Live shrimp is king right now and we are keeping a large supply of them at DockSide Bait and Tackle. The trestle is still the most consistent area as of now but the mule trout have been hanging in the most eastern part of Lake Pontchartrain. As most have herd by now John Rucker caught another 8 pounder this past May and Doc Wiess, Chink Sumas and Ricky Treyhand followed that up with a 5 fish trout stringer weighing in at 31 pounds in the St. Matthews Rodeo. My self personally made a trip chasing the big ones with Capt. Kris and we only boated 6 that morning but they weighed in at 28 lbs. So the big fish are showing up. We have been using the live shrimp “Carolina Rigged” and once we get the trout rolling we have also been catching nice trout on the Matrix Shad rigged weightless on a carolina rig with a 3/4 oz egg sinker. All May the pattern stayed consistent. The big Trout stayed on the Eastern end of the Lake and the numbers of meat hauls have been on the trestle and twin span. Catches of 20-30 trout, 10 drum and 8 sheepshead have been the norm.
June is going to bring in more heat, sheepshead and drum. Look for the trout to go a little deeper toward the end of the month but the Drum and Sheepshead are going to really pile up on the bridges. The sheepshead have been favoring the Trestle and the Drum are all over the new twin span. Dead shrimp works just fine for the Drum but the Sheepshead really favor live shrimp. Sheepshead and drum are no question the most undervalued fish around. Sheepshead take a little bit of effort to clean but the meat is second to none and the Drum taste cooks and cleans exactly like a red. Most of the Drum have been perfect eating size 16-22″ and the Sheepshead are STAR winners so make sure to sign up for the STAR before fishing the Trestle this summer because the Sheepshead winner is on the trestle right now.
For your lure enthusiast the trestle is still pretty good 10-25 trout is very doable right now on Matrix Shads so if you want to stay away from the bait lures are still working just fine.