Getting the word out about Caney Lake’s crappie fishing

Benson Bagwell doesn’t have much time for crappie fishing. But he is right in the middle of the action.

As the owner of Hooks Marina at the Caney Lake spillway, Bagwell checks in with crappie fishermen this time of year on a daily basis.

“I do know that crappie fishing is making a comeback on this lake, and we are trying to get the word out about that,” Bagwell said.

He isn’t alone. As a new member of Lake Commission who oversees the lake, he is excited to see the commission and the community work to make the lake even better.

Current plans include raising money to build an ADA-approved handicap ramp on the east side of the lake.

Lake leaders are also working with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to implement an improved fish structure program beginning this spring.

“For years, Caney was a trophy lake for bass and crappie,” Bagwell said. “It’s our goal to bring that back.”

Kinny Haddox
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Kinny Haddox has been writing magazine and newspaper articles about the outdoors in Louisiana for 45 years. He publishes a daily website, lakedarbonnelife.com and is a member of the Louisiana Chapter of the Outdoor Legends Hall of Fame. He and his wife, DiAnne, live in West Monroe.