, Port Arthur, Texas

December 13, 2012

Chester Moore Fishing Report: Upper Texas coast to benefit from CCA, DU partnership

Chester Moore
The Port Arthur News

PORT ARTHUR —  The Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) is funding tow major projects on the Upper Texas Coast.

 First off, in cooperation with Ducks Unlimited, CCA Texas will fund $200,000 of marsh shoreline revitalization along the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (GIWW) near Sargent.

 “Additionally, in cooperation with Galveston Bay Foundation, CCA Texas will provide an additional $200,000 of funding for shoreline protection and marsh restoration efforts along the Oyster Lake shoreline of West Galveston Bay.”

 “Sometime back, we announced that coastal marine habitat protection was the next important step in CCA Texas’ conservation focus and we are dedicated to that vision,” said Mark Ray, CCA Texas Chairman.

 “Since the inception of our habitat initiative, we have pledged and funded more than $2 million dollars in marsh restoration and reefing projects.”

 This latest CCA and DU partnership will help protect up to three miles of marsh shoreline along the GIWW near Sargent. Local erosion has caused severe loss of emergent and submerged vegetation threatening critically important local marsh habitat.

 “A partnership between CCA and DU to enhance habitat along the Texas Gulf Coast is a win-win for fisheries, waterfowl and the people who enjoy them both,” said Sean Stone, Ducks Unlimited Director of Development, South Texas.

 “It’s only natural that we combine our efforts, leverage our resources and together make a bigger difference along the Texas Coast.”

 Now onto the report…

 North Sabine---Trout and reds are scattered the birds on plastics and live bait. Very few anglers out.

 South Sabine---Very few reports.

 Sabine Pass---Flounder are slowing but some large fish are coming on incoming tides in the south end of the channel toward the jetties.

 Lake Calcasieu (Big Lake)---Very few reports.

 Sam Rayburn---Texas Parks & Wildlife Department officials report largemouths are slow. White bass are fair on minnows, watermelon spinnerbaits, and white striper jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows. Bream are good on worms. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers, shrimp, and minnows.

 Toledo Bend---Texas Parks & Wildlife Department officials report largemouths are fair on soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits. Striped bass are slow. White bass are fair on minnows. Crappie are fair on minnows over brush piles. Bream are fair on worms. Channel and blue catfish are good on liver, shrimp, and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.


 TOLEDO BEND: Normal Pool Level: 172.0 Current Pool Level: 167.58 Was 167.59

 RAYBURN LAKE: Normal Pool Level: 164 Current Pool Level: 159.65 Was: 159.66

 B.A. STEIN HAGEN: Normal Pool Level: 85 Current Pool Level: 81.61 Was: 81.80