Fishing prospects are looking up at Cypremort Point as the Atchafalaya River level continues to drop, allowing for higher salinity levels and prettier water than earlier this summer.
Capt. Andre Bordelon with Reel Man Fishing Charters said when the river level is between 6 and 8 feet at Butte la Rose, conditions at the Point usually improve.
This morning, the river level was just a hair over 5 feet.
“The water is definitely turning better and the river is down to where it needs to be for things to get good,” Bordelon said. “The clarity of the water now is getting right where the trout are starting to turn on.”
Within the last two weeks, Bordelon said white trout have been relatively plentiful in Southwest Pass, and especially at Tiger Shoals.
“White trout have been hitting anything,” he said. “Whatever you throw out there, they’re taking.”
Redfish have remained relatively consistent throughout the summer in Marsh Island and the marsh in Weeks Bay, he said.
Fishing under a popping cork will work, but Bordelon also suggested using either live or dead shrimp on a Carolina rig in deeper holes near Mud Point and in Bird Island Bayou.
For speckled trout in Tiger Shoals, Bordelon tries either fishing 3-feet under a popping cork, or free-lining live shrimp with a 1/0 hook and a split-shot weight.
“Specks have been spotty, but when the clarity of the water is good and the wind is right, they’ve been catching some at Diamond Reef, Caldwell Reef and in Tiger Shoals,” he said. “This time of the year is when it starts to get really good in Tiger Shoals.”
Conditions this weekend should be good, with a light south or southeast wind through Monday, he said.