Talkin' Outdoors

BLACK BAYOU — Bream fishing has been fair around shallow beds on worms and crickets. Bass are best on floating worms and topwater lures fished around grass. Crappie are fair along the edge of the grass beds. For latest information, contact the Honey Hole at 323.8707.

CANEY LAKE — Bass are chasing shad and beginning to school in the open water and quite a few fish, mostly under the slot, have been caught on Rat-L-Traps and other shad imitation lures. The crappie have set up shop down deep around submerged tops in 15-20 foot water with some hitting shiners and jigs. Bream fishing is fair to good fishing worms and crickets on the beds in 4-6 foot water. Catfishing has been fair to good in 6-8 foot water on a variety of baits. For more information, call Brown’s Landing at 318.259.6649 or the Honey Hole at 323.8707.

CHENIERE LAKE — Bream fishing continues to be good fishing worms, crickets and popping bugs around shallow beds. Crappie are scattered around the trees and are slow to fair. Bass are best on topwaters and spinners fished around trees and brush. Call the Honey Hole at 323.8707 for more information.

LAKE CLAIBORNE — Striper fishing has been good this week with most caught trolling white bucktails over deep water out from the dam. Some are also breaking on top and will hit shad imitations. Bream fishing is only fair; they really haven’t started bedding very good just yet. A good many crappie are being caught at night around the lights with some caught during the days around deep brush on shiners and jigs. Bass are fair on spinners fished along the banks. Catfish to 40 pounds are being caught on stump hooks baited with bream while trotlines baited with cold worms are taking some blues and channels. For latest information, call Tim Lofton at Kel’s Cove at 927.2264.

LAKE D’ARBONNE — The lake is on a moderate rise with some stained water resulting. The bass are best on the current points on crank baits and Rat-L-Traps. Crappie are in the deep sloughs suspended 7-8 feet above tops in 15-20 foot water. Bream and catfish continue to bite cold worms, red wigglers and crickets fished off the banks. For latest information, call Anderson’s Sport Center at 318.368.9669 or the Honey Hole at 323.8707.

OUACHITA RIVER — The river is about 2 feet high and best fishing for crappie is in the river lakes and bayou spider rigging jigs or shiners. Bass are best around brush on jigs and Brush Hogs. Bream are fair in the shallows. For current information, call the Honey Hole at 323.8707.

LAKE POVERTY POINT — Bass to 6 pounds have been caught on soft plastics. The crappie fishing is slow. Bream and catfish continue to bite cold worms. For latest reports, call Poverty Point Marina at 318.878.0101.

LAKE ST. JOHN — The lake is muddy and fishing has slowed. Bass are good early and late on topwater lures with jigs and soft plastics later in the day. Bream are fair while crappie and catfish are slow. Call Ken Mahoney at (318.757.0013) for latest reports and fishing conditions.

LAKE YUCATAN — The water is rising. Some good crappie catches have been made while bass and bream are slow. For latest information, call James Lachney at 318.467.2259.