Fishing Report: Action picking up on Big Lake

By By Joe Joslin / American Press

At Calcasieu Point, Elaine Huck said fishing on Big Lake continues to improve with reds definitely improving and are the most consistent catch for many area anglers.

Huck mentioned she has seen a lot more trout being brought in, including several 4- and 5-pounders and even a few 6-pounders.

The LNG Canal continues to be consistent as well as all sides of The Four Corners giving up good fish. Turner’s Bay is still on the radar of numerous anglers and some days really produces good limits of trout and reds.

The Lambert and Grand bayou areas are heavily fished but are still producing good fish, especially reds.

For area anglers who do not have a boat, the banks and docks at Calcasieu Point can provide a great place to fish, especially with water moving out during an outgoing tide.

Several anglers reported that topwater action was good during the past week as water temperatures have fallen into the low 80s as Big Lake registered 80 and the Gulf at Cameron was slightly warmer at 82 degrees.

Skitter Walks, Top Dogs and She Dogs are three local favorites when it comes to topwater lures. These lures are most effective using a walking-the-dog technique, which makes the bait zig-zag in a left-right left-right motion.

Many anglers use either 20-30-pound braid or 12- to 15-pound test mono-filament line and a medium-action rod to fish this technique. This setup allows the angler to make long casts, which is helpful when trying to reach schools and it allows the angler to

stay away from the targeted area, which is very important when trying to catch trophy trout in shallow water.

The next eight weeks will be some of the best fishing all year on Big Lake. Don’t miss out.

Fishing legend Brauer retires

Strike King Lures announced the retirement of well-known pro bass angler Denny Brauer, who some describe as a legend.

The 2012 Bassmaster Elite Series competition will be his last.

The report cited several reasons for the decision with one being the expanded Elite Series schedule and the physical toll

of a 32-year career on the sport’s highest levels.

Brauer said in a release, “While I will not ever fully retire from this great sport that has been my passion for so many years,

it is time for me to step down from competing on the Bassmaster Elite Series,” said the 63-year old angler. He added “The

last 32 years have been tremendous, Shirley (his wife) and I are so appreciative of all that this sport has been for us.”

Strike King’s report added that Brauer steps down from tour-level competition after a career that includes 317 Bassmaster

entries that included 17 wins, 79 top-10 finishes and 197 finishes in the money.

He competed in 21 Bassmaster Classics,

winning the Classic in 1998 and also was 1987 Bassmaster Angler of the

Year and retires

as one of 12 anglers to win both Bassmaster AOY and BM Classic

titles. He earned $2,579,394 in Bassmaster competition, which

ranks him third among all competitors in the history of B.A.S.S.

He will be missed.

Tournament Results

Tournament organizer Travis Merritt of Up and Coming Outdoors will be hosting its Toledo Bend Series out of Louisiana’s Big

Bass Marina.

Entry fees are $120 per team with big bass pot included.

Tournament hours will be from safe light to 3 p.m. Trailering will not be allowed for unless there is severe weather. Dates

are Oct. 27, Nov. 10, Dec. 1, Jan. 5, Feb. 9, and Feb. 17.

If you have any questions, please email Merritt at


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