Dularge offers close trout action

Capt. Marty LaCoste says the fish can roam the entire lake, but his favorite areas include the west and south sides.
Capt. Marty LaCoste says the fish can roam the entire lake, but his favorite areas include the west and south sides.

Lake DeCade is a hotspot this month

The month of February can harbor some brutally cold weather conditions, and nobody wants to run around and look for fish when it’s freezing.

A convenient and easy area to target this month is Dularge’s Lake DeCade, which is located about 3.5 miles from Falgout Canal Marina. Local guide Capt. Marty LaCoste said it’s a great lake for drifting and catching fish.

“You drift, catch a fish, put your Power Poles down, fish all around the boat, catch as many as you can and then keep drifting until you catch another one,” he said.

Dularge is known for many fish falling for double-rigged soft plastics, but LaCoste switches it up to a single, ¼-ounce jighead this month.

“In the winter time, it’s a little slower, and it’s usually cold when the fish are in that lake, so it’s usually more of a single-rig, slow action,” he said.

LaCoste teams his jighead with ultra-violet (opening night) and green hornet (avocado/glow) Matrix Shads.

The veteran guide said the fish can roam the entire lake, but his favorite areas are the west and south sides.

“There’s kind of known areas where fish usually always are and basically I’ll just start in that area and start drifting until I find them,” he said. “For the most part, I don’t usually see bait when I’m over there.”

One of the keys to having success in the area is to have water movement.

“A lot of times if we’re fishing like the mouth of a bayou, incoming or outgoing could matter, but when you’re just in the middle of a lake, as long as the tide is moving, I don’t really see a difference,” LaCoste said.

The fish, according to LaCoste, can vary in size throughout the lake.

“You could be fishing on the south bank somewhere catching a bunch of big ones, and then you could move over to the west side and you could get on some school trout,” he said.

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Joel Masson is an avid angler who has fished South Louisiana his whole life. He lives in Mandeville. Sammy Romano is a lifelong hunter who has worked in the archery industry for more than 24 years. His expertise includes compounds and crossbows. He can be reached at samboka31@aol.com.