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Finally got a day off this Friday and I'm looking for some bass. I have been really busy so I have no idea what the bass fishing has been like lately. I'm in the Baton Rouge area and will travel 2 hours in any direction. My normal places would be Tickfaw river, Bayou Pigeon, Delacroix (Lake Lery), Bayou Black (Gibson) or Lake Okhissa (Mississippi).

Does anyone have any updates on these locations? I'm also always up for new area's I just want to catch fish. Any information would be appreciated. Location, lure, structure type etc.... Thanks

August 20, 2018 at 7:37am

I'm looking for an update on the bream. Have they started moving into the cypress yet? Might still be a little early but I'm ready.

February 26, 2018 at 1:08pm

I'm headed over to Henderson Friday looking for bass. I'm hoping maybe they will be hungry ahead of those storms rolling through. I haven't been there in a while and was just looking for some updates. Have they started moving into shallow water? Better luck north or south of I-10? Holding to structure or grass? Not asking for GPS coordinates of your hot spots just looking for some general updates.

February 07, 2018 at 7:45am

I'm always looking for places where I can put in close to home. Has anyone ever fished all of the canals that run threw the middle of Gonzales? I drive by them all the time but I never see anyone fishing off the bank and I have never seen a kayak in them. I am assuming they are public and fair game for kayak's? Just looking for some feed back. I live about 20 mins away and every time I pass through I think about it but I have never went out there with my yak.

December 12, 2017 at 2:09pm

I have read some old reports on here but nothing recent. I am headed to Manchac this weekend for some night fishing. Any recommendations on bait and location would be appreciated. I haven't been there in years and I know things change. Last time I went we used cut bait and fished south pass around the pilings. We caught a few but nothing compared to the story's I have heard about Manchac and certainly not the size I have been told about. Is it all just old fish story's or can you really catch a lot of a catfish and catch some 50+ lb fish? Any reports or advise would be great. Thanks

July 27, 2017 at 12:13pm

I'm headed to Lake Okhissa next Friday. Looking for any reports on bass, bream or sac-a-lait. Baits, location, depth, water temp, ect. I haven't been there in a year so any info would be appreciated.

February 18, 2016 at 10:28am

I have fished freshwater for years from my kayak but have never taken it to saltwater. I fished south Louisiana a lot when I had a boat but that was 20 years ago. Most of the places I fished would be too far to paddle and involve crossing more open water than I would like. And from what I have been told post hurricanes I probably would recognize anything. I am looking at heading down there on Nov 30th or Dec 1st pending weather. My target is redfish if I find trout great but I prefer reds. Coming from Baton Rouge area so the closer the better but willing to drive to Venice if it means catching fish. Looking for a close paddle with canals and grass where I can get out of the wind if needed. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

November 22, 2015 at 7:37pm
A comment titled: Re: Looking for bass in response to a report titled: Looking for bass

Thanks for the replies. Went to Tickfaw and caught about 15 bass. Only 7 were keepers between 12'-15'. Had 1 catfish that hit a ribbit frog. Good weather, clean water, fun day.

August 24, 2018 at 3:19pm
A comment titled: Re: Where to start, NOLA. in response to a report titled: Where to start, NOLA.

Finding sac-a-lait from the bank is a challenge. I have access to some nice deep bar pits that you can load up on them but those are private access. As far as bass, bream and cats NOLA city park is a good stop. It gets a lot of pressure but they are in there. I really enjoy fly fishing in there. You can also catch Rio in there which is a trip on a flyrod. Once you get that kayak it will open tons of fishing for you. If you are in the Southeastern area you could head west on Florida and fish under the Tickfaw River bridge or just north of there under Starnes bridge. You are just very limited from the bank unless you have permission from private owners. My suggestion would be to get the yak as soon as you can. Look on this site and craigslist you can pick up a used one.

December 14, 2017 at 7:22am
A comment titled: Re: Best Baitcasting reel? in response to a report titled: Best Baitcasting reel?

If you can find an old Curado they might be the best reel ever built but if you are buying new I would go with Abu Garcia. The Revo is a great reel if you want one really nice reel. Personally I would buy 2 Orra reels. No, they are not as nice as the Revo's but for the price the Revo is not twice as good. I have 2 Orra's that I have fished fresh and salt for 3 years now and they are still as smooth as the day I bought them. I love my Revo as well but I have never put it in salt.

December 12, 2017 at 3:36pm
A comment titled: Re: Amite River launch in response to a report titled: Amite River launch

There are 2 other places I like to go as well that are not far from Baton Rouge and are great for a 12ft boat. South of I10 on Airline Hwy before you get to Lutcher there is a really nice landing on Blind river. Also if you go to Grosse Tete. You can put in the Grosse Tete Bayou right by the visitor's center.

August 03, 2017 at 10:13am
A comment titled: Re: Amite River launch in response to a report titled: Amite River launch

I have fished the Amite river my whole life in a 12ft boat. Yes anything can happen but if you pay attention and do what you are supposed to do you will be fine. They do have 30ft speed boats that run through there but you can hear them coming a mile away. When you travel the river stay to the side. I put in at Bayou Barbary and fish the bayou itself which is completely safe. Heck I fish the bayou with my kids in kayaks. Once you get to the river just stay safe a pay attention. Most accidents are do to neglect..drinking, no lights, no PFD etc.... You can catch some bass in that section but no lunkers. The bream fishing is good also the catfish. In the fall I do ok on sac-a-lait in the lay downs. Stay away from Freds area of the river. Stay away from the diversion canal.

August 03, 2017 at 7:07am
A comment titled: Re: Lake Okhissa in response to a report titled: Lake Okhissa

Thanks for all the updates. Due to the storm I will not be going this Friday because I have family that was hit by the tornado that went through Livingston. I appreciate all the help and will look forward to a trip there in the near future. Hopefully by that time I will have clear water and warm weather.

February 24, 2016 at 1:28pm
A comment titled: Re: juglines for amite catfisf in response to a report titled: juglines for amite catfisf

I use pool noodles as well. I stick a piece of 1/2' or 3/4' PVC (depending on noodle) through the noodle first then just pull out the chop saw and cut 1 foot sticks. The PVC will keep the noodle from tearing and they will last years. Depending on where I am fishing is how I rig them. My preferred way is with no weight but it only works in water with little current. Rigged this way you move your knot to one side of your (jug) and secure it. By doing it this way the noodle sits sideways baited but when the fish gets on the noddle turns vertical. It just makes it easier to check them. Of course in current they need to be weighted. I fish the northern Amite (Graingeville to Watson) and I do best with live bream.

December 17, 2015 at 3:45pm
A comment titled: Re: Kayak Help? in response to a report titled: Kayak Help?

What type of plugs? Rubber or foam? I had some foam balls get some dry rot once and even though they completely plugged the hole after about an hour in the water they would leak. Water would start to seep through the ball itself. I replaced them and the leaking stopped. Also not all scupper holes are the same size are you sure you have the right plug.

December 16, 2015 at 8:53am
A comment titled: Re: purchasing a fishing kayak in response to a report titled: purchasing a fishing kayak

Place to purchase I would go to Pack and Paddle in Lafayette or buy a used one off this site. I have several kayaks now and have owned several others. It's a lot of person preference as far as size, shape, style etc.… In my opinion there is no perfect kayak. They all have their pro’s and con’s. I’m just getting into saltwater yakking but I wanted something a little bigger with more storage but still tried to keep the weight down so I went with the Malibu X-Factor and love it. It’s very stable and extra wide this allows me to stand up and fish and I can put a 48 qt ice chest on it. It also has a lot of accessories available that are useful. I have the X-tank live well for it and will soon be getting the X-wing for my lights and GPS/fish finder. In the world of large kayaks its lighter than most and paddles well for its size. When I go into rivers and swamps I use an Ocean Kayak trident. It’s a little lighter and more maneuverable around tree’s and stuff. It’s not quite as stable with a little less storage. If I am just going on a paddle with the kids for site seeing I use an ocean kayak frenzy. Its short, super light, and fun to paddle but has no storage. With any kayak my #1 accessory is the seat! Spend whatever it takes for comfort. I’d rather a cheap kayak with a good seat than a good kayak with a cheap seat.

December 09, 2015 at 7:09pm
A comment titled: Re: 1st time in saltwater in response to a report titled: 1st time in saltwater

Looking at giving Basons another shot this Friday. The tides look good and the weather will be nice and sunny however they are calling for a 14mph SSW wind. Is that going to be an issue down there? Or any suggestions on a good place to go with that wind. Thanks

December 07, 2015 at 12:06pm
A comment titled: Re: 1st time in saltwater in response to a report titled: 1st time in saltwater

Well due to the rain I ended up staying close to home. I didn't want to make the drive down and get caught in bad weather. I did however have a good day of fishing. I put in the Amite river at the Grangeville bridge and headed down and fished a few run offs and river accessible ponds that I know of. Caught about a dozen bass and a few bream. Had the weather been better I was going to go the Bason's. Thanks for all the comments and I will plan a trip soon.

December 03, 2015 at 12:24pm
A comment titled: Re: 1st time in saltwater in response to a report titled: 1st time in saltwater

Dr. Spot

Where would you launch in Golden Meadow and where would you fish? Lures? Dead shrimp, gulp alive, DOA, top water, spoons? Or I am a fly fisher if that would be a good route. Again thanks to all for the responses.

November 24, 2015 at 8:47pm
A comment titled: Re: 1st time in saltwater in response to a report titled: 1st time in saltwater

Thanks for the suggestions. Next Monday and Tuesday is showing a good tide with a north wind. Any difference from Brenton Sound or Bason's with the north wind?

November 23, 2015 at 1:46pm
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