NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Don't let cool temperatures or occasional rains or high Mississippi River levels discourage you from fishing this weekend. There are plenty of fish to be caught in some great places - and even in Lake Pontchartrain.
Despite the fresh water coming into the lake through the Bonnet Carre Spillway, the clarity of the water from about Pontchartrain Beach on east is still pretty good. There are great reports of fish-catching in front of Pontchartrain Beach and by Seabrook, as well.
Many fishermen have found limits of speckled trout and redfish around Seabrook, hot water canal, and the wall. While the river hasn't shut down the lake's fishing yet, there is a pretty clear indication that fish and shrimp are moving out of the lake.
"In the last couple of days, we have been seeing in the Intercoastal Waterway and in the MRGO, we still have live bait on hand," said Robbie Campo "I think the shrimp are moving out of the big Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Borgne, and they are going to get pushed further east with the fresh water coming out of the Bonnet Carre Spillway."
Captain Jack Payne of the Sweetwater Marina says Delacroix fishing is spectacular, and if you really want to have some fun, Chalmette's Syndey Torres Park may be the perfect place Saturday morning to catch rainbow trout. Over 800 pounds of rainbow trout will be in the pond Saturday. That's from 7 a.m. until noon and it will be a great time for everyone, with prizes, awards, food and more.
You may not find big numbers of fish, but the ones you do find are quality fish. The spillway really hasn't affected the lake as much as we thought it would by now, and that is a good thing.