Before we begin this week’s fishing report, think about this: For some reason, when we talk fishing, we almost always talk about the weather. Not only is it a determining factor in deciding IF we will go fishing, it is also a great, perhaps the No. 1, excuse for when we don’t catch fish. Sometimes it’s a topic that just has to be talked about because it is there. Like the temperatures in the 40’s the last few mornings. If you left them outside, it put the crickets in a coma. It helped most fishermen determine that afternoon fishing would surely be the best. I heard several people talking about how unusual it was for it to be this cold after Easter, but really, it wasn’t. In fact, it could have been worse… I direct you to a portion our lakedarbonnelife.com post from last year — May 4, 2013:
“For most folks, fishing last Saturday morning on the Ouachita River wasn’t much fun. That cold front that dropped temperatures from 80 degrees earlier in the week to a record low of 39 degrees Saturday morning wasn’t very pleasant for those on the water. Throw in a three-foot drop in the river level over the week and it was tough fishing. But don’t count Brian Leonard of West Monroe and Bert Perry of Monroe among those that didn’t have fun. Cold? What cold? The team bested 30 other teams to win $2,763 for first place in the North Central Louisiana Fishers of Men tournament out of Forsythe Park. Leonard and Perry’s five biggest fish weighed 11.78 pounds to win the tournament.“
Here’s this week’s fishing report:
If you are a bream fisherman, your time is finally here. One place on the lake sold slap out of crickets and worms this past weekend! And fishing launches just about everywhere have been full of boat trailers this week. A few white perch are still being caught and bass fishing is good on many area lakes, but the bream are doing well this week.
Lake D’Arbonne has been hot this week for bream despite the weather, with the fish starting to bed. Most of the females have eggs and the big bull bream are swarming around the nests doing their protective thing. The other little bream are just running around nipping at my crickets so I can’t catch the real keepers!
Fishing is best in two-four feet of water with worms or crickets. If you fish worms, you also have a good chance to land a few chinquapins, which are the heavyweight fighters of the bream world. The little catfish are also hitting worms pretty good, so you increase your chances if you can stand the mess. When worm fishing, there are six key pieces of equipment — good pole, good line, hook, cork, sinker and HAND TOWEL!!!
A few good catches of white perch are still being reported, but the fish are in a little deeper water. Fishing by trolling slowly with spinners is working for some. Jigging is still working on the edges of the sloughs and in areas a little bit out from the bank where fish spawned. Bass are hitting best in the afternoon on worms, lizards, flukes and some topwater lures.
Black Bayou Lake and Cheniere Lake have been producing some good catches of bream. Fish are spawning here and are mostly out in the open areas between the trees and the banks. Bass fishing has been fair. The water in Black Bayou is a bit high, but is very clear and looks great. At Cheniere, the blooms from the Tupelo Gum trees (there are about six million of these trees in Cheniere) have made a mess on the surface of the water in most areas. It won’t be long until the worms are up on the trees and that’s when fishing around them will really pick up. Chinquapin fishing has been good at Caney Lake and this is the hottest fish on the lake when the big bass aren’t biting. Most of the bass have spawned and are being caught a little deeper.
Crappie fishing is still pretty good shallow at Lake Claiborne. Bream fishing is picking up here, too, with most of the fish being caught around the banks or brush up the coves. Look for it to keep getting better the next week or so. Some good catches of catfish are also being made. The Ouachita River is still way up and muddy, but this is a good chance to hit some of the backwater areas that you normally can’t get to. If that’s something you know how to do, this is a good time. If you don’t know where these lakes are and you head out through the flooded woods, make sure the compass APP on your cell phone is working. It all looks alike back in there.