, Port Arthur, Texas

September 20, 2012

Chester Moore Fishing Report: Sharelunker season coming up

Chester Moore
The Port Arthur News

PORT ARTHUR —  Texas Parks & Wildlife Department officials report the 27th season of the Toyota ShareLunker program will begin October 1.

    “Anglers entering fish into the Toyota ShareLunker program receive a free replica of their fish, a certificate and ShareLunker clothing and are recognized at a banquet at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens. The person who catches the season’s largest entry will be named Angler of the Year. If the Angler of the Year is a Texas resident, that person also receives a lifetime fishing license.”

     TPWD reports the numbers to call to report a ShareLunker catch remain the same. The voice number, which is answered 24 hours a day, seven days a week during the season, is 903-681-0550.

    If poor cell phone service prevents use of the voice number, anglers can leave a phone number (including area code) at 888-784-0600. That number is also monitored 24/7 during the season.

Now onto the report…

    North Sabine---Trout are fair to good on the north end under birds. There are lots of big sand trout and a fair amount of large croaker as well. Reds are solid in the marshes. Flounder fair around the channel and in the marshes on the Louisiana side of the lake.

    South Sabine---Trout and reds remain fair under the birds around schools of shad on live bait and small concentrations of shrimp. Flounder are fair along the Louisiana shoreline on live bait.

    Sabine Pass---Trout are fair at the jetties on live bait and topwaters. Bull redfish are good at the jetty and in the surf. A fair number of sharks are being taken in the surf as well.

    Sabine River---Anglers should continue to look for sand trout around deep holes in the river north to the Port of Orange. Reds are fair around the Dupont Outfall Canal and the passes on the north end of the lake. Very few reports of bass.

    Lake Calcasieu (Big Lake)---Hackberry Rod and Gun reports reds are very good the shorelines and in the channel on mullet and spoons. Trout are good with soft plastics and live bait taking fish on the main lake. Flounder action is beginning to improve with fish staging in the mouths of cut.

    Sam Rayburn---Texas Parks & Wildlife Department officials report largemouths are good on watermelon soft plastic worms with chartreuse tails, and on white/gold spinnerbaits. White bass are good on silver spoons and chartreuse spinnerbaits off points. Crappie are good on minnows and white tube jigs. Bream are good on nightcrawlers. Catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live bait.

    Toledo Bend---Holly Park Marina reports largemouths are improving on red bug-colored worms and crankbaits in 10 to 15 feet of water with some fish caught near brushy areas.

    Crappie good over baited brush on live shiners. Very few reports of catfish.


TOLEDO BEND: Normal Pool Level: 172.0 Current Pool Level: 168.49 Was 168.43

RAYBURN LAKE: Normal Pool Level: 164 Current Pool Level: 160.45 Was: 160.64

B.A. STEIN HAGEN: Normal Pool Level: 85 Current Pool Level: 82.00 Was: 82.88