Outdoors

Popping corks fished with either live shrimp or soft plastics are taking lots of

Every time the water on Sabine Lake starts to clear up, we get a flood of rain water that throws everything off kilter. But believe it or not, all that stained water is holding good numbers of trout and reds.

“We seem to be doing best on the south end of the lake,” said Sabine Lake guide Jerry Norris. “Live shrimp are good, but soft plastics in bright colors are good, too.”

Right now, the water temperature is holding around 77 degrees on Sabine.

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The new Keith Lake boat ramps allow anglers in just about all center console boa

The boat ramp problem on Keith Lake has finally been solved, thanks to a million-dollar project that allows boats of all sizes easy access to some of the best fishing in Southeast Texas. The new ramps are at the Keith Lake Fish Pass on Highway 87. This ramp is a Jefferson County public recreation site project. Funding assistance came from a portion of state sales tax on sporting goods through the local park grant program administered by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. The state of Texas contributed $500,000, and the city, county and district paid $500,000.

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Bruce Butler of Amarillo caught Toyota ShareLunker 565 from Lake Alan Henry on A

It’s been a tough few weeks for fishermen on Sabine Lake in the hunt for reds and trout. The water has been muddy enough to walk on, but the good news is that it’s finally beginning to clear up a little bit.

Guide Colby Denbow with Sabine Lake Lodge has been catching reds and trout on the lower end of the lake. He’s also catching a few flounder in the pass.

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I have been following the progress of the new Folsom Walking Trail with much anticipation since reading an article by Kevin King back in April 2013 in The Examiner. Kevin let us know that “plans to construct a hike and bike trail alongside Folsom Drive and between Major Drive have taken steps forward.” The City Council at that time approved parking and access to the easement for construction and was looking for lowest bidders to get the job started.

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Robert Sloan photos

Last weekend Rayburn Country, just north of Jasper, was at its very finest with plenty of sunshine, morning temperatures in the upper 40s and afternoon highs in the 70s. For many folks, it was a prime opportunity for a round of golf. For others it was a perfect day for bass and crappie fishing on big Sam Rayburn Lake.

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Buddy Oaks photo

Rayburn is good for bass and crappie. On Toledo Bend, catches of catfish on trotlines and jug lines are very good. The bass fishing there has been improving with fish up to six pounds being caught on jigs and Carolina rigged worms fished along shorelines in 3 to 5 feet of water.

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Rick Clunn of Ava, Missouri, who turns 70 in July, won the Bassmaster Elite tour

Bass fishing ace Rick Clunn got his start in the tournament fishing world on Sam Rayburn and Toledo Bend, and with his latest victory, has won 15 B.A.S.S. tournaments. At the age of 69, he’s the oldest to win a B.A.S.S. tourney. He began fishing bass tournaments in East Texas back in the early 70s and won his first B.A.S.S. tourney in 1976.

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The staff of Big Thicket National Preserve invites everyone to explore the thicket by taking advantage the many ranger-led programs being offered in April and May.

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has already come out with the 2016-17 waterfowl hunting regulations. That might sound a little premature, since we just got through last season’s duck hunts, which were not nearly as good as expected. According to the latest data from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the USFWS, the reason duck hunts were so poor in Southeast Texas and other coastal regions of the state was due to an abundance of food in north Texas and farther up in the Central Flyway.

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Robert Sloan photo

My grandpa used to tell me that farming was a tough life, especially when it involved rain. He said a farmer had to pray for rain, then pray for rain to stop. I think that was pretty much the case last week with all the rain that fell on East and Southeast Texas. All that water has created havoc for fishermen on the Sabine and Angelina Rivers, not to mention the folks on Sam Rayburn and Toledo Bend, and as of now, Sabine Lake.

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