Lake Pontchartrain is fresher than a loaf of bread straight out of the oven, and that means it’s as hospitable to spawning summertime speckled trout as a Walmart parking lot. But redfish love the bait pouring through the wide-open Bonnet Carre Spillway, and are thriving in the legendarily productive water body.
My son, Joel, and I set out on a quick trip close to home to see if we could find the reds that have been so abundant along the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain. Though it took us a while, we finally succeeded by targeting the reds in a community hole that’s often productive. The action that followed was fast, and greatly satisfying.
The fish were directly on the bottom of the double-digit-deep channel, and they were moving in schools. The bites came in groups, sandwiched between slow periods that lasted five to 15 minutes.
The tide was falling, and winds were light out of the northwest. Despite the volume of muddy river water flooding the southwest corner of the lake, the north shore featured some spectacular water and copious amounts of bait. In the area we caught the fish, however, the water was moderately stained and little bait was visible.
Hot lures for the day included lemon head (chartreuse) and tiger bait (purple/gold) Matrix Shads teamed with 3/8-ounce Deathgrip Jigheads. Water temperatures were in the low- to mid-80s, so the fish wanted the lures worked fairly aggressively.
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