on pamphlet and lay it beside your calendar. Deer season? It's over. Duck hunting? No more this year. Dove season? Fagetabowdit. About the only seasons still going on are squirrel, rabbit and quail and we have several more weeks to wait before spring turkey hunting kicks off.
So, what's an outdoorsman to do during this lull in the activity? If you can stand the tundra-like weather with its frigid temperatures, wind and freezing stuff falling from the sky, you can go fishing. I admit; I'm a wimp. You're not going to catch me out on the lake under these awful conditions. The older I get, the higher the temperature has to be before I get out on the lake.
That being said, there are tougher-than-me anglers who are going out and guess what? They're enjoying delicious fish fries because they're out there catching fish and lots of them.
From the comfort of my warm and toasty office, I'll share what some of the gristle-tough experts have told me about how they catch fish in February, even under these extreme conditions.
Greg Terzia, owner of Greg Terzia's Bait and Tackle in Ruston, loves to fish Caney Lake this time of year. Here's how he catches bass on Caney in February.
"By now, you will start to see some bedding up in the shallows. It sounds crazy being that it's in February, but I've always found the spawn to be ahead on Caney compared to a lot of the other lakes," Terzia said.
"Although you can find some fish in the shallows, the majority of the fish will be staging up on secondary points. I like fishing these points with a ½ ounce red Rat-L-Trap, a Smithwick suspending Rogue, a Carolina rig, and a black/blue jig made by Pepper Custom Baits. As far as fishing the shallows, I like throwing a white Zoom lizard around the beds, a watermelon red magic Zoom super fluke, and a Gary Yamamoto Senko worm rigged wacky style."
February also sends Terzia to another of his favorite lakes, D'Arbonne.
"This is my favorite month of the year to catch a big bass on D'Arbonne. The one lure that sticks out in my mind that always works is a black and blue or black and brown jig tipped with a Gene Larew craw worm fished around trees in 2 to 8 feet of water."
Sid Havard, fishing guide from Simsboro, is a fan of fishing Lake Claiborne this time of year.
"I would spend most my time on the north end of lake just because it warms first. Beware if it rains, all that cold water comes in and I'll move back down the lake away from the cooler water."
"Fishing for crappie in deep water just out from the dam is a popular activity this time of year on Claiborne. Look for bunches of shad on sonar and that's where the crappie will be. Either shiners or jigs will work on these big schools of crappie."
Another of Havard's favorite cold weather lakes is Black Lake in Natchitoches Parish.
"In February, the fish should be loaded with eggs looking for warm water to do their thing," says Havard. "This time of the year it's all about cutting them off at the pass. "Bass will be holding on drops next to shallow flats moving in and out checking the water temperature. For sure this is time to catch that fish of life time."
I'll be sure and ponder the words from these two experts while I'm kicking back in front of the fireplace at Doody's Diner enjoying crispy catfish filets.
Glynn Harris Outdoors is proudly sponsored by DSK, Ltd. of Minden.