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Bass Fishing in Southeast Louisiana

Bass Fishing in Bar Pits

I wanted some advice/opinions on bass fishing in bar pits.This is around the Graingeville Amite River. They have not been pumped out of for over 20 years. When the river floods (like last week) it over flows into what is about 10 pits. Three of them are pretty good in size.I know that some Big Bass have come out of them and they are very rarely fished. Because its been so long that they have been pumped the water is really clear around the banks and then where the pit drops to (was told by my PawPaw)about 60 feet it just turns black. I have tried every kind of bait I can think of. Just wanna catch a 12lb Large Mouth. No sacalit,perch,catfish,gar.Just a bass.Any help would be great!
January 27, 2013 at 12:04am
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Posted January 27, 2013 at 12:30am
No guarantee

I live in central la and we have the calcasieu river. The bar pits we fish in here aren't that deep but we always catch bass on a black and yellow h&h or a beetle spin. Not guaranteeing you luck with it but it sure works for me. Good luck

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Posted January 27, 2013 at 2:28pm
Bar pits

Fished some pits in Grangeville years ago, maybe the same ones. Mainly fished for sacalait, but did catch some bass on worms and crankbaits. Doubt there are any nearly as big as what you're looking for, but we did catch them in the 2-4 lb range. They'll be moving onto the beds in March and April and you should be able to see them in that clear water. Just remember, they can see you too. Try plastic lizards and large bass shiners.
PS, We did catch lots of sacalait there. Some up to 2 and 3 lbs.

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Posted January 27, 2013 at 2:30pm

Thanks ,I will try it. I am way more of a 'fisher' than a 'catcher' But I know for sure there are big bass (10 plus)in a couple of the pits. I saw my paw-paw catch one that was at least 10 when i was 5 years old in the very same spot. I like the bank. Way to ADD for a boat.So maybe that's the trouble? I drag my son with me sometimes and he catches fish,so maybe I should try something new.A lot of the oilcompanies have leased most of the good spots but as long as I can throw the woman card and insist that 'No I'm not a treaspasser I was born in this country and have lived here all my life' Or until it gets hot I am gonna keep trying.

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Posted January 27, 2013 at 2:44pm

We lost our privileges with new owners/leasee's. Being a man was no help either, ha. There may well be some lunkers still in there. Just be patient and sneaky. Good luck.

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Posted January 27, 2013 at 7:00pm

My favorite bass bait during the spring (which is the only time I bass fish) is a lizard. 6 inch texas rigged with a 3/16 oz bullet weight. I like watermelon color, or pumkin seed. The lizards eat bass eggs, so all you gotta do is get one near a bed and the fish will hit it even if they aren't hungry. With the texas rig set up you can change the plastic bait easily without re tieing. I like rubber crawfish too. #5 garamatsu offset hooks and 3/16 oz weight and your choice of plastic. You can fit what you need in your pocket, or small hip pack.

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Posted January 27, 2013 at 8:46pm

Iam the most patient person in all of Graingeville.I seriously think it is my fishing technique(meaning my lack of)I dont sit still to long and I also think thats a problem,but usually I fish by myself.And when I do I walk back to some of the other pits by some old railroad tracks that used to cross the river. I can catch brim there,but not what I want.I do have a HUGE fear of sand caving in. And pinky promise the water at one of the pits that shares a levee with the river is bubbling just like Bayou Corn.

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Posted January 27, 2013 at 8:50pm
This is the word

When ever I fished these pits with a friend he always told me don't worry I know a guy.

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Posted January 27, 2013 at 8:55pm
green crawfish

You are very right. The only decent size fish I ever caught was with a green crawfish. I think I need to be more open minded and see pass night crawlers and plastic purple worms. I just have an awful time setting the hook. I know there have been times when the fish at the other end of my line was big but I get to excited and don't let the fully take it (Ithink?)My boy gets aggrivated with me and says thats what happens.But I am patient and I love it.

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Posted January 28, 2013 at 8:18am
Big Bass

You said you can catch plenty of small perch, so try taking one that is 3-4 inches long and put it on a hook 2-3 ft under a cork. Throw it out as far as you can and let it just sit until the cork disappears. You can even bring you a little rod holder so you can just let that pole sit while you fish with another pole.

If you had any way of getting large live shad they work even better.

Another thing you might want to try is a large plastic swimbait. Big bass can not resist a shad-like little fish swimming by them.

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Posted January 28, 2013 at 2:22pm
bar pits

Thats funny,hope it was a really good friend. I really do understand why people do not want just anybody on there place. And even homeowners insurance requires that posted signs are up. But I dont leave garbage,fishing string or steal. Honestly I am not even catching fish.I understand that rationalization is no legal defense. Since hunting season is almost over I am much less likely to make someone mad.

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Posted January 29, 2013 at 8:03am
Bar pit bass

I have family land with lots of gravel pits I used to fish often in St. Helena. The best bet was using medium to large shiners or life like shiner type lures such as the Bagleys shiner I used to use. Seems like they are the favorite forage for the bass especially after the high water mud has cleared out.The flood water restocked the shiner population nicely.

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Posted January 30, 2013 at 5:08pm
Fishing Bar Pits on Amite

You are singing my song, I grew up on the Amite river in Greenwell Springs in the 60's and 70's and spent most of my time slipping into the bar pits off the river to fish. I have caught hell knows how big of bass and Sacalay, (ok I can't spell) in those bar pits. The best bait is the spot tail shinners out of the river. We would go up river from home to camp for several days and bring only a sack of potatoes, just in case we did not catch or kill anything but rarely had to eat the taters. We would bring our shinner traps with us and catch shinners while we were fishing.

If you could use a fishing buddy to fish there with, that knows how to catch fish in the bar pits, send me a message @lriddle@sunsrce.com

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Posted January 30, 2013 at 5:15pm
One more comment

If you want to catch the biggest bass/fish in that pit; give him something to eat, a nice sized brim on a big hook and cork. I garroontee (Justin Wilson)it will catch the biggest fish!!!

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