On November 9, the day before duck season opened last year (2012), Captain Bill Lake of Houma had what he called a great day of inland fishing for speckled trout.
“We hit Lake Mechant first, and birds were working everywhere with shrimp jumping at the mouth of Bayou Raccourci and Trapper’s Bayou,” he said.
“Out of every 10 fish taken, only one- to two- were keepers, so we moved off these fish and motored over to Lost Lake,” said the angler.
Lake then explained that there were falling waters in this location, and he arrived with his crew at a point at Coup Platte Pass where three- to four- birds were working.
“When we got close, I observed some jumbo shrimp jumping and the trout were just boiling under them,” he said. “So I dropped my Power Pole in four feet of water and started fishing.
“We had VuDu shrimp tied on – root beer and glow/chartreuse colors – and we started catching specks on every cast,” said Lake. “These were good, keeper fish, all ranging 15- to 17- inches.”
According to Lake, he and his anglers managed to pull in 100 speckled trout in 35- to 40- minutes.
“It was incredible action,” he described. “My clients were swinging them in the boat rapidly. We never got off that point until all limits were taken.”
The next morning, Lake’s boat ventured straight to the same location, and the trout were there.
“I had a lady and a gentleman with me on that trip,” he said. “We caught 46 trout there and the bite stopped. We finished out our limits at a second location.”
For certain, Captain Lake’s experiences on fall fishing trips for speckled trout are but a sample of what area anglers can expect. Also, hunting seasons get going well by November, and the lack of fishing pressure and cool weather combine for pleasant inland fishing trips along the coast.
What can the anglers in the Houma/Thibodaux area expect in terms of fall fishing in the area?
“Hopefully with no major storms hitting the coast this year, we will have a fine fall of catching good numbers of specks,” said Lake.
“When good weather prevails, we really never have a bad fall here in terms of numbers and quality,” he said.
“By November, we are seeing trout in Lost Lake and Lake Mechant,” said Lake. “Lake Mechant can really be a killer in delivering great numbers, yet Lost Lake is rarely fished.
“I would also recommend the mouth of Bayou Raccourci, actually both ends,” he said. “You’ll find trout on the north end where it goes into the Bay, and fish will be on the south end as well. There will also be fish in Deer Bayou on the northeast corner of Lake Mechant.
“The shrimp will be moving out of drains in these areas, and the trout will be stacked up on the mouth of these bayous,” explained Lake. “Look for birds working the area.
Regarding lures for these specks, Lake made specific recommendations.
“There is absolutely no doubt that the best baits anglers can throw are VuDu shrimp under a cork,” he said. “We also throw Bayou Chubs under a cork, and the colors that work are LSU, Cajun Pepper and Chicken-on-a-chain.”
“As we head into the colder fishing days between Thanksgiving and Christmas, I’ll be then focusing on deeper waters in the dead end canals in the area,” said the angler.
At that time of the year, Lake throws the aforementioned Bayou Chubs on a ¼- oz. jighead without a cork.
In the dead end canals, he will also cast three- inch Tsunami swimbaits in the following colors: blue/back, purple haze, glow, bunker and speckled trout/beige with black dots. Reel the Tsunami swimbaits in slowly on the bottom after casting recommended the angler.
For more fishing information and guide service, Captain Bill Lake’s Bayou Guide Service can be reached at 985-637-3712 (cell). He can be messaged by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.