Last Modified: Wednesday, April 17, 2013 11:33 AM
Capt. Bruce Baugh reported that our tides have been super high the last few days.
“Springtime bull tides is what we call it down here on Big Lake,” Baugh said.
He added that it has been an early bite the last several days and mainly on the incoming tide. The incoming tides and higher than normal water levels has made it interesting for wade fishermen, especially short fishermen. Baugh said he had two guests who were 6-feet plus and they were able to fish some of the deeper areas and put the hurt on some nice female trout as they caught and released several that weighed more than 6 pounds. All of their recent trout were caught on Broken Back Corkies and color did not seem to matter.
At Hackberry Rod and Gun, Capt. Buddy Oakes said the big girls (sow trout) have been showing up almost every day when the wind slows a bit. Oakes added, “I have personally seen a 9- and 10-pounder in the last four days.” He said one of the two big trout was caught on a Who Dat-colored Hackberry Hustler and the other on a chicken-and-chartreuse Mirrolure Lil John on a light lead head.
Calcasieu Point’s Elaine Huck said fishing has not been great, but for the amount of rain we have had it is still pretty good with several 5- and 6-pound trout brought in.
The east side of Big Lake has been producing schools of redfish while Turner’s Bay is still producing decent numbers of mid-sized trout.
Another report has Choupique Bayou giving up a few redfish. Huck reminded anglers that Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries is sponsoring its Redfish Saltwater Series tournament this weekend at Calcasieu Point with on-site registration from 4:45-6:15 a.m. and captains meeting at 6:15 a.m. with tournament starting at 6:45 a.m.
Although weather reports said storms were possible several fishing teams decided to fish anyway and the weather went mostly north and the fishing was great on the Calcasieu River.
Ron Castille, tournament angler and organizer, said the winners — Greg Byrley and Shane Cormier — had five fish at 12.88 pounds, which was the third-largest stringer ever to be weighed in the 24 years of the Wednesday Afternoon Dogfights that included a 5.15-pounder that struck a buzzbait in the West Fork. They reported fishing in the West Fork and Houston River while using a Chug Bug, Sweet Beavers and Cane Thumpers and took home more than $250 in cash and prizes.
Castille added that the duo qualified for the championship on Aug. 29.
Runners-up were Robert Weemes and David Rabalais with a limit 6.75 pounds. They reported fishing the West Fork using Speed Craws. They also won some cash and qualified for the championship.
Area tournament angler Doug Guins said, “The fishing on the Calcasieu is heating up.”
Water temperature have climbed to the upper 60s and even as high as 70 late afternoons.
The Calcasieu remained muddy, but anglers were still catching fish. Guins said his favorite baits are Stanley Jigs, small crankbaits, Texas-rigged soft plastics as well as Stanley Compact spinnerbaits.
The spawn is about 50-60 percent complete, according to Guins, and there have been several quality fish being caught shallow. Some of the hottest news in town, according to Castille and Guins, is that local tournament angler Shane Cormier caught a 10.25-pound largemouth last weekend near the Ward 8 Park area.
Cormier said he caught the fish on a jig in very shallow water and the massive bass was weighed on digital scales. After several photos the fish was immediately released back into the river.
This is a tremendous fish for any body of water, but especially for the Calcasieu River. We congratulate Cormier for catching the fish and commend him for releasing her as Lake Area anglers have to be excited to know that such a bass is spawning in the river system. Great news all around!
The water has been clearing and warming steadily over the last few weeks with water temperatures near 70 degrees with slightly stained to clear conditions in some areas.
Lots of fish are being caught on a variety of baits, including spinnerbaits, crankbaits, weightless Bass Kandi Minnows, Kandi Stiks, Stanley Jigs and Texas-rigged Speed T-Bugs & T-Craws. Guins also reported some fish are being caught on topwater baits and this pattern should continue to improve.