Archery buck taken this weekend at Bayou Cocodrie NWR. Very little sign in the woods, and almost no acorns. Supposedly the hurricane knocked them off early. Usually the place os covered up in acorns. Not this year. Saw nothing other than this guy, who walked right into my wheelhouse. Wait, tons of armadillos. Thinking deer must be in CRP where there is more browse, which is off limits hunting or off refuge. The muzzleloaders guys are going to have a tough time next week, given the lack of deer. The youth hunters, who got to hunt this past weekend in the prime CRP only killed 4. Maybe the deer are living underground?
My favorite online topo map source has gone to a pay site. Topozone used to allow me to view and print USGS quads for free, but now it's $50 per year. Does anyone know of a free map site where 1/24K quads are searchable and viewable? Preferably with section numbers. Thanks for any help you can provide.
I am headed to the Hi Blue Yonder for the weekend, and can't afford to hire Capt. Box. Between consuming large quantities of beer and seafood, I plan to fish the marsh NW of LUMCON for reds. Any tips on where and what they are biting would be appreciated. Also, can you get some crabs/shrimp to boil at this time of year? Hook a brutha up!
I just spent a weekend bowhunting Bayou Cocodrie NWR. Like Deermeat said in an earlier post, this refuge has really gone down. I saw a good bit of sign, mostly pigs, but not one deer. My daughter and I saw 12 deer one day in the CRP fields north of Brooks Brake, but that is for lottery hunts only. The orange army is going to have a tough time with the muzzleloader hunt this week.
I went to Big Lake yesterday with my buddy from Ruston. We hit Calcasieu Point for live shrimp, then drove to Hebert's to cut down on water time as we were headed south. The line at Hebert's was waaaay up the street, and it took us about 20-30 minutes to launch. We headed to the Tank Batteries, but got distracted by birds. We'd catch a few under each flock, but the wind pushed us all over the place, so eventually we went thru the levee break and fishd the marsh by Lambert Bayou. Anchored by a cut and caught 3 barely legal reds, and several trout, including a 3.5#, and got rained upon. Then went back out into the lake and hit some more birds. everything caught on live or dead shrimp under popping cork. No luck on top dog, glow/chart tout, spot remover or any artificial. Finished with 23 trout and 3 reds. We threw back around 10 or so undersized trout. All in all, a decent trip, except for the weather.
Before I forget, we absolutely wore out the gafftop catfish. It seems like the last couple of years the lake is overrun with them. When a kid i think we kept and ate these, but the slime seems too prohibitive to put in the box. Does anyone eat these?
I'm headed to Cocodrie this weekend. I usually fish near Bay Antoine, sometimes near Lapeyrousse canal, and occaisionally our on the backside of the islands. Any tips on where to go right now? Maybe I should put a locator device on Capt. Box's boat and just follow him around.
I went out of Hebert' yesterday on my first trip to Big Lake this year. We headed south and the whe water was pretty muddy everywhere, especially near long point and the ship channel. Muddy at the jetties, and no bait to be caught anywhere. Wind predictions of 5-10 were underestimated. It blew 15-20 until afternoon. Stopped by Crabman in Cameron and got some market shrimp, then went into West Cove, still muddy. Caught one trout at cross reef on shrimp under a cork. Tried a few spots in the channel, then reefs along the south end of the lake. Fished the washout by the weir, then went into the marsh. Caught an undersized red on a spot remover, then an undersized trout in the marsh. Saw Erik Rue in the marsh at 2pm, so I know it sucked everywhere, as he would not be there that late unless struggling to get clients some fish. Maybe we should have gone North. Threw glow/chart all day, then motor oil cocahoes, along w/the dead shrimp. I wound up frying my one trout and my bait shrimp, which were nice sized, for supper.
After hearing reports of big sac-a-lait numbers being caught at the diversion canal, I went yesterday afternoon. We caught 3 sacs, 4 barfish, lots of shad and one nice bluegill. Whoever was there Saturday wearing them out must've gotten wet. Water is pretty low for this time of year.
I saw a deer in my food plot recently, and am planning to take my 10 yr old daughter tomorrow morning, and hunt out of my ground blind. I'm wondering what the effective range of 12 Ga Brng A-500G w/3" Federal 00 buckshot would be, as the deer was around 40 yds from where I can set up my blind. Also, what choke should I use? Any advice appreciated.
I went to Bayou Cocodrie NWR near Ferriday on Saturday. Buddy forgot his stand, and it was hot, so I had few expectations. I usually hunt brake edges, but went up into middle of the woods about 2.5 miles back, and it was pig city. I just switched to a no-peep, so on first pig, I drew and went into confusion wondering where my peep was. Totally missed. Second pig and my confusion was gone. Stuck her btw shoulder blades. Third pig got front to back shoulder shot, and I was out of arrows. Need quiver w/more capacity than quickee-3. I went down and got 1st arrow, but no more pigs came close except rabbit sized shoats looking for mommy. Sadly, I left cart at truck so 2+ mile drag was quite miserable. Always bring cart...Doh!
Fished the marsh NW of Cocodrie this weekend. Caught limits of reds on Spot Remover w/motor oil tail, on outgoing tide, throwing at sparse grass points under water. After limits, caught trout on larsh under corks in open lake near point. All within sight of camps on road to Cocodrie.
I went squirrel hunting/scouting for bowhunting this weekend at Lac Ophelia NWR. I was pretty disappointed with the mast crop. Virtually nothing is dropping, with the exception of a couple of nuttalls and a few willow oaks. I went under 50-75 persimmon trees and saw not one persimmon on the ground, and nothing in the trees, until I hit one loaded about 50' from the road. It seems like in years past the persimmons would be dropping by now, and I wonder if the drought wiped them out, or there is some other reason they are not producing. Anyone else having problems with the mast crops?
Oh and I saw a coyote with a squirrel, and an owl w/one, but none for me.
Thinking we could sneak in some big lake fishing, we headed down to Hackberry. Stopped at Spicers, to be told we could not go into the lake, and all launches to Big Lake were closed. We could go into Black Lake, but that wasn't recommended, so we took another 45 minutes and went to Sabine Lake. Fished the jetties and caught bull reds on live and cut mullet, and spanish mackeral on live mullet, dead shrimp and blue moon dudleys. The down side to catching spanish under a cork is that when the cork goes under, frequently another spanish will hit the cork, occaisionally cutting you off. No specks seen or caught, though people wee lined up on the west side of the jetties pulling in bull reds.
On my new La Sportsman, I note that swimsuit covermodel Bryce Michel is not wearing his legendary red cowboy hat. The fish also block his new svelte figure. The cameraman, Masson or whoever, needs to work on his photography to get the true essence of his subjects. Try thinking Fonville, or Ansel Adams. Further, now that it's summer, bikini clad chick w/fish beats Bryce anyday.
Got a bid for a trip w/Big Lake Guide Service Saturday. Taken out by Todd. Jeff Poe says they are already abiding by the 15 trout per person limit, though he was against it on the lack of biological basis. We fished reefs to the North, South, and followed birds, picking up a few trout in each spot. It was very slow, and the wind blew a bit harder than forecast. We finished on the NE end of the lake, with 25 nice trout, 10 reds, and a flounder. We threw back drum, gafftops and tons of big croakers, and lost at least a dozen trout and one doormat flounder by the boat. Everything caught on glow/chart tail touts, mostly sand eels but some bull minnows/chubs. Kept looking for tags on the reds but no such luck.
Went bass fishing Saturday in Clear Lake. Upper end extremely grassed up, so went SE. One small bass caught on trick worm near cypress tree, the rest on green spinnerbait pitched to trees on the SE bank near the ski area. A few bites on tube jigs pitched to trees. Pretty slow. The prairie very muddy, and no bites there.
I took wife and daughter to CLECO Lake(Rodemacher) near Boyce this weekend to catch some bream on ultralight tackle. We only caught about 4-5 undersized bream, plus one slot bass(good fight on 4# line), then the catfish began attacking. We wound up with 7 channel cats from small to 2#, plus we broke off at least 10 more bigger ones on the light line. Water was muddy, which must be from wind as we've had no rain here in a while. Fish caught on crickets under cork in back of lake, 6-8' of water, in coves protected from non-stop wind. Fish turned on 1 hr before dark. 9 y/o enjoyed fact that she caught all keepers while all mine were throw backs or broke off.
I'm considering heading to Black Lake near Natchitoches on Saturday to Bass fish. Does anyone have any reports? Please let me know. I'm not averse to bringing my sac-au-lait pole if'n they're biting.
I slept in Saturday morning, thinking it would rain, then headed to Bayou Cocodrie NWR for the final bowhunt ofthe season in the afternoon. Naturally, as soon as I got in the stand it began to rain. Had a six point and an 8 point rush upon me in the rain, both within 20 yds thru the palmettos before I even saw them. Got busted drawing both times, though they were extremely interested in what must have been a hot doe trail, and stayed around out of range. Better luck next year.
I took my buddy Monday to a spot in BCNWR with lots of deer sign, and he shot a doe, while I saw nothing until it was too dark to shoot(doe & two fawns wandered by while i was getting down). He owes me one. We saw/heard no rut activity, no chasing, no crashing thru palmettos. Finally saw some scrapes Monday, but it was too warm and windy to stay. If anyone sees some rut activity in the refuge, please advise.