, Port Arthur, Texas

September 13, 2012

Chester Moore Fishing Report: Hundred Grand for crabs at Conroe

Chester Moore
The Port Arthur News

PORT ARTHUR —    The Toyota Texas Bass Classic (TTBC) is bringing back the ShareLunker Club Tournament (SCT) on Lake Conroe, Oct. 1–21.

    According to TTBC officials, once again, members will have the opportunity to compete for $100,000.

    The first step is to register and become a SCT member, and then fish on Lake Conroe between Oct. 1 – 21, 2012 (the “Tournament Period”). A $100 fee is required to become a member and only pre-registered members will be eligible for the $100,000 prize.”

    “The member who catches the largest Toyota ShareLunker (13 pounds or larger and donated to the state) from Lake Conroe during the Tournament Period will win a cash prize of $100,000. A portion of the program proceeds will benefit the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s youth outreach programs.”

    Anglers must call in their catch to Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s ShareLunker hotline, 903-681-0550, or leave a phone number with area code on the program pager 888-784-0600.

    “The ShareLunker Club Tournament is a great way for anglers of all skill levels to reel in a fish (and payday) of a lifetime!” said Toyota Texas Bass Classic Tournament Director Lenny Francoeur.

    “We know there are $100,000 fish swimming around in Lake Conroe, and someone’s life could change in just one cast. It’s going to be an exciting tournament.”

    The contest will be limited to the first 1,000 anglers signed up, and anyone who signs up after Sept. 29 will be subject to a 48-hour grace period before they are eligible to participate. Visit to download a registration form and submit the membership fee.

    Now onto the report…

    North Sabine---Anglers continue to catch small to medium size trout and sand trout under the birds on the north end. Most are with big pods of shad. Reds remain fair in the marshes. Flounder fair to good action around the channel and in the marshes on the Louisiana side of the lake.

    South Sabine---Trout and reds are fair under the birds around schools of shad on live bait and a variety of plastics. Flounder are fair to good on the island and along the Louisiana shoreline on live bait.

    Sabine Pass---Texas Parks & Wildlife Department officials report trout are good at the jetty on live bait and topwaters. Bull redfish are good at the jetty.

    Sabine River---Look for sand trout around deep holes in the river north to the Port of Orange. Reds are fair around the Dupont Outfall Canal. Very few reports of bass.

    Lake Calcasieu (Big Lake)---Hackberry Rod and Gun reports reds are good along the shorelines on a variety of lures. Trout action has improved with soft plastics and live bait taking fish on the main lake. Very few reports of flounder.

    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 fair to good on plum and redbug-colored worms. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on minnows and spoons. Crappie are fair to good on live shiners over baited boat docks in 12 to 18 feet of water. Catfish are fair on rod and reel baited with cut and prepared bait in 30 to 35 feet of water.


   TOLEDO BEND: Normal Pool Level: 172.0 Current Pool Level: 168.43 Was 168.62

   RAYBURN LAKE: Normal Pool Level: 164 Current Pool Level: 160.64 Was: 160.96

   B.A. STEIN HAGEN: Normal Pool Level: 85 Current Pool Level: 82.88 Was: 82.43