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August is the last full month of “SweatFest 2016,” the festival no one likes to celebrate. The hot water and plethora of bait makes for tough conditions, more so for fly anglers.

August 15 at 7:00am
Capt. Kris Robert with One Last Cast Charters said both the L&N Train Bridge and the Hwy. 90 bridge are solid spots for speckled trout this month. His go-to setup is a drop-shot rig with live shrimp, and he said plan on being early to get a good spot.

Arrive early at L&N Train Bridge for July speckled trout action

Capt. Kris Robert said he thinks speckled trout act a lot like people when dealing with summertime heat: If they get hot, they go somewhere where they can cool down. And they prefer not to gorge themselves during the height of the heat of day.

That means early morning trips where cooler, deeper water and easily accessible bait are readily available. 

July 01 at 2:47pm
Capt. Mike Gallo runs into nice speckled trout along the structures in Lake Borgne.

Lake Borgne is a bona fide June trout hotspot

Outside fishing in the summertime is popular among South Louisiana anglers, and a large portion of fishermen fill up the boat and make a long haul to Breton Sound.

Go there on a weekend in June and you likely can walk from vessel to vessel.

June 24 at 10:30am
Capt. Kris Robert, with One Last Cast Charters, holds up a stringer of speckled trout caught this week at the Compressor Rig in Lake Borgne. The key is positioning your boat well away from the rig, over the shell pad surrounding the structure.

Speckled trout transitioning from Lake Pontchartrain into Lake Borgne

Capt. Kris Robert spends well over 200 days on the water each year in and around Lake Pontchartrain tracking down speckled trout and redfish, and he keeps a daily journal of his trips: where he fished, what he caught, the most effective lures and bait, along with the day’s weather conditions. 

June 02 at 3:19pm
CCA-Louisiana will begin construction of the new West End Reef in Lake Pontchartrain on May 31. The reef, which will be composed of 2,200 tons of limestone and crushed concrete, will be located near a planned fishing pier.

CCA to build new West End Reef in Lake Pontchartrain

The Coastal Conservation Association of Louisiana is scheduled to begin construction of a new artificial reef near West End in Lake Pontchartrain on May 31, according to a news release.

May 24 at 4:45pm
Five-year-old Caleb Kellum managed to catch a few nice specks while riding in the back of his dad’s kayak. Trolling is a great way to get young children involved in fishing.

Trolling for trout - Tips for putting more fish in the ’yak

You’re slowly making your way across a small lake. Suddenly, both lines dragging behind the kayak go tight.

It’s a problem, but a good problem.

May 18 at 9:00am
Lake Pontchartrain fisherman Chas Champagne said palming your baitcasting reel — and maintaining contact with the line with your thumb or index finger when the lure is falling — is vital to detect subtle bites while jigging at places like the trestles.

Palm baitcasting reel to feel subtle trout bites

When you’re deepwater jigging for speckled trout in a challenging place like Lake Pontchartrain — or really anywhere where you’re fishing in more than about 6 feet of water — you need to use every advantage at your disposal to feel the bite.

April 26 at 8:27am
Capt. Mike Gallo, with Angling Adventures of Louisiana, said speckled trout are still biting despite sandy-colored water in areas of Lake Pontchartrain. Friday's full moon could mean solid action if the weather cooperates, he said.

Don’t let ‘dirty’ Lake Pontchartrain water discourage you, guide says

Despite lots of dirty water still in Lake Pontchartrain, one fishing guide said April’s recent windy weather — more than any clarity issue — has been a bigger hinderance so far in catching springtime speckled trout this month.

April 19 at 10:02am
There are no secret spots in Lake Pontchartrain, but focusing on points, drains and reefs will be rewarded.

Prescription for Lake Borgne fishing success

Dr. Bob Weiss, aka “Doc,” has retired from his medical practice, but he is still giving out prescriptions for anyone afflicted with Lake Borgne fishing fever.

April 15 at 7:00am
Capt. Jones said trolling the bridges can be successful in choppy conditions that would be too difficult or nearly impossible to jig in.

Wicked trolling — How to troll Lake Pontchartrain’s Causeway

Imagine my surprise when I got a late-February call from Capt. Andy Jones, who said he was not just catching trout on the Causeway but that he was spanking them — and nice trout, at that.

April 01 at 7:00am
Nice catches of speckled trout can be found at the rigs in Lake Borgne during the summer.

The Forgotten Lake — Tips for Lake Borgne success

It seems that in every family there is one child who gets all the attention. The kids are outspoken, witty and interesting. At family gatherings, they keep everyone entertained.

Then there is the other child: quiet and bashful, sitting in the shadows.

April 01 at 7:00am
Apple snails lay their bright pink eggs on hard surfaces above water, like this decoy. Babies hatch in weeks and fall in the water, where they are disbursed by wind, currents and vegetation. There is no pesticide available as of now to target the snails.

Invasive apple snails wreak havoc in Orange Grove marsh

Mike Arcement put decoys out on his 2,000-acre lease in Orange Grove southwest of Houma the weekend before duck season started last November, and by opening day many of them were already covered in bright pink egg cases.

Submerged aquatic vegetation on the lease — key forage for ducks — was practically non-existent by the time the season started, as well. 

The culprits in both cases were apple snails, an invasive species that arrived in Louisiana about 10 years ago and readily consumes aquatic plants. 

March 22 at 9:27am
Volunteers from Lake Pontchartrain remove abandoned crab traps during LDWF's annual Derelict Crab Trap Rodeo that was held on Feb. 13.

2016 Crab Trap Rodeo results in removal of more than 2,500 traps in February

More than 2,500 traps were retrieved last month in two separate events on Lake Pontchartrain and near Lafitte during the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ annual Derelict Crab Trap Rodeo.

March 16 at 11:18am
Chas Champagne caught a nice speckled trout Monday morning in Lakeshore Estates, but said consistency could be a problem this spring in the wake of more freshwater pouring into Lake Pontchartrain from recent North Shore river flooding.

More freshwater for Lake Pontchartrain will make spring trout fishing tough

Just two months after the Bonnet Carre Spillway opened — and poured fresh Mississippi River water into Lake Pontchartrain for about three weeks earlier this winter — the estuary faces yet another inundation of freshwater from rain-swollen rivers on the North Shore.

March 14 at 12:00pm
Tuesday morning, Chas Champagne was using lemonhead Matrix Shad with a ⅜-ounce jighead to catch 15- to 17-inch speckled trout at the Trestles on Lake Pontchartrain. Noah Lepine, 15, above, shows off a typical speck from the day's take.

Don’t expect many springtime trophy trout in Lake Pontchartrain

As of right now, the Lake Pontchartrain-based creator of the popular Matrix and Vortex Shad soft plastic paddle tail baits isn’t expecting a record-breaking spring for trophy trout on his home waters.

February 23 at 11:23am
Jeff Bruhl uses a 1-ounce weight, a punch skirt, a 5/0 hook and a soft-plastic whenever he is punching the grass mats.

Punching the Pearl River for bass

Punching could arguably be one of the most-fun ways to catch bass. There is just nothing like having to wench a fish out of thick cover. 

February 15 at 7:00am