There were a couple of days the past week when some decent catches of 10-20 keepers were made, but not everybody got them. One day the fish turned on a little bit around noon up at the Hwy. 2 bridge hitting a blue shad color jig. Before you knew it, several of the fishermen pulled over to the bank and went into Lester’s, cleaning them out on that color.
Some fish are also being caught up D’Arbonne, but again, catches are spotty. This new cold weather coming will probably push things back even further. Another good note: some good catfish are being caught in the shallows on shiners using yo-yo’s. Make sure you follow the new yo-yo regs for D’Arbonne.
Bass fishing is slow. Really slow. The next couple of days with warmer temps up the day will probably help with the shallow bite, but again, the impending cold will probably shut that back off.
Elsewhere, white perch are being caught on the Ouachita River in some of the river lakes. Nothing spectacular, but enough to make the grease stink. Again, just a few folks are catching. Most are just fishing.
Elsewhere, the crappie bite on Lake Claiborne is strictly deep out in the front of the dam. A few reports of fish at night on yo-yo’s have come in on shiners. Bass are slow as well.
Some crappie are being caught in more shallow water at Caney Lake but it is slow. Jigs and shiners are working. Yellow bass are tearing it up in deep water on spoons and spinners. Poverty Point hasn’t turned on, either. A handful of big crappie were caught on the south end of the lake, some of the first good reports that didn’t come from the marina area on the north end.
My best bet: When this cold front next week gets through, it probably won’t be but a week or so until they start to turn on. Somebody please tell the fish….