Pontchartrain trout fishing heats up as water temperatures cool
Seabrook area among most-productive spots.
Tournament angler Josh Hall said some chunky speckled trout are waiting in Lake Pontchartrain for a bait to be crawled past their noses right now.
Hall spends most of his time in the lake, and he is fully convinced that it holds some of the best fishing in the state.
"Granted, I've been fishing the lake for as long as I can remember, and I know how to fish it," Hall said. "Our best bite over the past few weeks has been in the afternoon between 1 and 4 o'clock.”
Hall fishes many areas on the south and western ends of the lake. He disclosed that he landed some 5-pounders near some wellheads on the west side of the lake about a month ago, and that his friends have given him reports that they are still bringing in sizable fish.
Hall said experience has taught him that fishing in the lake will get better through November until the water temperatures get down to the 50s in the dead of winter, at which time fishing will slow down.
"I just don't fish the west side right now because Seabrook has been so good,” Hall said. “The area between the airport wall and the catwalk has been good. There is a lot of debris and trash in the water, though, and you will get snagged — so expect to lose some jigheads.
“Fish towards the Seabrook bridge as well; just go until you find the holes around the bridge."
He said 2 ˝-pound trout are not uncommon in the Seabrook area right now. Magnito Matrix Shad tipped with chartreuse seems to be one of the most-productive lures for catching these bigger fish.
"The Magnito color is good, but I just find that the strike is just so much more aggressive with the chartreuse,” Hall explained. “The key is fishing slow; a slow retrieve with a ⅜- or ⅛-ounce jigheads is important.
"After the cold front, the trout are on the bottom and you have to drag the bait in front of their face."
Read other reports — and post your own — in the Inshore Fishing Forum. Not a site member yet? It’s free, so click here to get started today!
Subscribe Today and Save!!!
Louisiana Sportsman is the complete hunting and fishing magazine for Louisiana.
Devoted to hunting, fishing and other outdoor activities in the wetlands,
Louisiana Sportsman is the information guide for Louisiana's most active hunters and fishermen.
Posted on March 25, 2013 at 4:15 pm by Rusty Tardo
Posted on March 21, 2013 at 9:23 am by Chris Berzas
Posted on January 09, 2013 at 4:30 pm by Chris Berzas
Posted on December 18, 2012 at 11:45 am by
Posted on December 13, 2012 at 6:30 am by
Fished the Michoud Substation ICWW at hot water canal Friday. Let me start by saying WOW!!! BIG Trout every few cast. It...
Featured Fishing Guide
The new DOCKSIDE PROTOTYPE LURE will be coming out soon. If you happened to see us out on the water ask for a few we should have a few to spare.