Sam Rayburn

Dove seasons are open across Texas.

Opening weekend of the September teal season was a smash hit for many hunters, but after that initial blast of teal, things slowed down big time. The main problem has been the lack of additional cool fronts to move more birds down the Central Flyway.

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Now is the time to kick off some excellent fishing on Sabine Lake, Sam Rayburn a

September is the month of opportunity for anglers and hunters here in Southeast Texas. It’s got a little bit of everything to offer. On the hunting menu, we’ve got doves, teal, gators and as of Oct. 3, bow hunting for deer comes. On the fishing menu, we’ve got bass, crappie and catfish on Sam Rayburn and Toledo Bend. Along the coast, trout, reds and flounder are never easier to catch than what you’ll find during September and into October.

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Lots of trout are being caught on the lower end of Sabine Lake.

There is no way you can complain about the weather here in Southeast Texas over the past week or so. The last weekend in August, a north wind set the stage for some excellent fishing in the surf from the Sabine jetties to the Galveston jetties.

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Wayman Triana caught this 13.05-pound bass Saturday, March 7, on Sam Rayburn. He

This past Saturday was the time to be on the water and in the hunt for heavyweight largemouth bass. Not one but three 13-pound-plus bass were caught and entered into the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s ShareLunker program. The heaviest of the three weighed just over 15 pounds. 

And the stunner is that Sam Rayburn produced two 13-pound-plus bass in one day.

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Don’t leave the house without an assortment of crankbaits.

Fishing on the lakes has been pretty good for bass and crappie, especially just before and a few days after a cold front moves through.

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Robert Sloan photo

Fishing on Sabine Lake is nothing but one big guessing game these days. The fish that are on one day have lockjaw the next. Right now it’s tough to pin down birds holding over trout and reds, and if you do, most of the specks feeding under the birds are “cigar” sized.

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Thanks to a flood of rain water heading down the Neches and Sabine rivers, fishing on Sabine Lake is going to take a direct hit, meaning slower fishing. However, a good place to find both trout and reds will be along the Gulf side of the jetties, and at the short rigs. Fishing jigs around the rigs, anywhere from a half mile to 7 miles off the Sabine jetties, has been a good way to catch some pretty good numbers of trout.

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Heading into the July 4 weekend leads us to an array of fishing options. On the coast, your best bet is to fish the jetties with live shrimp, finger mullet or mud minnows. It’s a sure thing that there will be plenty of boats fishing the rocks, which is why live baits will rule at the Sabine jetties.

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Robert Sloan photo

Once again, we’ve got a cold front plowing through Southeast Texas, and the high winds and cold air will slow fishing down on inland lakes and coastal bays. This is unprecedented weather for the right side of Texas. Temperatures in the upper 30s and lower 40s are practically unheard of the Piney Woods at this time of year. Needless to say, we’ve had a colder winter than usual, and the spring temps are way lower than normal.

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Pro angler Phil Marks

October is the month for some exceptional bass fishing on lakes within a quick-hit run from Beaumont, or for that matter, Southeast Texas in general. With each passing cold front, water temperatures on lakes like Sam Rayburn and Toledo Bend drop into that magical zone that tells bass it’s time to chow down and fatten up for the lean winter months to come. The water temperature on both Rayburn and T-Bend is holding right at the 75 to 77 degree mark.

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