PAnews.com, Port Arthur, Texas

November 1, 2012

Chester Moore Fishing Report: State parks offering opportunities

Chester Moore
The Port Arthur News

PORT ARTHUR — Officials with the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department (TPWD) say now is the perfect time to book a camping trip at a state park.

 “Fall’s a perfect time to camp out because of cooler evenings, but daytime temperatures typically remain warm enough to enjoy water-based activities like canoeing and fishing,” says Ky Harkey, Texas State Parks outdoor education team leader.

 Harkey recommends campers focus on three priorities: safety, Leave No Trace camping practices and simply having fun. He says for visitor safety and the protection of the environment, set up camp only in designated camping sites. Campfires are great for enjoying quality family time, but to keep the forest healthy avoid collecting firewood. Don’t forget the marshmallows and playing cards to complete a perfect evening.

 For those who have never camped or haven’t done so in many years, Harkey suggests participating in the Texas Outdoor Family program.

 “For only $65, families up to six can try a two-day workshop held at state parks throughout Texas that focus on teaching families how to set up a tent, cooking in the outdoors and learning valuable outdoor skills, such as paddling, geocaching and fishing.”

 For a complete listing of upcoming Texas Outdoor Family workshops and information about Texas State Parks camping options, and tips on camping safety and etiquette, visit: http://www.texasstateparks.org/camping/.

 Now onto the report…

 North Sabine---Trout and reds are improving daily under the birds on live shrimp and Gulp as well as spoons. Flounder are fair to good on the outside points along the Louisiana shoreline. Anglers should remember the Sabine National Wildlife Refuge is closed so access to Bridge and Willow Bayou are off limits.

 South Sabine---Flounder are fair to good along the Louisiana shoreline and on the north end of the island on live mud minnows and curl-tailed grubs tipped with shrimp. Trout and reds are improving daily under the birds in the mid lake area on live shrimp, Gulp and a variety of plastics.

 Sabine Pass---Flounder action is steadily improving at various points in the pass. Bull redfish are still good at the jetties on cut and live bait.

 Lake Calcasieu (Big Lake)---Hackberry Rod and Gun reports solid action for trout and reds over oyster reefs and under birds on live bait and Hackberry Hustlers. Flounder are fair to good in the channel on curl-tailed grubs tipped with shrimp and on live bait.

 Sam Rayburn---Texas Parks & Wildlife Department officials report largemouths are good on chartreuse topwaters, soft plastic worms, and crankbaits early. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on live minnows. Bream are fair on worms. Catfish are good on shrimp and stinkbait

 Toledo Bend---Texas Parks & Wildlife Department officials report largemouths are fair on chartreuse crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and soft plastic worms. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on minnows and small spoons. Crappie are fair on minnows. Bream are good on nightcrawlers. Channel and blue catfish are good on shrimp and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow

LAKE LEVELS

TOLEDO BEND: Normal Pool Level: 172.0 Current Pool Level: 167.98 Was 168.01

RAYBURN LAKE: Normal Pool Level: 164 Current Pool Level: 160.48 Was: 160.72

B.A. STEIN HAGEN: Normal Pool Level: 85 Current Pool Level: 81.80 Was: 82.43