My brother fished there last week, and some fish have spawned and some have not. The ones remaining will spawn out on the full moon. They wacked them pretty hard targeting mostly post-spawn fish. Good luck!
If you take Wisner up to around the Harrison bridge, you can pull over just about anywhere there in the grass and launch into St. John's bayou. There are plenty of fish in there, and it is a good spot for a young fella to learn to handle his rig and fish at the same time. I have a 10 y/o learning to paddle. There are fish in the bayou south of there too, but north of the 610 seems to produce more fish. I have heard the Sauvage are out past Little Woods is a good area for kayak fishing too, but it is full of gators too.
I used to catch them for fun at the Lake D'Arbonne spillway. I got kind of popular down there for a while because I gave the fish away. Use a wire leader, and put chicken liver on a 1 or 1/0 hook. Bury the hook up in the liver. Cast out to them where you see them and just let it drift, one of them will usually get it before it goes down 2 ft. Once he takes it, wait a while and let him swim with it. Sometimes they pick it up with the end of their snout and need to work it back some to their mouth. If that doesn't work, then you can try snagging them with a weighted treble, but bringing them in tail-first is a chore.
I have talked to a few guys who own both types of Ascend angler kayaks (sit-on and sit-in) and they all like them. I have an Ocean Kayak 13', and I had a leaking issue with it when I first got it. Those are made by Johnson Outdoors, and their customer service people must be folks that were fired from airport TSA, they are that bad. Now that I fixed the problem myself, the boat is fine, but Johnson won't get another dollar out of me. I also have a 10' Pelican Castaway that is a great little boat. My 8 and 10 year olds can handle it, and it is a comfortable fishing platform. If I had to do it over again, I would look at Ascend and Pelican boats. Gander Mountain carries Pelican boats and also Academy (I think).
I have done a lot of bass fishing from small boats, and getting a really good roll cast developed is the best thing you can do for yourself. I also use a 10' saltwater rod for bass.
I have never tried the Speed Craw, but it looks like I'll be getting some. All-around, I would have to go with a long senko-type worm. You can rig it Texas-syle, shaky-head, Carolina, whacky, weightless, and drop-shot. It works everywhere and at all depths. If you need it smaller, you can always just cut some off.
I don't know much about the fishing down there right now, but be careful fishing, especially out of the yak. There is a post on here somewhere about a guy got a flesh-eating disease from the water down there.
I posted a report not too long ago. Find it here: http://www.louisianasportsman.com/lpca/index.php?section=reports&event=view&action=full_report&id=143467 I see this is an old post, but I'm new here. I grew up fishing that lake and it is a better bass lake than most people who fish it think it is.
I have the 10-ft pelican castaway sit-on-top rig. I get right out on the big lake with the big boats. I don't sweat the jet-skis or big ski boats since there is absolutely no way to get swamped. The biggest challenge for me was organizing my space for the best possible use of the boat, and getting used to only having 3 rods rigged. Other than that, not having a fish-finder has been an adjustment. I just print up contour maps before I go if I am going to an unfamiliar lake. It doesn't matter so much in backwater areas or bayous. I also put a water ski skeg on the bottom using shoe goo adhesive to keep the boat tracking in open water and windy conditions.rnI have also been fooling around with a sail rig. I use a room divider from a coleman tent, hook it to the ugly stick in the rod holder and to one of the anchor points on the side and go.
Two years ago fishing on the Little Missouri river I saw a river otter. He swam around for about 10 minutes before he caught a trout and headed to the bank. He got less than 5 yards from me before he noticed I didn't belong. Then he was gone.