Fishing Report: Good days, bad days on Big Lake

By By Joe Joslin / American Press

From Hackberry Rod and Gun comes a report from Capt. Buddy Oakes, who said, “Some days real good and some days not so good.”

A lot of Big Lake anglers have

described the past few months in a similar fashion. While sitting around

the other day several

of the HR&G guides were talking fishing and described the last

few months as “kinda weird,” with “tons of smaller trout” and

“lots of redfish.” Oakes said “These and several other

descriptions sum up our season so far.”

Most days recently only live bait has

worked, but then you will have a day when they want nothing but

artificial and soft

plastics. All of this should translate into a super late summer

and early fall season for trout, reds and flounder. Last years

flounder season was exceptional.

Calcasieu River

“Fishing on the Calcasieu is picking up in spite of the removal of many lay downs and trees from the river,” said tournament

angler Doug Guins.

There is a log-removing project in progress in which lay downs and tree tops are being removed from the river. Guins said,

from a fisherman’s point of view, it is significantly reducing fish structure on the river.

He also offered anglers and boaters a heads-up that this has led to additional floating debris, so be on the alert.

The water in the river is clearing and the temps are in the upper 80s to lower 90s.

Guins’ top patterns include crankbaits,

topwaters and Texas-rigged soft plastics. Schooling action is picking

up, but the

schooling fish tend to be small. The redfish have also started to

show up on the Calcasieu River and can provide a great fight.

Sabine River

The summer pattern is in full swing with crankbaits, topwaters and DOA shrimp providing lots of action.

Guins had a great trip this past weekend on the south end below Interstate 10 with more than 40 bass up to 3.25 pounds, some

nice reds, a couple specks and a flounder.

The water is clear to lightly stained and the water temps are about 90 degrees.

Tournament Results

Winners of Week 15 of Wednesday

Afternoon Dogfights on the Calcasieu River bass event was the team of

Guins and Kevin Robbins

with a five-fish stringer of 5.78 pounds. They caught their bass

on Chugbugs while fishing in the West Fork and reported catching

15 bass.

In second place was Brent Kegley and Brannon Courville with a limit at 4.33. They reported using crankbaits and Speed Craws

while fishing the northern part of the channel, qualifying them for the Aug. 28 championship.

Third place went to Greg Byrley and Shane Cormier with 4.04 pounds. They reported fishing channel in stained water conditions

using Trick Worms and Chugbugs.

Big bass of 3.91 pounds was caught by Cody Barnhart and Brayden Wood on a Chugbug in West Fork.

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