Toledo Bend

Toledo Bend

Believe it or not, Toledo Bend has repeated as the No. 1 spot in the nation for bass fishing. This is a first, rock solid proof that we have an incredible lake within quick-hit traveling distance from Southeast Texas. Toledo Bend keeps the crown and is the only lake to earn the title more than once since the creation of Bassmaster’s 100 Best Bass Lakes rankings.

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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.

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Robert Sloan photo

Just recently, NOAA Fisheries opted to give recreational anglers a nine-day red snapper season that left anglers along the entire Gulf Coast red in the face with frustration.

Based on the annual catch targets and accounting for the red snapper harvest in state waters outside the federal season, the federal season for the private angling component will be nine days, and the federal season for the federally permitted for-hire boats will be 46 days. The commercial red snapper season runs year-round using its privatized catch share system.

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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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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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One way to beat the heat during August and September is to fish at night aboard

August is among the best months to be fishing the surf for trout and reds on the upper Texas coast. This past week was outstanding with calm winds, green tides and excellent catches of trout by waders and boaters in the surf from the Sabine jetties down to Galveston. Trout were best on topwaters early, then switching over to soft plastics like a 5-inch Egret Wedge Tail, in either chartreuse or pearl. Reds were best on gold spoons worked in the first gut on a green tide.

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The white bass run on Lake Livingston is excellent with upward of 100 fish being

I’ve got all sorts of outdoor news to send your way this week. First is the fantastic fishing for white bass on Lake Livingston. I’ve fished this lake for years and know for a fact that the white bass fishing right about now is second to none.

Roy James reports that he and his family are averaging 50 to 100 white bass per trip while fishing extended points on the middle and upper areas of the lake. The best tactic is to use white or yellow jigging spoons with buck tail trailers. The best catches are in 15 to 20 feet of water.

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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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