Buck Perry, the father of structure fishing, always advised that fish would either be shallow, deep or somewhere in-between.

Perry obviously never fished Delacroix for speckled trout during February — when there really is no in-between.

“Trout are either going to be deep or they’re going to be shallow,” said Capt. Chris Pike with Cast & Blast Charters (504-427-4973).

These bipolar trout are going to be at one extreme or the other because the weather during February — or even during a single day — is just as bipolar as the fish.

“We play the weather this month,” Pike said. “If it’s cold, we fish deep. When it warms up, we fish shallow. 

“February is kind of like November in that way because the trout will move with the water temperature.”

And the transformation can take place within only a few hours, like when a cold morning turns into a warm afternoon.


Likely locations

Pike advised anglers to look for shallow spots that have deep-water access nearby. 

“It’s more the interior bays and interior channels than the more open bays this time of year,” he said. “We spend our time fishing the more protected areas.”

Some of the best spots that offer this shallow/deep combination are Pointe Fienne Bay, Skippy Lake and Baker’s Bay because of their proximity to Oak River and Four Horse Lake, with the Twin Pipelines nearby.

All these spots are relatively protected and are great for north winds and low