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Fishing Report: Reds, specks still biting on Big Lake

Last Modified: Tuesday, November 06, 2012 8:40 PM

By Joe Joslin / American Press

Water temperatures are in the upper 60s on Lake Calcasieu, which is just about ideal.

Water temps do fluctuate a significant amount in the lake itself due to the shallow nature of the fishery. Water temps in the ship channel are a bit more constant because of the depth.

Capt. Bruce Baugh, a highly respected guide on Big Lake, reported the redfish bite has been “pedal-to-the metal” the past several days. Birds are working over multiple mega schools of reds in the midlake areas with many of the reds just over the slot.

They were able to get limits of legal fish and it was not uncommon for everyone on board to be hooked up simultaneously. Quadruple hookups are a thrill!

With everyone hooked up, who nets the fish? Tough problem, huh?

Baugh also reported the trout were showing up in the northern part of the fishery in Lake Charles and Prien Lake. The flounder bite has slowed a bit but should turn on again with the next passing cold front. Baugh said their reds are coming on Berkley Saltwater Gulp! And Kelly Wigglers a quarter-ounce jig head.

Calcasieu Point continued to be in the fishing news as Elaine Huck said they had another great week of fishing with very high numbers of specks and reds being caught. The flounder catch continues to be good, but may have slowed slightly, but still some really fish being caught.

Saltwater Gulp! Shrimp in Nuclear Chicken on a jig head works well on flounder as does the old Flounder Pounder. Huck said several 3- to 5-pound flounder were caught last week. Some top flounder areas are the west side of the ship channel from the old Lone Star plant (north of Moss Lake) down to the Poggie Plants near the Jetties.

Huck also said the Weirs (Lambert and Grand bayous) have slowed down a little as they have been hammered with boat traffic, but Turner’s Bay and Commissary Point have been productive areas. Bird activity has been good and anglers are also saying that you can still catch fish after the birds off, if you hang around, especially if you have some live shrimp under a popping cork.

Calcasieu Point offers some of the best bank fishing on the lake for anglers who do not own a boat. Huck said the bank fishing action has really stepped up a notch this week with a bunch of quality reds being caught.

Junior Bassmasters

The Junior Southwest Bassmasters of Lake Charles had its final tournament of the season last week and was fished on the Sabine River out of Nibletts Bluff.

The results:

7-10-year-old Division: 1, Tyler Lowry, 2.51 pounds; 2, Evan Googe, 2.25.

11-14-year-old Division: 1, Jonathan Suttle, 2.86; 2, Ty Thibodeaux, 1.0.

15-18-year-old Division: 1, Alex Corbello, 4.72; 2, Austin Casteel, 1.68.

Big bass: Corbello, 1.92.

Club President, John Suttle, reported the club is open to new members for the 2013 season. Anyone interested may call him at 377-4944 or 528-3003.

This was a fine group of young anglers as we had the honor to be guest speaker for their October meeting.


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