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Fishing report ( kind of )

There was something strange on the lake Saturday: Boats.

Then Sunday, they pretty much disappeared again. And it wasn’t because everybody went home to watch the Super Bowl.  True, the white perch have been biting for the brave at heart who follow them every day. But fishing pressure on most area lakes has been extremely light. Saturday’s brief respite from the cold brought a slight change, but guess what’s coming again?

Punxsutawney-Phil-And in case you are wondering, up in Punxsutawney, Pa., the world’s most famous fuzzy forecaster Punxsutawney Phil, popped out of his burrow Sunday morning and predicted six more weeks of winter, much to the disappointment of the crowd gathered at Gobbler’s Knob in Pennsylvania. And, I might add, the fishermen in north Louisiana.

I’ve been getting questions about a fishing report and since Phil went back in his hole in the ground, I’ll have to take my best shot without his advice. Let’s just say it like this. Lately, the fish have been the Seahawks and the fishermen have been the Broncos. Ouch.

Seriously, the key ingredient for white perch is deep water and a depth finder.  Finding white perch when they are roaming the deep creeks and riverbeds requires a depth finder, where you can spot schools of shad and then find the fish. Those are almost all in deep water, from 20-25 feet deep at D’Arbonne to up to 30-35 feet in front of the spillways at Caney and Claiborne.

Lake D’Arbonne crappie are biting in the deep water and some nice ones are being caught. Jigs and double-rigged jigs are working. Gray and shad colors are working best with black or blue backs. Remember to add extra weight on your line to keep your jig down where the fish are.A few folks have found a handful of fish moving toward the shallows. There are no reports of bass being caught, but there haven’t been any anglers. Water level on D’Arbonne is right at pool stage and color quality is good.

Lake Claiborne has been producing good mixed catches of yellow bass and crappie, especially around the spillway area. There were quite a few boats on the water there that I saw on a trip over there last week. Again, fish are in deep water.  The same report holds true for Caney Lake and its white perch. Bass fishing has been slow here, too, but a few nice ones are being caught on big, slow-moving baits.

Poverty Point gave up a few big bass this past week, despite the sub-freezing weather. White perch fishing isn’t a hit yet, but it’s not far away. No report from the Ouachita River. Be extra careful out there this time of year. The water is extremely cold and you don’t want to be in it.

And, oh joy, here’s the weather forecast for this week (And remember the links to the right where you can always check on the water levels and current weather report with one click):
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