Saltwater or freshwater? That is the question
Bruce McDonald holds up a catfish caught in Lake Cataouatche. It was one of 18 caught during the morning.
Depending on the weather, most speckle trout fishermen are starting to get out and try saltwater.
Last week, I took a ride down to Grand Isle to look at the beach and check out the condition of Bridgeside Marina.
Gretchen and her father-in-law, Carl Toups, made the 90-mile ride to keep me company. Arriving at Grand Isle around noon, we visited Bridgeside Marina to find Buggie Vegas and his employees cleaning the live bait tanks.
He informed me a 6 pound, 7 ounce speckle trout had been caught over the reef on plastic baits. Buggie expects big schools of large trout to show-up in the last week in April. He was starting to catch live bait, including shrimp, cocahoe, and crabs for fishermen wanting to purchase live bait.
"Caminada Pass still has a lot of bullreds and black drums,” he said. “Fish them with a Carolina rig with a 1-ounce weight using cut mullet and crack crab. Many people think speckle trout is the only fish to catch and forget about redfish and black.”
Andrew Callais and myself made a freshwater trip to Lake Cataouatche last week.
A strong east and southeast wind made the entire lake look like a chocolate milk drink. We decided to abandon trying to catch sac-a-laits and bass for some blue channel catfish.
I had to check the Davis Pond Diversion flow and it was running around 2,500 cubic feet per second, which is a good flow.
We launched the Kenner VX around 8 a.m. and headed out of the Sellers Canal, also known as Bayou Verret on the map.
The lake was to muddy with a 10 to 15 mile per hour east to southeast wind. Along the northern side of Lake Cataouatche, there are seven cuts allowing water from the Davis Pond Diversion.
All seven cuts have 10 to 15 feet holes on the lakeside of the cuts. Anchor parallel to the deep hole and throw a Carolina rig #4 hook with at least a ˝ ounce weight, baited with earthworms, shrimp, chicken liver, or a small piece of the cheapest red hotdog into the deep holes.
Keep a tight line if you expect to catch catfish.
Some catfish can weigh up to 20 pounds, but most are running between 1 to 2 pounds.
We managed to catch 18 during the morning.
One of the most interesting catches was a gaspergou.
This fish is the first cousin to the saltwater black drum except it lives in fast moving freshwater, like the Mississippi River.
Because of the Mississippi River flowing through the Davis Pond Diversion, gaspergous and freshwater drum will gang-up in running water and deep holes with catfish.
It has a silver look without any markings.
We caught several but threw them all back.
The Louisiana Fishing Regulations creel limit is 25 per day with a 12-inch minimum length. The gaspergous can be caught the same way as catfish. They fillet very well and taste good fried.
Subscribe Today and Save!!!
St. Charles Herald-Guide is an award-winning newspaper that covers all aspects of St. Charles Parish - from schools and parish government news to social events, features on our local residents and sports.
Order your subscription today!
Less than three months after opening a state-of-the-art cardiac catheter lab that...
International-Matex Tank Terminals, which operates a terminal in St. Rose, will be...
Home surveillance footage has helped St. Charles Parish deputies track down the...
Austin Perrin, an upcoming sophomore at Hahnville High School, was named to the...
Even though he has yet to begin his senior season, Destrehan receiver Kirk Merritt...
After months of bickering within the Hahnville Volunteer Fire Department...
The St. Charles Parish Library has six locations across the parish, including a bookmobile and planetarium. We have free Wi-Fi, computers, internet access, books, magazines and more for your use. Visit us today to get a library card!
Lawsuit threatened if School Board continues prayer - 1875 views
The St. Charles Parish School Board is facing a potential lawsuit from a Wisconsin-based non-profit organization because they used God’s name in resolutions and continue to host a public prayer before School Board meetings.