I think I’ve got the fishing figured out this week. Things have been much slower than earlier this spring for bass and crappie, but I know what happened. They are all gone on Spring Break! Fish gone wild is more like, well, just fish gone…
Okay, it isn’t that bad, but on Lake D’Arbonne bass fishing has been slower than normal this time of year. Hopefully it will pick up in the next few weeks. Some good ones are being caught shallow. Last weekend’s Big Bass Open had quite a few less fish caught and weighed in than normal. The winner actually came off a grass bed on a topwater frog. Spinnerbaits and plastics are also working.
For the most part, the really hot crappie fishing up shallow seems to have slowed down considerably. There are still some being caught and it’s a fact that all the fish haven’t spawned. There are still some big males being caught shallow as well, but they don’t seem to stay in the same place two days in a row. The fish are in transition and several people have started following them back into 10-12 feet of water. The fish are suspended and when you find them, you can clean up.
The good news is that bream fishing is really picking up around the bank and on the flats. The water has warmed up and is getting back close to normal pool stage and clearing up. That’s good for the bream and catfish.
At Lake Claiborne, some good crappie are still being caught shallow. Jigs seem to be working better than the spinners and best success is fishing slow and close to cover. Bass fishing has been good, but not a lot of big ones.
Caney Lake chinquapins have started to bed, but fishing has been off the past couple of days. It will pick back up when the weather settles. You can count on that. Bass fishing is also good, but again, not as many lunkers as usual this time of year.
Last but not least, the Ouachita River backwaters are producing some good catches of bass. There’s still a lot of current in the main river, but some of the points are producing. Best bet for crappie is up the creeks. Bream fishing is picking up in some river lakes as the fish move into shallows. Try to find clearer water for best success.
Be careful out there.