15 Best Bass Fishing Lakes & Rivers in Louisiana
Bass are the quintessential American fish. Found almost everywhere in the country, these scrappy green predators put up a great fight. Some would say they taste even better on the dinner plate.
Louisiana has some of the best bass fishing in the continental United States, but naturally some locations are better than the rest.
From public park ponds to backwater bayous, anglers will find bass throughout Louisiana. Many anglers prefer their local fishing hole or always go to the most famous locations when they leave home.
In this article, we’ll show you a bunch of the best, those you’ve heard of as well as bodies of water simply ripe with bass that often go unappreciated.
Before we reveal the best locations to catch them, we’ll tell you a bit more about bass in Louisiana and the best ways to catch them.
If you don’t want the complete fishing guide, use the table of contents to jump to the best locations or other parts of the article that will be most helpful.
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Types of Bass
While most U.S. anglers know about largemouth bass, other species of bass are common in the waters of Louisiana.
Because each species has its distinct features, habitat preferences, and behaviors, it pays to be able to distinguish one from another.
Here are the five most common bass you’ll find in the waters of Louisiana.
Considered the most sought-after freshwater game fish in America, the largemouth bass occupies an extra special place in the heart of anglers in the Southeast.
This burly green aquatic beast is notorious for topwater explosions and challenging fights.
Largemouth bass are the black bass family’s largest and arguably most revered members. All black bass are more closely related to sunfish than to true bass species.
What’s more important to anglers is this voracious fish will strike anything from fish to small birds, insects, and reptiles. However, when this apex predator survives enough seasons, it is often smart enough to forgo a tasty-looking lure if it’s been hooked by it before.
This fish might not win a beauty pageant, coming in various shades of green, off-white, and occasionally brown, but it’ll hit a topwater lure harder than Mike Tyson.
Powerful and aggressive, this fish stands out for its delicious flavor profile, making it a staple in many freshwater seafood dishes.
Ambush predators, largemouth bass prefer warmer, still, or slow-moving water full of structure. They usually inhabit murky waters with clay or mud bottoms rich in vegetation, where they can hide and strike their unsuspecting prey.
These bass are easily identifiable from other species because their extra-big mouths extend past their eyes, unlike other black basses. They also have a single dorsal fin and a single splotchy stripe running the length of their body.
Spotted bass are the second-most common black bass found here.
Although similar in appearance to largemouth bass, spotted bass don’t grow nearly as large as their cousin but make up for the lack of size with their ability to fight.
The species is often referred to as a Kentucky bass. They have a diet consisting of frogs, crustaceans, worms, fish, and insects.
The spotted bass is often mistaken for the largemouth, with its dark blotches on its olive-green back. However, spotted bass have a tooth patch on the tongue and a mouth that doesn’t extend past the eyes, which are subtle differences that distinguish them from largemouths.
Spotted bass are often found in smaller rivers and lakes over rock or gravel bottoms with medium water flow. They often employ vegetation or submerged logs to ambush their prey.
Though not as aggressive as its largemouth cousin when it comes to bigger lures, spotted bass are one of the hardest-fighting bass once hooked.
Note: Some anglers report catching smallmouth bass in Louisiana, but it is usually a misidentified spotted bass. These cousins often are similar in size and fight and also are often caught in streams. Smallmouth bass prefer colder waters and sandy or gravel bottoms, which are hard to find in Louisiana. Smallmouth bass can be found in modest numbers in surrounding states and are extremely common in more northerly states.
White bass, a true bass species, come in colors arranging from pale green to metallic white. With a dark back and white underside, a white bass also has darkly colored stripes that run the length of its body.
With a dorsal fin that appears to have sharp spines, this fish can reach up to 6 pounds in weight but is often panfish-sized.
Most white bass will consume small crustaceans and plankton-like creatures, while only the largest of the species will consume live bait like minnows or worms.
Often found in streams, especially during the spring spawning run, the white bass puts up an excellent fight and is a delicacy on the dinner table. See our guide to white bass fishing for details.
A silvery streamlined fish also in the true bass family, the striped bass earns its moniker from dark stripes that run the length of its body, starting behind the gills and ending at the base of the tail.
Averaging between 5 and 20 pounds and reaching lengths of up to 35 inches in Louisiana, striped bass in their East Coast native ranges are anadromous fish living much of their lives in saltwater and spawning in rivers, much like salmon.
However, landlocked stripers have been introduced to big freshwater reservoirs and thrived there, including some bigger waters in Louisiana and neighboring states.
Often hybridized with white bass to make “wipers” or “striper hybrids,” the striped bass is a delicious fish prized for its mild flavor and flaky white texture.
Stripers prefer open water or large lakes with rocky bottoms. These fish thrive in clearer and deeper water rich in baitfish.
Striped bass are among the fish species that bite more readily at night. Stripers spend the majority of daylight hours in deep water and come up to feed in the dark.
Similar to the white bass, yellow bass are the smallest bass species caught in Louisiana.
With lateral stripes that are offset just above the anal fin and the lack of a tooth patch on the tongue, the yellow bass has a green back but a yellowy underside that inspired its name.
Feeding primarily on aquatic insects and crustaceans, only the mature members of the species will consume minnows and other small fish.
In Louisiana, these fish commonly live in clearer parts of the Mississippi River and nearby lakes, preferring slower-moving water and dense vegetation so they can hide.
Yellow bass are usually caught with minnows or crappie jigs and often travel in schools.
How to Catch Bass in Louisiana
The following techniques and tackle will put more bass into your net in Louisiana.
If you’re still learning how to fish for bass, check out the additional resource at the bottom of this article.
Artificial Bass Lures
While there are a variety of lures touted as bass killers, a few work better than others in the waters of Louisiana.
Given the state’s typically murky waters filled with vegetation and structure, lures that can draw in ambush predators like largemouth or spotted bass are golden tickets to a full stringer.
Plugs and swim baits work well if you’re drawing out massive stripers.
While the saying “Sun’s out, spoons out” doesn’t exactly rhyme, remember it because spoons are a great asset on days with high amounts of sunlight.
As you draw them across shorelines and flats, spoons reflect the sun’s light while vibrating in a way that mimics a baitfish swimming. With the proper water clarity and sunlight, a bass seeing a spoon figures it is game on.
Largemouth and spotted bass, and even stripers, are suckers for a well-placed topwater frog. Being the ambush predators they are, no bass can resist the combination of chugging and splashes a topwater frog makes.
Minnows, flukes, worms, and my favorite, lizards, are all excellent choices to throw out when testing the waters. My first 8-pound bass was in a farm pond on a watermelon seed lizard thrown against a brush pile. Two rules of thumb with plastics: Size and color matter.
Anglers often catch yellow, white, and spotted bass on jigs. Drop these lures next to a submerged brush pile or log and watch the magic happen.
With the combination of sight, sound and vibration, there’s no denying a crankbait’s effectiveness on bass.
Deep diving or shallow running, these baits can be retrieved in many fashions and, depending on the size, can work for any species of bass.
Natural Baits for Bass
Just about every species of bass will hit a minnow. I have personally thrown Carolina rigs baited with minnows out for catfish and instead reeled in bass. Live shad and other minnows are never a bad idea when artificial lures might fall short.
Additionally, having thrown minnows under bobbers and popping corks, the struggles of the wounded fish trigger a bass’s predatory response and can come through when conventional lures fail.
Make sure when hooking a minnow or shad not to kill it as the movement is part of the draw for bass.
Note: Night fishing with minnows around structures such as duck blinds or docks can be one of the best ways to catch striped bass.
Like a live minnow, there’s something about nightcrawlers under a cork that fish can’t refuse.
While fishing for other species, I have caught several large bass in rivers and ponds with a simple bobber, split shot, and hook baited with a nightcrawler.
Cast near a structure and give it a pop now and then to add some movement. You might be surprised what takes it under.
Where to Catch Bass in Louisiana
Now that you know what you’re fishing for and have ready all the right lures and baits, here are the best bass fishing lakes and rivers in Sportsman’s Paradise.
It is no surprise that Toledo Bend is at the top of our list of bass fishing holes in Louisiana. This nationally known reservoir holds possibly the largest trophy bass population in the entire state.
With its 186,000-acre footprint and over 1,200 miles of shoreline in Louisiana and Texas, it is one of the Southeast U.S.’s largest reservoirs. It also has depths up to 110 feet.
Even with the numbers of bass anglers coming here, there is no shortage of places for the hordes of big bass to hide.
Thick with largemouth bass and a solid population of striped and white bass, Toledo Bend is filled with cover for ambush predators.
Aquatic vegetation like hydrilla, eel grass, lily pads, and pondweed line the southern shores, while standing timber and creeks of the northern portion of the lake also provides countless lairs for trophy bass.
Largemouth bass fishing is best from the fall to winter at Toledo Bend, as the fish are more active during the day, especially in shallow water. Spinnerbaits and crankbaits work best during the cooler season, while topwater lures morning and night during the summer usually yield results.
When angling on the edge of vegetation or into creeks, jigs and plastic such as lizards or worms work well in drawing large lunkers from their hideouts.
White bass fishing usually peaks during the early spring, and anglers will succeed using small crankbaits and jigs, especially where these fish congregate for their spawning run up the Sabine River or other tributaries.
Striped bass fishing hits its stride during the summer and early fall. Work the channels and points with spoons and topwater lures.
Another way to capitalize on the striper population at Toledo Bend is to work live shiners at night around the duck blinds during the summer and fall months.
The Red River is an ever-changing environment, ensuring anglers never get quite the same look twice. With constantly shifting weather, tides, water, and fish, anglers can limit out one day and strike out the next.
With a dense population of largemouth bass swimming in the system of locks, oxbows, and pools that comprise the Red River, it’s hard to find better bass fishing in northern Louisiana.
Because of the fast-moving water of the river itself, many baitfish find refuge in the slack water of pools and eddies just off the main channel. The largemouth bass take advantage of this and will lie in wait at these breaks in the current for an easy meal to appear.
Retrieving away from the shoreline or structure at these eddies with crankbaits is an effective technique to drum up lurking lunkers. There will often be several bass at any given location if it’s rich in forage fish.
Another technique is to work the mouths of bayous that feed into the main channel, using flaked worms and minnows on Carolina rigs.
Depending on the tide, fishing the bayou itself may be the answer to your empty ice chest problem. Throwing plastics and crankbaits into the deep cuts of the bayou may draw big bass out of hiding.
The true monsters of the Red River can be found in the river’s main channel at depths of 25 feet, particularly around the submerged structure.
Underwater drop-offs and wrecks provide a safe haven for these green slabs to stay out of the current while waiting for their next meal. Weighted spinnerbaits work best in the situation, as they are easy to cast and can attract attention in the dark depths with their vibrating blades.
Southern Louisiana is known for producing quantities of bass over quality fish. However, Lacassine Pool marks the exception to this rule with droves of solid slabs, with some nearing the 12-pound mark caught in its waters.
Located inside the Lacassine National Wildlife Refuge, this 1,600-acre bass-filled marsh is just north of Grand Lake and Lake Misere.
The shallow grassy ponds and lakes are filled with the cover largemouth bass thrive in. Lily pads, reeds, grass, and submerged cover all hold large bass searching for prey.
When the water levels are high, South Pond and North Lake are rich with bass, some pushing the 10-pound mark.
Working the shallower ponds with top water frogs from early spring through summer is a great way to target large bass in Lacassine Pool.
Lower water levels mean the bass will retreat to the depths of the canals.
During colder weather, when the fish are likely to be in deeper water, flukes and lizards bring out the best in bass by sinking to their level.
The heat of summer brings the vegetation into full bloom, and anglers will have to work the breaks in lilies with topwater lures or hit the deep canals with a diving crankbait.
The Lacassine Pool is south of Interstate 10. It’s under an hour heading southeast from Lake Charles and a bit over an hour coming the other way from Lafayette.
Largemouth and white bass run rampant in the western waters of Caddo Lake, with a smaller contingent of spotted bass in the mix. Anglers report plenty of 8-pound largemouths in its waters.
Like Toledo Bend farther south, Caddo Lake straddles the border of Louisiana and Texas and is a premier fishing hole for anglers in both states. (You’ll also find it on our roundup of the best bass fishing lakes in Texas, along with Toledo Bend and a bunch of other great spots.)
Though starting its life as a natural lake, Caddo Lake was expanded with a dam in the early 1900s and has since become one of the best fishing habitats in the western part of Louisiana.
Thick with aquatic vegetation, both native and non-native, the lake is shallow and full of bald cypress trees, making it bass heaven.
Duck blinds, pilings, and fishing piers create excellent cover for lurking bass while the lily pads and grass shield them from the sun and birds. Largemouth and spotted bass will bite year-round in Caddo Lake, but the absolute prime time is during spring spawning.
White bass peak earlier than the black bass, trying timing your trip in March to arrive when all bass species are on the bite.
Sunrise and dusk are the ideal times to work the shores with a topwater plug or frog.
Later on, anglers should head into the river channels using Texas-rigged worms and shad to draw out lunkers.
During colder months, hitting the deeper creeks with jigs and other offerings can lure lethargic bass from their hibernation.
Locations like Rice’s Pocket, Plum Point, and just off of Thornapple Road provide some of the best angling on Caddo Lake.
Caddo Lake is only about a half-hour northwest of Shreveport and also features some of the best crappie fishing in Louisiana.
Cypress Bayou Reservoir
Sticking to Northwest Louisiana, Cypress Bayou Reservoir provides a bass angler’s paradise just north of Bossier City.
This 3,875-acre reservoir is popular amongst fishermen for a good reason.
Although also thick with crappie and catfish, the main attraction for anglers in the reservoir is the robust population of spotted and largemouth bass.
During the colder months, anglers can work the docks with jigs and soft plastics, casting from upstream and dragging the lure past the structure.
Late spring through summer finds the bass cruising along the grassy shorelines and shallow flats.
Summertime anglers will find the most success during the morning and evening, and then working Carolina rigs hooked with worms or shiners at mid-day.
The spring spawn brings excellent catches of crappie, while the topwater bass fishing peaks from April until June.
One of the best times to be on the water in the Cypress Bayou Reservoir is in the fall.
Here, the grass and lily pads don’t die off until late in the year, while the cooling water means the fish are transitioning from summer habitats and stocking up for the winter.
Anglers can work spinnerbaits and buzzbaits to significant effect while still hitting the deep water with Carolina rigs during the middle of the day.
With many dozens of docks in the southern portion of the reservoir and a northern shoreline marked by channels, islands, and vegetation, anglers have plenty of real estate to fish without running out of options.
This 2,700-acre man-made lake in Northeast Louisiana is chock-full of 10-plus-pound largemouth bass.
Poverty Point also has a thriving population of white bass. Other fish you might find here include freshwater drum, bluegill and some of the best channel catfish fishing in Louisiana.
Before the lake filled, brush piles were scattered across its footprint. Once the lake bed was flooded, these became havens for some of the largest bass in Richland Parish.
With over 50 piles of logs and stumps scattered across the lake bed, these structures are goldmines for anglers who can pull multiple largemouth and white bass off the same pile.
Anglers should use a fishfinder to locate the brush piles, drop-offs, and other underwater structures.
You may spot schools of white bass near the surface when boat traffic is light.
The Bayou Mason run is an excellent place to fish, full of structure and reaching depths of up to 20 feet. With some timber still standing, if you can locate shad in this area, there will surely be bass.
Grand Bayou Reservoir
Just north of Natchitoches, the Grand Bayou Reservoir holds a large population of trophy largemouth bass.
Though only a little longer than three miles, the reservoir has an excessive number of green behemoths swimming through these Western Louisiana waters.
While the fishing remains decent all year, the reservoir peaks during the summer months when bass head to the depths of the reservoir’s main channel.
During spring and fall, you’ll find bass roaming the grass beds and tributaries in search of easy prey.
The winter yields far less action than the warmer months, but with a deep diving crankbait, anglers can still come back with a respectable catch.
Periodically stocked by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries with Florida-strain largemouth bass, the population of green giants is anything but jolly when you throw spinnerbaits in the mix.
With an artificial reef close to the dam and some runoff ditches, anglers have several options when searching for a trophy largemouth.
Grand Bayou Reservoir is about an hour southeast of Shreveport and just a little longer drive heading up from Alexandria.
Famous for its fishing and right next to New Orleans, Lake Cataouatche is home to largemouth, white, and yellow bass.
Primarily freshwater, the lake is also home to another aggressive predator from the saltwater side. These redfish also are one of Louisiana’s favorite gamefish and share the largemouth’s affinity for consuming smaller fish and invertebrates.
Lake Cataouatche is home to monster largemouth bass that can pull the scales into the 10-pound range. The presence of huge largies is due to the influx of the Mississippi River and the stocking of Florida bass.
The lake’s western side holds some of the best bass, while the eastern shore tends to have more reds, probably due to the Davis pond diversion dumping into the east side.
Locations like Bayou Coba and Umbrella Canal are excellent spots to pick a patch of grass and throw a topwater frog. However, if the topwater approach disappoints, a fluke will not fail at pulling a lurking bass from its hiding place.
Lake Cataouatche is riddled with fingerling bass, so pick and choose your fishing holes wisely. While you can fill an ice chest with decent bass here, the monsters are a little harder to find.
The Umbrella Canal in the northwestern corner of the lake is prime bass real estate, and anglers should work its opening and surrounding shoreline with buzz baits and other topwater lures if they’re looking for a trophy. The tank ponds are another premier location with plenty of grass shoreline to work in search of lunkers.
Largemouth and yellow bass swim the waters of Vernon Lake, located about an hour west of Alexandria.
With over 20 miles of shoreline and full of flooded trees and brush, this lake holds a variety of catfish and crappie species and a thriving bass population.
The lake regularly produces bass over 10 pounds, with rarer catches in the 12-pound neighborhood.
Vernon Lake is filled with cypress trees, submerged vegetation, and duck blinds in the northwestern areas. Anglers should target the lily pads and other submerged structures to root out the largemouths lurking under cover.
In Vernon lake, the yellow bass and even largemouths tend to school throughout the summer and fall months, even though largemouths are known more as solitary predators.
Anglers can take advantage of this by jigging or throwing spinnerbaits at drop-offs and working rattletraps along the flats and shoreline.
While the entire lake provides excellent fishing, the lake’s northern end seems to have the highest concentration of bass.
Working the creeks and cuts during the cooler months and the points during the warmer ones seems to yield the best results in Vernon lake.
This lake is perfect for kayakers and motorized watercraft alike, as the variety of shorelines and several landings make taking the boat in and out of the water easy.
Ouachita River lakes
Even bass need a break from their fast-paced life, which doesn’t get much faster than life on the Ouachita River.
Flowing down from Arkansas into Louisiana, if you might ever catch smallmouth bass in Sportsman’s Paradise, this would be the place. But practically speaking, largemouth, stripers, and spotted bass are the bass likely to be caught on the Louisiana section of the river.
The river lakes provide some of the best fishing on the entire river for two main reasons.
The first reason is the abundance of cover. Stumps and trees line the shorelines of these lakes. The tangles of root balls make a Rubik’s cube look simple. In short, it’s the perfect bass hiding spot.
The second thing these lakes have going for them is that they sit out of the river’s current. However, the river is still close enough for bass to travel to a different lake or receive an influx of food brought in by rising water.
But the ripping current that flows down from Arkansas is buffered by distance and trees, leaving the lakes a backwater safe haven for bass.
In these lakes, it’s about the structure when deciding on bait.
Casting against trees means throwing a watermelon seed plastic lizard or worm and letting it slide down the trunk into the water. Start your retrieve with three pops, let the lure sink a bit, and then start the reeling.
Crankbaits are excellent for angling closer to the river, but the topwater frogs truly shine in the lakes. Thrown up into vegetation and small channels created by trees, these frogs pop their way along the water’s surface to lure out hungry largemouth.
This lake inside of Kisatchie National Forest near Alexandria used to be a prime-time recreation spot. However, over the years, it has diminished in popularity in favor of the nearby Kincaid Lake.
While perhaps not a household name, it holds some of the largest bass in the state and is filled with submerged trees, creating optimal conditions for largemouth bass fishing.
In 2014, biologists cleared out much of the aquatic vegetation encroaching on prime fish spawning habitat, giving rise to new populations of largemouth, perch, and catfish.
Additionally, artificial fish habitat has been placed throughout the lake to boost the production of smaller fish, feeding monsters such as the state runner-up largemouth bass weighing 15.875 pounds.
One of the best kayak fishing locations in Louisiana, it’s a relatively small and easily accessible body of water filled to the gills with behemoths.
Anglers can jig around underwater trees or work the grass shorelines with topwaters and lizards, all with a good shot of hooking a lunker.
Another lesser-known lake that produces massive largemouth bass, this body of water between Lafayette and Alexandria consistently produces bass well over the 10-pound mark, with a 14-pound monster holding the lake record.
Averaging between 7 to 8 feet in depth, the lake has a few 15-foot holes within its flooded swamp footprint.
Cypress trees dominate the lake, which limits it to a few boat lanes from the launch into the waters filled with aquatic grass, brambles, and cover filled with fish.
Try targeting coves full of cypress stumps to locate trophy bass.
Anglers find the most success throwing weedless soft plastics and spinnerbaits into grass beds and around stumps. Or cast Texas rigs and jigs in the deeper channels.
The lake’s massive population of crawfish help anglers narrow their lures down to spinnerbaits and plastics that match this naturally abundant food source.
One of the best places to bass fish in the fall, Lake Salvador holds a solid population of largemouth swimming over its many grass beds.
This New Orleans-area lake, immediately south of and connected to the previously covered Lake Cataouatche, is full of aquatic vegetation bursting from the surface. It’s also rich with bait fish, and despite some influxes of saltwater, the bass hold on.
Anglers should focus on catching rising and falling tides, working shorelines of locations such as Catahoula Bay and the channels that run along the entrance to Bayou Perot.
The wind plays a heavy factor, so fishing along the shore opposite the wind is best.
In Lake Salvador, the bass primarily feed on the thick crawfish population, as well as insects, small fish, and rodents. Topwater lures and crankbaits work well along the shoreline, while jigs above stump piles can pull out solid bass over 5 pounds.
Created in 1991 to inject freshwater into the low-lying brackish wetlands east of the Mississippi River below New Orleans, the Caernarvon Diversion also created some of the best largemouth bass fishing in Louisiana.
With a 16,000-acre footprint, the diversion is devoid of trees and relatively shallow over a soft mud bottom.
Because there is little conventional structure, the bass congregate over grass beds full of small bream and crawfish.
With various cuts that drain into marsh ponds, bayous, or larger bodies of water, it’s essential to locate the grassy points at the opening of these cuts. That’s where flowing water brings bait, and the bass lie in wait.
Topwater frogs work well in early mornings or days with heavy cloud cover, drawing out bass looking to ambush prey on the surface.
Soft plastics like worms and crawfish rigged weedless work well when thrown up next to the weeds and cast into holes in the vegetation. The best colors for these plastics are reds or browns.
Once anglers lock onto the bass, it’s wise to stay in one location for as long as you’re catching fish. Spinnerbaits help cover more water without picking up your anchor and moving, potentially turning off the bite.
Moving stealthfully along grassy shorelines or entrances to cuts allows anglers to cast their spinnerbaits into pockets where bass may be laying up.
Chef Menteur Pass
Regarded as some of the deepest inshore fishing in Louisiana, the murky waters of Chef Menteur Pass are rich with redfish and largemouth bass.
With drop-offs, drifts, and grass surrounding the pass, which connects Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Borgne, anglers can limit out on bass easily if the weather is right.
It’s best to get out on the water early at Chef Pass, as most locals call it. Then, weather permitting, anglers can switch target species after crushing the bass.
Though the bass here aren’t massive, their schools run rampant throughout the marshy pockets protected from the wind.
Chef Pass is one of the best locations to angle for bass under a cork. The steady catch of 2- to 3-pound largemouths can quickly fill up an ice chest.
The best locations to fish at Chef Menteur Pass are the opening drop-off and the cuts upstream near the Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge.
Here, topwater frogs, soft plastics, and spinnerbaits work along the lily-lined shores and can reap dozens of midsize bass in no time.
Catch More Bass
Now that you know where the best places in Louisiana are to catch bass, and some pretty good ideas of how to do it, it’s time to up you game.
It’s hard to quantify how much the fishing industry revolves around bass. From pro shops and tournaments to baits, rods, and reels named after them, black bass are the most pursued fish in America.
In Louisiana, it’s no different. From rivers to reservoirs, bayous to lakes, Louisiana has it all when it comes to bass fishing.
Whether you prefer to angle from the bank or troll the shoreline, there’s a bass fishing hole with your name on it in Sportsman’s Paradise.
Now that you know where well over a dozen of the best bass fishing spots are across Louisiana, and plenty of tricks to catching the big ones when you get there, it’s about time to hit the water.
Just make sure to purchase a fishing license and always check the local regulations before hitting the water.