"We don't care how bad the weather may or may not be, its now or much later!" That was Wayne Walker's reply after I suggested that we re-schedule again following the mid-week down pours. I had already rescheduled two groups, but Wayne was going to be tied up with business obligations over the next five or six weeks and it was yesterday or not at all.
Wayne, his dad, Jerry, and Darin Freshour met me at a convenience center on I-10 and we made a last minute decision to fish Calcasieu rather than Sabine due to all of the runoff. The wind did pick up in the afternoon as predicted, but we found a little patch of semi-clear water and had an unexpectedly good day. By noon we had five nice trout in the box, had missed a few more strikes, and watched a group of wade fishermen just wear the trout out.
We left and fished two other spots that were just too muddy before returning to the clearer stretch of water after lunch. When we called it quits, we had two limits of trout in the 17 to 22 inch class, but caught none of the big fish that we had been catching the week before. The surface temp in the morning was 49 degrees and we caught all five fish crawling Corkies over the shell.
In the afternoon it warmed up a few degrees and we caught most of our fish on Crazy Croakers fished a little faster. We caught all of our fish in less than three feet of water. The water was about as off-colored as it gets in both the main lake and West Cove. Big Lake doesn't need any more rain for the short term either!