Top 3 Southeast Louisiana crappie hotspots

Fish these areas now for sac-a-lait success

Catching sac-a-lait is a rite of spring for many anglers in Southeast Louisiana. And the weather is shaping up for another awesome weekend on the water.

And these three hotspots should provide all the action you need.

Anglers have found great success recently in small canals jutting off the Intracoastal Waterway, in Trapper’s Canal and in Gulf Canal near Lake Salvador, according to

Capt. Bill Lake told the website that he’s had great success in canals all along the Intracoastal Waterway west of Houma.

“The Orange Grove has … been very good lately, but the pressure is starting to get back with the warm weather,” Lake said. “Anglers are really beating up the fish now.”

Just look for drop-offs about 4 feet off the bank, he said.

Productive lures have included Wedgtetail Crappie Minnows dangled 12 to 16 inches beneath a cork, as well as 1/16-ounce Rockport Rattlers.

Moving eastward, Trapper’s Canal on Mandalay National Wildlife Refuge has produced for Capt. Anthony Kyzar.

“They will be in a small area in those canals, where the bottom is suitable for them to spawn,” Kyzar said.

He said the key is covering water to locate fish, and then slowing down and working the area thoroughly.

“Fish tight to the bank, and if they are not there, fish 2 to 4 feet off the bank,” Kyzar said.

His best successes have come on black/chartreuse curly tail grubs under corks.

The Gulf Canal between Lakes Cataouatche and Salvador also has been producing big, Ty Hibbs told

The angler said he’ll locate crappie by throwing Matrix Minis on beetle spins, before slowing down and hammering them with 1/8-ounce jigheads.

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