Fishing Report: Alford Cashes in Big with a Pair of Tournament Wins

It would be an understatement to say that Blake Alford had a couple of nice days on Caney Lake over the past weekend. As in two first place finishes in a pair of tournaments that netted him more money than most people make in a week. Below is Glynn Harris’s Fishing Report on some of our local waterways as well some pictures from the Caney Creek Total Weight and Hook’s Marina 3-Bass Blast Tournaments.

CANEY LAKE – Bass fishing has been fair to good with tournament anglers doing pretty well over the weekend with some nice fish in the 7 and 8 pound range caught on Shaky heads and crank baits. Bream fishing continues to be good fishing the shallows with crickets and worms. Crappie are better at night around lighted piers using shiners for bait. Catfishing has been fair to good tight lining or using noodles baited with cold worms. For latest information contact Bateaux on Caney Lake at 259-6649, Hooks Marina at 249-2347, Terzia Tackle at 278-4498 or the Honey Hole Tackle Shop at 323-8707.

OUACHITA RIVER – A good many bream are being caught in the backwaters on crickets and worms. Crappie fishing has been best in the river south area and in the river lakes on shiners and jigs. Bass are fair in the mouth of the cuts. For latest information, contact the Honey Hole Tackle Shop at 323-8707.

LAKE D’ARBONNE – Bass have been fair early mornings on topwater lures fished around grass and up the creeks around the grass on a variety of lures such as soft plastics, topwater lures and spinner baits. Crappie are on the flats and have been fair to good on shiners and jigs fished 8-10 feet deep in 12-14 foot deep water. Bream are around bedding areas and hitting crickets and worms around the lake. Catfishing has been good on set hooks baited with bream with lots of smaller channel catfish caught fishing off the banks with cold worms and night crawlers. For latest reports, call Anderson’s Sport Center at 368-9669 or Honey Hole Tackle Shop at 323-8707.

LAKE CLAIBORNE – Crappie fishing has been good especially at night fishing around lighted piers on shiners. Bass have slowed down a bit and have only been fair this week. Catfishing has been good on both trotlines and limb lines for flatheads with noodles and trotlines working on channel cats. Small bream are best baits to use for flatheads. The bream are biting worms and crickets just off the banks in 5 foot water. Stripers have improved with some caught around the piers on shad imitations. For latest information, call Tim Loftin at Kel’s Cove at 927-2264.

Caney Creek Bass Club’s Total Weight Tournament (14 participants)
1st. Blake Alford & Nick LaDart – $560.00 (11 total fish weighing 28.49 lbs.
2nd. Jake Beach & Adam Comeaux – $308.00 (9 total fish weighing 19.07 lbs.)
3rd. Greg Williams & Joey Neatherland – $182.00 (5 total fish weighing 12.90 lbs.) $130.00 for fruit jar Big Bass – 5.25lbs
4th. Jim Dillard & Wade Weems $140.00 (3 total fish weighing 10.93 lbs.)
$140.00 -Big Bass of the Day – 6.85lbs

Hooks Marina Pro-Am 3 bass blast (19 participants
1st Place. Blake Alford – 11.12 lbs. & Big Bass 6.27 lbs.
2nd Place. Jerry Burlow & Danny Owen TW 8.81lbs
3rd Place. Wade Weems & Jim Dillard TW. 8.71lbs.

Caney Creek Bass Club Tournament
Big Bass of the Tourney: Wade Weems & Jim Dillard – 6.85 lbs.
First place total weight: Blake Alford & Nick LaDart total fish 11 for 28.49lbs.
Hook’s Pro-Am 3 Bass Blast Tourney
1st place: Blake Alford, Total Weight 11.12 lbs. & Big Bass 6.27 lbs.

Here are also some good catches by Renee and Travis Hampton while enjoying the past weekend.

Renee Hampton – 8 lb. 7 oz bass
Travis Hampton – 20 lb. 14 oz catfish

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