This pattern may help you find new winter honey holes.
"Still Water" When It Gets Cold
We know fish run to deep water to escape cold fronts.
They do this because the stable temperature of deeper water offers them relief from rapidly cooling temperature in shallow water during a cold front.
And when they do, you see the "deep hole" fishing reports turn on.
Anglers start catching at the draw bridge in Yscloskey, or the Wall in Chalmette, Geohagen Canal or even lesser known places like Eden Isles and Lakeshore in Slidell.
But something I noticed is this one thing, and they all have it in common.
They are all "still" water spots.
Well, relatively speaking. Obviously water still moves there to one degree or another, its just my point that the tide isn't ripping through those spots like white-water rapids.
So this got me to thinking...
Still Water + Cold Temperature
I am beginning to theorize that when it gets insanely cold fish don't go for just deep water, but deep water that doesn't have a ton of current.
It's just a theory.
But it makes sense to me because they can hardly swim when it gets really cold.
And by "really cold" I mean "so cold that icicles are hanging off your truck".
Which, for Louisiana, is pretty durned cold.
In fact, when it gets this cold, most fish become too lethargic to escape shallow water and end up becoming exposed and die as northwest winds blow water out of the marsh.
It happens, and you can see pics of it in real life in this article.
So it makes sense to me the only place they can position themselves to do anything is in water that isn't moving so fast.
What does this mean for inshore anglers?
Typically, when we are targeting redfish and speckled trout (especially specks!) we focus on tidelines.
Finding tidelines on satellite imagery or recognizing them in real life is an essential skill for inshore anglers, but this time I am thinking I should forget the tidelines and focus on where I DO NOT see them.
Go ahead, boot up Google Earth and show me the tidelines running through the Wall where the green arrow is pointed.
You won't find them.
That doesn't mean moving water isn't there, it just means I don't see tidelines there.
You know what's another great area to try when it gets silly cold?
Lakeshore Estates in Slidell. No tidelines there, either -- though there are plenty outside of there.
Notice how these spots are sort of like "dead ends" where water moves the least.
They're not only around walls and docks, either.
They exist in the marsh and I know for a fact they turn on when it gets freezing.
Here is one near Bayou Biloxi.
Interesting, isn't it?
Remember this is just a theory.
I need to fish it a lot more to be sure, but it seems to me this makes what anglers deem as "bad" conditions to be a great opportunity to slay redfish and trout.
Or I might be wrong.
And I'm okay with that, as I've been wrong before.
Either way, we are going to see.
Tight lines, y'all!