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Louisiana Fishing

All about fishing in the Pelican State

Louisiana Fishing Boats

The state of Louisiana is literally speckled with lakes, ponds and rivers. Bass, crappie, catfish, bluegills and stripers are the primary species found in freshwater impoundments throughout the state. The state of Louisiana offers a wide variety of fishing opportunities. Here, you can fish for largemouth bass, spotted bass, channel catfish, flathead catfish, blue catfish, black crappie, white crappie, bluegill, bream, redear sunfish, warmouth, white bass, yellow bass, stripers and alligator gar, bowfin, chain pickerel in local lakes, rivers, ponds and/or streams.

Major Louisiana Lakes

Louisiana major lakes and fish chart

Lake & Fish Chart

This chart shows the major fishing waters in Louisiana, cross referencing these waters with the major types of fishing to be found in each of the lakes or impoundments. For a more complete list of fish species in Louisiana, see the list below, which also includes state records.

Louisiana Fishing Lake Sizes & Locations

Anacoco Lake is a 2,400-acre lake in the west-center part of the state, 5 miles west of Leesville, LA.

Black Bayou Lake is a 4,500-acre lake in the northwest corner of the state, at Hosston, LA.

Caddo Lake is a 26,500-acre lake in the northwest corner of the state, at Mooringsport, LA.

Caney Creek Reservoir is a 5,200-acre lake in the north-central part of the state, 4 miles southwest of Chatham, LA.

Catahoula Lake is a 19,000-acre lake in the central part of the state, 15 miles southwest of Jonesville, LA.

Cheniere Brake Lake is a 3,300-acre lake in the north-central part of the state, on the southwest outskirts of West Monroe, LA.

Cocodrie Lake is a 6,000-acre lake in the central part of the state, 6 miles north of Turkey Creek, LA.

Cross Lake is an 8,800-acre lake in the northwest part of the state, on the western outskirts of Shreveport, LA.

Cypress Bayou Reservoir is a 3,800-acre lake in the northwest corner of the state, at Benton, LA.

Grand Lake is a 42,000-acre lake in the south-central part of the state, 5 miles south of Lake Arthur, LA.

Iatt Lake is a 6,600-acre lake in the north-central part of the state, 5 miles east of Colfax, LA.

Lac des Allemands is a 18,800-acre lake in the southeastern part of the state, at Des Allemands, LA.

Lake Bistineau is a 15,500-acre lake in the north-central part of the state, 5 miles northwest of Ringgold, LA.

Lake Bruin is a 2,700-acre lake in the east-central part of the state, 2 miles north of St. Joseph, LA.

Lake Claiborne is a 5,800-acre lake in the north-central part of the state, at Homer, LA.

Lake Henderson is a 5,000-acre lake in the south-central part of the state, 15 miles east of Lafayette, LA.

Lake Maurepas is a 58,000-acre lake in the south central part of the state, at Maurepas, LA.

Lake Palourde is a 10,500-acre lake in the south-central part of the state, at Morgan City, LA.

Lake Rodemacher is a 3,200-acre lake in the central part of the state, 2 miles west of Boyce, LA.

Lake Salvador is a 53,000-acre lake in the southeast part of the state, at Barataria, LA.

Lake Verret is a 14,500-acre lake in the southeast part of the state, at Pierre Part, LA.

Saline Lake (Clarence) is a 7,600-acre lake in the central part of the state, 5 miles east of Clarence, LA.

Sibley Lake is a 2,000-acre lake in the west-center part of the state, at Natchitoches, LA.

Toledo Bend is a 185,000-acre lake in the west-center of the state, on the texas-Louisiana border between Logansport and Leesville, LA.

Turkey Creek Lake is a 4,000-acre lake in the east-central part of the state, 4 miles west of Wisner, LA.

Vernon Lake is a 4,200-acre lake in the west-center part of the state, 6 miles northwest of Leesville, LA.

Wallace Lake is a 2,500-acre lake in the northwest part of the state, 5 miles southeast of Shreveport, LA.

Fish for big Louisiana bass around these cypress trees in Lake Caddo on the Texas-Louisiana border

Louisiana Dept of Wildlife & Fisheries

Visit the website for fishing regulations and additional information about fishing in Louisiana.

Click here to get a Louisiana fishing license online.

Visit AA-Boats-Boating.com to find information about fishing boats in Louisiana and other boating information.

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Fish for big bass in Louisiana

Excellent largemouth and spotted bass fishing opportunities are available to anglers in LA.

Fish Species in Louisiana

Fishing for bass in Louisiana

Largemouth Bass

Largemouth bass

World record: 22 lbs 4 oz

LA State Record: 15 lbs 14 oz

Spotted Bass

Spotted bass

World record: 9 lbs 8 oz

LA State Record: 4 lbs 2 oz

Fishing for catfish in Louisiana

Channel Catfish

Channel catfish

World record: 58 lbs 0 oz

LA State Record: 30 lbs 5 oz

Flathead Catfish

Flathead catfish

World record: 123 lbs 9 oz

LA State Record: 95 lbs 0 oz

Blue Catfish

Blue catfish

World record: 143 lbs 0 oz

LA State Record: 114 lbs 0 oz

Fishing for crappie in Louisiana

Black Crappie

Black crappie

World record: 6 lbs 0 oz

LA State Record: 3 lbs 13 oz

White Crappie

White crappie

World record: 5 lbs 3 oz

LA State Record: 3 lbs 13 oz

Fishing for panfish in Louisiana

Bluegill

Bluegill

World record: 4 lbs 12 oz

LA State Record: 1 lbs 10 oz

Redear Sunfish

Redear sunfish

World record: 5.4 lbs

LA State Record: 2 lbs 14 oz

Warmouth

Warmouth

World record: 2.4 lbs

LA State Record: 2 lbs 3 oz

White Bass

White Bass

World record: 6.8 lbs

LA State Record: 6 lbs 13 oz

Yellow Bass

Yellow bass

World record: 2 lbs 15 oz

LA State Record: 2 lbs 10 oz

Fishing for striped bass in Louisiana

Striped Bass

Striper

Saltwater world record: 81 lbs 14 oz

LA State Record: 47 lbs 8 oz

Fishing for other species in Louisiana

Alligator Gar

Alligator gar

World record: 279 lbs

LA State Record: 179 lbs 0 oz

Bowfin

Bowfin

World record: 21 lbs 8 oz

LA State Record: 20 lbs 8 oz

Chain Pickerel

Chain pickerel

World record: 9 lbs 6 oz

LA State Record: 5 lbs 12 oz

By clicking on the images and links above, you will be taken to a page offering more information about the selected species.

Fishing information for each state.