I’m not big on hot weather fishing, but hey, that’s my problem.
That doesn’t mean there haven’t been some pretty good fishing reports the past week or so. For starters, on Lake D’Arbonne, the bream and catfish have been biting on the flats and around the banks. I’ve heard of a couple of folks bringing home more than 100 big bream. White perch fishermen aren’t having much luck, but a few anglers are catching fish in the sloughs about 8-10 feet deep. Fish slow for crappie.
Bass fishing is still pretty good. The Lake D’Arbonne State Park folks shared a photo of an amazing lunker bass that was caught off the bank at the park this past weekend. The whopper, landed by Dan Om on a worm, is shown here. Sometimes in the heat of summer, you find fish where you don’t expect. Some schooling bass action has also been reported. Night fishing has also been good on plastic worms. It’s been pretty still at night and excellent for night fishing. If you night fish, remember to keep boat lights on at all times.
Schooling bass have also been good on Caney Lake for smaller fish and soft plastics have produced some good ones in deeper water on the ridges. Crappie fishing around the tops in 15-20 feet of water is fair on Caney and Lake Claiborne. The stripers continue to school at Claiborne, but catches seem to be better during the weekdays when the fish aren’t scared off quickly by all the weekend boat traffic. Topwater lures are working well, as are Rooster Tails and other small, heavy spinners.
Bream fishing reports from Black Bayou Lake and Cheniere Lake are also good. There is plenty of grass in both these lakes, so look for areas where you can get your bait in some open water and you can catch them. Some of the best areas are around clumps of trees, where the shade keeps the grass/moss from growing as thick.
The Ouachita River is really looking good and fishermen are having success on white perch in the river lakes and in tops along the river. Bass are hitting in the current on points and also schooling some in the river lakes. Find the shad = find the bass.
We close with one final comment/question: What do you do to catch fish after a cold front in AUGUST? I dont’ know. I can’t ever remember having a “cold front” in August before. But it looks like this Thursday, we’ll have one with temps dropping down to the mid 60’s. I’m not complaining. It might even be cool enough to get ME back on the lake. Enjoy and BE SAFE!