Avoiding massive crowds has been the trick to success of late especially if throwing plastics is your forte. Boat traffic as always has been strong throughout may and fishing the weekends has been very tuff on anglers who can’t get their hands on live shrimp, but anglers getting away from the trestle and finding productive areas to them selves are still doing well on plastics. For those who are lucky enough to get a few live frisky shrimp in their wells can simply get in the mix of the crowds and go to flipping nice trout in the boat. The more crowded an area is, especially if multiple anglers are using shrimp near by the more difficult it becomes to trick the fish into eating plastics.
The most consistent area of late has been from mid-lake back to the north shore on the trestle favoring the west side. The problem with this area is everyone is fishing there too so don’t be surprised to see 50 boats or so near by so stay patient and keep your cool, the fish are there and at some point everyday they go on a tear. The guides have been there for weeks and averaging 40-50 trout a day. If you are looking to throw plastics in this area make sure to get an early start and beat the armada of boats, then when the crowds show up simply start peaking at the other two bridges or some less crowded areas such as the hospital wall or artificial reefs around the area. Tide change on the south end of the twin span and Hwy 11 are also great areas to build a box and avoid the crowds. When tide is rolling hard use 1/2 oz Golden Eye Jigheads and when light use a 3/8 oz. Color of choice has been the “Pink Champagne” and “Shrimp Creole” Matrix Shad. Expect to keep similar pattern throughout june and as the pearl river drops and the lake water begins to get more and more salty the big females should pop up somewhere like they have the last two summers. Make sure to check out “Between the Bridges” on DockSide TV at www.DockSIdeLA.com for a visual of this report and until next time.