Before I get into the fishing business at hand, I want to congratulate a very special person, regional publisher Mr. Jerry Pye with our own Marshall News Messenger, for his years of service that has led to his retirement.

There is one word to me that describes Mr. Pye – “quality.” You will certainly be missed.

Summertime is here. As I glanced at my thermometer hanging in the shade of my garage recently, the temperature was quietly resting on 105 degrees.

So, how do the fisherman and woman deal with this kind of heat?

Here is what you do – fish early before that ol’ sun gets up and going and fish late after she (I’m not worried about the gender” settles down at the end of the day.

Over the years, some of the best fishing my wife, “Miss Becky”, who was born and raised on Caddo Lake, and our children Hunter, Rokky and Shaynee experienced was night fishing for not only catfish but for, believe it or not, white perch.

When I was growing up, you never heard of anyone pole fishing for white perch at night.

Well, as Paul Harvey used to say, “And here is the rest of the story.”

My wife’s parents owned and operated Big Lake Camp for nearly 50 years. Big Lake Camp was located along the south shore of Caddo Lake in an area called Long Point.

This area was one of the best fishing areas on Caddo Lake, especially for white perch.

At this particular time, the lake was below normal and the water was very clear.

I noticed when I pulled up to a tree I would see a fish swirl and swim away because they could see me. I fooled around until it got nearly dark with no luck.

So, I headed back to the house where I told my wife’s daddy, Bob Hayner, that I was going back out after supper to see if the fish would hit because they would not be spooked as it was dark.

Mr. Hayner, who had been on Caddo Lake all his life, told me he had never seen anyone pole fishing for white perch at night and he figured the fish could not see minnow. He figured I would not have any luck.

Well, I told Mr. Hayner I was going to try anyhow as I would not have to go far from the house.

So, after supper, it had gotten good and dark and I hopped in my skeeter boat and fired up my 7 ½ HP Evinrude motor and headed out to the trees where I had seen the fish when I pulled up to the tree before dark.

On the dark, cloudy night on mysterious Caddo, I did not realize I was about to start a trend that had never been done before on Caddo Lake.

The first tree I pulled up to, fishing tight line because I didn’t want to use a flashlight as it might spook the fish, when I dropped that minnow in, the hook never stopped and when I pulled the fish up, what do you think it was? You guessed it – a good size white perch.

I was so excited I had trouble getting another minnow on my hook and dropping it in by the same tree.

Again, the hook never stopped, again, you guessed it, another good perch.

I picked up about 15 good white perch in about an hour. I knew I could have caught more, but I was so excited to get back in and show Becky’s daddy what I had found out.

Mr. Hayner’s comment was, “I’ll be dog if your idea was sho’ right.”

Well, the word spread like wild fire and night fishing with a pole was a phenomena – this all happened in about 1959.

FISHING REPORT

Tucker’s Camp – Caddo Lake -- (318-) 33-6057

Water level is normal. Perch are around big trees, stumps and duck blinds in pipeline area four to five feet deep on shiners and jigs and river area in tops four to eight feet deep on shiners and jigs.

Black bass fair on plastic worms and top water lures around moss beds and lily pad stands in Bird Island area.

Catfish fair on trotlines in pipeline area on large earthworms and shiners. Bream scattered around big trees two feet deep on worms and crickets.

Crip’s Camp – Caddo Lake -- (903) 789-3233

Water level is normal. Check for vegetation in launching area.

Perch scattered in pipeline area around big trees, stumps and duck blinds four to five feet deep on shiners and jigs.

Black bass scattered around moss beds and lily pad stands in Sand Island area on plastic worms and top water lures. Catfish fair on trotlines in Big Late area on large earthworms and shiners.

Bream scattered around big trees two feet deep on worms and crickets.

Johnson’s Ranch – Caddo Lake -- (903) 789-3213

Water level is normal. Perch scattered around big trees, stumps and duck blinds four to five feet deep on shiners and jigs. River area is good in brush tops six to eight feet deep on shiners and jigs.

Catfish fair on trotlines on Big Lake using large earth worms and shiners.

Black bass scattered around moss beds and lily pads on plastic worms and top water lures.

Bream scattered around big trees two feet deep on worms and crickets.

Johnson Creek Marina – Lake O’ the Pines -- (903) 755-2530

Water level is a little above normal. Perch in woods three to five feet deep on jibs and shiners.

Black bass along shorelines on top water lures.

Catfish fair on trotlines in woods on large earthworms and shiners.

DID YOU KNOW

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