Jim Melancon caught this bass at Toledo’s Mill Creek. (Special to the American Press)
Last Modified: Wednesday, October 24, 2012 5:36 PM
Water temperatures in area waterways are cooling with the Gulf at Cameron at 77 degrees, Calcasieu River at 76 and Big Lake at 75.
Elaine Huck, who is always in the know concerning Big Lake, said in spite of stubborn winds in recent days, fishing has really been good for most everybody she encountered. Over the weekend, numerous anglers reported to Huck, who operates Calcasieu Point, that anyone with basic fishing skills should have caught a limit of trout.
“Turners Bay has finally turned on,” said Huck, with Commissary Point also producing some big specks along with Moss Lake.
On some housekeeping news that might be helpful to bank-fishing anglers, Huck mentioned there will be work crews at Calcasieu Point Pavilion Monday through Thursday, which will limit access to fishing areas off the bank and piers. However, the work crews will not work Friday, Saturday or Sunday giving anglers normal fishing opportunities for the weekend.
Capt. Kevin Broussard of Cajun Paradise Resort was very excited about recent fishing trips.
“The trout bite is on,” said Broussard, who basically grew up on Big Lake, adding that there are lots of fish from the Saltwater Barrier (northern part of fishery) down to Turners Bay. He suggested when working the birds that soft plastics are working great. However, if not working the birds and instead targeting reefs and cuts, live shrimp is the way to go.
Broussard also said there are lots of trout and reds in Black Lake, which is an area he often has in his fishing reports. Flounder are also starting to show up in higher numbers along the ship channel, but they are mostly smaller males. Larger females will start showing up over the next few weeks as we get another cold front or two.
He also mentioned lots of big reds at the Gulf Jetties and suggested Berkley Saltwater Gulp! Shrimp (3- and 4-inch sizes), plus live shrimp on a Carolina rig or under a cork.
Anglers are advised to be current about the weather this weekend as we have a major front moving into the area. Normally, this will bring strong winds and a huge change in fishing conditions. Be safe!