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Last Modified: Wednesday, May 08, 2013 10:46 AM
At Calcasieu point, Elaine Huck reported that last week, before the cold front hit, the fishing was off the charts with everyone catching fish. However, since then it has been tough fishing, mainly because of the strong winds for the last five days.
Tuesday the winds backed off and fishing improved slightly, but water conditions are still not good from the multiple days of 20-40 mph winds. By Thursday the water should look much better. Huck said the east side of Big Lake continues to produce large trout and the weirs are giving up nice reds, trout and a few large flounder.
Other fish-producing areas have been Haymart and the Salt Ditch, especially on windy days. Huck also reported seeing birds working Monday and Tuesday in Moss Lake.
Beginning this weekend Calcasieu Point will be open seven days a week.
Local guides report that almost no fishing was done since the front hit until yesterday.
The fishing in Laccassine has been better than most thought it would be. Local tournament angler and frequent Laccassine fisherman, Johnny Watkins, reported that with the cooler-than-normal temperatures there’s still a lot of bass in the shallow flats.
The bass seem to be about 90 percent done with the spawn, but a few are spawning late due to a late spring. Many bass are guarding their fry (babies) right now so bream are their No. 1 enemy. Watkins suggested covering a lot of water with a bream or baby-bass colored weightless fluke and if the wind picks up try a 3/8-ounce bream colored Stanley Compact spinnerbait and burn it across the shallow flats.
The frog bite has been good early morning and late afternoon with a Stanley Ribbit or Top Toad around isolated patches of lily pads near deeper water. He also said the canal patterns will get better when we get back to warmer weather patterns. The bream bite has been good on worms and crickets in the canals and a few white perch are being caught on shiners in the canals as well. Watkins said the big chinquapin got hit pretty hard by the drought but some small ones are being caught and mixed in with the bream.
Memo about Laccassine: Area sportsman Rob Castille reported there was a recent tournament on Laccassine where a five-bass limit weighed more than 30 pounds. We’ll have the details next week.
Kevin Booty was last week’s winner of Wednesday Afternoon Dogfight bassin’ challenge with a limit of five fish at 6.58 pounds. Booty reported catching his largest bass (2.02) on a buzzbait in the Houston River. Chug bugs and frogs were used to catch the rest of his bass. This win qualified Booty for the late-August championship.
In second place were the team of Cody and Lee Barnhart with 5.61 and they also had the big bass of the event which weighed 3.6 pounds using a fluke. They also used Speed Craws and fished the northern portion of the Calcasieu River. Third place winner was Willard Booty with 4.52 pounds, who fished the West Fork area using topwater and spinnerbaits.
According to local tournament angler Doug Guins, the fishing on the river is still slow with the impact of the latest cold front.
The temperature on the main river is near 70 degrees after a brief dip back to the mid-60s after the passing of last week’s cold snap. The front was a much stronger than normal weather system considering it is this late in the spring.
Water conditions are still stained to heavily stained, but there is a little clearing taking place as visibility is improving.
Guins said they are catching fish on Stanley spinnerbaits, Texas-rigged soft plastics, crankbaits as well as weightless Bass Kandi sticks. The bluegill and redears are moving to the banks to spawn now and it is a great time to take young kids fishing and just load the boat with these sunfish on live worms.
Guins said the Sabine has also been tough this past week with the bite slowing way down and numbers of fish catches have gone from 30-40 a day to 5-10 per day.
The water is fairly clear with temperatures in the 70-degree range. Guins said he expects the fishing to pick back up with the warming weather.
Sabine regulars rely on topwaters, crankbaits, spinnerbaits and soft plastics. Weather this week is much improved and already boat traffic is increasing.