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Fishing Report: Big Lake beach area has seen great fishing

Last Modified: Wednesday, August 21, 2013 5:41 PM

By Joe Joslin / American Press

Guide Capt. Kevin Broussard, a Redfish Tour pro, said with the light northeast winds the beach area has been great fishing, hot when clear water is present and is producing lots of nice trout and a few reds.

However, Broussard laments the same sad song as numerous Lake Calcasieu anglers are singing, which is “fishing overall has been subpar for August.” A very “hit and miss” where you wax’em one day and struggle the next with most fish coming on live shrimp, live mullet and a few on soft plastics.

Broussard added that there are scattered reports of fair catches from the Saltwater Barrier to Turners Bay.

The first major cool front in September will be a game changer on Big Lake as well as on all local fisheries. The weak cool front last week was enough to drop water temps 2-4 degrees and really improved fishing.

Capt. Buddy Oakes of Hackberry Rod and Gun reported their fishing improved as well this past week as the cool front helped to produce some really good days for them. Quality limits of trout with some redfish and flounder in the mix were taken on soft plastics, including Hackberry Hustlers and TTF killer Minnows rigged on light lead heads.

The light jig head was crucial in how well the fish hit it. Soft plastics were good in the early hours, whereas live shrimp and mullet performed better when it warmed up. They also have been catching a lot of fish at night on their specially rigged boat.

Calcasieu River

The bite has gotten a little bit tougher the past few days with clear skies, high barometric pressure and lots of boat traffic.

Doug Guins reported catching good numbers of fish, but the quality was not good this week. Topwater, small crankbaits and Texas-rigged soft plastic finesse worms have been really producing. Guins said the water is about as clear as it gets on the river with visibility up to 4-5 feet in places with surface water temps in upper 80s.

He suggested downsizing your fishing line because of clear water conditions using 10- to 12-pound test monofilament for topwater and crankbaits and opting for 15-pound test Berkley 100 percent fluorocarbon for Texas rigs.

Another tactic for Guins is to keep his boat as far away as possible from structure due to the clear conditions, which has the fish a bit spooky.

Sabine River

It continues to be more of the same as last week with anglers catching unbelievable numbers of bass on the south end of the river on topwater, crankbaits and DOA shrimp.

The water is clear to slightly stained and water temps are in the upper 80s. When current is present, Guins said the fish really load up on key ambush spots and feed heavily on bait. He has several areas that are producing 20-30 fish each and others producing 10-15 fish.

It is possible to make several stops on these key areas and catch 40-60 fish in a short time. Guins said he is amazed that there are so many fish on this river system and it’s a great time to get on the water and have a fun trip.

A reminder to anglers to be keenly aware of size limits for the water you are fishing as some have Texas regulations and some have Louisiana regulations, and even some of the states have different regulations for different areas.

One factor that will impact the Sabine River is the fact that the SRA has shut down generators at the Toledo dam so current will be at a minimum over the weekend. Of course there will be some tidal influences.

Tournament Results

The monthly Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Office tournament resulted in Ron Castille and Ray Price winning it all and catching their bass south of the Interstate 10 bridge. They used Buzz Baits, Chug Bugs, DOA’s and Flukes.

In second was Larry Carbello, who also took big bass honors and reported catching his big bass north of Niblett’s Bluff Park on a Wacky Worm. Third went to Craig Bean and Steve Goff, who caught fish on the north and south sides of the I-10 bridge using Chug Bugs and soft plastics.

Most all of the teams reported catching 30-50 bass, but 14-inchers were hard to come by.

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