Herald-Guide Outdoor Report 8-29-2007

BASS IN THE GRASS. These Waggaman anglers found plenty of bass in the exploding grass beds of Lake Catouachie. The boom is still young with most of the bass still on the small side, but as they grow up-- watch out! Another plus -- the grass is cleaning up

Cataouatche grass is loaded with bass

The bass bite in Lake Cataouatche has been aggressive all summer and will only get better as the weather cools.

Last week, anglers were catching bass along the edges of the grass beds that cover the lake.

“It’s only going to get better in the next two years,” said angler Bruce McDonald.

Grass exploded in the lake soon after the Davis Plantation diversion began dumping fertilizer-saturated Mississippi River water into it.

The bass soon followed. Now it’s not unusual for anglers to catch 30 small bass a trip.

“Cataouatche is mirroring what happened at Carnarvon after the diversion opened there,” said Louisiana Sportsman editor Todd Masson.

Unfortunately, after word got out, Carnaervon recieved so much fishing pressure that the bass populations dropped as quickly as they rose.

Cataouatche, which borders St. Charles Parish on the southeastern edge, is easily accessible from Pier 90 and Pier II boat launches on Hwy. 90.

Capt. Papa Joe Bush (504-689-3728) says the bass are in the grass, and there’s plenty of that in the lake.

“Grass is everywhere in the open lake, and all along the sides of the back canals on the northwest side,” he said.

“All you have to do is troll within casting distance and cast spinnerbaits or worms along the edges.

“If you can fish a cloudy day, you should have good action all day long. Otherwise, you’ll find the best action in the early mornings or late evenings.”

“On the ride home, stop and look for redfish action in the middle of Lake Salvador,” Bush said.

“Look for birds or thrashing water on the surface as huge schools of reds tear up baits in the open water.

“When you find them, get within casting distance and toss anything; toss the oldest and ugliest baits in your tackle box, and they’ll devour it. It’s a great way to end the day, clean out your tackle box and have a boatload of fun.”

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