From Baton Rouge, one of the easiest launches to get to is Sportsman's Landing on Bayou Corne. I can usually get there in less than an hour from I-12 & Airline. Cross the new bridge, take LA1 through Plaquemine to White Castle, turn rt on LA 69, go to LA 70. Go right on 70 about 3 miles and it will be on your left. There's a station at the corner of LA 69 and LA70 that has misc tackle, food, drinks, ice and gas. $4 launch (excellent), port-o-let (always clean). Bayou Corne will take you Grand Bayou, Bay Alcide, Texaco Canal and the Lake on the north end. Posted a report a few weeks ago, kept 18 Sac on black/chartreuse plastics. good luck. If you don't the area very well, you might want to bring a map, all them canals start to look alike.