With spring set to begin on Tuesday, many local anglers are getting ready to switch their fishing waters.

As warmer weather moves in, more anglers will start fishing in saltwater lakes and offshore waters in the next few weeks.

During the winter months, most anglers stuck with fishing the inland freshwater areas, but that will change soon.

Buggie Vegas of Bridge Side Marina in Grand Isle said this is the time of year when more people head to the coast to catch fish. It will continue into the busy summer offshore season in Grand Isle.

“I’m really excited. We’re gearing up for it,” Vegas said. “It’s going to get even better from here on out.”

In recent weeks, Vegas said several cold fronts moved through the area and made things rough, but it still hasn’t stopped many people from catching redfish, sheepshead and some white trout and bull reds in area marshes around Grand Isle.

Vegas said the trout action has been slow, but they are having success with the redfish.

“We’re just trying to get past the last weeks of winter,” Vegas said. “On weekends, we have been busy. The weekends are looking good. During the week, everybody goes back home, but the weekends have been good. People have been catching fish.”

Vegas said offshore fishing is still slow at the moment, especially with the gusty winds and rough seas this time of year.

“With the weather, it’s too hard to fish out there,” Vegas said. “There are not too many people going out there from here.”

In Terrebonne Parish, Bill Lake of Bayou Guide Service Lake said he is ready for the saltwater action to pick up.

“We’ve had a good run with the freshwater, so we’re done with them,” Lake said. “We’re going to stick with the saltwater fishing from here on out.”

Lake, a local charter boat captain, said anglers can find plenty of speckled trout and redfish in area marshes of Sister Lake and Lake Decade. It will also improve in Lake Mechant, Lost Lake and other coastal areas.

Once the spring season gets going, Lake said there will be a feeding frenzy with the fish.

“There are plenty of good fish out there to catch,” Lake said. “We just have to hope the winds die down.”

Lake also said the fishing will improve when shrimp start to move into area lakes.

“Most of the fish have been feeding on bait fish. We haven’t seen much in the way of shrimp showing up, so the mullets and small fish are what they are eating right now,” Lake said. “That’s going to change as it gets warmer and we get into April. The shrimp are going to show up, and then we start catching them under the birds, but that hasn’t happened yet.”