July 2006 - Volume 26, Number 7


This Northwest Louisiana lake frequently lives up to its name.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the seventh installment in a 12-part series exploring the best bass-fishing areas in the Bayou State.

Hours of fun await summertime anglers who launch their boats at this Lafourche Parish port.

Bayou Lafourche glimmered in the moonlight to our left as we rumbled our serpentine way down Highway 1 to Leeville for the weekend. Ten old college chums would converge at the motel for three days of serious fishing, serious revelry and serious reminiscing.

Southcentral Louisiana has acres and acres of marshes and swamps that look like they’ve been hit by an Egyptian plague.

What do shade, loose cotton clothing and a koozie holding a cold beverage mean in July for Louisianans?

A giant logjam nearly two centuries age left behind some of the best fishing lakes in Northwest Louisiana.

Standing on the banks of the Red River today would be a marked departure from standing there a couple of centuries ago.

If you’re not taking the time to look for these thin oil sheens, you’re not catching as many fish as you could be.

I had been watching the ever-expanding oily slick on the surface of Calcasieu Lake for 10 minutes or so. Capt. Jeff Poe acted like he didn’t even notice it.

If you’d rather reel in fish than fight crowds, point your bow to the shallow-water rigs in the Ship Shoal area.

Gobs of snapper are ripe for the taking in the Ship Shoal blocks these days.

Who says you have to head outside to catch fish this month?

No, this is not the latest Matt Damon movie, in the Bourne Conspiracy and Bourne Supremacy series of Hollywood fare. This Borgne is not a conspiracy at all, it’s an alternative.

Rather than temping fate in more bawdy destinations, a group of Cajun Country highschoolers opted to spend their senior trip with fishing rods in their hands.

Ten New Iberians came back with the sunburns absorbed during so many hours of activities on and around the water, which isn’t surprising for recently graduated high schoolers on a senior trip. What is surprising was the venue they chose.

Six species give summer anglers all the action they can handle.

“We can call this the Toledo Bend Slam,” the voice on the other end of the phone said. “We should be able to catch black bass, white bass, stripers, bream, crappie…”

Specks and reds are thick throughout the summer at Venice’s Double Bayou.

Traveling south along Highway 23 in lower Plaquemines Parish, numerous signs of recovery from the devastating hurricanes of 2005 are evident.

This lake was walloped by last year’s storm season, but it’s roaring back with a vengeance.

After Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, the fishermen at Calcasieu Lake still had good lives and enjoyed outstanding fishing.