PAnews.com, Port Arthur, Texas

August 2, 2012

Chester Moore: Time to take hunter education

Chester Moore
The Port Arthur News

PORT ARTHUR —

 



    Officials with the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department are reminding hunters now is the time to get in on hunter education courses.



    Right now, TPWD is about to enroll its one-millionth student, and in honor of this milestone a Henry Golden Boy .22 caliber rifle will be awarded to that lucky student, as well as his instructor.



    “Currently the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has 394 structured two-day courses and 308 online home study field days currently scheduled for hunting education. The flexibility of being able to take an online course can be beneficial for any student that has other activities, or classes going on at the same time,” TPWD reported.



    For information go to http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/learning/hunter_education/



    Now onto the report…



    North Sabine---Daley’s reports solid action for trout on the north end with waders taking some nice fish on a variety of topwaters and soft plastics. Waders should beware of large bull sharks seen in the area. Fair numbers of trout and reds are coming on live shad and shrimp fished under the big schools of shad on the main lake. Flounder are slow to fair along the Louisiana shoreline.



    South Sabine---Trout and reds are mixed with a few fish caught under birds early and late on Gulp and live bait around the south shoreline and Blue Buck Point area. Very few reports of flounder.



    Sabine Pass---Calm days continue to produce sharks and reds in the surf. The short rigs are fair to good for trout on calm days along with scattered tripletail.



    Sabine River---Crappie are fair to good in the bayous on live shiners and small spinners. Largemouths are fair but running small on tiny topwaters and spinners. Very few reports of trout. Redfish are fair from the Port of Orange south to Middle Pass on live and cut mullet.



    Lake Calcasieu (Big Lake)---Hackberry Rod and Gun reports solid catches of speckled trout and redfish remain good on live bait over oyster reefs and the big jetties on live bait and Texas Tackle Factory Flats Minnows. Very few reports of flounder.



    Sam Rayburn---Guide Roger Bacon reports the bass are relating to shoreline vegetation in 1-4 feet of water. Pencil grass beds on main lake points are good places to start. Hollow body frog baits and very lightly weighted trick worms fished in the open pockets in the grass will get some decent bites.



   Along the edges of the vegetation, try Yellow Magics and squared-billed crankbaits. On calm days, move out to main lake flats lie Farmers, Needmore and Caney. Fish a shakey head or drop shot along drops from 12-25 feet of water. Keep an eye out for schooling activity. Crappie are fair to good over brush in 15 to 18 feet of water on live shiners and Arkansas shiner or white chartreuse colored jigs. Very few reports of catfish.



    Toledo Bend---Texas Parks & Wildlife Department officials report largermouths are good on redbug and June bug soft plastic worms and spinnerbaits. Striped bass are fair on white striper jigs. White bass are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows over baited holes. Bream are fair on nightcrawlers. Channel and blue catfish are fair on trotlines baited with liver. Yellow catfish are slow.



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LAKE LEVELS



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TOLEDO BEND: Normal Pool Level: 172.0 Current Pool Level: 169.31 Was 169.59



RAYBURN LAKE: Normal Pool Level: 164 Current Pool Level: 162.88 Was: 163.24



B.A. STEIN HAGEN: Normal Pool Level: 85 Current Pool Level: 82.55 Was: 82.52