Along with the cooler weather, big numbers of speckled trout have begun showing up in the area.
Bill Lake with Bayou Guide Service said large numbers of trout are stacked up in areas out of Dularge.
“October was great and right now November is great,” Lake said of the trout fishing. “It will just get better and better as we move toward Thanksgiving. There’s a lot of fish this year, a lot of trout in the Dularge area compared to what they had last year and the year before. We are seeing a big influx of fish.”
Terry Serigny with Terry’s Live Bait in Leeville also said the speckled trout have been biting in lower Lafourche and in Grand Isle.
October may have started a little slow with smaller trout being caught feeding on shrimp under birds in Dularge, but now Lake said the fish have gotten bigger.
“All the fish we are catching now are almost all legal fish,” Lake said. “We are catching lots of 13-16 inch fish and few 18-inch fish with fewer throwbacks.”
Lake said in October, the fish were found in mostly open water like the middle of Sister Lake, Lake Mechant and Lost Lake, but now they are stacked up in area bayous and canals with the trout feeding more on fin fish after a series of cold fronts moved the shrimp out.
“It’s starting to setup with what we call the winter pattern,” Lake said. “All the fish are moving into the bayous and pipeline canals looking for that 6-8 foot of water. That is the scenario we are in right now.”
Lake said 80 percent of his business is from anglers wanting to catch trout.
“When we can put out good trout reports with good numbers,” Lake said, “the phone rings.”
Lake said his go-to baits for trout so far this trout season have been Tsunami Speckled Trout Swim Bait, Bunker Vixen, Bunker Swim Shad, Shrimp Dip Vixen, Rattle Shrimp, Bayou Chub Chick on a Chain, Bayou Chub Glow/Chartreuse and LSU Bayou Chub Minnows and that the locally produced 4 Horseman Cork has also been productive when popping a cork at 14-18 inches.
Lake also said tightlining (without) a cork with the Bunker Vixen, Vudu Shad and Vudu Mullet has been extremely successful.
Lake said he expects the trend of solid trout fishing to continue as long as the temperatures stay relatively mild.
“It all depends on how sever the winter gets,” Lake said. “Normally the fishing will stay steady as long as the water temperature stays above the 50 degree mark. Once it gets into the 40s, the trout fishing slows down tremendously. If we have a mild winter and the water temperature stays in the 50s and 60s, we can catch trout every day, they don’t go anywhere.”