The hunting season is over and it is time to fish. I ventured out for a trout scout and found tough fishing conditions in the Delacroix marsh. The Mississippi River is running high and dumping alot of dirty, fresh water into the system. The fresh water has pushed the trout and reds further out toward the middle and outer bays. Salinity readings in the middle lakes are running right at 2 ppt, the minimum salinity for trout. These areas are holding trout in the deep water holes and passes between the lakes. The fish are on the small size right now with more throwbacks than keepers. These fish wanted artificial cocahoes fished slow on the bottom. The best colors are smoke with a red tail and alvacado on 3/8 ounce jigheads. Some fish were picked up while set up on the edge of dropoffs and slow working the bait cross current. The most trout were picked up while drifting deep water passes. These conditions should continue until the river falls. With all of the snow and rains up North, this may be quite some time before the water conditions improve. Good luck out there!

Captain Jeff J. Dauzat