Fishing Report: Action improving on Calcasieu Lake

By By Joe Joslin / American Press

There’s no doubt that fishing is improving on Lake Calcasieu as most anglers I talk to are catching fish.

Hackberry Rod and Gun’s Capt. Kirk Stansel, who has been catching his share of Big Lake fish for years, said, “Fishing is

good and trout are starting to show back up on the open oyster reefs from Long Point north to Turners Bay.”

He added some birds have started to work in the main lake so there are exciting times in the weeks ahead.

Stansel suggested soft plastics such as Hackberry Hustlers in glow chartreuse are catching more fish as water temperatures

cool somewhat.

Topwater patterns using Super Spooks and Skitterwalks have also been doing well on bigger trout. Stansel also mentioned that

good numbers of reds are at the jetty and starting to school on the shore lines in Big Lake and West Cove.

Live mullet at the jetty and Hustlers or spoons in the lake is Stansel’s suggestion for reds.

While fishing from the bank at Calcasieu Point, Lake Area angler Marcus Lee landed a big, 23-pound Jack Cervile. Those are

fighting fish and Lee was super excited.

Calcasieu Point’s Elaine Huck reported

increased numbers of quality trout with several limits caught over the

weekend. She

added LNG Canal area and Turner’s Bay have been two recent hot

spots with some bird activity in Turners. Redfish are being

caught at the Weirs and improving throughout the lake, she said.

Flounder catches are also good with both good size and numbers.

The fish are biting.

Tournament Results

For the third year in a row, Robert

Weems and David Rabalais were winners of the Dogfight Bass Tournament

Championship on

the Calcasieu River. Tournament director Ron Castille reported

that Weems and Rabalais had a five-fish limit weighing 10.35

pounds, which is a great stringer of bass for the Calcasieu River.

They also won big bass honors with a 2.8-pounder caught

on a Bass Kandi soft plastic.

The duo fished in the West Fork and caught fish on an assortment of lures that included buzz baits, spinner bait and Bass

Kandi plastic lures. They won nearly $1,000 in cash and prizes.

In second was Carl Hanchey and Ricky Cunningham with 7.03 pounds. They reported fishing the West Fork using crankbaits, trick

worms and plastic frogs taking home $209 in cash. In third was the team of Craig Bean and Dennis Courtney with 5.23. They

targeted the West Fork, where they fished wacky worms and topwater lures and pocketed $137.

Hey guys, why not take your wives out to eat? Great job.

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