It’s been a great spring season this year. So far, so good, as daytime temperatures begin to creep up into the 90s.
Lately, we’ve enjoyed very pleasant weather, with comfortably cool nights and reasonable humidities that aren’t stifling yet. The weather worm, though, seems to have turned, and some real heat is surely on its way. One thing you can count on are Louisiana summers are always semi-tropical uncomfortable. Enjoy what’s left of bearable temperatures, for the heat index is about to rise dramatically.
It’s also been bone dry lately, as the temperature soars. The saltwater fishermen are all smiles; as the water salinity improves, so will the fishing. The redfish population is flourishing, and the speckled trout bite is predictably improving. There are beaucoup stocks of both fish, and conditions are about to get real right.
Likewise, freshwater action has been hot and heavy. Anglers passed themselves a good time on several of Louisiana’s favorite fisheries. Toledo Bend Lake is the hottest fishing commodity in the good old USA and is going strong.
This past spring spawn on the Bend has been awesome. Anglers have experienced productive trips, consistently featuring good numbers of healthy bass, and of a quality size too. It does not get much better.
Also, Toledo is home of some very impressive white perch. The population of these superb gamefish is healthy, with many crappie topping out at more than 2 pounds.
For the many local anglers who love marsh fishing, Lacassine Reserve fills the bill. This beautiful impoundment has always been famous for producing giant sow bass topping out over double digits. But this vibrant marsh has also produced much improved numbers this spring season.
Speaking of beaucoup marsh bass, the Big Burns marsh is hard to beat. There has been no shortage of great bass action in this vast marsh area. Success this year has been phenomenal for good numbers of fish maxing out around 6 pounds. The Burns offers an awesome place to get your line stretched with plenty of room to roam.
We are presently in a post-spawn lull in the action. But the bass will be coming off the nest hungry and ready to feed. Fresh and saltwater action should be improving as the weather warms and stabilizes.
All it took was a few north wind days to get the water green on the Gulf beaches recently. Good catches of redfish and speckled trout on the beach prowling for baitfish and shrimp have been prominent and very encouraging.
Go girls! The McNeese softball Cowgirls are playing top-caliber ball. They are presently advancing through the conference tournament and making local fans proud. Do yourself a favor and show your support for a great program that represents our community with style and commitment. Also, support Cowboys baseball, which is also still very alive and well. Go McNeese!