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Time for a fishing report

This is what happens when I let my fishing partner GEORGE pick the spot to fish.....

This is what happens when I let my fishing partner GEORGE pick the spot to fish…..

It’s been a while since we’ve brought you a fishing report because frankly, it’s been a while since we’ve heard any decent fishing reports.

That may be about the change.

Traditionally, as we move closer to Thanksgiving, fishing seems to pick up in normal weather patterns. Since there are no normal weather patterns any more, it may just pick up anyway.

Here’s a good indication. There are people here and there around Lake D’Arbonne fishing the deeper water for crappie with some success. Fish seem to be in 20-25 feet of water and biting anywhere from 8-12 feet deep. They are scattered for the most part, but we’ve seen some pretty good messes this past weekend before the rain. Gray, blue and silver jigs seem to be working. That shouldn’t dampen the bite, though. We will have you an excellent crappie fishing report with lots of details in a couple of weeks after the annual Crappie.com gathering at the Lake D’Arbonne State Park Nov. 13-14. If you want more info about that, just go to crappie.com and get on the Louisiana Forum page.

Bass fishing has also been fair as largemouth chase shad up in the backs of coves and around the edges of creek channels.

Crappie are starting to bite at Lake Claiborne as well. The best catches are around tops in up to 20 feet of water. Shiners are the preferred bait here right now. Some good catches of bass have still been taken, although they are on the small side.

This past weekend’s BASS tournament on the Ouachita River yielded some good catches of bass (see details below). The best fish were caught up in shallower water on spinnerbaits, but good numbers were also caught out in the river on structure like rock jetties, laydowns and stumps near the mouths of runouts. Crappie fishermen have been doing pretty good on tops out in the river in around 10 feet of water.

Good news for those that fish Black Bayou in Monroe. The lake had been closed because the ramp was unusable due to low water. Not only is it back open, but a new improved ramp has been installed as well.

While fishing reports are good to read, the best fishing report is one that you get out there and make yourself. You can’t catch ‘em if your hook is in the boat. And it’s a good time for fishing, because lots of folks are in the woods hunting, leaving the fish all to you!

One last comment: You know winter is about here because the devil birds of the north have started arriving. The good news for me is that I hate cormorants in the fishing hole worse than bears in the deer corn.
Have a good, safe time afield, no matter what you are up to!

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Albert Collins with two Ouachita River bass from this weekend

Albert Collins with two Ouachita River bass from this weekend

BASS NATION RESULTS – OUACHITA RIVER – MONROE:

Here’s a good Ouachita River bass fishing report from a couple of guys who know how to do it. Albert Collins of Nacogdoches, Texas, weighed in 15 bass weighing 45 pounds over three days to win the 2015 B.A.S.S. Nation Championship on Saturday at the Forsythe Park Boat Launch on the river.

Collins used a Stanley spinnerbait in white/chartreuse with silver and gold blades fishing it six to ten inches under the water. He also flipped jigs and used crank baits on a variety of structure.

“I fished this river last year, and I was amazed at the number of fish and the sizes of the fish that was caught here this past couple of days. The fishing was really good on the river, he said.”

Jaime Laiche of Gonzales finished second. He fished spinnerbaits and soft plastics in backwater lakes. Both fished out of aluminum bass rigs so they could get way up in the backwater areas, which isn’t easy to do this time of year. Matthew Roberts, who is from Pulaski, Iowa, picked up the “Big Bass of the Tournament” with a 5-pound, 6-ounce catch. With the overall championship title and the Central Division championship, Collins earned a berth in the 2016 GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by GoPro on Oklahoma’s Grand Lake. Laiche missed out on qualifying for the Bassmaster Classic since Laiche and Collins both competed in the Central Division which could only qualify one angler out of that division.

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