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The Big Empty

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERANew Orleans prides itself as “The Big Easy”.

Well, as I tried to put together the first fishing report for the area since it cooled off, I was met by “The Big Empty”.  Parking lots, that is. That’s the way it looked at most of the parking lots around Lake D’Arbonne and the Ouachita River that I saw the past week.

Maybe the fish are celebrating D’Arbonne’s 50th Birthday by taking off for a few days!

Not so fast, though, as Lee Corso likes to say on College Game Day.  It won’t be long until the fish are biting better. but there’s not much going on now.

Here’s the lowdown:  The bream are still biting pretty good on Lake D’Arbonne. Smaller ones are being caught around the banks and shallow areas. Cooler temps have them biting better up in the day. Crickets or worms are working. Some areas are too muddy right now, but should clear up some by the weekend. The small catfish are also still biting. This lake is just full of catfish. Bass fishing reports are slow. Most of the bass fishermen must be in the woods getting deer stands or duck blinds ready.

All the fresh water has muddied up most of the areas of the Ouachita River, but the tops are producing some catches of white perch and bass. There aren’t enough reliable bream fishing reports to say one way or another. Not much of a fishing report. But it is what it is.

By the way…. If a comment shows up at the bottom of this page later today from “Little George” about my livewell usually looking like the “Big Empty”, please disregard it. Thanks.

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Southern Division college bass winners

Southern Division college bass winners

JASPER, Texas – The Hardin-Simmons University team of Randy Sullivan of Breckenridge, Texas, and Hubbell Allen of Abilene, Texas, won the FLW College Fishing Southern Conference Invitational on Sam Rayburn Reservoir Sunday with a five-bass limit weighing 8 pounds, 11 ounces. Their two-day total of 10 bass weighing 30-13 earned the club $4,000 and qualified the team for the 2014 FLW College Fishing National Championship.
The top 10 teams now advance to the College Fishing National Championship. Among those fishermen are Nick Ladart and Brian Eaton, both of Monroe and members of the ULM bass fishing team. They finished fifth with 19-10 and won $1,000 for the team.

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