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Fishing/weather report

Fishing reports are about as predictable as the stock market. Things are looking great, then the “fishing” market goes down 250 points just like the DOW.  Fishing has been picking up, but after last evening’s storm front, it could set things back a few days. Wind advisories have been the norm lately. And it’s anybody’s guess what the colder weather later this week will do. It certainly won’t make fishing “hot”.  Here’s the report for this week:

Fishing has been good for some larger bass on Lake D’Arbonne the past week. The big fish are shallow in some areas, but not far from deep water. The spawn appears to be getting started, whether the weather is cooperating or not.  Big plastic lures, jigs and worms fished slow are producing some good fish, although they aren’t KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAbeing caught in big numbers.  A few crappie are still being caught in the deep channels and some are being caught in the sloughs. Still others are starting to be caught in shallower water, especially up the arms of the lake. Shiners seem to be producing best in 3-7 feet of water. Fishing is okay, but isn’t up to regular spring expectations yet. Some good catches are reported on yo-yo’s at night during this full moon period.  Again, not large numbers. Catfishing remains good on cold worms.

Caney Lake fishermen are also reporting bass moving into the shallows, but the big fish aren’t being caught shalllow yet. White perch are scattered, but not yet predictable in shallower water. They are scattered much like at other lakes. Look for that to break loose in the next couple of weeks.

The Ouachita River is high and muddy, but we’ve heard of several good catches of crappie in the backwater lakes. Shiners and jigs are both working.

Crappie fishing is picking up on Lake Claiborne on shiners. Some property owners are catching some good ones around their lighted docks at night.  Bass fishing is still slow for most.

Make sure to check out the major fishing times. With all the inconsistent weather patterns, it’s important to make sure you are fishing at the best times for maximum results.


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