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March 05, 2013

Monthly Fishing Calendar for Calcasieu Lake

What to expect when at Big Lake!

In the April issue of Sport Fishing, we promised a handy little seasonal guide to fishing Calcasieu Lake. This one was compiled by As they say, they ain’t no bad time to fish Big Lake (as Calcasieu is locally known), so get out there!


Big trout along the shorelines. Redfish along shipping channel.


Big trout on north end of lake. Redfish around oyster reefs.


Big trout on north end of lake. Keeper trout on reefs. Redfish on south end of lake.


Big trout along shorelines. Keeper trout and redfish under birds.


Trout and redfish around reefs and under birds. Some redfish along shorelines, as well. Good topwater action.


Trout over reefs on south end of lake and around jetties. Redfish along shorelines. Bull reds starting to show around jetties.


Trout around deep-water oyster reefs, jetties and along beachfront. Redfish schooled up in lake. Bull reds around jetties. Tripletail starting to show up around short rigs.


Trout and reds under schools of shad in lake. Reds along shorelines and around jetties. Spanish mackerel, trout, tripletail and ling (cobia) around short rigs.


Trout and reds under schools of birds and around mid-lake reefs. Redfish in passes.


Trout and reds under birds, along shorelines and around reefs. Good topwater action. Flounder around cuts and drains.


Big trout on flats between fronts. School-size trout and redfish around reefs and under birds.


Some bird activity early in the month. Trout around reefs. Redfish all over the lake, around reefs and along shorelines