July 11, 2014 - Latest reports for the Pearl River, Venice, and Basin areas.
Finally, the rivers in the area are falling. This is good news as the fishing has been tough from the Atchafalaya Basin to the Mobile Delta. The dropping water levels bring the fish out of the hard to reach spots. Unless a gulf storm or low pressure dumps rain on the south Louisiana anglers, fishing should improve.
This week my trip was with Northshore Fishing Report (banner on home page). We had a decent trip on Wednesday. Ribbits and buzzbaits started the day but the trip ended with plastics in the drains. The river dropped all week. This is the good news as the fish will begin to setup on main river spots. The West should be the hot spot over the weekend as the river falls and begins to clean up. Our trip kept us on the East. For filming purposes, the action was steady but the big bite was not there. Anglers can expect the action to improve this week as water levels continue to fall. Actions should be good from the marsh to the upper river.
Bream action was good on the East. Often it was hard to throw a topwater bait without the bream pecking on it. If a trip is in the plans, bring some gulp crickets along to catch a few panfish. Anglers should concentrate on Cypress trees on the main river.
Basin reports are staying consistent. Most anglers are struggling to catch fish on either side. The good news is the water level has dropped so action should improve. The main issue has been incoming tides and water flow. Many drains are not falling hard enough to attract any action. Punching cover, spinnerbaits, and frogs are best bets to pickup of few fish.
Anglers can put Venice on the watch list. The river is around 7 ft. If the fall continues over the next few weeks, action may pick up on the Mississippi. Reports were great for down river last year. Only time will tell if the bass have repopulated the upper areas.
Jeff Bruhl firstname.lastname@example.orgMarshBass.com