I know every outdoors man out there is counting down the days in February which is THE most difficult month of the year. It is hard to find stable weather and consistent fishing especially right here in the Lake Pontchartrain basin. The good news is “Change is right around the corner” as our president would state except for the fact it actually is. Water temps that have stayed in the low 50’s for too long to remember are about to sky rocket into the mid 60’s with longer days approaching and warming air temps. Speckled trout will begin their annual migration to the structures of Lake Pontchartrain and spawning will be on every speck’s mind. Trout spawns can really be targeted in the spring time especially around the full moons of the spring starting as early as march depending on water temps and rain fall. The last few years we have been plagued with heavy and abundant spring time rains that are detrimental to catching trophy trout in Lake P. Lets hope this year things come to a change. What to look for in March is big trout on the bridges on your calmer days or chase bass in the bayous and canals off the lake on the windier days. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself chasing bass more that you would like as march is the windiest month of the year. The good news is that bass fishing excels this time of year especially if you are looking for a trophy. If Lake P anglers are lucky enough to get a calm march, catches of 10-25 trout on the lake with specks averaging two to three pounds are very common. Rain and wind dictate everything this time of year so we will just have to play the hand that is dealt to us. As most Louisiana anglers including myself, lets hope we find ourselves chasing trophy Speckled Trout not Green Trout. Lucky for Louisiana anglers one lure can catch both. We are fans of 3″ swim baits on 1/4-3/8 oz jig heads for both big trout and marsh bass. Look for the trestle to turn on first and use a 3/8 oz Golden Eye on either the “Purple Haze” Vortex Shad or the “Lemon Head” Matrix Shad. If you find your self blown off the lake give a good look to the Irish Bayou area for bass using the “Ultra Violet” Matrix Shad. If you are looking for more info on either speck or bass tips the good news is that we have plenty videos on both on our DockSide TV channel. Make sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel and check out all our videos at www.DockSideLA.com. ; For all your Matrix Shad needs go to www.MatrixShad.com ; and until next time “Good Fishing.”
Author: Chas Champagnehttp://matrixshad.com
Capt. Chas Champagne is an avid angler, located in Slidell, LA. Capt. Chas owns and operates Dockside Bait & Tackle and also manufactures his own tackle producing the Matrix Shad fishing lure and the Golden Eye jig heads.