Venice Louisiana Fishing Report
November 10, 2014 Report.
We have been doing really well on the big “BULL” Redfish this November. We have had folks fishing with us from Indiana, Texas, South Carolina, Florida, and Colorado. Most of these folks have stayed here at the Fish on Lodge fishing our three day package. They just can’t catch Redfish that are big where they live, except in certain months of the year if they are lucky. These big Reds are here in Venice all year long. Sometimes, the weather can make it difficult to get to them, but they are here. We have been catching them in murky water with soft plastics under a cork in shallow water. Just yesterday, we caught four Redfish over thirty pounds, with the largest being thirty-six lbs. Most of the Redfish have been between 20 and 30 lbs.
The Mississippi River stage in New Orleans is at 3.8 feet today and is supposed to be at 3.4 feet in five days, so it is slowly falling at all the river stage stations all the way up the river. Of course, usually the Mississippi River would have already been low and green clear for several months. The only constant is change, but really the river stage does not affect the big Redfish fishing. Back in the Spring months, when the river stage was over 10 feet, we were doing well on the Redfish. It is affecting the Speckled Trout fishing, because they would usually be stacked up in the river by now for sure. Fortunately for me, people know I am the guide to call for the Bull Redfish, not the guide who buys live shrimp for Specks. The Reds are more fun to catch for folks that fish all over the country and beyond. They already have fish to fry at home. The Reds under 20 lbs. are great on the grill by the way.
Hats off to Mr. Clarence, who came down fishing with his daughter, Beth and her husband, Kenneth. Mr. Clarence is 89 years old and is a World War Two Navy Veteran who saw much action in the Pacific. He was on a destroyer most of the time. Kamikazes and six inch Jap shells hit them, but they hit back. He hooked and caught some Reds as well. He would not take the rod if any of us hooked the fish and tried to hand it over to him.
Now is the time to book your spring fishing trip. The earliest the better: you get the dates you want….
November 2nd 2014 report.
We have been busy here at the Fish On Venice Lodge the last couple of weeks, and I have not had a chance to give a report. The fishing has been pretty good, except for yesterday when the wind was blowing 30 to 40 miles an hour. We have had guests from Missouri, Georgia, Alabama, Texas, Illinois, South Carolina, Kentucky, and Florida fishing for the last couple weeks. All of them fishing three or four days with us. Big bull Redfish have been our target fish and they have been biting most of the time. When Plan “A” does not work plan “B” and “C” have come through for us when we needed them. It’s the time of year when we can get some strong cold fronts that bring some strong wind with tough fishing, but that does not mean that you will not catch fish. We just have to go out and give it your best effort.
Well, The Mississippi River stage in New Orleans is at 4.5 feet today and five days from now should be at 3.1 feet. That means the river should start getting clear green, which means it should be getting normal for this time of year and the Speckled Trout and slot Redfish will be easier to target. Go away muddy river. Most of my clients want the big Reds, so no big changes for me, but we can start using different lures with clear water. I like Speck fishing too, but not live bait. We should be able to catch Specks on artificial lures within two weeks if things hold up with mother nature.
Long story short is that things are good and should get better, so come on down.
October 15 2014. a few pics from last week, below.
October 15, 2014 Report
The fishing for us the last week or so has made a comeback to the usual times as far as the fish biting. The Redfish bite has gotten better. I have had folks from Florida, Alabama, Tennessee, and Georgia here lately, and all is good. We have not done anything super special to catch fish. We have worked hard and tried to put the boat where the fish are. No new mouse traps to try to make things happen. I am just glad the fish started acting like I want them too. I am along for the ride as far as what the fish think. Good thing the eating is good down here. Wether the fish are biting or not, the eats are good.
The Mississippi River stage in New Orleans is going up to five feet, so the river will remain murky. The Bull Red fishing should be good, but the Speckled Trout fishing will be more difficult, but not impossible. I see some good fishing the next couple of months for the Reds. Come down and give it a go, anytime.
October 3, 2014 Report.
We have been out fishing for the big Redfish a bunch here the last few weeks, and we have caught some good ones, but the bite has been slower. I don’t know why, but we have not had bite after bite. We have had to keep casting out for them and moving around looking for them. When we do hook up with a Redfish I have encouraged the other anglers on the boat to keep fishing while their buddy is fighting his, so that we might double up. That has worked out some of the time, because they do run in schools. The Mississippi River stage in New Orleans is around 4.5 feet today and it is dropping to around three feet by early next week. I think the river will have that clear green water again by late next week. This will help us catch the slot Redfish in the river, but the big Reds will mostly be on the outside beaches where they are most of the year. We are used to fishing murky water, so I don’t know why we have had a slower bite here lately. The bite will pick up, because the fish are here. I know the Speckled Trout bite has been slow as well, because I have spoken with folks who have tried for them, but they should start moving into the river this month and be easier to target. I guess it sounds like a lousy fishing report, but we have caught some nice fish the last couple of weeks. I am just used to catching a lot of fish when we find them, but I can’t get spoiled every day, although I wish I could. Everyone has had a good time. All my clients the last couple of weeks have been out with me before, and even though they may have caught more fish the last time, they say they will be back. The bite has to get better, so come on down, because we are due for the fast bite.
September 22, 2014 Report.
The last couple of weeks we have been chasing the big Redfish around the passes and points down river from Venice, and they really have not been in the same general areas from one day to the next. We have had to move around and find them on a daily basis, which is typical, but it has been a little tougher to go to the first area of the day and hit the jackpot. Lightning storms and sharks have made it more difficult. This year the sharks are worse than I can remember. They just tear your tackle up and bite your 25 pound Redfish in half. They run off the Reds. Nevertheless, we have had productive trips. I have had folks from Kentucky, Tennessee, and Georgia fishing multiple days with me the last couple of weeks, and we have had some good trips. At some parts of the day we are on the fish, and other parts of the day looking for them. September is a transition time for the fish, so we just have to work to find them. The Mississippi River stage in New Orleans is hovering around four to five feet, so the slot Redfish in the river have been more difficult to catch, but we end up finding them too. Usually, the river is lower than where it is, and the fish settle in and are easier to find. Long story short is that the fishing is pretty good just not great all the time (at least for me and the people I know), but that will change for the better any day. Hopefully, this week, even though, we are supposed to have heavy winds all week. A cold front or two will settle these fish down where they are more predictable.
All good. Come down and get in on the action. You might time it just right.
September 5, 2014 Report.
I took some time off for a vacation, so I have not posted any reports here lately. I spoke to some of my friends about how the fishing was during my absence, and the fish were still around and biting most of the time. No hurricanes around the northern gulf either. It would have been a panic on my part if a hurricane would have hit while I was not around. All my hurricane preparation plans would not have happened.
Upon my return from vacation I took my good friends boat out to burn some gas out of it because it is not run that much. I took my other good neighbor, Stan, with me on the boat ride. We took three rods with us just in case we wanted to wet a line. We burned about six gallons and stopped off a point and immediately started catching 20 pound Redfish. We drifted out and caught about 20 more big Reds. We then headed in. The boat ran great even though it is an E-TEC. I had been off a couple of weeks and still managed to catch fish, not because I am great, but because I know to look at the marine forecast and figure out where I can fish without heavy seas ruffing us up. You can forget about how well you did fishing yesterday, because if the conditions change you need to go where you can actually fish. We are constantly trying to find the fish-everyday and changing locations.
We still have openings at the lodge for the fall and winter fishing if you want in on the action.
August 18, 2014 Report.
There have not been any dramatic changes down here in Venice the last couple of weeks. We are still catching a bunch of Redfish. Big Redfish. The Mississippi River has fallen and has turned clear with nice slot Redfish being caught in the passes. One thing that is new for me is these schools of Cow nose Rays (that is what I am told they are). We have seen these massive commotions in the water thinking they are Redfish, so we motor over to them (leaving solid Redfish action) and they are hundreds of these 10 to 20 pound rays swimming on top of one another everywhere. We ended up foul hooking a few before we figured out what they were. They fight hard. Like any ray, I don’t like them because of their stingers. I have never seen big schools of them, and really don’t want to see them again. Jerry, Zach, and Adam from South Carolina thought the rays were cool, but not as cool as the 20 to 28 pound Redfish that wore them out.
The fishing here lately has been fairly easy, because the weather has been calm and the seas have been calm. The fish are always around all year, but if the seas are up we are forced to fish certain areas that may or may not have hungry fish. The fishing should be consistently good all the way through the New Year as long as a tropical depression doesn’t form in the Gulf of Mexico. That would give me a depression. I still have some openings in September, October, November, and December. December is a great time to come, but hunting season and the holidays have everyone doing something else besides fishing. Anyway, the fishing is good-no lie. Come down and get in on the action.
see pictures below.
August 6, 2014 Report.
The 20 plus pound Redfish bite has been really good the last week, and the sharks have not been as active in the areas we have been fishing. The weather has been fairly stable around the mouth of the Mississippi River, with just some thunder storms here and there. I don’t like lightning, but I do like the cloud cover these storms give us to keep the heat in check. The Mississippi River stage has really dropped hard this last week, so the water is slowing down and getting clear. The Redfish will now start moving in the interior of the river system (they are already there). I will start using spinnerbaits and crank baits in any of the channels to catch slot Redfish and a few oversized Reds. Most of the Big “Bull” Redfish will still be off the outside passes, but some of them will find their way into the river. These big Redfish spawn between mid August to mid October off the outside points and sandbars.
Fortunately, I have had some of my clients the last couple of weeks tell me that their fishing trip with me has been the best trip they have ever been on. Most of them fresh water fish and have not hooked up with these big, strong, and fast Redfish using artificial lures. The Moms, Dads, teenagers, and kids have been having a real good time. It has all been good, so come down and get in on some good fishing action.
July 23, 2014 Report.
I have been chasing the Redfish the last week with clients from Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi and Texas. We have found the big Redfish, but we have had to move around to find them. The reason we have had problems zeroing in on the fish is the electrical storms and Sharks have run us off from different places. The Sharks have been really thick, and they move around to places they were not before. The Sharks ruin our tackle and run off the Reds. It’s just the time of year when you get Sharks and electrical storms. The good thing is that we have not had any tropical storms-yet. We have caught some nice fish even with the challenges.
The Mississippi River stage in New Orleans is right at 7 feet and steady. The river should drop if we don’t get a lot of rain up north, because all the river stations up there have a falling river. All that means is that we can target Redfish and Flounder up all the passes of the Mississippi River. Eventually, the Trout will move in also, but not until Octoberish. Until then, most of the fishing will be on the outside beaches, bays, and ponds in the canes.
The guiding business slows down for me in August, because of the heat. Many of my clients don’t want to deal with the heat, although the Redfish fishing is good. I don’t really want to be out on the water a whole lot in August either. I am pretty much booked in October and November ( with a few open dates ), but I have openings in September and December. December is a great month to fish, but because of the holidays and hunting season I have less folks calling me. The Tripletail fishing should be good for September and October. Tripletail fishing is difficult because they are so strong and they head for their structure immediately. It’s fun though.
Everyone has had a good time fishing lately, but everyone agrees it is work. No pain-no gain. Call me for your Fall fishing trip.
July 14th 2014 report.
Well, it is the same fishing story down here in Venice. The Redfish are around and they are biting most of the time. They are not always in the same location, but we have moved around to different areas, and we are finding them.
This last week, I had Rick, Bill, and Jerry from Missouri fishing with me for three days. These guys have fished with me before and like catching the big Redfish. They have meat in the freezer at home, but not the big Redfish. They are amazed at how fast these Redfish can swim around the boat, and then change direction. We caught a bunch of big Reds everyday (around 40 each day). They are coming back in December.
I also had Dewayne and Linda from Florida come fishing for a couple of days for the big Redfish. This husband and wife team love to fish and are good at fishing. Where they are from has Redfish and Snook, but the Redfish are small. They wanted to see about these big Redfish, and they got it. The first day we had constant action all day, but the second day was slow early then it really turned on after eleven a.m. We had a full moon, so maybe that had something to do with it. Or, maybe it was just me not doing good early, but it was probably the moon. Anyway, they left worn out.
Everyone said they had a great time and will be back. They said the food and lodge were great. They even said I was Ok!
The weather is very hot, so we are getting up early and coming in early afternoon. The pop up thunderstorms are something we have to keep an eye on due to lightning, but the weather is mostly calm. The Mississippi River stage is between 6 and 7 feet, so it is slowly dropping, which should make the water clearer. For me, clearer water means we can start using different kinds of lures to catch fish. The fish can catch up and locate crank baits easier. We can also start fishing in the larger channels of the river when the water drops and slows down. If you like fishing down here, then now is the time to come down. I have all the ice and water you will need on the boat!
July 1, 2014 Report.
The fishing down river from Venice has been consistently good the last couple of weeks. The weather has not been windy, so that has allowed us to fish where we want to fish and if plan “A” does work out then plan “B” has been easy to get to. It has been very hot weather to fish in, so some cloud cover and a breeze is always welcome. The only thing that has been slowing the big Redfish bite are Sharks. The Sharks can move in areas where we are fishing and hit your lures and tear up your tackle. The Sharks can run you off. The Sharks tend to be a problem during the Summer months more than any other time. The Redfish fishing has been great the last couple of weeks even if we have had to move around and find them. We have caught them using lures in murky water. The Mississippi River stage in New Orleans is around 7 ft. today and it should be around 8 ft. next week, so the water is murky around the passes and bays. I have talked to people targeting Speckled Trout, and they have been doing best using live shrimp. Live shrimp will be your best way to catch Specks until October, November, and December when you can use soft plastics with success.
Everyone has had a great time the last couple of weeks (all year), and say they want to do it again. I took folks out fishing from Texas and Kentucky this last week. They fished with me for three days each. They were worn out by the time day three was over. They said the Redfishing here around Venice was incredible. The Striper fishing up in Kentucky was no match for the big Red Drum. All good here .I still have openings in July for day trips. Give me a call!
June 23, 2014 Report