Herald-Guide Outdoor Report with Bruce McDonald

Fishing for bream in Cataouatche and Bayou Des Allemands

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John David Brady and Hunter McDonald in the West Canal.
Photo by Bruce McDonald
John David Brady and Hunter McDonald in the West Canal.
This time of year everyone thinks of enjoying the outdoors.

These thoughts usually pop into our heads when taking the family to the hunting camp or the fishing camp. And the first thoughts usually start with the start of summer and end when the new school year begins. This is the time frame is for outdoor activity.

Most fishermen I know break the summer into three parts: Memorial Day, the Fourth of July and the Tarpon Rodeo weekend. And with two out of three having passed, only the Tarpon Rodeo remains.

In between those days most anglers try to get in a few family fishing trips. And for me, last weekend was spent on Bayou Des Allemands fishing and skiing.

Bayou Des Allemands and Lake Cataouatche

It was great to see families fishing from the banks with rod and reels. And putting a cricket or worm on a hook, and watching the kids catch bream makes for great memories.

We had plenty of barbeque, potato salad and drinks, along with the flag flying proudly.

Two days before, I fished the Lake Cataouatche area.

The Davis Pond Diversion has been running at 5,500 cubic feet per second, which is way above its normal 600-cubic-feet average for July.

The water is clear and moving. And with this amount of water, the fish will always feed around the cuts.

Itís easy to fish here because the bait accumulates in the current and in the small whirlpools in the cuts. Fish like to ambush their food source. Itís like going to a convience store for them.

Captain Roe and Andrew Callais fished with me on one of those days on Lake Cataouatche. They were catching bream on the red, white and chartreuse, black and chartreuse, and blue and white tube jigs.

Earthworms under a cork caught plenty of bream, but Captain Roe liked using a fly rod and popping bug. He used the Micro White and was getting two and three bites every cast.

I stuck with my traditional bass baits. The watermelon-colored worm, the pearl Baby 1-Minus, and the Tsunami 2-inch holographic swim bait.

This bait can be rigged with a spinner or tied straight to your line.

CrŤme makes one called the Spoiler Shad, but I like the clear ones with a green-reflective body. Bass in the Lake Cataouatche area were also hitting the red-tip tail minnows, which I also use for saltwater fishing.

At the end of the day I had nine bass and 21 catfish. Captain Roe and Callais had 30 keeper-bream.

I talked to Ms. Dorla from Bridgeside Mariana on Grand Isle and was told that last week was super fishing along the coast.

Everyone caught fish. The best baits were live shrimp and cocahoes, and the Blue Moon Terror Tails worked exceptionally well.

Captain Roe and Callais also fished the Fourchon area and limited out on speckled trout.

They used the ageless spec rigs in white and yellow. And if you like catching crabs, check out the surf along Grand Isle.

Again the tide moved well last week and this coming weekend the tide will come up again. Fishing will be good from July 11 through 20.

New boating rules in effect

Visit www.wlf.state.la.us for the most up to date information regarding new boating regulations and the current Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries news.

The LDWF wants to remind boaters to follow the boating safety "rules of the water,Ē by wearing a personal flotation device and always designating a sober vessel operator to keep Louisiana's waterways safe for all boaters.

Local fishing

If you like fishing closer to home for red fish, the south side of Little Lake has been productive.

Some fishermen have been using the black and chartreuse with a spinner and shrimp on a jig head.

And donít forget that the annual Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo is scheduled for July 25, 26 and 27.

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