Calcasieu levels fall
The Calcasieu River has dropped about 2 feet and main channel is stained-to-muddy including Ward 8 Park area making conditions tougher than normal. This calls for flipping jigs in 1/4 to 1/2 ounce in black/blue or black/red. "Multiple casts to a target are a must when things slow down like this" say local river angler, Travis Merritt. West Fork currently is only lightly stained, making this area a good choice.
Target cuts where current is moving with spinnerbaits/crankbaits in shad colors starting with smaller baits then move up in lure size until you find the right combination. He suggest to use snaps on crankbait rods to change baits quickly. Again, if they do not hit spinners and crankbaits, start flipping jigs.
DISTRICT 45 ABA TOURNAMENT The next American Bass Anglers (ABA) District 45 tournament will be held on the Clacsieu River out of Parkside on Saturday, January 31st. For more info and registration go to www.fishabt.com.
Big bass are possible like this 7 pounder caught in a local tournament.
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