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VENICE FISHING LODGE

CAPTAIN BILLY NICHOLAS

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Fishing Report

September 2012

After ten days of making repairs to the lodge after Hurricane Isaac, it was time to get back on the water.  Venice did not let any of the 18 anglers down, as all caught more than their fair share of redfish, speckle trout, flounder and black drum.  Bites were coming on spinner baits or jigs rigged with Slayer Lures plastics.  The fall run is on in Venice and we still have a few dates available.  The fishing will continue to improve as water temperatures fall. 

Capt. Chris Babin

 

 

5/1/12

 

As the weather continues to improve, the catches continue to get better and the quality is off the charts.  With the Mississippi at the 5 foot level in New Orleans, the water clarity is cleaning up and the bait is moving in.  If you find the bait, the fish are usually not for behind.  Numerous 4 to 5 pound trout are being caught on a daily basis to go along with the typically 1 to 2 pound trout.  The redfish are showing signs of stacking up early this year at the passes.  The fish are continuing to be caught on plastics jigged on the bottom or under a popping cork. 

 

Capt. Chris Babin

4/23/12

 

Well the anticipation is over!! The Muddy Mississippi has fallen early this year and the trout bite is turning on.  The trout are showing signs of being full of eggs for the upcoming full moon in May.  They have been taking plastics on oz jig heads bounced off the bottom, working around current lines at the end of the passes.  If you don’t have a trip booked, it’s time to get one on the books. 

 

Capt. Chris Babin 

 

 

 

4/23/12

 

Well the anticipation is over!! The Muddy Mississippi has fallen early this year and the trout bite is turning on.  The trout are showing signs of being full of eggs for the upcoming full moon in May.  They have been taking plastics on oz jig heads bounced off the bottom, working around current lines at the end of the passes.  If you don’t have a trip booked, it’s time to get one on the books. 

 

Capt. Chris Babin 

 

 

4/12/12

 

Well the Big Muddy Mississippi is starting to fall and predictions are that it will hit the magical 5 foot mark in New Orleans in early May.  All indications are that fishing will be off the charts.  Big schools of bait are already showing up and there are some healthy trout and redfish filling their stomach.  Tactics have changed daily, some days they prefer jigs under a cork and others they like the jig bounced off the bottom.  The ponds are starting to grass up and sight fishing looks to be a hot ticket this summer. 

 

Capt. Chris Babin     

 

2/13/12

 

Just when it looked like spring was around the corner, Mother Nature goes and throws a curveball.  Lows in the 30’s and winds 25-30 miles per hour.  Not your idea of great fishing weather, but we were able to scratch out respectable boxes of mostly redfish with a few flounder and freshwater catfish mixed in.  Most of the redfish were caught on plastics on a quarter ounce jig head bounced slowly on the bottom.  With the dirty water conditions, trout have been a no show.        

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2/7/12

 

Well everything has been dusted off and all the equipment has been oiled up after the long winter break at the Venice Fishing Lodge.  It appears that 2012 is starting off right where 2011 ended, with limits of fish hitting the cleaning tables.  The fish are grouping up down river in their normal late winter holes.  Redfish have been taking plastics on a quarter once jig head bounced on the bottom or under a popin cork.  Trout have preferred a slow presentation. With warmer temperatures this winter, it is anticipated that spring fishing will be better than average this year.

 

Capt. Chris Babin 

Venice Lodge redfish Click image to view full size

 

11/16/11

 

The boats rides have been a little cool in the morning down at the Venice Fishing Lodge, but the fishing has been on fire.  The Big Muddy Mississippi continues to be low and green with fish just about everywhere you stop.  The fish are showing up in the late fall areas in the river and passes.  Tie on a quarter once jig head rigged with a D.O.A. C.A.L. Shad plastic in glow/chartreuse or root beer/chartreuse, bounce them on the bottom and hold on.  Some of this year’s prettier trout have been hitting the cleaning table with 3 lbs. averages being the norm.  If the trout don’t fill up your box, there’s lots of redfish and flounder to go around. 

 

Capt. Chris Babin     

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10/26/11

 

The fall bite for speckled trout and redfish is on down in Venice and limits are hitting the table at the Venice Fishing Lodge.  With a low green river, fish are holding to structure whether it is points or rock shoreline.  Find the pogeys and/or mullets and it’s on.  All fish hitting the clean table at the Venice Fishing Lodge are full of bait fish, with some containing numerous mullets and pogeys.  Just the other day, one slot size redfish had ten six inch mullets inside it’s stomach.  Presently, all fish are being caught on plastics on a quarter once jig head with or without a cork.  Spinner baits have also been catching there fair share of fish too.  There is an abundance of slot redfish mixed in with tackle busting 40 plus inch bruising redfish.  Trout are running in the 3 to 5 pound range and to top it off, numerous flounder are being caught on a daily bases with some weighing up to 6 pounds.  If bass are your thing, easy limits are being caught in the mouths of fresh water ponds and in the passes.

   

Click on the photos of some recent catches to view full size.

Capt. Chris Babin    

 

 The river is beginning to go down a little or at least holding at 17 feet. It should begin falling in a couple weeks and hopefully get back to normal levels by mid June. In spite of the high volume of water, fishing has been good! The water in and around Yellow Cotton Bay is clean with good numbers of Redfish in the grass, Trout are being caught in Scofield Bay and Bayou. On the East side of the river, Breton Island is producing limits of 3 to 5 pound Trout when the wind allows you to get out there and Redfish are on the outside between Baptiste Collette and Main Pass. Down river fishing is good but you have to find clean water. The wind will blow the river water into the back pockets so take that into consideration when making your decision about where to fish.

 Don’t let the high water keep you from heading to Venice, there is plenty of water to fish that’s not affected by the river. What most people don’t realize is the Mississippi get this high every spring; only difference is they don’t typically have to open the spillway. By doing so, the river in Venice is typical for spring. 

  

 

Tight Lines, Captain Billy Nicholas

Billy@Venicefishinglodge.net ~ 504-657-5937

 Spring winds have been blowing for about a month now but the fishing has been steady. We are spending a little time in the morning looking for clean or fishable waters, once you find it the fish are typically there.

 Most of the Redfish have been on the outside along the canes with a falling tide. At low tide they seem to be out away from the bank or cruising around in the middle of the ponds, watch the bait and they’ll tell you where they are. Colors that are working best are grape with a chartreuse tail fished on a oz jig head.

 Trout are showing up on the points and on the offshore sunken islands if the wind isn’t blowing it up. The mornings have been better simply because the wind has been lighter. Fish a GULP shrimp on a oz jig head under a popping cork. New Penny or White Glow if the water is off color and the sky is cloudy.

 The river is rising and is predicted to continue for the next 2 weeks. This water will flood the fresh water marsh and will make them unfishable until the river drops back down. Don’t waste your time looking for clean water where you know river water run thru, you won’t find any!

 The lodge is back up and running after the spill and books are filling up fast, so give us a call and we’ll get you on the water.

 

Tight Lines, Captain Billy Nicholas

Billy@Venicefishinglodge.net ~ 504-657-5937

 

 

January 6th, 2011

 

Well after what seems like a lifetime, things in Venice are finally getting back to normal. Clean-up efforts are winding down and guides and outfitters are back to business as usual. Fishing is just as good if not better than it was before the Deep Water Horizon accident. Not that we didn’t lose any fish as a result of the spill but nobody per say has been fishing since the disaster and our estuaries have been given a rest.

 We have had one of the best trout fishing winters in recent years and Redfish are everywhere…not just average sized fish, big fat football shaped fish full of bait. What this tells me is that the bait and small fish survived what little oil made it into the marsh. Upper slot Reds over 9 pounds! Three to six pound trout on every cast when you hit em’ just right. It reminds me a lot of what fishing was like after Katrina; only the infrastructure is still here.

 

 

 

Now that’s a fat fish

 

  Look for Trout begin to show up on the east side of the river around Lonesome Bayou and on the west side in Scofield Bay and Sandy Point. These areas are famous for producing big trout in the late winter and early spring months. TTF Trout Killer II is the bait to throw and the color is Bug Juice. Fish it on a 1/4 oz. jig head bouncing it off the bottom…slow. If you can’t fish slow, use a popping cork.

 Redfish this time of year tend to start showing up on the outside around Southwest Pass then working their way north up the eastern shoreline. TTF Killer Flats Minnow / Texas Roach are what I like to throw. Swim it or hop it, just figure out how they want it a go with it.

  Regardless of how you fish or what you fish with, head down to Venice and enjoy one of the richest estuaries in the world. After all the bad publicity we received from the media we really need your help getting the word out that fishing is back in South Louisiana.

 

 

Tight Lines, Captain Billy Nicholas

Billy@Venicefishinglodge.net ~ 504-657-5937

Tight Lines, Captain Billy Nicholas

Billy@Venicefishinglodge.net ~ 504-657-5937

 

April 2010

Spring weather is here and the fishing couldn’t be better. 75 to 100 redfish a day and the big trout started showing up yesterday.

Let’s start with redfish. Find clean water on the outside edge where the gulf meets the marsh, most of the clear water is on the east side between Main Pass and Southwest Pass. Fish the points and throw tight to the cane. Don’t spend a lot of time in one spot, if you don’t catch em’ pretty quick, go point hopping. Just be sure to respect other anglers and don’t pull up on a point if there’s another boat tolling towards it. Throw a TTF Killer Flats Minnow “Texas Roach”

Trout are being caught in the same area and north all the way to California Point. Work the points off of the smaller passes where you tend to find deeper water. Also fish around the islands in deeper water and sunken islands where there was marsh pre-Katrina. TTF Trout Killer II “Wildfire”

Don’t be surprised if you catch a big old blue cat while fishing the canes. Catfish up to 50#s are being caught while Redfishing. Snow is melting up north and with the river being cold it drives these big cats into the marsh and brackish water.

Now is the time to book your spring fishing trips. We only have a few days available in April and May so Hurry!!!!!!!!

 

Tight Lines, Captain Billy Nicholas

Billy@Venicefishinglodge.net ~ 504-657-5937

 

January 4th, 2010 report

After an unusual rise in the river this fall it’s now back to a normal winter time level and the fishing has really picked up.  Trout are in the areas around Buras and Empire and Redfish anywhere you find clean water.  Down river on the east side is where we’re spending most of our time catching redfish.  Black, blue and purple with a chartreuse tail seem to be what turns them on right now, rigged on a oz jig head then slow role it.  Fish seem to prefer it this way as opposed to bouncing it off the bottom.

White or Glow with a chartreuse tail seems to be the colors the trout like best.  Fish them under a popping cork around structure and shell.

 

Hot Spot: Shoreline between Pass a Loutre and Flatboat Pass.

 

Tight Lines,

Capt. Billy Nicholas

Fishing Report September 29, 2009

 

 

 Unreal….. The fishing is absolutely unreal. The Redfish are everywhere, trout are on every point outside of the passes, Jacks, Bass, Triple Tail, Sheep head, whatever you want to catch you can find it…. IT’S ON.

 Just outside of Red Pass to the south, huge schools of pogies and storm minnows are stacked up and the Redfish are tearing them up. You need to stay ahead of the school so if you start catching hardheads and gaftop your to far behind. These fish are picking up the scraps left behind by the Reds. Site fishing Reds is good especially right after high tide. Once the water starts to fall out these fish will fed like crazy. Look for sheep head and stingrays, if you find them the Redfish will be in there too.

 The storm minnows on the southeast side of the river have the trout going nuts. Work your way from point to point until you see the storm minnows “showering” the water. Make you cast to the edges of the bait pods and you’ll have a box of trout before you know it.

 VFL only has a few days left open in October so give me a call and we’ll do our best to accommodate you.

 

 

 

Tight Lines, Capt. Billy Nicholas

 

Venice Fishing Lodge

 

(504)657-5937

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Fishing Report September 17, 2009

 

 

 The heat of summer appears to be leaving us and fall temperatures seem to be upon us. Clear water in the marsh and the redfish are everywhere…you can’t get here fast enough. The fishing has been unreal and were not having to run far to catch em’. The wagon wheel, Yankee pond, riverside and any other predominantly freshwater ponds have Redfish as well as the area around Sandy Pt. and Double Bayou. With the water being high, don’t look for the fish to be along the cane, concentrate on sand points and bars to locate your fish. Spinner baits have been the bait of choice lately. Captain Chris is throwing a Terminator inline spinner and Captain Shane a Triple Play both rigged with a red / gold flake paddle tail.

 Action offshore has been good as well, but not as good as it’s going to be. Tuna will begin falling in behind the shrimp boats in October and the fishing is second to none. 150 pounders is what you’ve got to look forward to, catch em’ till you give up. Unfortunately there are very few charter boats that still have availability so if you want to book a trip you better hurry.

As for as Venice Fishing Lodge, we still have a few week day trips and the weekend of October 24th available. If you can get down in the next two weeks we have a weekday special thru the end of the month. Go to the home page to see the special.

 Also anyone wanting to get their captains license, VFL is holding an OUPV course at the lodge November 1st thru 8th, details on the home page also.

 For those of you wanting to get that last fishing trip in before hunting season starts, you need to hurry and book, only 6 weeks left. Give us a call and we’ll do our best to accommodate you.

 

Tight Lines, Captain Billy Nicholas

 

Venice Fishing Lodge

504-657-5937

Billy@venicefishinglodge.net

 

 

 

Fishing Report August 28, 2009

 

 

 The heat is on and so is the site fishing. The river is clearing up and the water in the marsh is too. Grass is filtering the water and redfish are starting to float. All that makes for a great site fishing trip. >From Port Sulphur to Venice almost all of the water is clean enough to site fish, however the water to the north, especially near Myrtle Grove is pretty stained and murky, probably due to the high tide as a result of the new moon. Look for it to start cleaning up in the next few days.

 Trout fishing has been fair at best. We're fishing deep structure, gas wells, rigs and rocks mostly. Not large numbers, but some good size fish in the 3 to 5 pound range. Fish a new penny Gulp shrimp under a popping cork 3 to 4 foot deep. As fall gets closer, the trout bite will get better and mid September thru November should be great.

 Redfish and flounder are showing up on the sand bars in the passes as the river continues to stay low and the salinity levels increase up river. Fish the short grass away from the Cain. Flounder want it slow so if that’s what you are fishing for, that’s what you'll need to do. Look for the redfish numbers to increase in the passes as we get into September.  

 

 

Tight Lines, Capt. Billy Nicholas

 

Venice Fishing Lodge

 

(504)657-5937

Billy@venicefishinglodge.net

 

 

 

Fishing Report June 26, 2009

 

 

 With the river dropping from 16 plus feet earlier this month to down around 10, the water down south is absolutely beautiful. Redfish and trout are along the beach front from Southwest pass to Main pass. The red’s are mainly in the surf between the sand bars and trout out off the shoreline along broken cane stubble. Pretty much anything you want to throw at them they’ll eat, but we seem to get a few more bites on darker colored plastics.

 The areas around California Point are also holding good numbers of fish. Finding drop offs with moving water is the key to finding trout. Do your Red fishing along the grass shorelines during slack tide, and then move back to your trout hole when the water starts moving again.

 Sight fishing in the marsh north of the wagon wheel and Yankee pond has also been good. Grass is growing in all the usual areas and is filtering the water as it drops out of the marsh ponds. Fish on a falling tide around the drains from shallow ponds.

 If you’re wanting to sight fish, you need to start thinking about booking your trip. The river will continue to fall and will be clean in a couple of weeks. Look forward to fishing with you!!

 

Tight Lines, Capt. Billy Nicholas

 

Venice Fishing Lodge

 

(504)657-5937

Billy@venicefishinglodge.net

 

 

Fishing Report May 8, 2009

 

 

 After a month of the wind blowing 20 mph one day, calm the next and then blowing again, we’re finally getting some consistent weather. With that we have been able to get out and fish the underwater islands along the east side. These high spots in the surf used to be land and were eroded away by past storms. A lot of these areas will show on your gps as land especially if your maps are pre Katrina. The trout we are catching in these areas are in the 3 to 5 pound range with an occasional 6 and 7 pounder.

 Redfish are along the canes on the wind blown shore and along the points at the end of passes. Also look for them on sand bars extending out from islands out in open water.

 Offshore fishing this week has been outstanding. The Black Fin Tuna bite is on with a Yellow Fin or two mixed in. Wahoo and Dorado are along the rips and Amber Jacks are around the rigs. If you hook up an AJ, you’ll need to pull him away from the rig before he breaks you off. If you want to get in on this bite, you need to do it in the next month as the Tuna will begin moving out as summer approaches.

 

 

Tight Lines, Captain Billy Nicholas

 

Venice Fishing Lodge

504-657-5937

Billy@venicefishinglodge.net

 

Fishing Report March 23,2009

 

 

 Better late than never…Yea, the trout have finally shown up down river. Good size and numbers are being caught in the ponds between pass-a-loutre and main pass. Fish on a Northwest, North or Northeast wind. If the wind has any south to it, it’ll blow it out; you need clean water to catch’em. The redfish are right there with the trout and the bigger trout are tight to the cane with the reds. School trout are off the bank out to 75 yards. Fish the banks that the wind is blowing in on. The wind pushes the bait against the shoreline and the fish follow. YUM samurai shad bounced off the bottom or under a cork, black and chartreuse, disco minnow or blackened disco minnow are our colors unless the water gets real clear.

 Trout fishing around Empire has picked up as well. If your looking for a top water bite, that’s where I’d go. Fish over shell reefs or around structure and debris. Bone colored Top Dogs or Heddon white with a red head are what’s getting the bites. Be sure to have a soft plastic rigged and ready to throw. When a trout misses your top water, follow up with your samurai shad or a money minnow and more than likely the trout will take your bait. Now’s the time to fish Venice, it’s all coming together. Temperature is warming up, trout are showing up and ice chests are filling up. Give us a call and let’s go.

 

Captain Shane Cockerham

 

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Fishing Report March 12, 2009

 

 

 With the river 5 foot lower than it was this time last year, finding clean water is a lot easier than past springs. The main river is still fairly muddy but the incoming tides don’t have to fight the 12-foot plus currents they were last year. This allows the clean gulf waters to push further into the marsh, and as we all know, find clean water and you’ll find fish. Concentrate especially where the water is mixing. (Dirty fresh water and clean saltwater) As you motor along, look at your prop wash and if you’re turning up clean water, I can almost guarantee fish. This is the pattern we’ve been on for the past few weeks and will continue thru the spring months so long as the river doesn’t rise above 12 foot or so.

  Both sides of the rivers outer edges are holding huge numbers of redfish and a few scattered trout. On a trip this week with Capt. Shane, Capt. Alan and Jonathon, we caught over 75 redfish in about an hour and a half along with a 56-pound blue cat Capt. Shane caught on a samurai shad under a popping cork. There’s a picture on the photo page of Jonathan holding the fish back at the dock.

  As for bait, Yum samurai shad, black and chartreuse or speckled grape and chartreuse, the key I believe to be the chartreuse tail. Bounce them along the bottom or fish them under a popping cork. Concentrate on the points and out away from them. Spinner baits are working fairly well even with the water be a little cold, use the same color plastics on your spinners.

 If you want to see how to catch’em, Capt. Andy and Mark Davis shot an episode of Penn’s Big Water Adventures on an outside sand bar that airs Friday the 13th at 5:30 p.m., Saturday at 1:00 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. If this show doesn’t get you fired up about coming to Venice, you might as well quit fishing. If it does, give us a call and we’ll get you set up.

 

Tight Lines, Captain Billy Nicholas

 

Venice Fishing Lodge

504-657-5937

Billy@venicefishinglodge.net

 

  

Venice, Louisiana Fishing Report

 February 27, 2009

 

The transition from hunting back to fishing is a double-edged sword, not happy about the end of the hunt, but can’t wait to get back on the water. All I can say is that it was worth the wait. Redfishing has been outstanding along the roseau cane on the outer edges of the marsh. We’re catching 30 to 50 per day from 18 to 45 inches, a lot of over sized but still able to scratch out a limit of keepers most days. The YUM samurai shad, black with a chartreuse tail is the bait of choice, bouncing it slow along the bottom seems to be the way they want it if the water is moving. During slack tide, fish it under a popping cork as the fish aren’t as actively feeding at this time.

 Trout fishing has been a little slow down river, but the areas around Empire and Port Sulpher have been relatively productive. Throwing top waters over shell reefs or casting samurai shad around structure have been the most productive. Bombers new Walkie Talkie top waters, in the bone or school bus colors, are both working well. The hook placement on this new top water will increase your hookups by 50%. Black with a chartreuse tail or blackened disco minnow are the colors for your soft plastics.

 With March historically being one of our big trout months, the river and weather conditions aren’t showing any sign of changing that. Be looking for those stringer limits of 3 to 5 pounders and the big sow trout to be showing up along the outer marsh any day. The redfish should stay put thru the end of April then begin moving into the marsh with the warmer and cleaner water.

 Now is the time to start planning your spring fishing trips. As we all know, March and April are busy months at the boat ramp; spring break and warm weather get anglers fired up. Last years line may look good, but go ahead and respool, oil your reels, charge your batteries. Get everything in order before you arrive so you’re not disappointed and end up ruining an opportunity for a great weekend. Better yet, give us a call at Venice Fishing Lodge and will take care of everything for you.

 

Tight Lines, Captain Billy Nicholas

 

Venice Fishing Lodge

504-657-5937

Billy@venicefishinglodge.net

 

 

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