Fishing Report: Wade fishing on Big Lake heats up

By By Joe Joslin / American Press

“The wade fishing turned on over the weekend on Big Lake,” said wade-fishing addict Capt. Bruce Baugh.

The conditions before the approaching weekend front triggered an enormous trout bite with a barometric pressure drop and a

major trout feed spree. Baugh said, “The trout were crushing our Broke Back Corkies.”

Last Saturday his party of three guests

were all lined up on a wind-protected shoreline and for an hour had

action on almost

every cast with all catching near limits. All four anglers caught

and released trout longer than 25 inches. On Sunday Baugh

said it was a tad slower, but the trout averaged near 25 inches

and all were released with many photos taken.

As far as color on the BB Corkies, the color did not seem to matter, although Baugh confessed that he never took his pink BBC off for two days. Baugh landed one 29-inch trout, and guest Eddie Hix landed a 28-incher.

Baugh sent me a text Monday morning saying the topwater bite kicked in early this week with good numbers of quality sized

trout. However, by midmorning (10 a.m.) the wind started howling out of the south with huge whitecaps so they had to pull

the plug on the trip.

Baugh said on Monday that Joe Devall and Rick Hagel of Hackberry had a phenomenal day with three trout weighing more than

6 pounds and another 7-pounder. Most of the trout came on MirrOlure topwaters with a few on B-Back Corkies.

Calcasieu Point’s Elaine Huck said her

first weekend open went well with a lot of nice trout caught. She said

the tide was

very low last Friday so the fish didn’t turn on till the tide

started coming in during the afternoon with Saturday starting

off really good until winds kicked in midmorning.

However, Sunday was nice all day long. There were a lot of people fishing along the banks of the LNG and that area has been

good all winter. Turner’s Bay, according to Huck, was the most talked about fishing spot of the week with West Cove seeming to be where the big specks were


Even with the recent heavy rains, the water is still pretty clear and the water is still good and salty.

Calcasieu River

“The Calcasieu River is still very muddy and there is no sign of it clearing,” says tournament angler Doug Guins.

However, water temperatures are climbing again after a midweek dip last week back into the upper 50s with recent temperatures

in the upper 60s.

Bass are still trying to spawn, but it has been a slow process with river conditions. With the muddy water, Guins said he

likes a half-ounce Stanley jig in Black plus a Texas-rigged Bass Kandi T-Craws or Speed Bugs in darker colors. Work these

baits close to cover using a very slow presentation.

Guins said numbers of fish being caught

are down but the quality of the fish is definitely up. Look for a cut

or drain running

clearer water and work a Stanley 3/8-ounce compact spinnerbait in

white and chartreuse or a small crankbait. Also, the next

two months will be the best time to catch big bluegill and

chinquapin as they will begin to move shallow and congregate to


Sabine River

The water has been clearing some and also warming with slightly stained to clear conditions and water temps in the upper 60s.

There have been reports of good numbers of smaller fish being caught with a few good quality fish showing up. Guins said the

fish are still concentrated in the backwater areas, but some fish have been showing up on the main river as well.

He likes Stanley compact spinnerbaits and crankbaits for catching good numbers of bass with the better quality fish being

caught on jigs and craw worms. Bass Kandi minnow and topwater baits are also accounting for some fish.

Dogfights canceled

Tournament organizer Ron Castille said

last Wednesday’s practice event was canceled due to the water clarity

and weather conditions.

He added, “If it had been a qualifying tournament then it would have been held, but because it was a tune-up it was canceled.”

The first qualifying tournament of the

24th season is scheduled for this afternoon. Two teams will be qualified

for the championship

on weeks 1, 5, 10, 15, 19 and 20. The tournament limit will remain

at five fish with the minimum length remaining at 11 inches.

Fishing on Tv

Local anglers and TV hosts Cajun Phil and Capt. Kevin Broussard begin another season of “Outdoors and Fishing” at 6 a.m. Sunday

on FSN. It is the 45th season of the show.

Cpso tournament

First-place winners were Ron Castille and Ray Bustillo with five solid bass weighing 20.28 pounds using Chatter Baits fishing

the Pine Island area. Second was Ray Price with five fish (10.75) followed by Craig Bean and Mike Johnson (9.38).

In fourth was Roy Pesson and Kenny

Bailey (9.13) while rounding out the top five was the team of Bryan

Fontenot and Troy Thibodeaux


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