Deep jiggin’ for Toledo Bend crappie

 

(Story as appeared on Louisiana Sportsman Website)

For certain, the sales personnel at Lafayette’s Service Chevrolet had anticipated the big trip for quite a while.

It was a once-a-year excursion for Toledo Bend crappie . . . and loads of them.

The group that had ventured out on this trip included Service Chevrolet owner Jesse Luquette of Lafayette and his lead salesmen: Kevin Cahanin, Tony Beyonce, Richard Williams, Chuck Voorhies, Ricky Andrus and manager, Scott Collins.

Kevin Cahanin Photo Lafayette’s Jesse Luquette, owner of Service Chevrolet, displays one of the heftiest of the limits of crappie taken, a 2.5- pounder. Each of the seven anglers in Luquette’s group caught limits of crappie fishing in 14- to 22- feet of water jigging vertically with shiners.
Kevin Cahanin Photo
Lafayette’s Jesse Luquette, owner of Service Chevrolet, displays one of the heftiest of the limits of crappie taken, a 2.5- pounder. Each of the seven anglers in Luquette’s group caught limits of crappie fishing in 14- to 22- feet of water jigging vertically with shiners.

“And we certainly caught loads of sac-a-lait,” said 49-year-old angler Kevin Cahanin of Rayne.

Cahanin remembers launching in South Toledo Bend’s waters with the guides of Living the Dream Guide Service of Many (http://www.ltdguideservice.com/). The 7- member group had split up to fish that day on two different party barges.

The waters were mostly calm with a slight breeze blowing according to the angler.

“We launched at approximately 3:00 p.m. Friday, June 7,” said Cahanin.

Kevin Cahanin Photo Kevin Cahanin displays his two best sac-a-lait of the Toledo Bend trip – two 2- pounders.
Kevin Cahanin Photo
Kevin Cahanin displays his two best sac-a-lait of the Toledo Bend trip – two 2- pounders.

“We were fishing ledges in 14- to 22- feet of water where the graph showed good numbers of bait and fish on brushpiles,” said the angler.

Cahanin remembers that the first drop-off delivered a few bites, and then the action dropped off sharply.

“When we arrived at the first spot, we jigged vertically down using light spinning equipment baited with shiners,” he said. “Of course, we didn’t use any corks fishing that deep.

“And the fish started biting right off the bat,” said the angler. “We moved to three different locations to finish up a limit for all of us by 6 p.m.”

In Cahanin’s estimation, the crappie ranged from 1- to 2- pounds.

“In some spots, the bigger sac-a-lait would bite first, and we would catch only a few,” he said. “But the big bite didn’t last long, and it wasn’t followed by catching smaller fish.

“If the medium sized sac-a-lait were caught first, then we could stay longer and catch more fish,” he explained.

“This was the pattern we observed all the afternoon.

Kevin Cahanin Photo The group that had ventured out on this trip included Service Chevrolet owner Jesse Luquette of Lafayette and his lead salesmen: Kevin Cahanin, Tony Beyonce, Richard Williams, Chuck Voorhies, Ricky Andrus and manager, Scott Collins.
Kevin Cahanin Photo
The group that had ventured out on this trip included Service Chevrolet owner Jesse Luquette of Lafayette and his lead salesmen: Kevin Cahanin, Tony Beyonce, Richard Williams, Chuck Voorhies, Ricky Andrus and manager, Scott Collins.

The group of anglers on the other party barge however had stayed in one place where each angler caught a limit. Their fish too averaged in the same size range.

This is the second summer in a row that the group found limits of crappie atop brushpiles along the deeper shelves in Toledo Bend waters 14- to 22- feet deep according to the angler.

Kevin Cahanin Photo Richard Williams proudly displays his best sac-a-lait of the trip.
Kevin Cahanin Photo
Richard Williams proudly displays his best sac-a-lait of the trip.

“This seems to be a good pattern the guides at Living the Dream Guide Service have for fishing here in June,” said Cahanin.

“A few catfish and bass were also taken,” he said.

As the summer heat edges up the surface temperature of Toledo Bend’s waters, the crappie will continue chasing schools of baitfish in deeper waters.

For more information about fishing crappie at Toledo Bend in the summer, contact Living the Dream Guide Service at (318) 990-9156.

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