Catching Continues To Improve
Last updated 9/15/2020 at 12:22pm
I was not surprised by the pods of dead shad we saw floating in both Cow
and Adams Bayou following Hurricane Laura, but two texts and a short
video I received regarding the dead fish in the Nibletts Bluff-West
Bluff area were very concerning.
Several area bass fishermen said the water in the river both smelled and
looked bad the week after the storm, but none of them reported seeing
anymore dead fish.Something that depletes the oxygen content like
flooded dead grass or leaves is most often the culprit, but there are
Easily, the most disturbing thing about the pictures, other than the
number of dead fish along the shoreline, was the variety of fish.There
were scores of dead catfish as well as bass, bream, white perch and
drum.That was unusual in itself and usually indicates that there was a
problem from top to bottom in the water column.
I spoke with some folks that live a little further north on the river
and personally checked out a few areas closer to the Intracoastal and
saw no other dead fish.The water had that funky look to it, but I
couldn’t detect any noticeable odor.While any fish kill is a bad thing,
I would hope that Mother Nature is responsible for our loss!
The bite continues to improve in Sabine Lake for both trout and
redfish.More visible bait on the surface and more birds pointing out
these traveling buffets have made it much easier on local anglers.I
don’t think the average trout has been as solid as those taken below the
Causeway, but the numbers are excellent.
I did see two very good catches of trout up to four pounds that were
caught along the north revetment wall on a pink-chartreuse Catch 2000’s.
Both parties said they found their fish a long cast off the wall itself
and that the fish would not touch a slightly larger Catch V in the exact
Robby Leger said he limited on trout up to three pounds four days in a
row and was back working on his now vacant lot by 8:30 each morning.He
fishes only the south end of the lake and has had no problem catching
both reds and trout on a Vudu shrimp under a popping cork.
Robby is from Channelview, but has been staying in the area until he
finishes cleaning up the mess Laura left him. He has already ordered a
new trailer, but can’t use waiting for it to arrive as an excuse to
stay.“My lot is clean and ready now so I guess I’ll have to go home,”
Fishing reports from Toledo Bend, especially good ones, have been hard
to come by this week.Only a few of the guides are back on the water and
most of the folks with camps or homes are still doing more cleaning up
Mickey Ponds said he came out very well and has spent more time on his
tractor helping neighbors than fishing, but he did make two short, but
productive outings last week.“I was hoping to catch just enough white
perch for me and the wife Tuesday afternoon and wound up cleaning
seventeen good slabs.
“I caught them on a brush pile in 23 feet of water just south of Housen
Bay.” He was fishing a pearl-pink 2-inch jig.The following morning he
drifted McGee’s with a Carolina rigged pumpkin green lizard and caught
nine bass up to about six pounds.
“The wind was blowing too hard to white perch fish so I just drifted 12
to 15 feet of water for an hour or so,” said Ponds.“I didn’t keep any
fish, but they were all two pounds or larger.I also saw two bunches of
school bass, but I never gave them a try.”He saw those bass in the Mill
Another word of warning for those of you that have not been back on the
water since Laura roared through the area.It seems like every day there
is a new partially submerged piece of debris in areas where there was
none the day before.Wear your life jacket, hook up your kill switch and
run just a little slower for a while!