Latest reports for the Basin, Northshore, Pearl River and Toledo Bend area.
What a place. It is a vast area but it is a fun place to fish. From march areas in the Wax Outlet area to bayous and canals around Flat Lake and the Shell cuts, fishing has been good the last week or so. The warm up helped so after the passing front look for action to return with the heat. Plastic is a good bet but burning a spinnerbait and soft plastic jerk shads (flukes) worked for us on Sunday during the Bass-n-bucks event.
The amazing thing about the Basin is how the rising or falling water will impact an area. When the water was rising, everything was muddy around the shell cuts to Flat Lake. Last Saturday the water was falling in the Basin so the water turned pretty in the same areas. Time on the water is important to success. Stringers were not big but solid. Sixteen pounds was needed to a win. Reports are good from Cracker Head in Verret to Shell Oil field canals. Fish are moving toward the deadends with some moving shallow. Spinnerbaits burned around wood or flipping plastics are good tactics.
Pearl River and Northshore
The river may fall next week if the rain is not too heavy with the next passing front. It appears the Pearl may be headed for a spring like last year. The water stayed high for several months. This made fishing tough but put a great hatch into the water.
Try protected areas or lower marsh spots for best action. Places like Bayou Lacombe and Liberty are good alternative for a fishing trip. However, better stringers are coming from canals off the lake and near the mouth of the Pearl. Texas rigs and weightless offering are great for fishing around grass and other cover.
Reports from Bass Kandi and Stanley Lures have fishing moving towards the spawning areas. Try flats with 4-8 feet of water near pockets or known spawning bays. From Bass Kandi the report is Bass Kandi sweet stiks in watermelon red, Rayburn red rattle traps, and Alabama rigs on flats. Stanley Lures reports that the spinnerbait bait bite is as good as ever. Mr. Lonnie suggest using 3/8 Stanley Wedge Golden Bream spinnerbait. He also suggested using Flukes, and Stanley-Hale New Mud Puppies in 2-7 feet in and around moss and stumps.