Shreveport

Last Modified: September 13, 2008Fishing

One of the reasons northwest Louisiana is known as the Sportsman’s Paradise is that the region’s rivers, bayous, streams and lakes are teeming with fish. One of the reasons such an abundant resource exists for people’s enjoyment is the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ proactive program for keeping Louisiana’s waters stocked with fish while controlling the total amount harvested.

Whether the purpose of fishing is recreational or commercial, all anglers must be licensed and knowledgeable about catch limits. Recreational fishing licenses may be purchased at retail stores, from the parish Sheriff’s Office, online, or by telephone from the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. Licenses are valid for one year from the date of purchase and they all expire on June 30 each year.  

What are the best fishing spots in the Shreveport-Bossier City area?

The locals know where the best spots for fishing are and a good fishing guide can provide a lot of helpful information in addition to supplying the boat and all the fishing gear. Fishing guides usually know the best local fishing areas better than anybody else as a result of being familiar with the area longer than anybody else and they can be found by searching on the Internet, asking in bait shops and at boat rental facilities, or by contacting the many fishing clubs in the region and attending fishing tournaments. Generally, the Red River with its many branching bayous and streams is always great place to catch river bass, bream, perch, crappie and catfish. Cross Lake is known for producing largemouth bass over 7 lbs. in size as well as red ear sunfish and bluefish. Caddo Lake is another great location for catching bass and Lake Bistineau is renowned for being one of the best places in Louisiana for catching crappie in addition to largemouth bass, yellow bass, channel and flathead catfish, bullheads and bluegill.  

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries can be reached by toll-free phone number at (888) 765-2602 or in Shreveport-Bossier City/Minden at (318) 371-3050. Information about fishing licenses and other regulations can be found online at
www.wlf.state.la.us.