Speckled trout, flounder catch is solid; Tripletail less so

Former Southern Miss Football Coach Jeff Bower, right, and Jason Lowery show off a limit of trout caught at Isle au Pitre.
Former Southern Miss Football Coach Jeff Bower, right, and Jason Lowery show off a limit of trout caught at Isle au Pitre.

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - The fishing scene in South Mississippi entering the final weekend of June continues to be solid for speckled trout and flounder. But not so favorable for tripletail.

Hot spots for speckled trout include the waters from Bay St Louis to Pascagoula and most points in between. In the Bay St. Louis and Pass Christian areas, the Louisiana Marsh, including Isle au Pitre located on the south side of Cat Island has been very productive on live bait and artificial jigs. The Pass Marianne Light area has been steady with an early morning and late afternoon bite with live shrimp and croakers.

Keep in mind that a Louisiana saltwater fishing license is required to fish the marsh where the limit is 25 trout per person compared to 15 per person in Mississippi.

At Ship Island, the grass beds on the north side of the island remains steady for trout and redfish using live shrimp and croakers. The bigger bull reds are also being caught around Dog Keys Pass. Nearshore, the Katrina Reef on the south side of Deer Island and the mud flats on the north side of the island has been solid for speckled trout, white trout and ground mullet.

Reports are also strong for ground mullet and white trout around the Biloxi-Ocean Springs Bridge using dead shrimp, cut bait and jigs.

This past week produced some of the best ground mullet action of the early summer period around he bridge as well as the train bridge.

Flounder are also being caught around the Katrina Reef, the Ken Combs Pier in Gulfport and many of the other nearshore reefs built by the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources in Biloxi. Top baits include live minnows and jigs with a piece of cut bait attached.

Nighttime gigging for flounder has been good around Smugglers Cove at Cat Island and the immediate beachfront on a strong incoming tide.

Tripletail, also known as blackfish, were steady inside the Mississippi Sound through the middle of the June around crap pots, channel markers and floating debris. But reports by charter boat captains and recreational anglers has slowed down the last two weeks.

The fish are still in the area and fishing should pick back up in the near future using live and fresh dead shrimp for bait.

In Jackson County, the Graveline Bayou area has picked up along with salinity levels for speckled trout, redfish and white trout, too.

Of note, the recreational red snapper season in the Gulf of Mexico ends at 12:01 am on Saturday. That means Friday will be the final day to fish for red snapper after the federal government trimmed the season from 44 days to 28. Stay tuned because the federal government could reopen fishing for a short period in the fall.

The 65th annual Mississippi Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo is slated for July 4-7 at the Gulfport Small Craft Harbor. Take a kid fishing.

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