Deep water key to finding bull croaker

Hunting dates, length of season to be discussed, LDWF says.

If you want to get in on a little croaker fishing of your own, Scott Castaing recommended looking for holes that are deeper than the surrounding areas. Take for instance his croaker hole in Goose Pond Bayou.

“This hole isn’t really deep,” Castaing pointed out, “but at 11 feet, it’s deeper than the surrounding water in the bayou.

“We’re sitting in about 2 feet, but we’re throwing into 11. That’s the kind of stuff you’re looking for if you want to catch bull croakers.”

The mouths of bayous like 4X where we wrapped up our day are perfect, too. Although the croaker weren’t in the deep water on this trip like they will be in September, October and November, they were close to the deep water out in the middle of this cut.

“And don’t forget about the bridges,” Castaing said. “Some of my best fishing is under the Twin Span, but any of the deeper areas under any of these bridges that cross the eastern side of Lake Pontchartrain or the Rigolets are likely to hold some bull croakers.”

Editor’s note: This article is part of the Take Home Angler feature in the August issue of Louisiana Sportsman. Digital editions can be downloaded right to your computer or smartphone.

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