Lafitte Green Trout and Perch Plentiful for Weekend Fish Fry!
Frank Davis / Fishing Expert
If you take an opinion poll, you'll quickly learn that even though most
fishermen are still catching big numbers and full limits of speckled trout and
redfish, some of us just can't seem to resist taking a trout and red break and
going after "the fish of the season"---bass (a.k.a. green trout) and
As I write this I do so to remind y'all that there are a whole lot of these
two species feeding fast and furiously right now (which is just in time for a
really good weekend fishin' trip!) in just about every freshwater pond, lake,
and lagoon. . .and especially in Lake Cataouatche.
"Bass are striking blue and black two-tone plastic worms on a
bullet-head jig," Capt. Mike Helmer, Thursday's Fishin' Game guide, freely
admitted to my TV crew as we pulled away from C-Way Marina just after daybreak
this morning. "Bream, on the other hand, which most fishermen down here
refer to as perch, are feeding on almost anything--worms, crickets, market
shrimp, mini-jigs and just about everything else that appears edible."
Helmer noted that the bass, none of which will win any tournaments for size,
are aggressive, however. The majority of their population in Lake Cataouatche
seems clustered right on the edge of the grass that practically covers the
entire acreage of the lake (except for a few boat-ways that delineate
unrestricted passage through the vegetation mats).
"In spite of the minor obstruction to lake access, the average weekend
fisherman should have no problem whatsoever half-filling an ice chest with the
little critters!" Capt. Phil Robichaux, my host for Thursday's trip, chimed
in. "Just about every single one of them is hiding deep within the midst of
the hydrilla. A 32nd-ounce beetle spin or a 32nd-ounce leadhead jig baited with
a tiny piece of market shrimp and fished under a small weighted cork will help
you catch yo'self a whole mess of 'em Saturday and Sunday. But remember
this--bring along an oversupply of tackle (jigheads, hooks, mini-spins, and
weighted corks). Because the best action will be on ulltr-light tackle rigged
with 4-pound-test line. And you're essentially guaranteed that the grass snags
will break off tons of tackle in the course of the trip."
Early morning and late evening are the prime times to fish bass, mainly
because lake and pond waters are cooler early and late and the reduced lighing
during those periods provides a tad more cover than can be found during mid-day
angling. Then, once the sun rises in the sky, once the temperature approaches
90-plus, and once the bass fishing slows down, it's time to put away the heavy
stuff and the plastic worms and switch over to "perch-jerking."
"I mean, this is the perfect fishin' trip," Capt. Mike noted.
"Bass and bream both in the same place! I'll take that every day of the
"And three times on Sunday!" Capt. Phil picked up the montra.
"And the great part of it, Frank, is with any kind of luck at all you
should get in all the fishin' action you want and still be back home before the
heat index does you in! That's my kind of fishing!"
Now, if you don't know your way around massive Lakes Cataouatche and
Salvador, and you want to take advantage of the outstanding fishing going on in
that area right now, feel free to give Capt. Mike a call. His numberís are
504-329-8005 or 504-689-7200. He'll take you right to the spot where they were
biting yesterday. . .and you'll be into the action right from the get-go.
Oh--and this is "kid fishing" at it's finest. Wanna create a new
"fishin' buddy?" Put a kid on a pack of perch!
Next week it's back to saltwater once again. My fishing team and I will head
"down the bayou" to Cut Off and Golden Meadow and make a mid-summer
trip with Capt. John Aucoin. I can hardly wait for that to happen! And I promise
to tell you how and where to catch 'em the minute I get back on the dock. So
until next Thursday. . .
Be careful and courteous out there. I wish you tight lines and good times,
If you want to see exactly how to clean and cook these little perch for a
home-style fish fry, watch "Frank In The Kitchen" Tuesday morning on
the AM Morning News, starting at 6 am. But right now, you can see how he cleans
them by going to Frank's videos on the Frank Davis page.