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Last Modified: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 10:01 AM
Water temperatures have risen slightly since last week with surface temps in low 60s in the Gulf as well as Big Lake.
Wade fishing is in full steam with numerous trophy trout hunters tiptoeing through the shallows trying to find the trout of a lifetime.
Most trophy trout anglers practice catch and release, but we also would like to encourage anglers to catch their trophy trout, weight it, get some great photos and then release the big females back into the fishery.
Capt. Bruce Baugh, a name familiar to this column, reported good numbers of trout up to just under 7 pounds over the weekend. Baugh also added that the topwater bite turned for him with pink She Dogs his top producer. The She Dog is a slightly small version of the Top Dog. Baugh mentioned that they are still getting them on Corkies, but he loved the exciting topwater bite when possible.
The avid wade angler said you needed a parking ticket over the weekend as wade fishing has really taken off on Big Lake and even starting to look like the Texas coast.
Doug Guins, local tournament angler, and daughter Annabelle, reported fishing the Calcasieu River over the weekend and had a very good trip while catching 17 bass in the 2-pound range in a half day of fishing, with one weighing just under 5 pounds, which is a great Calcasieu River catch.
Guins said all of the fish were still in prespawn patterns with the smaller male up shallow and the larger females out slightly deeper. Guins’ baits of choice included a Stanley 3/8 ounce Compact Model spinnerbait plus a half-ounce Stanley jig.
He also caught fish on Bass Kandi’s T-Craw and Kandi Stik that were both rigged Texas style. Water temperatures ranged from low-to-upper 50s and weather reports for the week call for little to change with cold nights and cool days. The full moon is this week and, if water temps were warmer, we could have some bass on the beds.
However, Guins said he believes such activity is at least a couple weeks away.
The Sabine River has similar conditions, Guins said, with water temps in the mid-50s and stained water conditions.
The top baits on the Sabine have been Stanley Compact spinnerbaits and mid-sized jigs, plus small crankbaits mostly fished in cuts.
Tournament organizer Ron Castille reported that the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Department Bass Club sponsored a Toledo Bend bass tournament, and the winner was Ray Price, who fished alone and had a five-bass limit weighing 16.22 pounds while also catching the biggest bass at 4.22 pounds.
Bubba Mayeaux was second (12.11) while rounding out the top three was Kevin Fruge and Bryan Fontenot with 11.40.