Oct. 6, 2012 at 10 p.m.
It feels like fall on the banks of Caddo Lake, and a northeast blowing rain is coming down as I look over the timberline along the eastern shoreline of Bertis Bay.
I just checked the water in the boathouse, and there's still about a foot left – just enough to float my 14-foot Dura Craft I inherited from Uncle Hoyt. This boat is 70 years old and doesn't leak a drop. There have been enough fish, ducks, bullfrogs, squirrels and deer hauled in with this rig to fill up a boxcar. They made boats to last when this one was rolled off the production line.
I have to pull the boat about 100 feet in my hip boots before I can run because of water hyacinths which have the ditch so clogged up from the boathouse to water deep enough to run. I sure hope recent rains bring a little rise.
Fishing reports on area lakes have been fair on perch, black bass and catfish. Melvin Briggs and Don Fincher have been doing fair on the Big Lake area of Caddo. Don Holderby and Don Jr. have been doing well on catfish on their lake near Pittsburg.
Jigs and shiners are paying off on perch, top water and plastic worms have been successful on black bass while dough bait and catalpa worms are getting plenty of catfish action.
Bow hunters for deer and gun hunters for squirrel got a break with recent rains, and both seasons kicked off earlier this week. Teal hunters got some pretty good action on area lakes the last couple of weeks, and low water is ideal for teal.
Crip's Camp – Caddo Lake – (903) 789-3233
Call for launching conditions, as perch are fair on shiners in rivers eight feet deep and in lily pads four feet deep. Black bass are fair in river areas along banks on top waters and plastic worms. Catfish are fair in the Buzzard Bay area on trotlines with catalpa worms and shiners.
Island View Landing – Lake O' the Pines – (903) 777-4161
Call for launching conditions, as catfish are fair in lily pads on dough bait, and perch are fair on shiners around trees in wooded areas of fishing four feet deep. Black bass are fair around lily pads and brush on plastic worms and top-water lures.
Johnson's Ranch – Caddo Lake – (903) 789-3213
Call for launching conditions, as perch are fair on shiners in tops eight feet deep on rivers and lily pads four feet deep in the river. Black bass are fair along the river bank on plastic worms and top waters. Catfish are fair on trot lines along river banks on catalpa worms.
Tucker's Camp – Caddo Lake (903) 679-3137
Call for launching conditions, as perch are fair on shiners and jigs on rivers and in stumps on Big Lake. Black bass are fair around lilies and moss beds in the Big Green area on weedless plastic worms and buzz baits. Catfish are fair in the Buzzard Bay area on catalpa worms and drifting shiners.
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