Last Modified: Wednesday, March 20, 2013 10:07 AM
The water has become heavily stained, close to muddy from irrigation processes, said frequent Calcasieu River angler Doug Guins.
Visibility has changed from about 12-15 inches a week ago to about 2-3 inches with water temperatures in the low 60s.
The bass are very shallow and tight to cover with some of the top baits this week being Stanley jigs and Texas-rigged Bass Kandi T-Craws plus a few fish coming on a slow rolled Stanley Compact spinnerbait. Guins said the spawn is in full swing and there are a lot of big fish up shallow, so please be sure to get a photo of those big females and release them so they will be able to complete their spawn cycle.
The water is clearing rapidly with water temperatures running 60-63 degrees. The fish are in the middle of the spawn and have moved into the shallow backwater areas. Guins said they are up shallow holding on wooden cover such as stumps, logs, tree bases and cypress knees. Guins said he had his best results last week on Texas-rigged Bass Kandi T-Craws and other creature baits as well as Stanley jigs and spinnerbaits.
Guins added that this past weekend with the Elite Series tournament from Orange, Texas, our local rivers received a tremendous amount of fishing pressure. These guys always catch them and this tournament was no different. There were about 18 pros who fished the Calcasieu River, including Alton Jones, Kevin VanDam, Brent Chapman and Terry Scroggins to name a few, and Jones and Scroggins finished in the top 12.
All of the fish that were brought to the scales were released back into the river so all of the fish caught by the pros are back in the local waters for all of us to continue to catch.
Guins also served as one of the marshals for the tournament. He drew pros Randy Howell, Bill Lowen and Marty Robinson and said all three were great company and awesome anglers.
In reading a review of the tournament the tremendous crowds broke BASS Elite attendance records. More than 33,000 people attended over the four days. The previous record was 15,730, set in 2011 at Dixie Duel, in Decatur, Ala. A single-day record crowd of 14,950 showed up on Saturday. Great job, Orange!
CPSO: Employees of the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office sponsored its annual bass tournament on Toledo with Bryan Fontenot and Bill Domingue teaming up to win it all with a five-fish limit weighing 12.76 pounds.
They reported catching their bass on south Toledo using Stanley spinnerbaits and Rat-L-Traps.
There was a tie for first place with the team of Clay Dardeaux and Steve Bellon, but the tie was broken by largest bass, and Fontenot and Domingue won that so Dardeaux and Bellon finished in second.
Coming in third with a five-fish limit of 10.83 was Kevin Robbins and Ron Castille, who also had the largest bass (4.17). Fourth place went Mark Rosteet and Josh Bazinet (10.73).
Rounding out the top five was the fifth-place team of Bubba Mayeaux and Judd Benton (10.7).
Dogfights: One of the longest running and most popular tournaments in the area is about to kick off its season. The Wednesday Afternoon Dogfight Bass Tournaments have the first two practice events March 27 and April 3 with the first of 20 weekly qualifying events to begin April 10.
Castille, the tournament organizer and director said the championship is set for Aug. 28, with all of the tournaments to take place on the awesome Calcasieu River.
The format is the same as last year with $50 entry fee per boat and one- or two-angler teams.
For more information, contact Castille at 842-2611.