Fishing Report: Action on Calcasieu River slows to a crawl

By By Joe Joslin / American Press

The Calcasieu River has gotten very tough the past several days and bites are few and far between, said frequent Calcasieu

River angler Doug Guins.

“It has been very hard to scratch out bites and keeper fish have been hard to find,” Guins said.

The water temperature is in the upper 80s and the water condition has gone from stained to almost muddy. The fish are in a

transition to summer patterns and are in search of cooler water as surface temps are nearing the 90-degree mark.

Guins said his top baits are

Texas-rigged soft plastics fished very slowly around deeper structure.

Small crankbaits and spinnerbaits

have also caught some fish. According to reports, the topwater

bite has subsided because of the muddy conditions, but Guins

said he thinks it should improve as the water clears.

Some of the most exciting news the past 7-10 days among Calcasieu River anglers was the bass Lake Charles fisherman Johnny

Watkins caught, which weighed a whopping 10.6 pounds.

Watkins reported catching her on the

north end of the river and north of Ward 8 or White Oak Park area.

Watkins said he was

flipping a Stanley 1/2-ounce jig next to a big cypress tree with a

good cluster of knees by it. For a jig trailer he was using

a 3.5-inch Stanley Y-Not in black and blue and he was using

braided line.

That is one of the largest bass I have ever heard of coming off the Calcasieu River, and congratulations is in order to Watkins,

who catches his share of big, largemouth bass. This trophy bass was released alive.

Another huge Calcasieu River bass at

just under 6 pounds was caught last weekend by Lake Charles’ Doug Logan.

With the several

large bass caught last week, plus these two trophies by Watkins

and Logan, then it easy to assume that many Calcasieu River

anglers should be really optimistic about the future of this

awesome fishery.

Sabine River

The Sabine River continues to produce good numbers of fish, but the quality bass are harder to come by as the water continues

to stay mostly clear with water temps in the mid 80s.

Crankbaits, weightless soft plastics and topwater patterns the top choices of local fishermen. Guins said early morning and

late afternoon are best, but midday can also be productive if there is current present.

Tournament Results

Southern Outdoor Productions hosted an event on Toledo Bend last Saturday out of Fin and Feather Marina.

Overall, the anglers reported the fishing was good and most of the fish were caught in deeper water as temperatures are on

the increase.

The winning team was Darold Gleason and

Jared Burns with team weight of 24.03 pounds, including the big bass

award of 5.66

pounds. They reported catching fish in 20 feet of water targeting

main lake points and structure. Majority of their fish were

caught on 3/4-ounce football Jigs and Texas rigs with large red

bug worms.

Second place went to Jeremy Burge and

Kraig Welborn with a weight of 17.04, while third went to Todd Areno and

Charlie Westmoreland

with 13.36 pounds.

The next event is July 6 on Toledo Bend. For more information, call Doug at 337-884-1183.


Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Office employees sponsored their last

tournament on the Calcasieu River last weekend and fished

a three-bass per team format. Winners were Bubba Mayeaux and Clay

Dardeaux with a stringer weighing 5.36 pounds and they fished

north on the main river using Stanley Top Toads and soft plastics.

In second place with 4.42 pounds were

Shane Cormier and Brandon Rannekleiv, who reported fishing north on the

main river channel

using Texas rigs and Speed Craws. In third with 3.51 pounds were

Craig and Hayden Bean, who fished topwater and wacky worms.

DOGFIGHTS: Week 10’s winners of Calcasieu River Wednesday Afternoon Dogfights was the team of Shane Gann and Brandon Grabert with a

five-fish stringer of 6.08 pounds. They reported using black-and-blue jigs while fishing in the main river.

The duo blew their engine and only had the trolling motor.

In second were Greg Burley and Shane Cormier with 5.13 pounds while using spinner baits and crankbaits. Third place went to

Troy Tate and Paul Frilot with 5.12 pounds. They said they fished in the main river channel using soft plastics.

Tournament director Ron Castille said they are halfway through season with the championship scheduled in August.

Big Lake

Hackberry Rod and Gun’s Capt. Buddy Oakes reported the past few days are paying off with big limits of speckled trout coming

from the main lake.

For a change the fishing activity has

lots of excited anglers boating plenty of quality fish for pictures as

well as for a

backyard fish fry. Baits of choice have been live shrimp,

Hackberry Hustlers and Mirrolure’s Little John in the glow color.

Artificial lures have been best early and then live shrimp works

well to keep the fish hitting after the early bite slows


Oakes said the plastics have been rigged on light lead heads and fished deep over oyster reefs. Capt. Kevin Broussard reported

Turner’s Bay and Nine Mile are holding fish.

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