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Fishing Report: Summer-like patterns affect Big Lake catch

Last Modified: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 11:00 AM

By Joe Joslin / American Press

Due to summer-like patterns still in place “The trout are still south in the ship channel around the pilot station all the way to the jetties,” reported Big Lake lady angler Pam LaFosse. In addition to being an experienced angler, LaFosse also talks to scores of fishermen each week at her local retail tackle business.

She said “Anglers are not seeing a lot of shrimp in the lake yet due to Grand Bayou still being closed.”

The redfish are still plentiful in the marsh toward Sabine Lake off the Intracoastal and anglers are fishing the cuts and drains on outgoing tide near Black Bayou and the Shell Ditch.

LaFosse mentioned that fall patterns will be starting soon so expect a lot of bird action in the next couple of weeks from Grand Bayou to the Washout.

Capt. Buddy Oakes of Hackberry Rod and Gun reported they are having good catches of redfish, trout and now even some flounder are beginning to show up. Most catches are coming on live bait, but Saltwater Gulp! Shrimp (3- and 4-inch versions) and Hackberry Hustlers rigged on light jig heads are also successful.

As water temperatures cool, artificials will get even better, such as Berkley Gulp! and soft plastics. A couple of the best Gulp! colors have been Natural Shrimp and Nuclear Chicken.

Tournament Results

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Bass Club had its monthly tournament on Toledo last weekend with Judd Benton and Bubba Mayeaux winning with 14 pounds, including the big bass award with a 6.13-pounder.

The duo reported fishing the midlake area using soft plastics and topwater patterns.

In second was the team of Mark Rosteet and Josh Bazinet with 11.53 pounds. They said they fished Yokam Bay area using soft plastics. Rounding out the top three spots was the team of Ron Castille and Ray Price with 8.69 pounds. They reported fishing in the Miller’s Bay area using frogs in 1-3 feet of water.

Calcasieu River

“The fishing is just unbelievable,” said local tournament angler Doug Guins.

He and his dad were on the river last Saturday morning and experienced great success. They threw nothing but topwater baits and caught more than 50 fish before noon.

Guins reported there are other baits that are working, including small crankbaits and Texas-rigged soft plastics.

Water temps are in the mid 80s and water conditions are very clear.

Guins reported they had several fish in the 2-plus pound range and another that was 3.5 pounds.

Fishing on the Calcasieu should remain steady as long as we don’t receive significant rainfall.

Sabine River

The Sabine is equally as good right now with water temps in the low-to-mid 80s and the water clear to slightly stained.

The fish are very aggressive and can be caught on a variety of baits, including topwater, crankbaits, jerkbaits, soft plastics and DOA shrimp.

Guins said he has also been throwing the new Voodoo Shrimp (Egret Baits) lately and catching fish on them as well. There are still plenty of redfish and other saltwater species being caught by bass anglers on the south end of the river system below Interstate 10.

More Options

A new tackle/sportsman outlet, Cajun Tackle, recently opened in town. In addition, Lake Charles Tackle recently moved into a larger, expanded facility giving area sportsmen more options to find needed fishing and hunting supplies.

It is good to see expansion in our area and signals the importance of hunting and fishing in the area’s economy. More than 60 percent of the people in this area hunt and fish.

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