There was a time when folks in this area did little more than acknowledge the fact that another hurricane was plodding its way into the Gulf of Mexico. Rita and Ike changed that mindset forever and Ida was the topic of local conversations before she ever took on hurricane status.

At this point, it looks as though she will slide well to the east of us and that is no small blessing. Folks living on the Sabine River, especially those right here in the Deweyville area, are already having to deal with some serious flooding as a result of the incredible amount of rainfall that inundated Toledo Bend virtually overnight.

Gary Stelly’s fly over photographs of the river that he took last week give you a pretty good idea of just how excessive the flooding is all the way to the dam. The SRA has reduced the flow out of the massive impoundment, but the lake level remains tenuous should they take another hit!

I prefer to look at the achievements of local citizens when I visit his web site at, but you can still check out the gallery and look at those shots. Aside from the water spread all over the marsh, the other thing you will notice is how muddy the water is even in the drains and backwater lakes.

Because of the high salinity level that found bass fishermen catching speckled trout above the I-10 Bridge this summer, the fishing in Sabine Lake continues to merit the effort of cranking up the outboard. The bite changed drastically over a one week period, but the fact that the fish are still there and biting is all that really matters.

The anglers that noticed the change the most were the ones that spent two days chasing fish under countless flocks of gulls weekend before last only to roar out into the lake Saturday morning and not see a gull. You also had to run well out into the lake before you were able to see your outboard prop beneath the water.

The good news, as at least a handful of persistent anglers eventually figured out, was that in spite of significantly fresher water both the trout and reds were hanging very near the color change in the lake. The even better news was that most of the trout were much larger than those that we had been catching under the birds.

We put together a very decent program Saturday drifting flats in a little clearer water, but we soon discovered that working the color change was a much easier pattern to fish. Do not worry about not being able to tell exactly where that change is as it is very distinct. We never did well where the change just faded out and blended in with clearer water.

This is not a program that you can successfully fish without a troll motor. The line of dirty water meanders like a shoreline and should be treated as such. If there was any surprise it was that we caught more fish holding the boat in the clearer water and casting into the mud line. I would have thought that the predator fish would have lurked in the cover of water with less visibility ambushing bait in the clearer water, but that has not been the case.

The other action that local anglers have seemingly turned their back on due to the two-fish limit restriction for the month of November has been the flounder bite. The bayous leading into the reserve are closed, but the bayous like Bridge, Blacks, Johnson’s and Madam Johnson’s have been very good this past week.

Most of the fish are holding around drains or in the bends of the channels and we are talking about fish up to 24-inches. The bonus has been the redfish bite, especially on outgoing tides. You can get it done fishing on the bottom with frozen shrimp, but GULP shrimp and 3-inch Sea Shads in Texas Roach or chicken-on-a-chain are also working well.

Hopefully the river will crest and recede before the color change is somewhere around the Causeway Bridge, but in the meantime I would not hang up my rods just yet. If you are running out of Adam’s or Cow Bayou, beware of floating tree trunks and other debris. There were two large skids partially submerged in Middle Pass earlier in the week that we could not find to mark on the way home. That is never a good thing.