Black Bay, Delacroix marshes heat up

Anglers find great redfish, trout, flounder and bass fishing

Running to Black Bay from Delacroix and working your way back through the marsh to Orange Bayou is your best bet for a fat, mixed bag of inshore species. The larger speckled trout have finally settled into the area, so they’ll be in the bag — along with black drum, redfish, flounder and bass.

“The water’s just been too warm for those specks so they’ve been staying out, but they’re finally making their way back in (to Black Bay),” said Scott Walker, known as ‘nightfisher’ on the Louisianasportsman.com forums.

The great thing about Black Bay is its sheer size and amount of structure above and below water, said Walker, known as “nighfisher” on the LouisianaSportsman.com forums.

“Just fish the points and currents around each structure. The compressor rig holds lots of trout; just put on a Carolina rig or a sliding cork with live shrimp or Gulp,” Walker said. “A good underwater structure that is holding fish that not too many people know about is Lonesome Island.

“It’s on the west side of Black Bay by Stone Island. If you don’t know where it is, though, you’ll probably pass it up. The only thing marking it is a PVC pipe that sticks out of the water a little.”

If you get tired of catching trout or the fish have just resisted turning on that morning, then you should head to the west bank of Black Bay, where a mixed bag awaits. Walker said there are drains and cuts all along the western side that are stalked by black drum, redfish and flounder.

After wearing the fish out in Black Bay, anglers should hit some hot redfish spots on the way back to the launch in Delacroix.

“The redfish are schooling (in the marsh) right now,” Walker said. “Some good spots holding redfish are Lake John and Shrimp Lagoon. The ponds and cuts on either side of Orange Bayou (on the south western side of Grand Lake) are on right now.

“Last time I went, schools of redfish were actually following the boat.”

Walker recommended spinnerbaits or weedless Gulp! Jerk Shads to bag limits of reds (and the occasional bass) along Orange Bayou.

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