December 19, 2011 at 6:44pm
To dagoman3: Yes you can catch Trout without worrying about getting lost, Wednesday from a distance looks like a great day to fish. Wind will be turning around from the front and a good falling tide ending early to mid-morning but should still flow. Or the strong afternoon incoming tide should again get them feeding should they still be hungry.
I learned Delacroix years ago by learning one place at a time, looking at it now there are three easy routes to learn that will open up most of Delacroix for you. If you run Bayou Terre aux Boeufs there is one right hand turn to make it to Four Horse Lake, make sure you see big silver tanks on that canal from Bayou Terre to Four Horse. Four Horse has Trout and those big dummy R-fish too. Connected to Four Horse is Pato Caballo (Little Four Horse) and Lake Campo, both easy to run. Also the Twin Pipeline runs from Four Horse south to Oak River or north to Lake John.
Learning the west side will open up for you once you find the Pencil Canal which also reaches Oak River and even beyond into Pt. a la Hache. From Sweetwater head south down Bayou Gentilly, there are many boats running through there and I would recommend following one of them the first time. Bayou Gentilly isn't as clearly defined as it used to be, not a complicated run but some turns seem to confuse boaters. You will not have to wait long to follow a boat down Bayou Gentilly to Petit Lake also called(Little Lake). Once in Little Lake keep the first island off your port then head nearly due south until you reach a big sign that reads 'Pencil Canal.' Once in Pencil Canal you will pass near Lake Batola, Pt. Fienne, Skippy Bay and a host of other good areas to fish before you reach Oak River.
From Oak River you can go east back to the Twin Pipeline then north back to Four Horse or take it during the warmer months straight into Black Bay via Oak River Bay. Learn the route into Four Horse, Oak River, and the Pencil Canal, that is a big square which will cover more productive areas to fish than you have time. When you hear of a report of fish being caught you'll be able to get to most of them with those routes. The quicker ways will come in time, for now you can run safely while you're learning.
I will be down Wednesday morning to fish but not until after I get off of work so I will be launching around 8 a.m. give or take. Capt. Jack or one of the crew there can help you or I will help you. My number to text or call is (504) 452-3523 should you encounter ANY problems contact me, I will be on the water and will help you. You may call ahead of time if you would like to go over on a map the areas you would like to fish. Good luck, the Trout are thick and hungry!