Speckled Trout

Don’t let bad habits keep you from putting fish in the boat.

Common trout mistakes to avoid

Even if you’re a dedicated weekend warrior, there’s always more to learn about catching specks. So be sure you aren’t making these mistakes that can impact the number of fish you put on ice.
April 01 at 7:00am

How to Catch Trout in Shallow Water

Season 6, Episode 4
March 22 at 6:00pm
Host Greg Hackney, left, and Capt. Travis Miller target Dularge trout in tonight's brand new episode of Sportsman TV. Check it out at 6:30 on CST, or catch it on Saturdays at 8:30 a.m. or Sundays at 9 a.m.

New Sportsman TV tonight: Targeting trout out of Dularge

Episode offers tips for fishing under birds, locating flats with feeding specks
March 22 at 8:06am
Nice speckled trout come from Catfish Lake this time of year, according to Capt. Aaron Pierce.

The perfect spot to find Golden Meadow specks

Oyster reefs in Catfish Lake typically hold nice specks, guide says
March 19 at 4:55pm
Step 1: Cut a 2-foot length of 30-pound test monofilament line and tie a black swivel on one end and a #4 Mustad UltraPoint treble hook on the other, using four-wrap improved clinch knots.

How to make a pre-rig

March 15 at 8:00am
Louis Paretti holds up the monster 7.2-pound speckled trout he caught Thursday morning while trolling deep canals on the northern end of Lake Pontchartrain. The big speck bit a tiger-bait colored Matrix Shad.

Lake Pontchartrain gives up gorilla speckled trout

Paretti trolls up a hammer that tips the scales at 7.2 pounds
March 09 at 8:31am
With the Bonnet Carré Spillway slated to be opened for two to four weeks, Lake Pontcartrain speckled trout anglers need to strike while the iron is hot — and be prepared to go to Plan B as more fresh water pours into the lake.

Tips to deal with the Spillway opening

Keep track of fresh water - and be prepared to go to Plan B
March 08 at 7:37pm
Capt. Marty LaCoste intercepts trout beginning to move  from inside the marsh to the Gulf this time of year.

Spring success around Dularge

March 07 at 10:26am
Capt. Eddie Berthelot Jr. said this winter’s frigid temperatures will likely delay the speckled trout transition out of coastal marshes, but fish are still being caught with twitchbaits, topwaters and soft plastics on the north side of interior lakes and

Frigid winter likely means delayed trout transition

Speck action out Golden Meadow, Grand Isle focused on interior lakes and bays
March 06 at 10:23am
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced they plan to open the Bonnet Carré Spillway Thursday at 10 a.m. Depending on how long it remains open will determine impacts on speckled trout fishing this spring in Lake Pontchartrain.

Bonnet Carré Spillway to open Thursday

April, May speck fishing in Lake Pontchartrain likely impacted
March 05 at 4:47pm
Brady Giroir, left, a charter boat captain who owns Cajun Waters Fishing Charters, and Jeff Burke hold speckled trout caught in inside waters in December.

Transition trout in Dularge

March 02 at 9:51am
Stan Mathes likes trolling soft plastics in deeper canals for March specks.

Trolling for springtime trout

March 01 at 9:32am
Lane Zimmer uses popping corks to see when a trout hits rather than having to try to feel a bite in high winds.

The wind can be your friend

Typically, windy conditions affect an angler much more than the fish. Use these tips to keep putting specks on ice this month — even when it’s blowing.
March 01 at 7:00am
Dawn was just a hot peach glow when the men caught their first fish.

Caillou Island’s ‘Junkyard Trout’

Old submerged oilfield trash makes this spot a treasure trove for springtime speck anglers. Here’s how to target it — without too many snags — and fill the box.
March 01 at 7:00am