The best way to enjoy the warm, salty breeze filling the air is on a fishing trip in Bayou Lafourche. Whether you are an experienced angler or a first-time fisherman, knowing what’s biting and what bait to bring is the first step as you set out on your bayou adventure.
Local charter fisherman, Captain Bobby Lynn Gros, says the speckled trout are on fire right now. Any reef or island in Lake Raccourci or Timberlier Bay to the west of Leeville is holding fish. The key to a solid catch is finding clean water and using live shrimp as bait. Trout are running anywhere from 11 to 18 inches in length but are plentiful. Weed through the little ones, and you'll end up with a full ice chest. To the west of Leeville, fish Bay Andre and Barataria Bay with the same set up, clean water, live shrimp, pogies, and croakers are the best baits to lure the specks.
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries states that any kept speckled trout must be over 12 inches in length and not exceed a count of 25 per person. Please refer to the website for regulations.
Blue Crab season is in full swing during the summer months. All you need is some thick string, a dip net, a bucket, or ice chest, and bait – turkey or chicken necks work great. Tie your bait to the end of the string and toss into the water and wait for a slight tug. Slowly pull in your line and be ready to scoop up your crab with your net. Boil them in a hot pot with some potatoes and corn and enjoy a Cajun crab boil!
On June 11 and 12, 2016, you can fish without a fishing license in Louisiana. Check out the details on recreational licenses on the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ website www.wlf.louisiana.gov/licenses/fishing or www.wlf.louisiana.gov/licenses/hunting.