The water temperature on Sabine Lake this past Monday was 69 degrees, and with this week’s cold front lowering temperatures into the 40s, it is a sure bet that water temps will drop at least a few more degrees. That’s going to give flounder fishing on Sabine Lake and in East Galveston Bay a big-time bump. The run on Sabine has been pretty darned good the past couple of weeks, but I can guarantee you it’s going to be red hot for at least the next week to 10 days.
I was fishing with artist Sam Caldwell last week, and we caught flounder up to about 4 pounds. The hottest lure we had on the boat was chartreuse and white 5-inch Egret Wedgetail rigged on a 1/8-ounce jig head.
Some of the best flounder fishing spots on Sabine Lake are at the mouths of bayous feeding into the lake on falling tides. Bank fishing around the Causeway Bridge has been very good, according to reports from the Causeway Bait Camp. In the pass, the Texas shoreline has been excellent in 1 to 2 feet of water. Points near Lighthouse Cove have been holding some pretty impressive flounder, as well.
Fishing under the birds continues to be very good. That should continue to be a good option for at least the next week or so. Lots of reds are under the birds, along with increasing numbers of solid trout. The best lures are fast sinking jigs like Bayou Chubs in glow or black/chartreuse.
Game wardens are always on duty
Game Warden Danny Kelso has been successful in the apprehension of several groups of poachers in his assigned area, and he has filed many cases on subjects taking and attempting to take whitetail deer from public roads. He has also successfully apprehended numerous waterfowl hunting violators in the wildlife management areas.
One of Kelso’s most notable cases was when he saw a truck drive by his residence, with the guys inside checking if he was on duty. Upon seeing his familiar green truck in the driveway, they drove to a WMA to engage in a day of duck hunting. Kelso drove to the WMA, hid his truck in the brush and waited for the hunters. At the end of the day, he was able to apprehend the subjects leaving the WMA with several ducks in their possession.
The hunters learned one very important lesson that day — game wardens are always on duty.
Because of his hard work, Kelso has been recognized as Texas Wildlife Officer of the Year by the Shikar-Safari Club International.
TPWD Executive Director Carter Smith presented Kelso with the prestigious award at the recent Parks and Wildlife Commission meeting. This marks the 32nd year this award has been presented to a Texas game warden.
“During Danny’s career, he has built a reputation as being a ‘go to’ person in his community,” said Smith. “In addition to his game warden duties, he frequently assists local entities with law enforcement, firefighting and community events.”
Kelso was a member of the 42nd Texas Game Warden Training Academy graduating class in April 1991.
Game fish aren’t bait
A Dimmit County game warden was checking some fishermen along a recently flooded river and noticed a man sitting by himself and not wanting to look his way. After the warden contacted the man and checked his fishing license, the warden noticed a bait bucket in the water. The warden asked the man about the kind of bait he was using and he replied, “Some shad that I caught.” After an inspection of the bait bucket, the warden found the fisherman in possession of seven undersized crappie and five undersized largemouth bass mixed in with the shad and minnows. All of the undersized game fish were released, and tickets issued for possession of undersized game fish.
Don’t tell little white lies to game wardens
A Tarrant County game warden was checking fishermen on Lake Grapevine when she pulled up to a boat that was drift-fishing for catfish. When she made contact, she noticed some large fish scales next to an open pocketknife. As the men searched for their fishing licenses, the warden noticed a small white bass on the floor of the boat next to one of the men’s feet. She asked the men what they were using for bait, and they pointed to a bucket of shad. The warden retrieved the white bass from the floor of the boat, and it was missing one fillet and its tail. The men were asked to reel in their lines, and two of the four lines had been baited with the undersized white bass. The men received an education about using game fish for bait, given tickets and sent on down the road.
Robert Sloan can be reached by e-mail at sloan288 [at] aol [dot] com.