Usually when we start getting some days starting out below freezing temps and ice begins to form on the ground early in the mornings we usually focus our efforts on redfish and avoid the trout until air temps warm and barometric pressures drop. But so far this year, few fronts we are having aren’t blowing the water out like most fronts and the reds are staying scattered in the ponds. Usually after big arctic fronts the water levels bottom out and redfish going crazy. Not this year so far though. Our last trip started out in the 20’s Air Temp but water levels were normal. We simply stayed after the trout and the size was great and numbers good considering temperatures. During the winter while targeting trout, focus on the deepest water around. Try places like LakeShore, Goheagans, The Chef Marshes, The Great Wall and Michoud Slip. Work your baits slow off the bottom but fish fast and hard until you find action then slow it down. Fish do not scattered all over this time of year. It is usually hard to find them but when you do its the mother load. Trout like to really gang up this time of year and will sometime go very deep as temperatures drop. On bright and warm days look for the fish to move up onto flats in the shallows where we like to drop to a 1/4 oz head and throw hard baits. Don’t pass up fishing because its cold this is great time of year to fish.
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.