Fishing Report: Good week of fishing on Big Lake

By By Joe Joslin / American Press

Hackberry’s Rod and Gun’s Capt. Buddy Oakes said it has been a good week for them.

Impressive catches of speckled trout and redfish were the norm for most all anglers in some of the most consistent fishing

in months. Live shrimp and soft plastics have been successful and topwater patterns are coming on strong.

As May and June approach on Lake Calcasieu, many have thoughts of catching big trout on loud rattling topwater baits such

as Mirrolure’s Top Dog, She Dog and Catch 2000. These hard baits are favorites of many on Big Lake and are a blast to fish

as well as great producers.

Oakes also recommended the popular Hackberry Hustler (soft plastics) rigged on a light jig head. They also work under a popping

cork allowing you to cast them a mile and you can also tip the jig with a shrimp.

Calcasieu River

Doug Guins reported the fishing has slowed down a little bit, due in part to the fish moving into a post-spawn pattern. He

said, “We are still catching fish on spinnerbaits, crankbaits, jigs and Texas-rigged soft plastics.”

The water temperatures in the river is

in the upper 60s to lower 70s and the water on the main river is still

heavily stained.

The water on the Westfork is clearing but is congested with giant

salvinia which is making it very difficult to navigate and


Guins and I had a phone conservation about the salvinia and many anglers are becoming very concerned at the rapid rate of

growth due to the increased coverage of the tropical plant. This will be a hot topic in the weeks to come this spring.

Sabine River

The water is clearing and the fish are biting as the water

temperatures are near 70 degrees. Guins, who fishes both the Sabine and

Calcasieu on a regular basis said, “We are catching

lots of fish on spinnerbaits and crankbaits as well as jigs and

Texas-rigged soft plastics.”

Weightless senkos and topwater patterns are also working.

Tournament Results

Dogfights: Troy

Tate and Paul Frilot took the first place at last week’s Wednesday

Afternoon Dogfight on the Calcasieu River with a five-fish

stringer weighing 5.54 pounds. They reported catching their fish

in the main river in stained and muddy water using jigs.

The duo qualified for the Aug. 28 championship.

In second was the team of Al Willis and

Glenn Fruge at 4 pounds. They caught their fish using Horny Toads

(plastic frogs)

on the northern portion of the river. Finishing third was Robert

Weemes and David Rabalais with 3.24 pounds. They said they

fished in the West Fork area using Speed Craws and spinnerbaits.

Calcasieu River Spring Classic: Southern

Outdoor Productions hosted the event on Saturday out of Parkside Marina

in Moss Bluff as 23 boats entered the three-fish

per team event.

Reports from the anglers were that water conditions were muddy and for many the fishing was tough with nine boats not weighing


However, there were some excellent

catches with winners Shane Cormier and Greg Byrley weighing a three-fish

limit at 8.14

pounds, including big bass award (5.67). In second was Branden

Rannekleiv and Austin Chislom with a limit of 7.76, which included

a solid 3.86-pounder. Rounding out the top three were Todd Warden

and Chris Possoit with three bass at 6.86. In the kids’

division, Payton Holland was the winner.

Junior Southwest Bassmasters: In the most recent tournament on the Calcasieu River, the winner in the 7- to 10-year-old division was Wade Roberts while

Tyler Lowry came in second.

In the 11- to 14-year-old division,

Kaleb Buller was the winner, Evan Googe was second and Jonathan Suttle

was third. In the

15- to 18-year-old division, Chris Chandler was the winner,

Brandon Dyson was runner-up and Blake Fontenot. Great job, guys.

CPSO Tournament: Last weekend the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Office sponsored its monthly tournament on Toledo with Ron Castille and Craig Bean

winning it with a five-fish limit weighing 14.88 pounds. They fished frogs and Senkos.

In second with 11.54 pounds was Ray Price, who reported fishing midlake on Flukes. In third was Bubba Mayeaux and Joey Fontenot

with a 10.67-pound limit. They fished Indian Mounds using Trick Worms rigged wacky.

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