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Trout in the Rigolets

by Captain Steve Himel on 03/30/13

I made a quick scouting trip this morning to the Rigolets. I got a late start and picked up 25 live shrimp at the boat launch. I fished in one area the whole morning. The pattern was finding moving water at the mouths of bayous emptying into lagoons on the rising tide. The trout were on the bottom in 6' to 10' of water. I was using a Carolina rig with a quarter ounce sliding sinker. I was tossing the bait up current and letting is drift back with the current. The trout are still scattered but they are starting to bite. In a few hours I picked up a few trout and a flounder. The trout were from 15" to 20".  Things looks like they are back on track and the spring bite should only get better. I have a new boat 25' boat being built by Mr. B's and it should be ready by mid April.  I am booking spring trophy trout tips in Lake Pontchartrain and summer trips to Breton Sound out of Delacroix. I offer 4, 6 and 8 hour trips. Check out my website for details at or give me a call at (504) 458-8737.

Spring Fishing is Getting Close

by Captain Steve Himel on 03/26/13

I have not reported in a while because there was not much to report.  The late spring that we are having has really made fishing difficult the past few weeks. Trout have been hard to find but drum and sheepshead have been providing some action fished with market bait on the bottom on a drop rig.  Last week a few trout were caught on the bridges on a few good weather days, but the action has been inconsistent.  After this last cold front moderates, the fishing should pick up and from then on the spring fishing should BE ON!  I am having a custom boat built for me and it should be ready by mid-April. It is a 25ft. center console and it will have room for 6 guests.  I am booking trips on the new boat beginning on May 1 in Lake Pontchartrain and Delacroix.  Book your charter now and get the best days! Check out me website for details at

28 Trout in the Wind!

by Captain Steve Himel on 02/11/13

On Saturday I took a scouting trip with a friend trying to locate some early season specks. The wind was 15 mph out of the east, so we opted to fish some canals, bayous and protected marsh areas near the Rigolets. We started in 10 - 15 feet of water thinking that the fish would be deep with the water temps in the high 50's. After about a half hour without a bite, we moved a little shallower up on the flats in 4-6 feet of water, and that was it! We started catching trout. We were using Deadly Dudley Jrs terror tail in blue moon with a chartreuse tail on a quarter oz. unpainted jig head. Most of the strikes came on the initial fall - watch your line when it is falling. Other strikes would come after hopping it off the bottom during the fall. We worked one area over and over again once we found the bite and pattern. We had 28 keeper trout up to 2 lbs. one red and one bass. We caught at least 6 other reds under 16'. The secret right now is to try different depths until you locate them and stay with it. If you would like to get in on this action. Give me a call. I am also booking spring trophy trips on the bridges. I use hand caught live croakers for the monsters. I am also booking summer trout trips to Black Bay and Breton Sound out of Delacroix, Give me call at (504) 458-8737 or check out my website at

Spring and Summer Trout Season is Fast Approaching

by Captain Steve Himel on 02/06/13


With the warm winter we are having, I am expecting an early spring run on trout.  Once the water temps reach 60 the trout bite should start in lake on the bridges.  One of the best early season techniques is trolling.  Trolling success usually begins at the Causeway on some of the warmer sunny days in February and soon after the bridges on the eastern end start producing. I am ready for trolling season and have trolling rod rigged with lead core line, rattle traps and B-2 squid trailers. I will let you know when the bite starts.  The trophy trout season usually begins in April with the full moon cycle and continues into May and early June.  I will be fishing hand caught live croakers (4” to 6”) free lined for sow trout under the pilings of the bridges during that time. I usually catch some really big fish up to 6 or 7 pounds using this technique.  If you really want a wall hanger this is the way to catch them.  The summer season is not known for trophies but the action is usually almost non-stop in Black Bay and Breton sound where I fish with live bait.  If you are interested in Lake Pontchartrain trolling trips and trophy trout trips or summer live bait fishing in Breton Sound, give and a call and I can give you more details.  I normally fish the Lake until the end of May and then move to Delacroix for the summer season.  I have been guiding in this area for 17 years and specialize in live bait speckled trout fishing.  My goal is to give you and your party the type of trip you are looking for.  I can also arrange lodging and can cater to large groups using other Captains. Give me a call (504) 458-8737 or check out my web site at


by Captain Steve Himel on 04/17/12


The spring trout run in the lake was temporarily suspended for the last four days due to the April winds that seem to put a hold on fishing every spring.  The good news is that the fish are still there and will be hungry once things settle down a little.  The best catches of the year were coming in before the heavy winds last weekend.  The bridges were lined with boats and most were catching fish. Trollers were doing well as well as those tossing plastic. On my trips, I had the best success tossing matrix lemon with 3/8 jig heads away from the pilings on a falling tide. The trout were a little smaller last week with more males than the previous weeks. This means that the schools of small shrimp are now in the lake with the school trout following. Everything is set for a great season!

I will be starting my Lake Pontchartrain charters on May 2 when live bait will be available.  We will be fishing live shrimp Carolina rigged and under sliding corks for a mixed box of fish including trout, flounder, drum, reds, white trout and sheepshead.  I offer four and six hour trips on the lake.  I am also booking Delacroix trips beginning June 1.  We will be fishing Black Bay and Breton Sound with live bait around the islands and rigs.  You can visit my website at www.marshland-adventures for rates and information or give me call at (504) 458-8737.  Our trips include live bait and fish cleaning at no extra charge.