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Fishing Report: Trout biting on Big Lake, if you know what to use

Last Modified: Wednesday, June 26, 2013 10:27 AM

By Joe Joslin / American Press

Big Lake Guide Capt. Bruce Baugh reported the trout bite on artificial lures has been a little slow lately during the daylight hours and live shrimp has been the ticket lately during the day for numbers.

Baugh reported a fellow angler got into several large trout Sunday night during the super moon as the big trout ate near the midnight hour. They had five trout more than 5 pounds while wading using Pearl Paul Brown Fat Boys. Night fishing is a great way to beat the heat, especially when the big trout are hitting.

On Monday, Baugh reported catching a dozen trout and four reds all on Mirrorlure She Dogs in pink-silver-pink. He also added that wading for reds has been excellent lately with most oversized or right on the money. Great tournament reds in the 7- to 10-pound range and they were caught on Mirrorlure’s Long Johns and on the East bank.

At Hackberry Rod and Gun, Capt. Buddy Oakes said the catches last week were a mixed bag. Some anglers brought in a few large speckled trout for the wall while others had smaller 15- to 18-inch trout, but large numbers of them.

Lady angler Patty Parker landed a beautiful 7.5-pound trout while Big Lake angler John Riffle put one in the boat that pulled the scales down to more than 8.

Star update

A typical evening of fishing turned into a truck-winning trip for one New Orleans angler on Wednesday. Hieu Doan, of Venetian Isles, caught the second tagged redfish of the Statewide Tournament and Anglers Rodeo while fishing the jetties in Chef Pass.

Doan’s catch landed him a Chevy Silverado. The first tagged redfish of this year’s tournament was caught opening weekend in Fourchon by Baton Rouge’s Kenneth Guidry, who donated the truck to CCA Louisiana in hopes that someone else would win the coveted prize.

Doan, a member of the Delta Chapter since 2012, weighed in a 21-inch redfish.

Thomas Carl Vidrine of Baton Rouge became the third winner. He made his catch free-lining shrimp at the jetties in Caminada Pass in Grand Isle during the Catholic High Rodeo.

There are 47 tagged redfish swimming throughout the state with eight 2110 Sport Nautic Star boat packages not claimed.

STAR lasts until Labor Day, Sept. 2.

To sign up for STAR, call 877-422-2782 or visit

This report was provided by CCA LA.


Week 11 winners of Wednesday Afternoon Dogfight bass event was the team of Josh Grundmann and Nick Abshire with a solid five-fish stringer at 8.94 pounds. The stringer was anchored by Grundmann’s big bass of the tournament, a 2.69-pounder, that hit a Speed Craw while the team was fishing the Calcasieu River channel.

They said they caught about 20 bass in the 312-hour tournament while fishing the main river using Speed Craws in 10- to-15-foot depths and qualified them for championship.

In second was team Doug Guins and Josh Byrd with 6.27 pounds, They reported using soft plastic lures while fishing the West Fork with stained conditions. Third place went to Robert Weemes and David Rabalais with a five-fish stringer that weighed in at 5.24 pounds. They reported fishing in the West Fork. They caught their 10 fish on plastic lures in mostly stained water.

Calcasieu River

The water remains stained and water temperatures are in the upper 80s.

Guins said fishing is still a little tough but it should improve as the water clears with the best feeding times early and late in the day.

Top patterns are Texas-rigged soft plastics, spinnerbaits, crankbaits and a few are biting topwater baits. If the water continues to clear the topwater pattern should really heat up.

“With the surface temperatures reaching close to 90 degrees, we have targeted shallow, shady banks early and late and then moved out to the ledges in 8-10 feet as the day heats up,” Guins said. He added that if you can find current the fish will stay shallow and hold tight to cover making them easier to catch.

Sabine River

The typical summertime patterns are on and should stay pretty constant through the rest of the summer. Water temps are in the upper 80s and the water is clear to slightly stained.

Topwaters and crankbaits are top producers as well as both light weight and weightless Texas-rigged soft plastics. On the lower end of the river, DOA shrimp are starting to produce fish and this bait will produce all types of fish including bass, redfish, flounder and speckled trout.

Guins reported the fishing is best on a falling tide when current is present as it will position and concentrate the fish close to structure as well as in the eddies in the current.

Important reminder — Sunday is the last day for the current fishing licenses so be sure to renew.

Gulf council meeting

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will meet from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, July 17 at the Hilton Riverside Hotel, 2 Poydras Street, New Orleans. The purpose of the meeting is to establish the 2013 red snapper quotas and supplemental recreational red snapper season.

The Council will hear public testimony. Anyone wishing to speak before the council should complete a public comment card prior to the comment period.

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