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Old 07-02-2018, 03:01 PM
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Default Where are the Speckled Trout in Big Lake?????

What is going on with the Speckled Trout bite in Big Lake???? Have not heard or seen anyone catching very many so far this year. alot of Reds, but not many Specks.

i guess we gonna have to wait for the Fall Bite
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Old 07-02-2018, 06:12 PM
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They gone.

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Old 07-03-2018, 09:08 AM
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While I believe that habitat deteoriation - especially loss of oyster reefs - is a culprit, I also think there's a hydrological reason as well.

I live near the headwaters of the Calcasieu River. Over the last 3 years, we've had 5 rain events where we had 6+ inches of rain in 48 hours. Guess where all that water went?

Back in January we had one of those events. It rained nearly 7 inches while the temperature barely got above 40 degrees. That's a lot of extremely cold water that speckled trout cannot tolerate.

My guess is that these repeated rain events - especially this past winter - drive the bigger trout back into the Gulf. Where they are more susceptible to predation. Those that survive are slow to return back into the lake. Several iterations of this is not good.
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Old 07-03-2018, 11:48 AM
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Catch, That sounds like one of the best theories that I heard yet
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Old 07-03-2018, 01:03 PM
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Makes sense. I think there are many factors. Fewer oysters, fishing pressure, max slot established so late, and possibly too many guides.
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Old 07-08-2018, 08:02 PM
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Any updates on the speckled trout bite in big Lake lately?
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Old 07-08-2018, 08:29 PM
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Guides were starting to catch. But they just got hit with more rain. Maybe by august they'll be there.

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Old 07-09-2018, 08:27 AM
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I still think all the sediment being drained way up river is having some effect too. Calcasieu River at old town bay used to get so clear this time of year u could see 3-4 feet down! Right now u can see 3-4" maybe and it's been this way for many many years now.
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Old 07-12-2018, 10:20 PM
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It could be that between all the fresh water and the early heat, most of the fish have been pushed offshore to the near rigs or wherever. The high winds have kept bay boats out of the gulf until just recently, so how would you know the fish were there? I don't know what the answer is but I just don't want to believe the lake is in a severe decline.
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