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Hello everyone, Just a little background. I grew up fishing. I lived all over, but spent several of my pre-teen years ( when I really began to love fishing ) living in south LA, fishing in Lake Verrett, Lake Des Allemands, the Atchafalaya Spillway, Black Bayou, Lake Pontchartrain, etc. I love fishing in south Louisiana, more than any other place............BUT I don't have a boat right now. I moved back to the area ( I live in Walker ) several years ago and haven't managed to get a boat. My dad has a boat, but its up on Toledo Bend and with a 55 hour a week job and a 7 month old, I can't drive 4 1/2 hours up to North Toledo Bend every time I want to go fishing. So, I'm desperately searching for some decent places to bank fish in south Louisiana. There's tons of neighborhood ponds around, but they are all private. I've been to many of the BREC lakes ( University, City Park, Blackwood, Waddell, and others ) but most are highly pressured or have stunted fish. I've gone to False River, but public fishing areas are limited. I even drove to Krotz Springs a few weeks ago because there looked like a bunch of great places to bank fish, but most of them ended up being on hunting leases or on private roads. I'm going to be off of work this Friday, as well as next Thursday and Friday and am planning to go fishing all three days, but right now I just have no idea where I should go. Any advice would be extremely helpful. I'm wanting to get some decent fishing in, but I've yet to find a good spot to go. Thanks! WH

August 19 at 3:09pm

Hey all! Just wondering if anyone out there is going fishing this Friday or weekend or next Thursday, Friday, or weekend and is looking for a new fishing partner for a day. I absolutely love fishing, but I don't currently have a boat, and there are just a limited number of places that you can bank fish in south Louisiana. I've actually met some great folks on here and made a few trips to fish for specks in Pontchartrain with one gentleman and a few others with a guy and his son to fish for reds in the grass near Shell Beach. I'm mainly a bass fisherman, but I'm game for whatever type of fishing that you're up for -- Bass, sac-a-lait/bream, specks, reds. I'm just happy getting out on the water and be catching some fish. I'd like to say that I'm reasonably decent company. I'm happy to help pay for gas/oil, and I promise to tell anyone who asks that you caught way more fish than I did. Anyhow, some may think its crazy to ask, but I've had some really enjoyable fishing days with guys I've met on LA Sportsman, so I figured it would be worth a try. All the best! Have a good one! Wilks

August 19 at 2:46pm

Hey guys, I finally think I've found a place that I can do some bank fishing that isn't too far from home and where I'm not potentially trespassing to fish in neighborhood ponds or park lakes that are always under heavy pressure. I'm in Walker, LA, and can't seem to find too many worthwhile places to bank fish around here, so I expanded my search, and now I'm looking at heading down near Lake Maurepas, in the canals and areas under Hwy 55, that you can access off of Old Hwy 51. I'm mainly targeting bass, but wouldn't be upset to grab a good handful of bream or sac-a-lait. Any adivce on lures, better areas to target? Any help would be greatly appreciated! WH

July 19 at 10:30am

Afternoon, I'm an avid angler stuck without a boat for a while. Anyone know somewhere outside of Baton Rouge where I could possibly get on some bass. I'm in Walker/Denham Springs. I lived in Vacherie for a couple of years as a pre-teen and remember doing some bank fishing in the bayou along Hwy 20 between Vacherie and Thibodaux, but thats a bit of a drive. I'm actually looking to catch a few fish to do some bucket stocking of my own pond ( need some decent size bass to eat all of the bullhead catfish fingerlings ), so I don't want to go to University Lakes or somewhere that's really polluted. I've been told Waddell WMA and Blackwater Conservation Area have decent fishing ponds, but don't know much about them. Anyone ever been to either? Any suggestions would be very welcome. Edit: I'll also mention that in the past, I've found some really great guys that were going out fishing and wanted someone to fish with ( or at least to witness when they caught a big one ). I took 5 trips with 3 different guys that I met on here. All trips were fishing for specks or reds, but still a great time. So, if there is anyone out there who is going fishing tomorrow, Friday, or this weekend, and wants a new fishing buddy. I'm pretty decent to get along with, will confirm all of your fishing stories, and I'm happy to pay for gas, etc. Thanks much!

July 03 at 2:36pm

Hey guys,

I am desperate to go fishing tomorrow. I don't have a boat and my initial plans to go saltwater fishing with a friend fell through, then my secondary plans to freshwater fishing with another friend with a boat fell through, so I've decided that I'm going to go bank fishing.

Where is a good place close to Baton Rouge where I might catch some bass, and then maybe tightline for some cats. I know of a place IN Baton Rouge, but I generally only catch mud cats there and considering the pollution and the nasty water I wouldn't want to eat those unless I was starving.

So, any recommendations? I did call the Secret Fishing Hole, but they are booked up for tomorrow and besides the fact, its hard for me to stomach paying $65 to only be allowed to keep 5 fish under 15 inches. Might try it another time though.

Thanks!

W

June 18, 2010 at 8:22am

Hello gents,

I had made plans to go fishing Saturday and they fell through. So, I was just wondering if anyone was planning on heading out fishing on Saturday who might like to have someone come along who's pretty good company and can definitely help out with expenses? I live in Baton Rouge, but I can meet you anywhere in the area and I have gear for freshwater or saltwater is fine. Also, I'm headed to Bass Pro tomorrow, so if you need anything from there, I can pick it up for you, too.

I had a post similar to this a while back and since then I've met and gone fishing with a few very cool guys on here that I would now count as friends. I was really looking forward to heading out this Saturday, so if anyone would be willing to let me tag along, that would be awesome.

The best way to get in touch with me is to send me an e-mail at: wholmes@live.com with your phone number and tell me a good time to give you a call. I'm really hoping to hear from someone. Thanks.

Wilks

( 8:00 a.m. Friday -- Still looking, thanks to the gentleman who I'm going with next week!! Still no takers for tomorrow?? )

June 17, 2010 at 10:31am

Does anyone know where I might go to catch some fish from the the bank.....Specks, Reds, Flounder, Sheepshead. A gentleman on another website said the seawall and canals into Lake Pontchartrain has been great, but I don\'t know where that is or how to get there. If you know of somewhere that I would be able, and likely, to catch some fish, please tell me about it. I\'m not very familiar with the coastal/inland areas or saltwater fishing in general so if you could, please be quite detailed with directions and how to fish ( bait/lures/presentation ). Thanks so much! Jester

May 28, 2010 at 9:04am

Hello there gentlemen (and ladies ),

Just wondering if there are any fishermen in the Baton Rouge area who are looking for someone to fish with them sometime. I love to fish for bass, sac-a-lait, bream, catfish, reds/specks/flounder, really anything. ( though, I'll admit that as much as I would love to, I've never been saltwater fishing in a boat, just surf/pier )
I lived near Thibodaux for a few years when I was young, so I've fished the Spillway, False River, Lake Verrett, Lac des Allemands, and a few other local waterways, and I really enjoy fishing in South Louisiana, as opposed to further north. I desperately want to get a boat ASAP, but until then, I'd do anything to be able to get out on the water once in a while.

I am a 31 y/o white male, former USAF, LSU graduate. I am originally from Alexandria, LA. My family has a boat up in Alexandria, but I don't have a boat down here so I very rarely get to go fishing anymore....only when I drive up to Alex.

If you're looking for a good fishing partner who is good company, is very helpful, loves fishing more than anything, and would give you money for gas/oil/bait/etc, then please e-mail me sometime. I love fishing, but honestly, I could go out and not catch a single fish and still enjoy myself. I just love being out on the water. Don't worry, I'm not crazy, although I fear people might actually think that. No, I'm just an everyday guy who would rather fish than breathe, but hasn't been able to buy a boat yet. So, I would do anything to be able to spend a day here and there out on the water, and this would be a great chance for me to meet some people and also learn more about fishing down here, as its been almost 20 years since I consistently fished this area.

If I have some advance notice, I would be willing to meet you anywhere you want, at any time of the morning or day.

I'll be hoping to hear from someone. I've been fishing all my life, but the last few years, I've just started really getting into bass fishing, so maybe you could even pass on some of your knowledge to me, as well.

Thanks!

Wilks Holmes

e-mail: jestersinthemoon@hotmail.com

May 24, 2010 at 4:39pm

Hello gentlemen,

I live in Baton Rouge and my father is coming down this evening to pick me up and were going to spend a few days fishing down near Pierre Part. We were going to fish Verrett Wednesday and the Spillway Thursday.

I've been heading up to Alexandria, where dad lives, cuz the bream are bedding up in Saline Lake, and we've been catching 50-60 the last few trips, but really I want to catch BASS and SAC-A-LAIT, so I need some help.

I lived in Vacherie when I was younger and I enjoy canal and structure fishing much more than open water fishing that is the norm further north.

So, can anyone tell me where and what I should be fishing in the Spillway/Verrett to catch some nice Sac-a-lait and bass? I've been dying to catch some nice slabs and a few bass. Are they catching sac-a-lait on live bait or jigs, and what color? What are the bass biting on? How deep of water are they in?

Also, where is a good place to buy live bait in or near Pierre Part?

We're leaving tonight, so any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much in advance to anyone who can offer some tips.

Jester

May 11, 2010 at 9:42am

Thanks for reaching out, Stanley. I sent you a quick text just to see when you were thinking about going out. Been meaning to follow up with a call, but I've been getting off work late this week and didn't want to call you too late.. I'll try to give you a call this evening. Hope you're doing well. Have a good one! Wilks

August 22 at 10:40am
A comment titled: Re: Des Allemands Cats? in response to a report titled: Des Allemands Cats?

Sorry I can't answer your question FTF, but back in the early 90's, when I lived down there, we would go across the lake to where the old house pads were underwater and in June and July, we could catch 3lb-5lb cats ( with a 6#-10# thrown in from time to time ) all day long on nightcrawlers or cut bait under a cork. That was some fun fishing and good eating. I lived in Vacherie for a couple years back then, and can't count the number of times I fished Des Allemands. We used to tear up the bass, sac-a-lait, bream, and white bass back in the canals way back past the launch. I'm up in Baton Rouge now. Was planning to go fishing tomorrow, but I don't have a boat and haven't gotten any suggestions on where I might catch some bass fishing from the bank. Good luck tomorrow!

July 03 at 4:45pm
A comment titled: Re: Identify fish in response to a report titled: Identify fish

Bdav, I just stocked my pond a while back and many of my fish look similar to that. My guess would be that it is a Hybrid bluegill crossed somewhere along the line with a green sunfish. The green sunfish gives it the bigger mouth. Some of mine have mouths that almost look like small bass or goggle-eye, but with the body shape of a bream. I have Coppernose Bluegill, Hybrid Bluegill, and then my pond had shellcrackers, pumpkinseed, and some other bream in it beforehand. After they all interbreed, you get a lot of mixed colors and traits, but at least you've got some good healthy fish!

July 03 at 2:42pm
A comment titled: Thank you!!! in response to a report titled: Jester

thanks so much! e-mail sent.

June 26, 2010 at 10:16am
A comment titled: just asking in response to a report titled: Late, Late, Late Weekend Report

Just thought I might ask all of you guys......

I am new to saltwater fishing, but the addiction has already snagged me.Both of my trips have been to Lake P and I had a blast both times. ( I went with a guy I met here on LA Sportsman )For all of you guys who know the lake and enjoy fishing it.....if you ever want to take someone out and teach him the ropes of saltwater fishing and how to fish the lake, or for that matter anywhere else, I'd be happy to come along. I've got all my own gear, am pretty good company/helpful/laid back, love to fish more than anything, and am happy to help pay for expenses.

I'm a 31 y/o combat veteran, LSU graduate who lives in Baton Rouge and works in marketing. My schedule is flexible right now so I can fish pretty much any day of the week. I don't have a boat of my own, so I kinda have to bank fish or rely on the kindnesses of others, but I love fishing more than anything and would rather be out on the water than anywhere else. If any of you guys would be willing to let me head out with you it would really be appreciated. I can drive to pretty much anywhere to meet you at any hour of the morning. Just let me know.

My name is Wilks and my e-mail address is wholmes@live.com.

Thanks.

June 25, 2010 at 10:22pm
A comment titled: shrimp/bait in response to a report titled: Catfish Bait

Apparently there is a place called Capt Allen's Bait near downtown.

here's a link with hours and map:

http://local.yahoo.com/info-18167006-captain-allen-s-bait-tackle-baton-rouge

May 31, 2010 at 10:36am
A comment titled: Lake P in response to a report titled: info

Hey whitebeans,

Now, I am by no means an authority. I have been saltwater fishing from a boat ONCE in my life and that was last week when a gentleman from this forum took me out to fish the causeway.

What I can tell you is that if you head to Madisonville and just go down Main St until it turns into a tiny little winding road and then a gravel road, you will run straight into a 2 boat launch with several piers where you can put in and are a 10 minute ride from the Causeway.

I think we might be headed that way again on Wednesday. Caught 9 nice specks ( 2 were really nice ) last time fishing around the pilings and saw some other guys who had even better luck than us, probably due to my lack of experience.

Good luck, and let us know how you do!

Jester

May 31, 2010 at 7:30am
A comment titled: yo-yo in response to a report titled: Yo yo's

One thing to remember about yo-yo's, however, is that many lakes and areas have VERY specific rules about fishing with yo-yo's.....such as the number you are allowed to put out, your name/contact info/current date must be on all yo-yo's and changed daily, you can only use them from dusk till dawn, you MUST be within local area and be able to be contacted easily while running yo-yo's, etc.

Make sure that if you do intend to run some ( and it is a lot of fun ) that you are knowledgeable about the local regs.

Jester

May 31, 2010 at 7:19am
A comment titled: Wednesday in response to a report titled: Baton Rouge Fishermen

As of right now, Wednesday is the perfect day for me this week. So, I'm game. Want me to go get more Baychovy or any other lures?

If things are looking good, drop me a line and give me a call tomorrow so I can hopefully work things out.

Planning on heading back to the Causeway or somewhere else?

Hope you had a nice weekend.

Wilks

May 31, 2010 at 6:58am
A comment titled: anyone? in response to a report titled: Bank Fishing???

no suggestions, huh?

May 29, 2010 at 10:03am
A comment titled: This week would be great in response to a report titled: Baton Rouge Fishermen

I'd love to go this week. Any day would be good, but Tuesday or Wednesday probably best, but just give me a day or so notice and I'll try to figure my transportation situation out.

Also, I was looking online and there is a bait shop downtown that stays open late in the evening and opens at 4:30 in the morning. If you want, I'll go the night before or that morning and pick up some live( or not ) shrimp or anything else you think we might use. Never know, that may help us out a bit.

Are you planning to go back to the lake or were you going to head further down?

Hope to hear from you!

Wilks

PS -- If you don't mind, send me an e-mail to wholmes@live.com from your e-mail, not through this website, so we can communicate online a litte bit easier.

May 29, 2010 at 9:45am
A comment titled: Thank you!!! in response to a report titled: Baton Rouge Fishermen

I've got to send out a huge Thank you to Jrspro for taking me out to Lake Pontchartrain yesterday. I can't say that I tore them up, but he caught a number of nice keepers. I think I can really understand people who get hooked on saltwater, I hooked into 2 really nice fish that got off, but it was very exciting. I'm dying to get out there again already!

I really can't thank you enough, JrsPro. I had a great time and I hope I was helpful and decent enough company for you to consider dragging me along again.

Anyone else who wants to go out and get a hook wet but doesn't want to go alone or needs someone to help split expenses, drop me a line. I can usually arrange my work schedule so that I can fish when I like.

Hope to hear from you!

Jester

My email is Jestersinthemoon@hotmail.com but please do not e-mail through the link because for some reason I am not getting them.

May 28, 2010 at 8:12am
A comment titled: Causeway in response to a report titled: Lake pontchatrain

Hey there,

I'm not a saltwater fisherman, but I went out to the causeway with jrspro yesterday. The bite was early, and shutoff around 10:00.

We only caught 8 keepers, with another 10 or so non. I think all were caught on BlueMoon/Chartreuse Tail Anchovies.

Lots of boats out there, though.....people who if they see you catching, will pull up and cut you off or come up right beside you and cast into your area.

Best of luck!

Jester

May 28, 2010 at 8:04am
A comment titled: great in response to a report titled: Baton Rouge Fishermen

Great. I haven't gotten your e-mail yet for some reason. Maybe its taking longer because its coming from this site.

This has actually worked out perfectly. I was somewhat worried because I kinda jumped the gun putting up this post asking if anyone wanted someone to fish with them because all of my fishing gear is up in Alexandria. So, I was trying to decide whether I should just go buy some more stuff ( way too expensive ) or if I should drive up to Alex tonight and get it. Well, it just so happens that my parents are driving to Florida today to spend a week down there and I caught them 5 minutes before they left and asked them to grab my rods and tackle box so I could meet them as they pass through Baton Rouge. Perfect!!!

Anyway, my fiance is picking me up in about 10 minutes so that I can go meet my parents and head over to Bass Pro. I was planning on calling you, but if I don't have your e-mail by then, I can't. So, if you don't hear from me by, say, 2:30 or 3:00, if you want to, just give me a call. My number is 318-419-2420.

Not sure where you are planning on going tomorrow, but there have been a few post on here about people tearing up the specks the last few days.

Oh, yeah, and I should be at Bass Pro when I call you, or if you call me, so if you need anything, just holler.

Thanks again!

Wilks

May 26, 2010 at 1:36pm
A comment titled: SURE!!! I would love to go!!! in response to a report titled: Baton Rouge Fishermen

Hey,I would LOVE to go if you have a spot. I MAY have a vehicle tomorrow, so I may be able to meet you somewhere, but I might not. Send me a private message with your e-mail/phone number and hopefully we can work something out. I would guess you are talking about saltwater. Do you fish for specks? Redfish? What type of rods/reels do you use? I may have to go get one tonight, as I have very little stuff for saltwater fishing. Man, this would be great. Thank you so much!!! Hope to hear from you soon!!

Wilks

PS--If I make it to Cabelas or Bass Pro today, i there anything ( tackle, hooks, etc. ) that I oughta get or that you need?

May 26, 2010 at 12:32pm
A comment titled: weekdays in response to a report titled: Baton Rouge Fishermen

sure am.....main issue right now is that car is in the shop, so fiance and I are sharing a vehicle. I'd hate to have to ask anyone to come pick me up, unless they live really close by ( I live at Jefferson Hwy and Bluebonnet )

Yes though....my work schedule allows me to work pretty much any day of the week except Thursday and sometimes Saturday.

May 26, 2010 at 12:52am
A comment titled: good luck in response to a report titled: Baton Rouge Fishermen

No no.....I said I would love to try out saltwater fishing sometime.......but I am a freshwater fisherman at heart. I'm hoping to find someone who would like some company and a fishing partner when they head out bass fishing....or even panfish or catfishing.......pretty much any type of fishing. Hopefully I'll be able to get a boat by the end of this year. Then, maybe I can get back on here and return the favor and offer some people without a boat the chance to go out fishing with me, cuz I know how frustrating it is to love fishing but be so limited without a boat. Good luck!!

May 25, 2010 at 10:45am
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