The former lodge and dock of Big Lake Guide Service has been acquired by Grosse Savanne Lodge in Cameron Parish. Renamed Grosse Savanne Lakeside, this location offers anglers a quality stay with opportunities for fishing Calcasieu Lake’s speckled trout, redfish and flounder.
The great southwestern Louisiana outdoors paradise, Grosse Savanne Lodge, is nationally acclaimed for its 50,000 acres of brackish and freshwater marshes, cypress-studded swamps and native coastal prairies in coastal Cameron Parish.
Such rich habitat offers some of the finest fishing and waterfowling in the U.S., as well as a wetlands wonderland for birders from all over the world.
According to Doug Miller, director of operations and development, Grosse Savanne Lodge has just completed a significant purchase of additional property to enhance its venue of offerings to visiting clients.
“We have recently acquired the Big Lake Guide Service lodge and wharf, formerly owned by the Poe family: Jeff, Mary and their son, Nick,” Miller said.
The Poes have relocated and moved their operations to Dauphin Island, Ala., reopening under the name “Real Gypsy Fishing.” They will offer clients some of the finest fishing the Alabama salt coast has to offer.
Grosse Savanne Lodge’s acquisition of the Poe property on Calcasieu Lake has been aptly renamed Grosse Savanne Lakeside.
The lakeside lodge itself is a duplex of 3,000 square feet with the capacity to sleep six guests on each side, the Redfish and Bluefish, each furnished with three bedrooms and two baths with living room and kitchen. Both also offers television service, Wi-Fi access and outdoor grills. A covered porch and screened patio with excellent views of Calcasieu Lake are shared by both units.
“Besides comfortable lodging, Grosse Savanne Lakeside will also offer guided fishing trips for its clients on Calcasieu Lake from experienced local guides,” said Bobby Jorden, Grosse Savanne Lodge and Lakeside biologist.
“Anglers will experience opportunities at catching speckled trout, redfish, southern flounder, sheepshead and black drum in the interior of Calcasieu Lake,” he said. “Big Lake is also well-known nationally for its quality and trophy speckled trout opportunities.
“Calcasieu Lake’s jetties at its southern terminus are locations where anglers can find redfish action — both slot fish and bulls. And just offshore, the close rigs and other structures present anglers with great fishing for tripletail, cobia and numerous speckled trout,” Jorden said.
Local guides will offer client anglers access to the lake’s most famous fishing locations to include the jetties, West Cove, the southeastern weirs, Big Jack Reef, Joe’s Cove, Long Point, Commissary Point and Turners Bay.
In the fall, fishing for the estuary’s southern flounder heats up as these fish make their annual migration in grand numbers to the Gulf of Mexico. As a result, flounder fishing is excellent along the ship channel, weirs, points and the mouths of marsh cuts entering the lake.
Prien Lake in the northern part of the Calcasieu Estuary offers fine speckled trout action in the fall along the edges of the ship channel.
Lake Charles itself also offers suburban speckled trout action in the fall and winter in waters near I-10.
In the winter, guides will often make trips to the Calcasieu Estuary Saltwater Barrier where client anglers can battle brute redfish, hefty hybrid stripers and a host of other species to include largemouth bass in brackish waters in the area.
Grosse Savanne Lakeside is minutes away from the city of Lake Charles, known for its southwestern Cajun hospitality and exquisite seafood cuisine.
Lake Charles also offers quite an entertainment industry to include Cajun/Creole music venues and lakeside casinos offering slot machines.