Fishing outlook as warmer weather arrives:

BLACK BAYOU — Crappie are setting up to spawn around the shallow trees. Jigs and shiners will work on these fish. Bass are best on spinners and soft plastic lures. For latest information, contact the Honey Hole at 323-8707.

CANEY LAKE — With a return to more seasonal weather, some bass will be on the beds in Hancock and Smith creeks and will hit big tubes or Flukes. Some will still be out on the secondary points and red Rat-L-Traps and Carolina-rigged worms will work best. The crappie will be moving to the back of the coves where tube or hair jigs and shiners will begin picking up some fish. For more information, call the Honey Hole at 323-8707.

CHENIERE LAKE — Bass fishing is improving fishing jigs, spinners and jerk baits around the trees. Crappie are scattered around the trees getting ready to spawn and will hit jigs and shiners. Call the
Honey Hole at 323-8707 for more information.

LAKE CLAIBORNE — Crappie are moving from the deep water to the points and ultimately to the back of the creeks; look for them anywhere from deep to shallow and they’ll hit shiners or jigs. Some are also being caught on yo-yos baited with shiners. Stripers have been rather slow while some catfish have been caught on trotlines. For latest information, call Tim Lofton at Kel’s Cove at 927-2264.

LAKE D’ARBONNE — As more seasonal weather returns, look for more bass to be in the shallows off the sloughs. Soft plastic lizards and worms are picking up some good fish along with spinner baits and jigs. Crappie will be moving to the banks as water temperatures rise and will hit shiners or jigs. Catfishing is good on cold worms. For latest information, call Anderson’s Sport Center at 318-368-9669.

OUACHITA RIVER — Crappie fishing is best in the back of the river lakes and sloughs where spawning will take place. Shiners and jigs will both work. Bass are around structure in the river lakes and on the points in the river. Soft plastics and Rat-L-Traps are picking up some fish. For current information, call the Honey Hole at 323-8707.

LAKE POVERTY POINT — Crappie are moving to the shallow areas to spawn and some are biting shiners or jigs. Bass fishing is improving around shallow brush on spinners, lizards and Baby Brush Hogs. Catfishing is good on cut shad. For latest reports, call Poverty Point Marina at 318-878-0101.

LAKE ST. JOHN — The crappie bite is improving on yo-yos baited with shiners as well as shiners and jigs fished around shallow trees. Bass fishing has been fair to good on jigs and lizards. Call Doug Miller or Ken Mahoney at (318-757-0013) for latest reports and fishing conditions.

LAKE YUCATAN — The water is rising again although boat launch is possible at Surplus City landing. Very few fishermen have been on the lake this week. For latest information, call James Lachney at 318-498-1038.