Fishing Report: Saltwater fishing could be great in next few weeks

By By Joe Joslin / American Press

Both The Gulf at Cameron and Big Lake’s water temps continue to fall (upper 70s) and the recent cold fronts will definitely influence shrimp migrations from out of the marshes into Big Lake.

This is going to trigger a definite increase in bird activity

by later this week plus weather reports say moderate-to-light

winds all the way to the weekend which could be setting up for

some of the best fishing in months.

Captain Buddy Oakes of Hackberry Rod and Gun says fishing this past week was very good on redfish, trout and a even a few


Both live shrimp and mullet continue to

be the best baits while working over shallow reefs in the lake. Oakes

adds “The weak

cold front that came through yesterday will start moving bait out

of the marsh and the working seagulls will point the way

to easy limits.” HG&G’s website showed some great photos of

fish caught this week including a couple of nice ling caught just

off shore by Capt Bobby Stansel.


Bruce Baugh has been making the 30 mile run to Sabine Lake recently

mainly to catch trout. He leaves out of Calcasieu

Point and takes the Inter-coastal Canal Waterway west to Sabine

Lake where Baugh says birds activity has been good for a few

weeks. He reports good catches each trip with bird activity from

the north end all the way to the south.end. Berkley Saltwater

Gulp! Shrimp (3 inch) has been his “go-to” lure. However,

topwaters (Spooks and She-Dogs) are taking the larger fish.

Baugh expects Big Lake to turn on soon with increased bird activity starting this week. He also states that there are large

schools of reds under the birds near Long Point & The Washout.

American Bass Anglers schedule


Merritt, local ABA representative, reports that District 45 is back

this year after taking a year off due to Toledo’s

extreme low water conditions last year. The District 45 schedule

includes 5 one-day tournaments and 1 two-day tournament with

all events scheduled on Toledo out of Big Bass Marina.

Registration will begin 1 hour prior to safe light the morning of the

tournament. One Day events include October 28, November 11,

December 2, January 6 and February 10 with one two-day tournament

March 30 and 31. For complete information on the ABA go to

Sportsmen for the Hungry

In affiliation with Hunters for the

Hungry, the local Sportsman for the Hungry organization is having their

annual food collection

drive Sunday, October 14 from 1 to 4 p.m. in Gordon’s Drug Store

Parking Lot located at 2716 Lake Street in Lake Charles.

Many hunters and fishermen have good frozen meat in their freezers

that they would like to share with those in need. This

is an easy way to make room for this year’s bounty!


convenient drive-thru service will be provided. All food collected will

be directly donated to Abraham’s Tent, a local non-profit

organization whose mission is to provide food for the poor and

hungry in Lake Charles.

Food items needed include wrapped and labeled frozen meat and fish, canned and boxed food, rice, cooking oil, seasonings,

vegetables, and paper goods. For more information, call Sally Foret at 337-433-7090 or George Paret at 337-477-6773.


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