Bayou Liberty Trout
For anglers on the North Shore it’s an annual occurrence. The speckled trout run that happens along the northern shoreline of Lake Pontchartrain is something that we anticipate every year. Despite the muddy water due to the rebuilding of the marsh, Daniel Sissac of Pearl River decided to make a trip to Bayou Bonfouca where he’s had success in the past. “I caught 31 but only had 13 keepers. I also caught five bass, a few bream, and five reds. The reds were ten to twelve inches but it’s a good sign that some are being caught,” Sissac says. Daniel used Shu-Shu’s in Gunmetal to catch the trout and Sexee Shad for the bass. Sissac says the water looks dirty but also reminds anglers that what you see is not always what you get. “Keep in mind that if there is good, moving water, then the dirt and silt you see on top is not necessarily through the whole water column. Also, if there is sufficient bait, fish will tolerate a bit of dirty water for easy feeding,” says Daniel
Mike O’Brien fishes Bayou Lacombe routinely and knows that this is the time when the trout usually make their appearance, so he made a trip to the mouth of the bayou to do some investigating. “Several boats were working along the main bayou around Glockner’s. No one was having any success, including me. So after a couple of hours of throwing topwater, cranks, jerks, and a scrounger head with a big fluke, I moved back up the bayou,” Mike caught 3 bass north of the mouth of the bayou and says “The bass were off of the banks but not that far. They were taking the baits at the edge of the drops on the shallow side. The bite was very soft and I think I missed a couple daydreaming,” he says. Mike says he might wait until another cool front comes through before trying for trout again. “The water temperature was still at 80 degrees so I think the specks are still a few weeks out. I’m no expert on specks but I think the magic number is closer to 70 degrees,” O’Brien says.
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, Todd Shultz of Dixie Trolling Motors, and Sam Barberra with LDWF. 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.
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 register to help clean up please visit PearlRiverKeeper.com.
Dockside Marine Tournament Trail held its championship at the East Pearl River and it was the team of Joel Lee and Shane Pope who won first place with a two day total of 28.54 lbs. With the win the team qualifies for the BASS Team Championship to be held on Lake Norfolk in December. In second place was Ross and Reese Watkins who brought in a two-day total of 25.96 lbs. Terry Jones and Jason Stevens took third with a two-day bag that weighed 24.03 lbs.
Florida Parishes Bass Anglers held its tournament at Manchac and it was the team of Richard Bennett and Lashun Robertson who brought in a 5-fish tournament limit weighing 10.49 lbs. The team also won the big fish division with a largemouth that weighed 3.71 lbs. In second place was Jason Pittman and Trenton Pittman who brought in a limit weighing 5.87 lbs. Wayne Richardson and Wayne Richardson Jr. took third with a 5-fish bag weighing 5.03 lbs.
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.
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.
(Keith Lusher Jr. writes a weekly column. For more info, visit NorthshoreFishingReport.com.Contact Keith at email@example.com.)