Speckled trout difficult to find, but worth it

By Capt. Bill Watkins

As I maneuvered the boat into position in the mouth of the small bayou I explained to my two guests what was underneath the surface of the water. “The bayou continues past the mouth with an underwater channel out about sixty yards toward the river. About half way out there is a sixty-degree dog leg in the under-water channel. Along the left side of the underwater channel is a shallow mud flat and on the other side is a shallow mud flat with an oyster reef. The under-water portion of the bayou is about six feet deep and twenty feet wide with sloping sides. The fish will either be holding on the edge of the shallow oyster reef near the edge of the river or will be lying in the bottom of the bayou very near to its entrance into the river which is twenty-three feet deep. One of you make a cast to the right over the oyster reef and the other cast straight down the length of the ditch and work your soft plastic lure right down on the bottom all the way back to the boat”. As we neared the drop off with the boat still over the deep edge of the river I hit the anchor button on the remote and the Minn Kota electric motor began linking up with GPS. It takes about two minutes to find the satellites and lock in. Once locked I can turn my attention to my guests and observe what they are doing. The electric motor found its position and held steady in the swift river current. “Go ahead and cast”, I said. Both anglers did so and began to work their lures back toward the boat. About half way through the angler who had cast down the under-water bayou set the hook and the fight was on. A tug of war ensued that lasted about four minutes and then a fat speckled trout came up by the boat and ended its career in the landing net. 


This angling drama happened on Wednesday this week and was repeated over and over all morning long in different and varied places on Sabine Lake. The speckled trout fishing at Sabine has been tough over the last two weeks but there is still some good action and nice sized trout to be had if one knows where the fish should be and develops patterns that will put the fish in the boat. It is very difficult to find concentrations of speckled trout right now. When situations such as this happen I often rely on what I call “the school bus pattern”; drive a mile and pick up one or two.

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