After months of enjoying weather unlike what we usually get in late July and August, we are finally seeing weather that makes us remember what summertime weather in these parts really is. The heat has settled in and it’s hard to think about what the weather will be like a couple of months down the road. However, a couple of things will be taking place that should cool you down, especially if you’re an outdoors minded person.
First off, one of this area’s most popular events for outdoorsy folks will be taking place in a few short weeks. This is an event that was dumped in the trash heap like so many other happenings that didn’t take place last year, thanks to the COVID pandemic. The annual fund raising banquet of the Lincoln Parish chapter of Whitetails Unlimited is set to kick off Friday, August 13 at the Ruston Civic Center, according to chapter president, Daniel Taylor.
“We are really looking forward to this year’s banquet, especially since we didn’t get to have it last year. We’re expecting a large crowd as indicated by the fact that corporate tables are already almost sold out; we’re expecting upwards of 600 folks in attendance this year,” said Taylor.
One reason for the popularity of this event is the fact that a large portion of the funds raised is kept right here in this area and has been used for a variety of activities that promote the outdoors.
“We have traditionally been able to contribute to such things as the 4-H shooting events our kids are involved in. Plus,” he added, “this year we’ll be contributing to an exciting new facility that is currently nearing completion, the new 3-D Archery Range that is being constructed out at Lincoln Parish Park.”
Former president of the local Whitetails Unlimited chapter, Glenn Scriber, has jumped on another horse, keeping busy as a member of the Lincoln Parish Police Jury to spearhead the construction of the archery range.
“We’re moving right along and the fence around the facility is probably nearing 90 percent completion,” said Scriber. “We are getting everything readied for a projected opening date of September 1.”
The range will be in compliance with regulations set forth by the Archery Shooting Association (ASA) which will feature Delta McKenzie targets set up throughout the range.
“What we really like about the location is that we were granted a 10 acre tract in Lincoln Parish Park that was not being utilized for other activities. The setting is dotted with plenty of pine and hardwood timber with a little drain running through it to create lifelike situations. We’ll have a variety of targets to be shot at with several life-size deer targets along with other animals such as pigs, coyotes, bobcats and turkeys,” Scriber said.
Memberships will be offered for $100 a year providing not only opportunities to use the range but also to enjoy other activities provided by the park such as running, walking and bike riding.
“In addition, if folks just want to come out and maybe shoot a few times before hunting season, we’ll provide a fee schedule that should be great for this. For a fee of $8, visitors can shoot the range and have full use the park,” Scriber continued.
Whitetails Unlimited banquet and 3-D Archery range; it’s enough to make you forget it’s August and hot as blue blazes.
CANEY LAKE – Bass fishing has been fair with best catches made fishing the deeper drops with drop-shot rigs, Shaky heads and jigs. Look for schooling activity on the surface with topwater shad imitations working best. Crappie fishing has been best at night on shiners around the lights. Bream fishing is still good on worms and crickets around bedding areas. Catfishing is fair fishing a variety of baits around the piers and boat docks. For information contact Hooks
Marina at 249-2347, Terzia Tackle at 278-4498 or the Honey Hole Tackle Shop at 323-8707.
OUACHITA RIVER – Bass have been best fishing a variety of shad imitation lures around the mouth of the run-outs. Crappie have been best fishing jigs or shiners around deep brush in the river. For latest information, contact the Honey Hole Tackle Shop at 323-8707.
LAKE D’ARBONNE – Bass fishing has been best in the deeper sloughs with Rat-L-Traps and soft plastics picking up a few with Wobble Heads best around grass and moss. Look for the crappie bite to be best fishing jigs or shiners in 12-15 foot water. Try 8-10 feet deep for best results. Bream fishing is still fair to good around the beds on worms and crickets while channel cats are biting cold worms off the banks. For latest reports, call Anderson’s Sport Center at 368-
9669 or Honey Hole Tackle Shop at 323-8707.
LAKE CLAIBORNE – Stripers are breaking the water on top chasing shad with Rat-L-Traps taking some. When they go down, the Alabama rigs fished with white jigs in deeper water seems to work best. Bass have been fair with green Rat-L-Traps taking a few. Crappie fishing has been fair to good with hair jigs or the Electric Chicken working best. Bream fishing has been best in the mornings on crickets and worms. No report on catfish. For latest information, call Kel’s Cove at 927-2264 or Terzia Tackle at 278-4498.
BUSSEY BRAKE – Bream fishing continues to be good on worms and crickets. Crappie and bass have been fair around brush on spinners and crank baits. No report on catfish. For latest information, contact the Honey Hole Tackle Shop at 323-8707.
BLACK BAYOU – Bream fishing continues to be good on worms and crickets. Bass have been fair around the grass and brush on Wobbleheads, jigs and spinners. Crappie are scattered and fair on shiners or jigs. Contact Honey Hole Tackle Shop 323-8707 for latest information.
LAKE POVERTY POINT – Catfishing has been good, crappie are fair around the boat slips, bream are slow to fair with no report on bass. For latest reports, call Poverty Point Marina at 318/878-0101.
LAKE ST. JOHN – Catfishing has been good, bass are fair early mornings while crappie and bream are slow. For information, call Ken Mahoney at 318-201-3821.
LAKE YUCATAN – No report. For information, call Surplus City Landing at 318/467-2259.
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