This could be the “perfect storm” for inshore anglers. Understand how Gordon’s impact makes a promising fall run of speckled trout.
Fall has to be the best season for speckled trout and redfish in Louisiana.
And how good it can be depends on what’s happened since the last one.
All those conditions line up to set up fall fishing for a great, or “meh”, season.
In order to fully understand the potential Gordon has created, we must first be clear on why and how fall fishing so good.
There are a lot of things that make fall fishing such a great opportunity. Here are a handful:
Current conditions are a factor, of course, but conditions that happened months beforehand are also a big player.
First you gotta understand something:
Louisiana's fishing is so good because of the mixing of river and salt waters.
Rivers come up in the spring, dumping sediment and organic detritus (a fancy word for "crap") all over the place.
In turn, this creates more phytoplankton...
...which are eaten by zooplankton...
...which are eaten by bait...
...which are eaten by, you guessed it, speckled trout and redfish!
And there's a bonus:
River water also allows aquatic grass to grow, giving a place for bait to thrive.
It should come as no surprise the best fishing are the areas with this annual influx of river water.
But only so long there is a corresponding push of saltwater.
I explain this in River Water Makes Louisiana Great
And yes, we did have a huge push of river water this year!
Not just from the Mississippi, but also the Atchafalaya and Pearl Rivers.
And not just this year, but over the last few.
Tropical Storm Gordon did us a huge favor by providing a good push of saltwater to match the amount of river water we got.
They are basically yin and yang, creating the ideal environment for inshore species depending on this cycle.
We saw similar conditions in 2016, with the opening of the Bonnet Carré Spillway, a 500-year flood and a 1,000 year flood.
Unfortunately those last two events caused widespread damage, but my point is that the fishing was unreal that year.
So I feel this year's fall fishing will be on fire, all we need to do is bide our time.
What do you think? Comment below!
Devin is the founder of Louisiana Fishing Blog and enjoys exploring new fishing spots on Louisiana's coast. He prefers using artificial lures and casting tackle, but won't hesitate to break out a popping cork when the time is right.
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