Saltwater Series: Calcasieu Lake

Whether you’re a Big Lake newbie or a salty old veteran, these 10 spots will put some lunkers in your box.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the second installment in a 12-part series mapping out hotspots along the Louisiana coast.

The best day Capt. Nick Poe ever had on Calcasieu Lake was during February of last year. While wading with a friend, the two young anglers caught 30 trout over 4 pounds.

“Most were over 5,” he said. “It had been warm the week before, and the water temperature crept up to 67 degrees. The topwater bite usually doesn’t kick off until [the water temperature] hits 70, but those extra three degrees didn’t matter that day.”

Poe says they probably could have had the same kind of action had they fished from their boat. He recalled breaking off a Spook and having to wade back to his boat to tie on another one. A few quick casts out of the back confirmed what he thought he knew.
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Chris Ginn has been covering hunting and fishing in Louisiana since 1998. He lives with his wife Jennifer and children Matthew and Rebecca along the Bogue Chitto River in rural Washington Parish. His blog can be found at