Caney Lake has been a fabled bass fishery for decades thanks to Florida-strain largemouth bass being stocked over 20 years ago. On March 28, Pineville, La., angler Dustin Chelette added to the lake’s storied legend when he caught a pair of trophy largemouths on back to back casts. The first bass tipped the scales at 10.17 pounds (26.5-inch length) and the second came in at 10.93 pounds (24 inches).
He was fishing a slow-tapering weedy flat in 2 to 3 feet of water near the north end of Caney, a place he knew held spawning largemouths. He started catching small bass, and in time reasoned that bigger bass likely were deeper. So he moved his boat deeper on the slope, probing 4 to 6 feet of water with black-and-blue bass jigs. It wasn’t long that he hooked his first lunker. He deposited the fish in his boat’s aerated live well, and on his next cast to the exact same spot hooked a bigger, stronger, and much tougher bass. Figuring he’d had about as good a day fishing as possible and he headed in. Back at the dock he found someone to take pictures of him and his fish, then released them back into Caney Lake.