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Anyone have any experience with Camp Beauregard WMA? Any access issues being a military installation? Nearby campgrounds? ATV/UTV access? Any info regarding the area would be greatly appreciated. There's a youth deer weekend Nov 7-8 and I'd like to take my son. The regs state youth hunt on designated portion only but the WMA map does not show the designated area. Thanks

September 14 at 9:44pm

Great afternoon with my boy kicking off the season with some public land doves.

September 05 at 10:16pm

Went back to the Rigolets this morning 8/7 With my son and his buddy hoping to repeat last weekend’s success and we were not disappointed. Weather this morning was really nice. Boat ride actually a bit cool. Found them deep right where we left them. We started fishing around 6:45am and by 8:30-9am the bite completely shut down. Bounced around several other spots but couldn’t get anything going so called it a day with 27 speckled trout, 3 white trout and 2 nice reds

August 07 at 2:56pm

Unknown Pass Sunday morning 8/2 with my wife and son. 17 speckled trout 12 white trout and 3 reds. Live shrimp on the bottom deep ledges. Left em biting at lunchtime to beat the heat. Good time with the fam

August 03 at 4:30pm

A good morning on the water in Hopedale. Started sticky and muggy but as the sun came up it wasn’t bad with overcast skies and breezy. Im guessing the haze was the desert sand making its way around. Either way it was pleasant most of the morning. I was surprised not to see armada of boats on road heading down early morning. Not sure if the “sand storm” kept folks away or if they expected rain but was nice not having a crowded marina or traffic on the water. Especially for Saturday. Found stained water in Bay Eloi but fishable and the fish agreed. However they needed convincing. Had to work for every bite and soft plastics flat out did not work at all for us today. Fortunately we had live shrimp. Ended the morning with 49 trout, 2 reds and 6 sheep heads.

June 27 at 5:57pm

I’m a bit late getting this info out there. Meant to do it much earlier but forgot. After fishing Bay Eloi this past weekend we were headed back in around midday and came across a really big log about 25 ft long in Half Moon Pass. I was cruising around 40 mph and didn’t notice till I was just a few feet from it. Managed to steer clear of it but was definitely a wake up call. No way I would have seen it on our way out that morning under low light conditions and must have missed it by sheer luck. Anyway if your out that way be aware and stay safe

June 24 at 12:09pm

My brother and I took our sons to Hopedale this morning for our Father’s Day get away. (albeit a day early). Headed straight to Bay Eloi at first light and it was game on all morning. 64 trout 4 reds and14 sheep heads. Caught mostly on live shrimp under cork and a few on soft plastics. Good times!

June 20 at 5:11pm

My boy and I loaded up this morning 6/5. Just shy of a 2 man limit of trout and my son’s biggest sheep head to date. The marina was not as crowded as I was expecting so headed straight to long rocks. Since typical crowd wasn’t there we had stretches of rocks able to troll along. Picking off a fish here and there using rattle shrimp under cork. After an hour we never found them stacked up so headed to Bay Eloi. Hit a couple spots only finding throwbacks. 3rd stop and every other cast we were putting fish on ice using a mix of live shrimp and rattle shrimp. They didn’t want anything to do with any other plastic I had. Anyway by 11:30 wind picked up so bad anchor wouldn’t hold so left them biting and called it a day

June 05 at 4:23pm

Fished Bay Eloi, Pretty much non stop action all morning. Tons of throwbacks but enough keepers mixed in. Live shrimp and Matrix under cork

May 30 at 5:48pm

My boy wanted to go fishing for his birthday so I’m down in Shell Beach for a few days with him and his buds. Lots of trout this morning 5/20 on live shrimp and soft plastics under cork

May 20 at 5:26pm

Thought it would be a good opportunity to see what others have caught. Its not everyday you see really big trout much less catch one. So I'll start it off. My biggest weighed 7.5 lbs and was caught in the summer late '90s in Violet. We always did good there but never caught any real big trout. We'd been catching on live shrimp and salt water assassins. I tossed a very small shrimp and cork went straight down. Thought it was a red til we got it in. She had no eggs but prob would've pushed 8 lbs if she still had. Everything you read about trout says bigger ones primarily feed on fin fish which is why something like a top dog catches mostly bigger trout. That tends to be true but they're also opportunistic and will not pass up an easy meal. I'm also a firm believer in luck when it comes to fishing, I just happen to be in the right place at the right time. I can't say that about most of my time on the water but do know others that seem to be way more lucky than good LOL!.So what say you? Post a pic of the biggest trout you caught and story behind it. And to all the haters, please keep negative comments to yourself. . . .

May 18 at 2:41pm

Here's a situation I've been in more times than can count. Make long run to outside early morning in summertime. You only got couple hour window before heat kicks in and shuts bite down. Maybe its somewhere in Black Bay or maybe Breton Sound. Point is you made long run cause that's where the fish have been. You get out there and locate trout. Your catching steady in say 2-3 ft water by an island or maybe 8-12 deep by a rig. Your catching 14' to 16' trout on live bait, shrimp or croakers. You either run out of bait or loose bait cause aerator failed, etc. You throw the tackle box at them but can't get anything going. You located the fish which is half the battle and know they are there which is so frustrating. Every passing minute is precious that time of year cause many times by 8-9 am the bite is over. Aside from giving up and heading in or locating some bait and using cast net to replenish your lost stock, what would you do? What lure or technique would you say without a doubt could pick up where the live bait left off? .

May 14 at 11:41pm

What’s your favorite summertime bait for speckled trout? Personally I go armed with soft plastics under cork (typically Matrix line of plastics) and live bait ( typically shrimp, sometimes croakers for bigger fish). First thing in the morning I’ll try top waters if conditions warrant. No matter what artificial I throw in the summertime, live bait will usually trump everything else for me and consistently fill my box with trout. That’s my experience. I’d love to hear others. What fills your box with trout in the summertime?

May 09 at 10:22pm

Fished Thursday 5/7 with the kids and my 78 year old mother. Wind blowing hard all morning. Waited till 1:30 pm to launch at Campo’s . Windfinder app had it right and winds steadily died down all afternoon. Hit the long rocks and put a few in the boat right away then nothing but throwbacks. Moved into Eloi and started plucking away rest of the afternoon. Mix of specks and sheepsheads. All on live shrimp under cork. Couldn’t get a single hit on plastic. Beautiful day on the water with great company

May 08 at 1:43pm

49 trout 1 red at the long rocks in Hopedale Saturday morning 5/2. Live shrimp and Matrix Shad under popping cork

May 03 at 4:17pm

Me and my boy finally able to make it on a morning with little wind. Really was a beautiful day to be on the water. 28 specs and 1 white trout Lake Robin area. At least 3x’s that many throwbacks made for pretty good action all morning. Everything caught on various colors of Matrix Shad. Mostly 2 ft under corks but some tightlined as well on a 3/8 oz jig head

April 21 at 10:16pm

Recently purchased 3 versamax bolt corks. Been using them for several weeks now and loved them. They cast great and having ability to quickly change depth or lure is a big plus. That said, the wire going thru the cork broke on 2 of the corks already and for some unknown reason. I use these corks for working plastics on a 1/4 oz lead head. In both cases the wire broke while popping. I’m hopping I just got a bad batch cause I really like them but hesitate to replace if it’s an ongoing issue. Anyone else have problems with these corks?

April 15 at 3:14pm

Fished the interior Reggio marsh yesterday 4/11 targeting redfish. Successful trip catching a fair amount of reds. Surprisingly we caught quite a few speckled trout. Not only that but they were decent size 14-17 inches and all croaking males. I thought trout should be headed to the outside this time of year. Anyone else finding trout way on the inside right now?

April 12 at 11:41am

Anyone on here know of a taxidermy school in SE Louisiana? If not maybe a taxidermist willing to teach the trade? Preferably somewhere between Slidell and Baton Rouge. Thanks

January 23 at 6:03pm

There are no shortage of reports coming out of Bayou Bienvenue around the Chalmette Wall. I was out there Sunday morning from sunrise till 11:00 am and got only 2 bites. We were right in there with the other 200 other boats. Not only were we not getting any bites but I hardly saw anyone else catching. We fished by the wall, by the rocks and everything in between. I may have seen a total of 10 fish caught all morning among all the other boats. In fact we hung around the longest. Most everyone I saw would pick up and leave after not catching only to be replaced by new boats coming in. Everyone I told how few the trout were couldn't believe it. I'm sure someone out there did good but it got me wondering are there really that many trout being caught out there or is everyone flocking out there, me included based on just a few people posting really good reports.

November 19, 2019 at 6:30pm
A comment titled: Re: More Rigolets Action in response to a report titled: More Rigolets Action

Yeah Capt fall can’t get here soon enough. Rigolets are getting right

August 08 at 12:44am
A comment titled: Re: Rigolets in response to a report titled: Rigolets

Love fishing St. Bernard but man the Rigolets are so much closer to home for me. Shorter truck ride, fewer gallons burned in the boat and no crowded marinas! Now the trout moved into the Rigolets looking forward to the coming weeks. The specks we caught ranged from 14 to 20 inches and were some of the fattest trout for their length I've caught in a while. Not one throwback. Each trout had at least 2 or 3 shrimp in their gut. I tried plastics throughout the morning without a tap. Finally switched to live after watching my wife sling one after another over the side. Also noted we hit the North Western shoreline of Lake Borgne first thing and spent 2 hours fishing drains, pockets and cuts on the tail end of a falling tide. Water temps in the mid 80's and shallow water did not produce for us. Fish were deep in 15 to 20 ft of water. As long as I've been fishing I still have to remind myself in late summer to fish deep like its wintertime. Also, after catching several reds, my son hooked into what we believed to be another red. After several intense minutes of him getting pulled from one side the boat to the other it finally exploded on the surface, leaping 4 ft into the air. We then realized it was a 3 ft shark. As it leaped vertically next to the boat it spit the hook and was only inches from my wife. Scared the crap out of her! My son was so thrilled he had a shark, couldn't wait to tell all his buds. The way it exploded out the water and seemed to defy gravity gave me a good dose of adrenaline!

August 04 at 11:06am
A comment titled: Re: Rigolets in response to a report titled: Rigolets

Was having issues getting pics to load. Don’t know what that was all about but here ya go.

August 03 at 5:35pm
A comment titled: Re: Violet Locks Bass Fishing in response to a report titled: Violet Locks Bass Fishing

Thanks for the video. Brought back lots of memories. Used to catch limits of speckled trout right there by those locks back in the ‘90s. My PB trout also caught in the ‘90s just across the MRGO from there by the castle. Had several friends with camps there on the horseshoe. Lots of good times. Thanks again for sharing

July 25 at 3:16pm

Thanks for the report. Hoping to get back on the water this weekend.

July 09 at 10:52pm
A comment titled: Re: Underwater Hazard in response to a report titled: Underwater Hazard

Your absolutely correct. Everyone who gets on my boat knows a PFD is worn while under way. That stretch of water from Halfmoon Lake to Lake Eloi is littered with PVC pipe marking oyster reefs. Running through there I’m typically most concerned with looking out for and avoiding those pipes. What alerted me to this log as I approached was the ripples on the water’s surface looked odd. Instinctively I avoided it. What scares me is there’s soooo many new boaters out there that wouldn’t have had the instinct to alter course. It’s the last thing you’d expect to find floating around out there. Can only imagine it was brought in by the tropical storm or flushed out from when the spillway was open.

June 25 at 12:29pm
A comment titled: Re: Father’s Day Fun in Hopedale in response to a report titled: Father’s Day Fun in Hopedale

Thanks Capt. I knew you looked familiar that morning just couldn’t put name to face. we had a blast with our boys. We stayed the night right there at Mark’s place. It was at times chaotic with fish, bait, lures, hooks and tangled lines flying in every direction. Just the way I like it. We also had a 2nd boat in our group with my buddy, his son, father and uncle. Their first time out and followed us. They came in with 60 trout as well. Already planning next trip

June 22 at 4:51pm
A comment titled: Re: The Kid Gets His Trout in response to a report titled: The Kid Gets His Trout

That’s what’s it’s all about

June 21 at 9:40am
A comment titled: Re: saltwater fishing by boat in response to a report titled: saltwater fishing by boat

Depends on what you after. I fish Delacroix/Reggio/Hopedale/Shell Beach. The speckled trout bite has been real good in Hopedale/Shell Beach. You can also do well with teds there

June 19 at 1:24pm
A comment titled: Re: Grand Isle Bridge Night Fishing in response to a report titled: Grand Isle Bridge Night Fishing

Been a long time but we used to fish dead/live shrimp on the bottom. I personally never did all that great from the bridge. But did ok few times mostly on white trout with a couple specks here and there. That said I have friends that used to do very well there at times. Use a crab net or similar with long enough line to reach the water from the bridge. Once fish is hooked lower crab net, persuade hooked fish onto the crab net and pull up. Good luck and let us know how you do.

June 17 at 12:25am
A comment titled: Re: Hopedale Trout in response to a report titled: Hopedale Trout

Mandevillian - I wasn’t able to fish the rest of that year following Katrina because of work so I can’t really comment on that. However in the late ‘90s when Hurricane George came through it was September and during teal season. My father and I were in Delacroix 2 days before the storm came through. Water was really high and in the marsh that afternoon. We went to our duck ponds less than 10 minute boat ride. Marsh was covered in teal. More than we’d ever seen before or since. I positioned my flatboat in a small cut that separated one of our ponds from a section of flooded marsh thousands of teal were holding in. We sat there in my flatboat in the open watching all these birds fly over head as we caught not only our limits of trout and reds but bass as well. We’d brought our hunting gear and intended on getting into one of our blinds for the evening. We realized we didn’t have to and shot our limit of teal from the boat as we sat. Never experienced anything like it before or since

June 07 at 1:46pm
A comment titled: Re: Hopedale Trout in response to a report titled: Hopedale Trout

Mandevillian - As of late I've been using mostly Matrix soft plastics specifically in Holy Joly with great success. But on days like yesterday, I couldn't get a hit on it or an assortment of other soft plastics I tried. I also tried several hard baits like catch 2000, rapala rip shad and an H20 twitch bait with 0 hits. I had forgotten I still had several Berkley Rattle Shriimp. As soon as I started throwing it what as if the light was turned on. I will say this about the Rattle Shrimp, I hate the hooks they come on. I personally think they are too small I can never get a good hook set with them, and for some reason, within a day or two of opening the package without fail they start to rust and before long are worthless. What I do now is take them off the hook it comes with and put the bait onto a 1/8 oz H&H jig head and super glue in place. You loose the rattle chamber that's attached to the original hook it comes with but the fish don't seem to care. Bluewave007 - I know many people that do well at the dam but for some reason I personally have only ever picked up a few there. I'm still learning Hopedale but think its more of a fall/winter time spot. As far as the inner marsh for speckled trout, its going to be tough to find any there this time of year since they push more to the outside, that's their summertime pattern. We've been doing consistantly well the last month in Bay Eloi. There are trout all over that area. It's a big area and you have to do your homework. There's a ton of throwbacks out there right now but keep moving around and eventually you'll start picking up bigger fish

June 06 at 12:36pm
A comment titled: Re: Little Lady P Red 6 4 2020 in response to a report titled: Little Lady P Red 6 4 2020

If you go anywhere go to hopedale for specs or Delacroix for reds. That’s where the fish are right now. I’ll be in hopedale myself. Good luck

June 04 at 10:56pm
A comment titled: Re: Elmers in response to a report titled: Elmers

Thanks for the report. Can you drive onto Elmers anymore? If not how close can you get? Been couple years since I been down there

June 01 at 6:45pm
A comment titled: Re: Great morning in Hopedale in response to a report titled: Great morning in Hopedale

Got reports from several different friends that fished yesterday 5/31 at the Long Rocks and hit several cuts and drains along the MRGO and around Lena Lagoon. No limits and had to battle the winds but still managed decent catches of speckled trout and sheep heads with a couple reds mixed in. And just as I have been experiencing on the last recent trip or two they had to weed through a ton of throwbacks but there are nice keepers mixed in making well worth going

June 01 at 9:03am
A comment titled: Re: Speckled Trout...where art thou... in response to a report titled: Speckled Trout...where art thou...

Need more info. What area ? Some areas of the state will offer closer access than others depending where your fishing and since it's summertime and trout are looking for saltier water. So if you head to Shell Beach for example you can launch by Campo's and have easy access to the MRGO and Lake Borgne. But if you go to Delacroix or Reggio you may have to paddle for a day or two to find a keeper sized trout. Grand Isle would be another that would give you easy access to trout via kayak. Good luck.

June 01 at 8:48am
A comment titled: Re: Great morning in Hopedale in response to a report titled: Great morning in Hopedale

Yeah buddy these boys love everything about fishing and eager to learn. Very satisfying to be a part of it Was running late this morning. Normally launch well before daybreak, didn’t launch till 6:30 today. Campo’s crazy packed but it’s a well oiled machine. Didn’t take 10 minutes in line. Hats off to em. I’ll be “hooking the left” for years to come. I guess the parade mostly heads to the long rocks cause we fished wherever we wanted around Eloi. Most boats I saw concentrated today was at Deadman’s Island with about 10 boats. And I’ve been getting very good reports as of late at Free Mason and Comfort.

May 30 at 9:29pm

Thanks for report. Been fishing Shell Beach and Hopedale with good results but wanted to hit up Delacroix just cause I miss it. There’s a few reports on other sites of good catches of trout coming from Delacroix lately but I suspect they are either running toward hopedale or just doing it to throw people off. Every die hard Delacroix regular that I know has not done well there as of late for trout

May 29 at 9:11am
A comment titled: Re: The loss of a Hunting Buddy in response to a report titled: The loss of a Hunting Buddy

Proud Pop, Sorry to read about such a loss. Your friend sounds like he was a great guy and true sportsman. He will always be with you in spirit around the camp and in the marsh. My condolences to you and his family.

May 25 at 9:31pm
A comment titled: Re: Birthday trout in response to a report titled: Birthday trout

Thanks fellas. I spent most of the day today recuperating. Wish I had 1/2 the energy of these kids lol. The boys had such a good time. Some days we had to work a little harder than others, mostly because of wind and having to fish in such a way to make it easier for them. We caught good numbers of fish pretty much everywhere we went, albeit many were throwbacks, we had good action every trip. And not once did we fish the long rocks. Not to say you won’t catch fish there, it’s just been too overcrowded lately for my liking. Not once did we have any competition trying to fish anywhere or have another boat closer to us than several hundred yards, maybe 1/4 mile. If there any advice I could give it would be there’s so much more to Hopedale/Shell Beach than the long rocks. Get out there and explore. Good luck and tight lines to everyone this summer

May 24 at 10:32pm
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