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November 22, 2012

Chester Moore Fishing Report: LNVA, TPDW to release rainbows

PORT ARTHUR — The Lower Neches Valley Authority (LNVA) in conjunction with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department stock rainbow trout annually at the Salt Water Barrier (SWB) located at 6790 Bigner Road in Beaumont.

    As in the past, this year the fish will be released into the pond marked with stocked fishing pond signs, located on the north side of the barrier access road at 6790 Bigner Road in Beaumont.

   “The first stocking of 2,000 fish will occur on December 18, 2012, with an additional stocking of 2,000 fish on January 16, 2013. These ponds are stocked in the winter because rainbow trout will not survive the warm summer time water temperature,” according to LNVA officials.

    “The average size of the fish is about 8 to 10 inches, and since the goal is for the rainbow trout to be harvested prior to the spring warm up, there is no minimum length limit with a daily bag limit of five fish per day.”

    For more information, call 409-898-0561( ext. 1) or email at SaltWaterBarrier@lnva.dst.tx.us.    

    Now onto the report…

    North Sabine---Trout and reds remain good under the birds on plastics, Gulp and live bait on the main lake. Flounder are good on the outside points along the Louisiana shoreline and around the passes.

    South Sabine---Flounder are fair along the Louisiana shoreline and on the north end of the island on live bait Gulp. Trout and reds remain fair to good on Gulp and soft plastics fished under the birds on the main lake.

    Sabine Pass---Flounder are good around points and drop offs on live bait and curl-tailed grubs tipped with shrimp. Flounder are also good at the jetties on live mud minnows. Very few reports of red and trout.

    Lake Calcasieu (Big Lake)---Hackberry Rod and Gun reports continued solid action for trout and reds over oyster reefs and under birds on live shrimp and Hackberry Hustlers. Flounder fishing is good in the channel south of the lake.

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    The Bassmaster Elite Series returns to Southeast Texas in March 2015 to fish out of Orange.
    The announcement was made last week, ahead of Bassmaster’s official tournament schedule announcement and the buzz is already strong in Southeast Texas and beyond.
    I was in Orlando, Fla. attending the ICAST (fishing trade) show and talked with a number of top anglers including Kevin VanDam, Mike Iaconelli and Shaw Grigsby who said it was no surprise they would return considering the massive turnout for the weigh-ins and that the area welcomed them in a very special way.
    It’s far too early to speculate anything like who the top contenders will be or how the fishing will be but there are some things to keep in mind and to look for over the next few months and into the event itself.
    • Prefishing-There is a pre-fishing cutoff that usually extends to right before the Bassmaster Classic and I fully expect most of the anglers in the Elites to come back and prefish.
    Last go-round probably 2/3 of the field fished the area but this time I expect that to be just about everyone. Many of the anglers that did not pre-fish told me they expected to have a lot of water to fish but the sheer volume and diversity was almost overwhelming.
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    • Bigger Turnout-Last year some 34,000 people attended the event which set a Bassmaster record for an Elite event.
     It was broken a couple of weeks later in New York but I fully expect the 2015 tournament to draw 40,000 plus. The reason they are coming back is not for the stellar fishing because while we have lots of bass, everyone knows our fishery cannot compare to Toledo Bend for example.
    The support from the public however was amazing and that is what is bringing the top anglers on the planet to fish our area.
    We will have the very best coverage of the event beginning now and leading up to it with exclusive interviews with all of the top pros with not only their thoughts on the big event but with unique tips on how you can catch more fish.
    It’s an exciting time and I look forward to bringing you special coverage on a special event.
    (To contact Chester Moore, e-mail him at cmooreoutdoors@gmail.com. You can hear him on “Moore Outdoors” Fridays from 6-7 p.m. on Newstalk AM 560 KLVI or online at www.klvi.com or watch him on “God’ Outdoors with Chester Moore” Saturdays at 10 a.m. on GETV.org)

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