PAnews.com, Port Arthur, Texas

August 30, 2012

MOORE FISHING REPORT: New wardens hitting the field

Chester Moore
The Port Arthur News

PORT ARTHUR — Texas Parks & Wildlife Department (TPWD) officials report that 40 new state game wardens will be taking to the field following their completion of seven months of training.



    “Members of the 57th Game Warden class graduated in ceremonies at 9 a.m. Wednesday in the House of Representatives chamber at the Capitol in Austin. Featured speaker at the event was Amando Fernandez, FBI special agent in charge of the San Antonio division.”



    Fernandez told the class that he keeps on the wall of his office in San Antonio a framed copy of a line from Irish philosopher Edmund Burke: “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing” and urged the new state law enforcement officers to always keep those words in mind as they proceed with their career.



   TPWD reported the new game wardens will be reporting for duty at stations spanning the state from East Texas to El Paso.



     “While the primary duty of state game wardens is to enforce hunting and fishing laws and water safety regulations, they are fully commissioned peace officers who also respond to natural disasters, assist other local and state law enforcement agencies as well as conducting public outreach on a variety of conservation-related topics.”



    “State game wardens are the primary law enforcement off the pavement in Texas,” said Major Danny Shaw, director of training at the academy.



    “We do a lot more for the people of Texas than enforcing game and fish laws.”



    Now onto the report…



    North Sabine---Very few reports at midweek. Winds and rain kept most anglers off the lake.



    South Sabine---A few anglers ventured out in the wind and rain and caught flounder along the south shoreline on jigs tipped with shrimp. Very few reports otherwise.



    Sabine Pass---Very few reports due to wind.



    Sabine River---Bass fishing has been slow to fair with a few fish caught on spinners in the backwater areas. Very few reports this week.



    Lake Calcasieu (Big Lake)---Hackberry Rod and Gun reports few anglers out but lots of redfish being caught. Live bait in the ship channel has been super effective for the big reds. Very few reports of trout and flounder.



    Sam Rayburn---Texas Parks & Wildlife Department officials report largemouths are good on chartreuse crankbaits and soft plastic worms. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows over brush piles. Bream are good on nightcrawlers. Catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait and cut bait.



    Toledo Bend---Texas Parks & Wildlife Department officials report largemouths are good on chartreuse topwaters and redbug soft plastic worms early and late. Striped bass are fair on white striper jigs. White bass are good on slab spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows. Bream are good on crickets and nightcrawlers in 4–10 feet. Channel and blue catfish are fair on trotlines baited with shrimp and nightcrawlers. Yellow catfish are slow.



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LAKE LEVELS



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TOLEDO BEND: Normal Pool Level: 172.0 Current Pool Level: 169.12 Was 168.61



RAYBURN LAKE: Normal Pool Level: 164 Current Pool Level: 161.32 Was: 161.60



B.A. STEIN HAGEN: Normal Pool Level: 85 Current Pool Level: 82.43 Was: 82.61