Des Allemands’ bridges provide bounty of fish
A catfish caught next to the Flat Bridge in Bayou Des Allemands. Overall, angler Bruce McDonald caught 12 catfish in 30 minutes in this spot.
The three bridges in Bayou Des Allemands offer structure in 25 to 30 feet of water that holds catfish, sac-a-lait, bream, and bass. With the recent passage of several cold fronts, water temperatures have dropped allowing the fresh water game fish to school up in the deep water.
Combine the lower water temperatures with a fall poggie spawn and fishermen have a great opportunity to catch fish within a half mile from the St. Charles Parish boat launch. A fisherman can watch large schools of poggies circle the pilings of any bridge at any time.
The Highway 90 bridge has the high rise twin span, located on the southern side of Des Allemands. The pilings are mainly in the middle of the bayou and allow a fisherman to fish in the main channel of the bayou.
The Old Spanish Trail bridge, or the Flat Bridge, is the middle bridge. It has pilings and a bulkhead located in the middle of the channel. The pilings close to both banks allow a fisherman to fish in 5 feet of water close to the bank.
The middle side has a steep drop-off of 10 feet. The bulkhead and middle pilings hold fish in 25 to 30 feet of water.
The Railroad Bridge has cemented pilings and bulkheads like the Flat Bridge. Pilings are close to the banks and extend across the bayou in the middle.
The major factors making Des Allemands a hot spot are the clear water condition, plenty of bait, good water flow, and cool water temperatures.
Always fish the down current side of the pilings on a strong water flow for catfish and sac-a-lait. If the current is slow moving, one can fish in front of the pilings. Catfish have been biting on earthworms rigged Carolina style on the bottom. Many fishermen were using the bobber stopper, set at 15 to 18 feet below a cork. A bobber stopper allows a fisherman to set the depth on the line and stops a sliding cork when it reaches the desired depth.
They are helpful in casting and retrieving.
Sac-a-lait were hanging out around 12 feet deep. Shiners have worked the best around the pilings and inside the bulkheads.
Bass have been schooling after the big school of poggies. White spinner baits, a chrome ¼ ounce rattletrap, Baby Minus 1 in pearl and black worked the best.
Bream will be caught 5 to 10 feet down along the pilings from the banks, middle, and bulkheads.
Caren "TOT" Naquin had tipped me off about the fish biting in Des Allemands after the Hahnville vs. Destrehan football game.
"The fish are biting between the bridges,” she said.
Last Sunday afternoon I made a quick trip to Des Allemands. I launched at the St. Charles boat launch and my only stop was the Flat Bridge at the middle pilings.
The current was coming in, so I tied up to a piling on the north side of the bridge. I set out two rods - a Carolina rigged with earthworms on the bottom and a bobber stopper and sliding cork set at 15 feet with earthworms.
Within 30 minutes I caught 12 catfish.
I rigged a red/white/chartreuse mini jig without a cork and 30 minutes later, I caught two small sac-a-lait fishing 12 feet straight down without a cork.
I jigged the mini jig close to the piling.
Plenty of boats in the bayou were catching fish. Most had to move around to catch the sac-a-lait, bream, and bass. The catfish are in the middle behind the pilings.
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