Football, cascading leaves, pumpkin-spice lattes and slightly less suffocating air. They’re all harbingers of the approaching fall, and most residents of this great state welcome the season with open arms and, sometimes, even open windows.
But for anglers, fall doesn’t really begin until speckled trout abandon the big-water spawning grounds and fill their pointy-toothed mouths with the white shrimp that spent the summer growing in Louisiana’s fertile marshes. The run has taken its time to get kicked off this year, probably thanks to temperatures more reminiscent of July than September.
But I figured a declining photoperiod HAD to inspire some trout to move inside, so this week, I ventured into a few South Louisiana lakes to cover a bunch of water and see if I could inspire any to bite. Though the morning began with a rising tide and northerly breeze, the air soon turned stifling and a I had to wait out a tide change.
Still, I was able to find what I was looking for and confirmed that fall is officially here. The hottest lure of the day was a 3-inch H2O Express Mojo Shrimp fished at various lengths under a Versamaxx Pro-Series Bolt cork. The fish hit both the pink/chartreuse and new penny-colored Mojo Shrimp.
The water was green, and the clarity was excellent. Most of my effort was in 4- to 5-foot depths, and I was never very far from grass beds.
Check out all the details in the video below.
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