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Fishing is great! Catching? well…

How’s the fishing?  It’s great. You can be guaranteed to fish ’til you get your limit!

How’s the catching?  Well now, that’s a different story. You can still catch plenty for a fish fry or enough to have a good time on the lake, but the heat of summer — and high winds the past couple of days — have put their stamp on the fishing. One thing’s for sure, you won’t have to battle any cold fronts for the next month or so. And if you pattern the fish, it’s a good be that they’ll stay that way for a while.

On Lake D’Arbonne, the fishing report is about the same as the past several weeks. Some good catches of bass re being made around the grassbeds in shallower water and along the creek channels in deeper water. Plastic lures like floating worms and topwaters (including buzz baits) are producing some good fish early and late shallow. Deep-water crank baits, Carolina-rigged plastic worms and other big plastic lures are producing deep. 

My favorite summer fish -- FRIED!!!!!

My favorite summer fish — FRIED!!!!!

Night fishing is also popular this time of year. Dark colored worms and spinnerbaits work best.  Not only do the lures work, but that single hook is almost a necessity for fishing where you can’t see!

Fishing for bream and catfish has been great. Fishing around the banks and on the flats (shallow areas 3-5 feet deep) have been producing. There are also some good catches of bigger bream out on the humps along the old river channel, especially up D’Arbonne and Corney creeks.

White perch fishermen are still trying out around the sloughs. Jigs fished 10 – 14 feet deep are producing a few, but not many. If you are crappie fishing, it might be a good time to take a book with you to have something to do while you wait for a “tap” on your jig…

Claiborne Lake has also been producing a few bass, including some good schoolies. Topwater baits are good on those. Night fishing is also fair around the docks and piers. Schooling stripers continue to offer a good summer option here. You can catch them on topwaters when they are up and jigging spoons or deep diving crankbaits when they are down. Fish them slow. Bream fishing is still pretty good, but the white perch here are also slow.

Now that the holiday boat traffic is gone, the fishing at Caney Lake should be better. This almost totally open lake was really busy with watersports activity over the holiday weekend, but some good bass are still being caught at night. No reports of big lunkers, but some good sized bass.  This lake is one of the best in the area for chinquapins and the bite is still on.

The Ouachita River has been fairly good for bass around the points and in the lakes. Some schooling activity is reported here as well. The water has fluctuated a bit, but with no heavy rains, the water should be pretty clear again by later this week. No reports of much white perch or bream action, although some of the deep-hole catfishermen are reporting good catches on cold worms and catfish chunks.




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