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Never fished before, and heading to Caddo Lake


LonestarJohnsons

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Hello!  Hubby and I just left Academy with what we hope is a good start on tackle and equipment to have a bit of fun on Caddo Lake this weekend.  It's his birthday  :)

The fishing report from TPWD for Caddo Lake is:

"Water stained; 78-86 degrees; slightly above conservation pool. Black bass are good on black/red or watermelon Senkos on the grass and along the edges of lily pads and on soft plastic frogs over grass and lily pads. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs around cypress trees and in the river bends. Bream are fair around cypress trees on crickets and worms. Catfish are good on limblines with cut bait."

Neither of us have any idea what we're doing.  We read the  article "Angling 101" http://www.bassresource.com/beginner/beginning_fishing.html, and went to Academy and bought two licenses, two rods w/ reels, and partially filled a tackle box as best we could using the list from the article.  The rods are 7' Shimano  Stimula, with Shimano Slade 4000 FB reels.

So, I'm hoping before we actually get on the road from Houston up to Caddo I could possibly hear from some experienced anglers who know the Caddo area.  We have a cabin in the state park, so we're not exactly on the lake.

Also, I've never eaten bass before ~ what is it like?  Similar to tilapia?  Not that we'll necessarily be catching any this weekend!  :)

I've wanted to go fishing for the last fifteen years, I can't believe we're finally getting to do it!

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A Gene Larew 7.5 inch ringworm is always good on Caddo. Most any size worm between  6 to 12 inch on a curl or ribbon tailed will do. A 7 or 8 inch is a safe bet in colors of red shad, junebug, grape, and plum. You will want to throw these around the single cypress trees in 3-7 ft. of water.

Next, a soft jerkbait (Fluke) in colors of rainbow trout, albino shad, or red shad will work around the same type trees as mentioned with the worms. Don't use any weight on these and concentrate more on the trees that have an abundance of grass around them.

Buzzbaits are working well right now also. White or black colors will do the trick here. Throw these around the lily pads and hyacinths.

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Thanks Catt, we'll stop and get some red shad, junebug, grape, and plum.  I have watermelon/red w/ a u-tail, and chartreuse/pumpkin finesse.  I have a nice white buzzbait.  Will need to get a couple of soft jerkbait.

Great advice on nixing the weights and seeking out the thick grass, thanks for your help.

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Good Luck and welcome to Bass Resource.  Great information and better people, please post your results when you get back.

GO BIG RED

OH!  The pressure!  Now we have to actually catch something since I have to post my results??

The low in Caddo will be 61* while we're there, ten degrees lower than Houston.  I'll be glad to get there, and even more glad when we catch our first bass! I'm trying to think positive here...  

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i congradulate you for all the research you have done before you made your first cast!  you really grabbed the bull by the horn.   where are you at in Houston?  i am in Magnolia so if you want some ponds to fish to get your confidence up on catching fish i can give a few in my area.  its tough to go to a public lake and start catching fish when you are starting out.  

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Question? Do you have a sister? I have a wife that will soon need replacing. If you and your husband are serious just let me know. I live in Houston. I will be happy to take the both of you to Lake Conroe or Sam Rayburn and help you. I have a guide license and have been tournament fishing for years. I love to teach. I will furnish the boat, gas, and tackle if need be(I will be going anyway).  I usually fish by myself to keep any information from getting out, but have no problem taking the both of you. Just let me know. Good luck and contact me when you get back if interested. Jack

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Question? Do you have a sister? I have a wife that will soon need replacing. If you and your husband are serious just let me know. I live in Houston. I will be happy to take the both of you to Lake Conroe or Sam Rayburn and help you. I have a guide license and have been tournament fishing for years. I love to teach. I will furnish the boat, gas, and tackle if need be(I will be going anyway). I usually fish by myself to keep any information from getting out, but have no problem taking the both of you. Just let me know. Good luck and contact me when you get back if interested. Jack

First of all, LonestarJohnsons, Welcome Aboard!

Now, KUDOS to Jack.

That's a mighty nice offer. I hope you all get together.

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Welcome to the forum.

You picked a good time to go to Caddo. Cool, bugs on the decline, and the fish are moving into the river.

I have stayed at the state park by Uncertain Tx. From that ramp, just head up river to the bridge.  You can see the bridge from the ramp, 1/4 mile.

You should have muttiple species schooling there. Whites, crappie and bass will be schooled up on the shad that are eating algea from the bridge pilings.

Shad colored cranks, Bomber root beer and chrome traps, and crappie jigs. Pink with blue tail mini tubes was good for crappie, I recommend asking the bait shops on jig colors currently working. Bait shops are around the lake.

If you have GPS, please mark your way points. Caddo is the only lake that I know of that has road signs up on trees to keep you from getting lost. Good luck,      Hoping to make that trip in November again.

Hookem

Matt

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