Fishing Report: Fishing conditions good on Big Lake

By By Joe Joslin / American Press

Hackberry Rod and Gun’s Captain Buddy

Oakes said, “fishing conditions and catching remained good all week.”

Good catches of

speckled trout and red fish were brought to the cleaning table

most every day. Live shrimp and finger mullet were the bait

of choice during the summer heat. Early-morning anglers were

rewarded with good catches on Hackberry Hustlers, TTF and Mirrolure

soft plastics rigged on light lead heads early.

Although delayed for a few weeks

because of a weather cancellation, the 75th annual Southwest Louisiana

Fishing Rodeo is now

history. The tournament had a good turnout, was well organized and

lots of fish were caught both off shore as well as inland.

The heritage of this event and the family atmosphere truly makes

this one of the premier fishing events of the area. When

you throw in the awesome fisheries of Lake Calcasieu and the

northern Gulf you have a recipe for something special. It was

that and more!

Calcasieu River

“On the Calcasieu River the bite has

been picking up” says local tournament angler Doug Guins. The water

temperature is near

90 degrees with the water conditions stained. Guins says they

caught close to 50 fish up to three pounds with most coming

on topwater and crankbaits with a few on Texas-rigged soft

plastics. He also landed a 12-pound redfish that crushed a topwater

bait and it was one of several reds caught during the trip. Guins

said they caught most of the fish early in the morning and

things slowed as the sun and temps rose but they continued to

catch fish up until they quit around 2 p.m.

Sabine River

The Sabine River’s water temperature is

also near 90 degrees with water conditions almost perfect from clear to

slightly stained.

Guins said summer patterns have taken hold and fishing is very

consistent and patterns should remain stable throughout the

summer absent any tropical storms and heavy rains. Guins gives a

great tip when he says “You can’t go wrong throwing topwater

lures, crankbaits and DOA shrimp at structure, especially

structure that provides a break from the river/tidal current.” The

fish are very concentrated and you can catch multiple fish off of

single piece of structure and these areas reload very quickly

with fish. Guins adds that reds, specks and flounder below

Interstate 10 are becoming more and more numerous and can be caught

on the same baits as bass. Fishing is pure fun when you can catch

quality reds, specks and bass from the same area and same

topwater bait.

Junior Southwest Bassmasters

In the recent Jr. Southwest Bassmasters

tournament on the Calcasieu River, Wade Roberts won the 7-10 age

division with a total

weight of 7.14 which included the big bass of the event, a

4.94-pounder. Second went to Kade Massey with 2.87. In the 11-14

age division, Jonathan Suttle won with 2.90, second was Kade

Buller with 1.91 and third was Evan Googe at 1.63. In the 15-18

age division, the winner was Blake Fontenot with 4.98, runner-up

was Alex Corbello with 4.41 and third place went to Brandon

Dyson at 3.08 pounds. Awesome job to all of these young anglers!

CPSO Tournament

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

held a bass tournament Saturday on the Calcasieu River with winners

Craig Bean and Steve

Goff weighing a five-bass limit totaling 7.70 lbs which also

included big bass honors with a 2.96 pounder. According to reports,

they caught their fish working the mid- and northern-portions of

the river and they also targeted the river channel with crank

baits and buzz baits.

Second place and very close to winning

was the team of Doug Guins and Kevin Robbins with a limit at

7.58-pounds. The duo reported

fishing Westfork and the main river using Chug Bugs and crank

baits. In third with a solid Calcasieu River limit was Ron Castille

at 5.19 who caught his bass fishing the south end of the main

river working a Chug Bug.

Mermentau River Open

The annual Mermentau River Open bass tournament was held July 13th with a field of 75 anglers. Weigh-in was at the pavilion

next to the regatta with winners Cody Benton and Richard Duhon collecting $1500 for a weight of 12.24 pounds. Second went

to Quentin Labeuf and Brett Griffith with 10.38 and received $750. Rounding out the top three was Loren Stelly with 9.90 pounds and winnings of $350.

Big bass award and $300 went to Danny Forestier and his 3.46 pounder. This event featured a 100 percent payback to the anglers.

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