The Port Arthur News
PORT ARTHUR —
Bennett Cowan of San Marcos caught Toyota ShareLunker 537 about 2:00 a.m. October 16 from Lake Austin according to Texas Parks & Wildlife Department (TPWD) reports.
“The 14.28-pound fish was 20.5 inches in girth and 27.25 inches long. Lake Austin has now produced 18 entries into the ShareLunker program, five of which weighed 14 pounds or more.”
TPWD reports Cowan’s catch was also the earliest entry into the ShareLunker program from Lake Austin. The earliest previous entry into the program from the lake came on January 27, 2011. Two entries have come from the lake in January, seven each in February and March, and one in April.
“The catch may be a signal that Lake Austin is poised to have a banner year. On Monday, October 1, an angler caught a 12.6-pound bass from Lake Austin that proved to have been entered into the program as ShareLunker 528 by Brett Ketchum in January 2012.”
TPWD notes Lake Austin continues its rise to prominence as one of the top largemouth bass lakes in the state.
Only Lakes Fork (249 entries into the ShareLunker program), Alan Henry (25), O.H. Ivie (25), Sam Rayburn (23) and Falcon (19) have produced more 13-pound or bigger bass.
Now onto the report…
North Sabine---Look for the small front to slow things down for a day or two and then increase bird action for trout and reds on the main lake. Flounder are fair to good around the channel and in the marshes on the Louisiana side of the lake.
South Sabine---Flounder are fair to good along the Louisiana shoreline on live bait and shad and on the north end of the island. Look for the front to slow things for a day and then for the fishing to turn on as more shrimp empty into Sabine Lake. Prospects are good for trout and reds in the coming days.
Sabine Pass---Bull redfish remain good at the jetties on cut bait. Flounder are improving in the channel.
Lake Calcasieu (Big Lake)---Hackberry Rod and Gun reports solid action for trout and reds over oyster reefs on live bait and Hackberry Hustlers. Look for postfrontal action to be mixed with the second day after the fronts blow through to produce the best catches.
Sam Rayburn---Texas Parks & Wildlife Department officials report largemouths are good on watermelon red soft plastic worms, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits, and on topwaters early and late. White bass are fair on minnows, slabs, and silver spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows and blue/white tube jigs. Bream are fair on nightcrawlers. Catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live bait.
Toledo Bend---Holly Park Marina reports fair bass on action on redbug-and candybug-colored worms in 15 feet of water. A few bass are coming early and late on topwaters. Stripers are slow. Crappie are slow to fair off baited piers. Very few reports of catfish.
TOLEDO BEND: Normal Pool Level: 172.0 Current Pool Level: 168.27 Was 169.13
RAYBURN LAKE: Normal Pool Level: 164 Current Pool Level: 160.99 Was: 161.20
B.A. STEIN HAGEN: Normal Pool Level: 85 Current Pool Level: 82.65 Was: 82.54