If you thought the fishing season was over in the Lacassine Pool, think again. 

Although fishing season will close October 15, there’s still time to take advantage of a late-season frenzy happening now in the pool.

Higher-than-normal rain in September has pushed water levels up 2 feet in this Southwest Louisiana bass haven – giving boaters access to fish that they normally can’t get to this time of year, when the season is typically winding down.

Louisiana Sportsman field reporter Mike Malone took advantage of the rain last weekend — and it paid off.

 “It seems like the bass bite better in the rain,” Malone said. “We caught 40 bass, and that was a bad day for the guys I was fishing with.”

According to Malone, typically by late summer and early fall the marsh is covered with matted grass and becomes inaccessible due to low water levels. 

But Southwest Louisiana has been receiving more than its fair share of rain recently, and Malone said there was a good 2 feet of water above the grass when he fished, allowing boaters full access to areas that are normally matted up by now. 

“The water is crystal clear. We could see the spawning beds from last year,” he said.

Malone’s trip yielded plenty of action, including a 7.22 pound lunker he caught on a black Spro Jr. topwater frog. Check out the video showing the angler releasing the big fish to swim another day.

Lacassine Pool is known for holding double-digit bass, and anglers flock to the marshy waters in the spring when the reserve opens March 15.