.Contact Keith at email@example.com.)