Pretty water and relatively warm temperatures have speckled trout turning on in Calcasieu Lake now, according to a local fishing guide.
“The water is unbelievably pretty,” said Capt. Nick Poe, with Big Lake Guide Service. “It’s gorgeous - it looks like the Bahamas in places. (On Thursday), I could see them eating my bait at the end of my casts.
“We haven’t had a lot of rain, and I think a lot of it has to do with the water temperature finally getting up, too. If you believe my GPS, it’s 69 degrees.”
MirrOdine suspending baits, as well as Paul Brown’s Original Fatboys, have been especially effective.
“We’re throwing lots of suspending baits right now,” Poe said. “It changes everyday, but (Thursday) it was cast it out there, count to four and twitch it — and he was on it.”
Poe also reported success with just about any color MirrOlure Lil John soft plastic lure on an ⅛-ounce jighead tightlined over the oysters.
“I always try for the slowest fall I can get away with,” Poe said, referencing the ⅛-ounce jighead. “We’re catching north of Commissary Point right now, but West Cove and Joe’s Cove have a lot of fish, too. Those places always hold fish early in the year like this.”
Poe rigs up with 15-pound braid and a 20-pound fluorocarbon leader now for specks.
“You could probably catch some on topwater, but it’s still a little chilly for it,” he said. “Maybe later in the afternoon if it was real calm, but it’s not quite time for it yet.”