Dana M. Pratt

On January 15, deputies with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office Sex Offender Unit received information regarding convicted sex offender Dana M. Pratt, 51, of Lumberton, TX, working at a local plant without notifying the proper authorities of his employment, as required by law for all registered sex offenders.


Some really good stuff is in store for both hunters and fishermen this week in East and Southeast Texas. 

First of all, we’ve got a Canadian front moving through this weekend with some pretty cold temperatures. That front will be moving plenty of ducks and geese into Southeast Texas. It’ll also jumpstart the rut in the Pineywoods. 

Forget about reds and trout, it’s time to get in on some big time catches of flo

The cool weather associated with last week’s frontal system has dropped water temperatures a few degrees along the coast, and that has set up some very impressive catches of flounder. October is when big-time numbers of flounder begin their migration from the marsh and bays to the Gulf. It’s definitely the easiest time to rack up some impressive numbers of these tasty fish.

Photo by Buddy Oaks

Lots of speckled trout, reds and flounder are being caught on Sabine Lake, Keith Lake and Calcasieu on a variety of lures and live baits. The water temperature on Sabine Lake is about 79 degrees.

Some of the best action of the year for both reds and flounder is along the Louisiana shoreline of Sabine Lake. Guide Jerry Norris says he’s catching lots of flounder on Berkley Gulps in pink or white while working the mouths of bayous, and small inlets along the Louisiana shoreline.

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.

Big tripletails, like this one caught near the Calcasieu jetties, are not only t

Fishing on Sabine and Calcasieu lakes is gradually improving, even with water temperatures holding at a sizzling 89 degrees. Both of these “hot” fishing locations are producing fair numbers of trout and reds, along with one of the weirdest fish on earth – tripletails.