Safety comes first in the backwater

There are no marked boat runs in Finch Lake.

There are many underwater hazards. Everywhere. Be careful.

“I can remember when I was younger the lake was full of 100 year old cypress trees. Now many of them are gone,” Neal Pace said. “Well, they are kind of gone. What they are now is huge giant 100-year- old cypress stumps right under the water.

“Here is the best advice I can give you for boating in Fince Lake. Slow down. Do not get in a hurry. If you are in a hurry, go somewhere else.”

One thing to look out for in Finch, especially in high water, is plastic PVC pipes. These are placed by fishermen on gas wells and well heads that go under water. Steer clear of those areas. PVC pipe above the water usually means large metal objects below the water.

Pace also recommends that if you motor across the lake, stay closer to the bigger trees that are left. They are usually in deeper water and closer to the old channel.

If you are going into the flooded woods out of sight of where you entered, you might consider taking along some orange ribbon and leaving yourself a little trail. Fishing in the flooded woods is just like hunting. It’s pretty thick and you could get turned around. If you do that, please take down your flagging when you leave. It’s the responsible thing to do, only takes a few minutes, keeps the area natural and will keep from confusing others.

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About Kinny Haddox 476 Articles
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.

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