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Caney Creek Reservoir, LA

Popular Fish Species Caney Creek Reservoir, LA

Caney Creek Reservoir Popular Fish - Largemouth Bass

Largemouth Bass Fishing

Caney Creek Reservoir is notorious as a largemouth bass factory, producing a majority of the ten biggest bass recorded in Louisiana. Many big bass roam Caney Creek Reservoir, thanks to excellent fisheries management by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, as well as the availability of extensive cover for both baitfish and bass. When the bite is good, bass typically move shallow and are quite aggressive. If you find them shallow and they are not tempted to bite, slow down and use smaller, lighter baits. Fishing for largemouth bass is good virtually any time they are shallow - in spring, mornings in summer, and during warm Fall afternoons. Use shallow crankbaits around rip rap. Around grass use worms, jigs, topwater and spinnerbaits. In deeper water, big worms, jigs and spoons are three good weapons. In winter, spend your time fishing Caney Creek Reservoir on deeper structure where the bass spend much of their time. Smallmouth bass and spotted bass also reside here in good numbers.

Caney Creek Reservoir Popular Fish - Crappie

Crappie Fishing

Black and white crappie both reside in Caney Creek Reservoir, with black crappie typically out-weighing white crappie. They often school together so when you find them you may catch both species. Crappie fishing is on the rise and they can be found in sizeable schools. Crappie always like cover and structure, so locate brush and vegetation. Using a fish finder can help locate schools of crappie, which tend to stack vertically around cover. Live bait and small jigs are the most common method for crappie here. In spring and fall focus on the 8 to 12 foot range. As the crappie move deep in summer and winter, follow points out deep, as well as find ledges near channels in deeper water.

Caney Creek Reservoir Popular Fish - Bluegill


Fishing for bluegill, locally known as bream, is a time-honored tradition at Caney Creek Reservoir. Young and old, beginners and seasoned anglers alike, all enjoy catching a bunch of fat bluegill. And, they make for a great fish fry. This year, much like recent years, the bluegill population is healthy and always looking for something to eat. Bluegill fishing is as basic as fishing gets. Any pole, reasonably small line and small hooks baited with anything edible, creates the ideal setup. Add a bobber and you can set the depth you prefer the bait to position. Bluegill hang around brush, rocks, vegetation or any cover available.

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Guide to fishing for largemouth bass, channel catfish, black crappie, white crappie, bluegill, redear sunfish, white bass and yellow bass at Caney Creek Reservoir in Louisiana.

Lunker largemouth bass get a great deal of attention at Caney Creek Reservoir, but crappie are a favorite of locals. Crappie, often referred to as "sac-a-lait" or white perch are abundant and run above average in size.

Caney Creek Reservoir, also known as Caney Lake, is a prominent freshwater lake located in the northern part of Louisiana. Nestled amidst the picturesque pine forests of the Caney Creek Wildlife Management Area, this reservoir offers anglers a serene and tranquil fishing experience.

One of the primary draws of Caney Creek Reservoir is its excellent largemouth bass fishing. Anglers from all around the region visit the lake in pursuit of trophy-sized bass, as the lake boasts a healthy population of these prized gamefish. Whether casting from the shoreline or navigating the lake in a boat, the opportunity to hook into a feisty largemouth bass is a highlight for any angler.

In addition to largemouth bass, Caney Creek Reservoir is home to channel catfish, offering another exciting fishing opportunity. Channel catfish thrive in the lake's waters, providing anglers with a chance to reel in some substantial catches. With various fishing techniques like bottom fishing or using stink baits, catfish enthusiasts can enjoy an engaging fishing experience.

Crappie fishing is another popular pursuit at Caney Creek Reservoir. Both black crappie and white crappie can be found in abundance, especially during their respective spawning seasons. Crappie fishing is a favorite among anglers due to the thrill of catching these tasty panfish in good numbers.

Bluegill and sunfish add to the diverse array of species found in the reservoir. These panfish are perfect for introducing young anglers to the joys of fishing, making Caney Creek Reservoir an excellent destination for family fishing trips.

White bass is another sought-after species found in the lake. Known for their aggressive feeding habits and strong fights, white bass provide anglers with an exciting challenge and are a popular target during their seasonal runs.

This 5,200-acre lake in the north-central part of the state has over fifty miles of shoreline. Excellent boat launch ramps are located at Jimmie Davis State Park mid-lake on the north side of the lake, and at Hooks Marina in the southwest corner of the lake, off Spillway Road. Access for fishing from the bank can be found at the state park, near boat landings and along some of the undeveloped shoreline.

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Primary fish species residing in Caney Creek Reservoir

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Largemouth bass Channel catfish Black crappie White Crappie Bluegill Redear Sunfish White Bass Yellow Bass

Caney Creek Reservoir Amenities

Marina: YES
Boat Rental: YES
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: YES
RV Hookups: YES
Lodging: YES
Convenience Store: NEARBY
Bait & Tackle: YES
Restaurant: YES

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Boating on Caney Creek Reservoir is a popular activity, as the lake provides ample space for boaters to explore and enjoy the scenic beauty of the surrounding area. Whether fishing from a boat or simply cruising the waters, boating enthusiasts will appreciate the opportunities offered by this expansive reservoir.

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Brown's Landing Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northwest corner of the lake, west side, at the west end of the State Route 4 Bridge, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with docks and paved parking.

Jimmie Davis State Park East Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, on the north side of the lake, off Boggy Creek Road, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Jimmie Davis State Park West Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, on the north side of the lake, off State Park Road, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Spillway Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the southeast corner of the lake, at the east end of the dam, off Spillway Road, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Par Road 446 Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northwest section of the lake, north side, off Par Road 446, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Fishing Guides On Creek Reservoir

Hooks Marina Guide Trips - bass, crappie

If you offer fishing guide services on this lake, please contact us for a free listing, to be posted here.

Fishing License

Click here for a Louisiana Fishing License.

For those who wish to extend their fishing adventure, camping facilities are available in the Caney Creek Wildlife Management Area, allowing anglers and outdoor enthusiasts to immerse themselves fully in the natural splendor of this picturesque region. Overall, Caney Creek Reservoir is a well-loved destination for fishing, boating, and camping, offering a rewarding and memorable experience for all who visit.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Jimmie Davis State Park Campground - 318-249-2595

Caney Creek Reservoir LA Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Caney Creek Reservoir
Jimmie Davis State Park
1209 State Park Road
Chatham, LA 71226
318 249-2595


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