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Great Day on Lake Pontchartrain!

by Captain Steve Himel on 04/20/21

Great Day on Lake Pontchartrain!

I had Dave G.  as my guest today and for the first time in a while the weather was beautiful and the fish were biting!  We caught 5 different species of fish today. Mostly speckled trout but also caught redfish, drum, flounder, and croaker. The trout, reds, flounder were caught on matrix shad (lemon) and live coackahoe minnows the drum and croaker were caught on fresh market shrimp. Live shrimp are not available yet. We also tried trolling with rattle traps and a B-2 squid trailer and had success with that as well. The fish have moved into the lake and are staged around the bridges. All of our fish today were caught at the train trestles.  I have lots of openings between now and June 1st for the Lake Pontchartrain trips that start at $350 (two person 4 hour trip). I am also booking Shell Beach trips starting June 1st. Give me call at (504) 458-8737 or go to

Captain Steve Himel

Big Hogs In Breton Sound

by Captain Steve Himel on 06/07/13

I have been busy with charters and dancing around the weather lately but I wanted to catch everyone up with what is happening in the area I fish in Breton Sound. The big fish are definitely in Breton Sound around the outside rigs and all along the rock jetties of the MRGO. I have been concentrating my efforts more on the eastern part of the sound instead of the western ares because the water is cleaner and I am catching beautiful trout in that area. I was able to take a good friend of mine Heavy Helveston, who I used to hunt deer with. He just got a new boat and really wanted to take it out so he chartered me to come aboard his boat. He lives in the Lafayette area and wanted to sample our waters. We got out a little late and were able to catch the end of the incoming tide that was a steady bite of 1-3 pound trout. He was throwing the VuDu shrimp under a cork and I was tossing live shrimp. Both produced about the same and we ended up with around 30 big specks and 1 red in the four or five hours we fished. The weather finally looks like it is getting right and fish are waiting to be caught. I have a opening this Sunday if someone wants to hit Breton Sound for some big trout. Check out my website at or call me at (504) 458-8737. The new boat is great and can accommodate up to six anglers. Live bait and fish cleaning are always included in my charters - no extra charges.

New Boat - Ready to Fish!

by Captain Steve Himel on 05/17/13

New Boat - Ready to Fish!

I took delivery on my new 25' Mr. B's boat last week and have been putting the finishing touches on it and spending a lot of time in it. It is a dream boat for me - it rides great and has an unbelievable amount of room in it to fish. I was very satisfied with Reggie at Mr. B's who worked with me every step of the way to give exactly what I wanted. Boat City was also great to work with installing the motor. I highly recommend both of these dealers. I am now ready to charter and have several trips lined up. I will be fishing in Lake Pontchartrain until May 31 and then moving my boat to Delacroix for the summer season on June 1. Check out my web site for rates and packages or call me at (504) 458-8737.

Trout in Lake Pontchartrain!

by Captain Steve Himel on 04/17/13

Trout in Lake Pontchartrain

The spring trout have arrived in the lake! On Monday evening I decided to give my back pier in the Lake (Rats Nest Road) a try so I went to Dockside and picked up some live shrimp. I went out about 6:00 p.m. and started fishing the live shrimp on a Carolina rig. The trout immediately started to bite on almost every cast! The third fish I caught was a 3 pounder! Most were 13'-15' with a few throw backs. I fished until about 8 p.m. and had 13 keeper trout. After the live shrimp were gone I switched over to dead bait and still caught trout. I also caught 2 drum. The trout are now in the lake and they are hungry. The full moon coming should be the ticket for some wall hangers if the weather holds out. My boat is almost ready for the water and I am booking trips in Lake Pontchartrain in May and in Delacroix starting in June. Give me a call at (504) 458-8737 or check out my website at My trips start at $350.

Under the Lights!

by Captain Steve Himel on 04/02/13

Night Fishing

The lake is beginning to spring to life the last few days with rising water temperatures. I have noticed much more activity around my pier on Lake Pontchartrain, so I decided to crank up the lights last night for the first time this year. I was glad I did! Using dead bait Carolina rigged I was able to catch three drum, one nice keeper trout and three throwback trout in about an hour last night. It was not a meat haul but it was very encouraging to see trout under the lights. I think the fishing will pick up steadily and the full moon later this month should be great - weather permitting. My new boat that is being built is progressing along and should be ready later this month. I am booking spring trophy trout trips in Lake Pontchartrain and summer trout trips to Breton Sound out of Delacroix. Check out my website at for rates and information or call me at (504) 458-8737.

Captain Steve Himel