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      "COME RELAX IN OUR WORLD..."

 WATER TEMPERATURE
               66
     WATER CLARITY
           STAINED
     WATER LEVEL
      close to pool
                       GOOD FRIDAY UPDATE!!!!
Dateline:  Lake Bruin
First, we are told by the Sheriff's Dept. that the lake is OPEN to boat traffic. <whew>  Secondly, yesterday afternoon, I walked several piers on both sides of my pier and caught bass on a junebug zoom lizard (it was all I had with me) around the trees. I'd start at the trees and work my way to the bank, 'cuz that's what the bass will be doing for sure.  I'm sure you pros will throw jigs and baits other than my lizard.  So, y'all go fish, boatride, ski, cookout, dine out at our fine restuarants and remember the reason for this season. Stay tuned to this website for updates and changes frequently.
We welcome your comments & suggestions.               


WHO IS OPEN ON EASTER?
-Tensas One Stop
-Five Star Food & Fuel
-Lake Bruin Gro. & Café
-Dollar General Store

CLOSED:

-L.B. Lodge & Fish Tail
-Mac's Fresh Market
Your weather just got better.
         HEALTHY 8 LB 14 OZ
           LAKE BRUIN BASS
Caught last weekend in March as the bass were
staging. 
This fish was thankfully caught by a real sportsman who gently returned her to the water to spawn.
CURRENT MOON
WHO'S GOT LIVE BAIT?
Go to the live bait page button to see.
    FLORIDA BASS
LDWF releases Florida largemouth bass stocking priority list for
2014.  LAKE BRUIN is a number one priority lake and stands to receive 20,000 two-inch Florida bass.  Read the article:
http://www.louisianasportsman.com/details.php?id=6279
  CYPRESS KNEE MUD
             PARK

    April 18, 19 & 20
  Fri & Sat Poker Run
   Sat Nite Live Band
 ENOUGH MUD FOR ALL
facebook@cypresskneemudpark  Take I-49 to
Allen/Powhatan Exit 148 follow signs
                        COMING SOON!!!!
     THE UNTOLD TRUTH ABOUT BREAM!!!

Just kidding...coming in April just a few items on bream, some baits you might not be using, a unique way to prep them for frying (that some of you might not know) etc.  Exciting, huh?  Remember to come back to the website regularly because we insert/delete things daily.

100' X 300' LAKEFRONT LOT
Covenants--No Trailers
$95,000
Andrea Upchurch, Jones & Upchurch, Inc.
601-831-6490

             DON DUBUC ON KMLB TALK 540
Don can be heard on 540 AM (Monroe) and statewide on WWL 870 (New Orleans) on SATURDAYS 5AM until 7AM.  Fishing, hunting, tackle, guides, interviews with people that really fish and hunt.  Possibly the best outdoors show in the country.  His website is www.dontheoutdoorsguy.com There you can listen to past shows but you can also watch past episodes of PARADISE LOUISIANA which is a television outdoors show he co-host. 
     BASSMASTER CLASSIC BAITS THAT MADE A     
                           DIFFERENCE...

From left:  Strike King Red Eye Shad (chili craw), Middle: Rat-L-Trap (Rayburn Red), and Right:  XCalibur xr50 (royal shad). In order of importance.
               FOOD...WEATHER...FISHING INFO...REAL ESTATE... 
                                   ANY QUESTIONS?????
                           Email us at
fishlakebruin@att.net         
 FISH LAKE BRUIN OR HUNT TROPHY DEER
Lake access lots for sale for less than the price of a bass boat!!
Trailers welcome with covenants in place.   Pier, launch, and pavilion on 100 ft. lake lot for property owners only.  Fish or hunt the area while not spending a lot of money.  Great for two families or to use as a rental property when you are not there.
75' X 200' lots for NEW PRICE....FROM $21,900
Contact Andrea Upchurch with Jones and Upchurch, Inc. at 601-831-6490.
  EASTER HAM
If you want one of the best tasting hams you have ever eaten, try Tom Fitzmorris' Easter ham recipe. You will find it on the recipe page. On the left is before the oven, on the right is after the oven.
This year, give the bunnies a break.
       MISSISSIPPI WILDLIFE & FISHERIES
                      2014 FORECAST
I thought you would like to read what the Mississippi WL&F have to say:

       2014 Fishing Forecast for Mississippi Delta Lakes

As March begins, many Mississippi anglers are anticipating warmer spring weather and the start of a new fishing season. After a slow fishing season in 2013 on many Mississippi River oxbow lakes, anglers are hopeful that fishing will improve in 2014. During fish community sampling in fall 2013, Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks fisheries biologists confirmed that severe low water levels in these oxbows during 2012 resulted in a reduced 2012 spawn. With higher water levels and a successful spawn in 2013, biologists are expecting a better fishing season during 2014.

Fall electrofishing surveys conducted in 2013 showed an increase in the size of largemouth bass and crappie at Moon Lake, and numbers of largemouth bass and crappie were high at Little Eagle Lake.  Bee Lake and Moon Lake were stocked with crappie and bluegill in 2013 to increase the numbers of these fish.  Crappie fishing on Lake Washington was very good in 2013.  The large crappie spawn in 2012 will continue to produce good fishing for anglers at this lake.


WHITE PERCH....
       CRAPPIE....
               SACCALAIT....

Whatever you call 'em they are fun to catch and ever better to eat!!!
White Perch relate to structure. Best feeding times are dawn and dusk. Dorsal fin has 6 spines.  Maximum recorded length is 21-inches.
Maximum recorded weight is 5.18 lbs.
Black Perch has darker spots.
Dorsal fin can have 7 or 8 spines.  Oldest recorded age:   15 years.
Typical age is 7 years.  Black crappie prefer clearer water then do white crappie.
Spawning temps range from 
water temps from 58 to 68-degrees F.

                   
       
 
 ANOTHER LATE SPRING?
Will 2014 spring be like 2013?  Accuweather thinks so.  Here is their prediction.
Last year, the cool temps move the spawn later than usual and I believe,definitely had an effect.  We shall see.
            DO NOT USE E15 GAS IN YOUR BOAT!!!
Tests conducted by major marine engine manufacturers have found E15 gasoline causes major problems, including damage to valves, push rods and bearings; performance issues, such as drivability; increased water absorption in the tank; fuel tank corrosion; increased emission of smog-forming pollutants; and potential safety issues for boaters who operate in harsh marine environments.  Watch this  video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ceW9Nc1hVHU
BAD FOR YOUR CAR, BAD FOR YOUR BOAT...
     CHAR-GRILLED OYSTERS & MORE AT HOME!!!!
  You can now order inventor and restaurateur George Schwing's SOS Oyster Shells.  You get 12 large, flat-bottom, stainless steel oyster shells that are sanitary and deep enough for your sauce, oysters, shrimp, or vegetables.  Made to be used over and over again.  They can be ordered at www.sosoystershells.com . Better yet, stop by Schwing's restaurant at 1204 W. 21st Avenue in Covington, LA and enjoy some of the best food on the Northshore.  MMMMMM, I can smell those char-oysters on the grill right now!!!  
 
 2014 POLARIS SPORTSMAN
                WV850
Military grade, fully automatic, single speed
transmission (with reverse).
Never get a flat tire (Terrain Armor tires).
600 lb. steel rack cargo carrying capacity.
Electronic steering.
11.75 gallon fuel tank.
Towing capacity of 1500 lbs.
3,500 lb. wench.
Designed for the military but now it can be yours for $14,999.00.
www.terrainarmor.com
Which fish do you come to Lake Bruin to catch?
  
pollcode.com free polls 
 BERKLEY CRAPPIE NIBBLES

Dissolves slowly in water and creates a
scent cloud.  If you leave a few out overnight, they will harden up and stay on the hook longer.  A REAL MUST HAVE
ADDITION TO YOUR JIG!!!!
WORLD RECORD SUNFISH
Hector Brito took this 5.78 lb. sunfish
from Lake Havasu (Arizona) using a
dropshot rig consisting of a no. 8 gold
Aberdeen hook and a nightcrawler.
The record is pending and if approved
it will beat the current record of 5.55
lbs (caught in 2011)
      FORGET SHOOTING SKEET...
  Go to www.gnatshoot.co.uk then click on the video
  button on the left side of the page.  This is crazy.

                CRAWFISH
Crawfish locator gives prices and store locations:
www.crawfishpricelist.com
Crawfish recipes and info:
www.crawfish.org
     THE PROWLER JIG


This is a very slow sinking jig.
Sink rate is 2 to 5 seconds per
foot.  Comes in several colors.
Kind of pricey at $4.99 but is a good looking bait.
www.bassattackerlures.com
WWW.MAPSGALAXY.COM gives you maps, driving directions, a world clock, & more!!!  You can also see a satellite view of your house.  Google Earth?  I don't use Google for anything since they track and record all your internet usage.  Search with duckduckgo, it's anonymous.
SMARTBAITS change colors as water temperatures change. They manufacture hardbaits, softbaits, and glowbaits that imitate bleeding preyfish.  Their glowbaits will glow for hours after being left out in sunlight. On the left are examples of their softbaits and on the right are some of their hardbaits.  See them all and a great description at: 
www.smartbaits.net
Boat lift installations...We also make custom cradles for all boats. 35 years experience.  Harold (Coon) Kirkpatrick, Jr.  318-282-3404
Therapik® is based on a very simple, scientifically proven principle. Most insect venom is thermolabile (sensitive to heat). Therapik®'s patented technology delivers heat in the specific temperature range necessary to neutralize the venom from over 20,000 different species of insects and sea creatures. THIS WORKS!!! Can be found at WalMart for $12.95.  

WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT FLOOD INSURANCE?

                      
   Learn more about levees and flood insurance
        towards the bottom of this page.  The
     interactive section illustrates why you need
       flood insurance if you live close to a river.
         Don't forget...there is a 30 day waiting
                period before coverage begins.
 
  
       STRIKEBACK
      SPINNERBAIT
Mega Strike has a bait that keeps the head, wire, and blade stationary and allows the hook to pivot.  Fish strike a spinnerbait from a side angle about 90% of the time.  $7.95
www.megastrikefishingproducts.com

           THE RICH HISTORY OF TENSAS PARISH

The oldest road in the parish is the "Texas Road" south of Waterproof.
It sometimes is referred to as the "Spanish Road".  It snaked it way through the Tensas River swamp bottoms that were at one time used by prehistoric men as well as buffalo.  The Texas Road was usable almost all year long (as it was a "highland" road most of the way).
In it's hayday (between 1815 and 1859), it was the busiest.  Most of the traffic was from wagon trains going to settle in Texas and other parts of the west.  This road was viable up until the 1890's.  Some traces of the road can be found on the Tensas Parish map
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 NEED A NEW BOAT LIFT???
Boat Lift Distributors since 1974
has helped with lifts, davits, lift parts, hoist, pwc lifts, jet ski lifts, electrical winches, dock accessories and boating needs.
Fast delivery from their Houston
Texas plant. 1-800-657-9998
or
www.boatliftdistributors.com
       CATISH PECAN
Here's an "OP" I caught this week in my boathouse.  I released him, but I've been catching some nice channels from time to time and if you go to the recipe button at the top of the page you will see a recipe from Tom Fitzmorris for Catfish Pecan.  Easy and good-good.  Don't skip the sauce. The owl is 16 high. 
                      FISHING NIBBLE:
              
                   Bass:  Fish your best spawn tactics and baits.
                             Please release those with eggs so we can
                             have a better fishery.


       White Perch:  Beginning to move towards shallows.
                              I caught several after lunch as the 
                             water warmed up.  Get ready...here
                             it comes.


                Bream:  A few, very few have been caught in 3
                              to 4 ft. of water on crickets.  They all will 
                              be heading to shallow water soon.  Look
                              for my description (and pictures of baits
                              and my fish cleaning technique...with pictures.) 
                              
 
                A SHALLOW THERMOCLINE?

                    BY BRENT BRODERICK


> I’ve often found what I believe to be a thermocline in about 3 feet of water below heavy lily pads and vegetation. The total water depth might be 5 feet. The bass seem to hold right above it — maybe around 2 1/2 feet.

> This formula generally holds true around other kinds of structure and cover as well. Sometimes you’ll find good bass holding at 4 1/2 feet around docks when the thermocline is at 5 feet and the total water depth is no more than 10 feet.

> The truth is that I don’t have any solid scientific evidence to support my theory that thermoclines can be as shallow as I’m suggesting. Nevertheless, years on the water have convinced me I’m onto something.

> Check it out for yourself. Set the sensitivity up on your electronics and cruise some of the areas I’ve talked about. You’ll see that all-important gray band across the screen. It’ll be surprisingly shallow, and in surprisingly shallow water, too.


AWESOME FIRE PIT SWING SET
Materials:
6- Bags of Sacreete (or Quickcreete – whatever you call it) one for each upright.
6- 6x6x10′s (for the uprights)
6- 6x6x8′s for the top sections
6- 2x6x8′s for the stabilizers that go kitty corner on top of 6×6′s (for strength)
24- 3/8′s x 8″ lags for laggin the top horizontal pieces to the uprights (countersunk)
24- 4″ Deck screws for screwing the top pieces together horizontally before lagging them.
24 – 3″ Deck screws for screwing the top 2×6 stabilizers to the 6×6′s
10- 3/8×8″ eyebolts with nuts and washers for hanging the swings
ANDREA UPCHURCH, 
is a realtor and longtime property owner at Lake Bruin.
Let Andrea assist you in finding that perfect camp or home on Lake Bruin or in the area on other lakes.  Professionalism and attention to every one of your real estate needs are attended to by Andrea if you are buying or selling. 
BUY OR LIST WITH THE BEST...
ANDREA UPCHURCH. 601-831-6490
MISSISSIPPI RIVER LEVEL
        AT VICKSBURG
             
Click on: 
http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydrograph.php?wfo=jan&gage=vckm6
CONTACT ANDREA AT:
www.lakebruinhomes.com
         MISSING PLANE???
WWW.FLIGHTRADAR24.COM might have helped. This site shows all the planes in the air right now!!! The left hand column shows the number of planes. To view your region or town, zoom by tapping with your mouse. Click on airplane to show airline, type plane, speed, altitude in real time (re-set every 10 seconds). On some flights you can click on "view from cockpit" to see what the pilots see. INTERESTING SITE.
  TITANIC ICE CUBES
It's difficult to see but this mold makes shapes of Titanic ships and icebergs.  The icebergs float and the Titanic shapes list like they
are sinking.  Who said you had everything? Now you can.  Amazon for about $8.00

WE NOW HAVE GAS! :)
Hey, hey, hey, not that kind of gas.  We have finally gotten our page (see button at top of page) for ethanol gas.  There's nothing new there, but if we can help just one person...well then I guess we will have helped one person.
Pete Landry's website is on the page and if you fish tournaments and you want to easily find non-ethanol gas, then this is the place
for you.
DID YOU KNOW GOOGLE CAN'T KEEP A SECRET?
They observe your searches so advertisers can target you.  They also have been known to give that information to law enforcement agencies (for certain people this might be a good thing).  Here is a list of search engines that will protect your privacy:
Duck Duck Go--one of the best out there
Wolfram Alpha--best for research & calculations.  Beats Google by a mile.
Blekko--gives links to answer your searches
IxQuick--really quick answers
Yippy--blocks adult content
Mazoon--best for smartphones
Izik--best for tablets
(One more thing:  Google is anti-gun)

            NeverWet

 

Rust-Oleum® NeverWet is a two-step product system designed to create a moisture repelling barrier on a variety of surfaces. It is suitable for use on metal, wood, aluminum, galvanized metal, PVC, concrete, masonry, asphalt, vinyl siding, fiberglass, canvas, most plastics and more. Read the NeverWet instructions for more information about application and use.

  • Not intended to be applied to electronic devices or clothing
  • Sprays clear and dries to a flat light haze
  • Durable formulation, ideal for indoor/outdoor conditions
  • Dries fast — 30 minutes to touch

    WWW.RUSTOLEUM.COM/NEVERWET

FAVARO'S ROD & REEL REPAIR
9 AM - 5 PM Monday--Friday
(225) 355-4368
3003 Weller Ave.
Baton Rouge, LA 70805
Bill Favaro, owner
        GORILLA HINGES
Replacement hinges for Igloo, Gott, Thermos, and Rubbermaid coolers.
Food grade quality hinges can also be
used on tool boxes, tackle boxes, and
even gun cases.  $9.79
www.coolcoolerparts.com
       MAKIN' MEMORIES
Doug & Bella Bickley score again!!!
Lake Bruin is the perfect place to connect with kids, the family, or even yourself.  You can't get smiles like this playing a video game inside.  And you can't buy white perch at the grocery store.
Sometimes funny stuff happens whether you want it to or not.  In above video, you will see more than a few people having a bad day out on the water.  But remember:  a bad day fishing is much better than any day at work.  (At least that's my take.)
Hope you enjoy these mishaps
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LOUISIANA PROPERTY
            TAXES
Go to: www.latax.state.la.us/
1. click on parish tax rolls (on left)
2. select parish & year
3. select 1 of 4 options
4. select submit
See everyone's property taxes.
                   

SEADOO............$8500.00
        JANUARY WHITE PERCH
              AT LAKE BRUIN
These lovely slabs were taken in over 24 feet of water at the ends of piers just a few days ago.  No shinners here, just a jig and Berkley's Crappie Nibbles (which will be highlighted soon on this page).  As time flies by we tend to think of these fish in shallow water, which they can be at this time of the year.  However, don't give up on nice fish like this that can be taken year round in deeper water. (Those boards are 7 1/2-inches wide, so these are some nice fish.)

Crankbaits usually pull down, this one pulls up.
Gives the fish a different
look.
www.luck-e-strike.us

                 STRIKE KING
          RAGE BLADE SWIM JIG

This new Strike King swim jig has a newly designed jointed blade and head that increases action.  This new design increases hookups and reduces snagging.  It provides a realistic swimming action and also includes the "perfect skirt", a twin tail trailer for added action.
I don't know if this stat is low or high, but I know this...it amazes me how many kids AND adults that pass me and are texting while driving.  Please, please don't text while driving. 
WWW.FLOODSMART.GOV/PRETEND
This is the official site of the National Flood Insurance Program.  It provides the facts about flooding and it's effect on you and your property.  Fema maps are not complete for all areas of Lake Bruin, however, you can search other areas where you own property and find out your risk there.  On the site you can find a cost calculator and scenario videos (which are minimally helpful).  The most important fact to get from this site is that:  only flood insurance covers flood damage.  Your regular homeowners policy does NOT.


 
   THIS IS WHY OUR
    DOGS DON'T LIKE
                US




        ENTERGY INFO

For ALL kinds of information on power outages in Louisiana
or Mississippi go to our "entergy" button at the top of
this page.  Smart phone and computer details there.
      CC2 RADIO
             BY
     C. CRANE CO.
Best radio I've ever owned.  Designed for long-range reception and emergencies.
AM/FM, weather bands, 
2-meter Ham Band, clock, alarm, sleep timer, lighted display, etc.  AC power or "D" 
batteries.  Can be found on Amazon for about $140.00.
Worth every penny.
On May 2007, a lake in Patagonia, Chile, literally disappeared, leaving behind a 30 meter deep pit, icebergs and dry soil. However, this wasn’t a small lake or pond – it was an astonishing 5 miles long! The last time geologists saw the lake in March 2007, they detected nothing strange about it. However, something happened during the 2 month span that not only caused the lake to vanish, but reduced a river that flowed from the lake to a tiny stream. Geologists were puzzled as to why a lake of that size would simply cease to exist. Perhaps, they suggested, an earthquake drained the lake, yet there were no reports of any quakes in that particular area during spring. Meanwhile, UFO enthusiasts concluded that a spaceship drained the lake. The mystery is unsolved to this day.
     TREE STAND SKIRT
Constructed of Realtree XTRA camo material.  Fits most one or two person stands.  Has tie-down straps on top and bottom to attach to stand.  Interior gear pocket.  Comes with carrying bag.  $24.99 at CABELA'S.
 
 
 
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