Catfish are biting on Lake St. John.

BLACK BAYOU — This lake was closed to boating and fishing during the government shut-down. For latest information, contact the Honey Hole at 323.8707.

CANEY LAKE — The water is still warm enough for bass to continue to school. Shad imitation lures are working on surface-feeding bass while tail spinners are picking up some beneath the surface. Crappie fishing is fair on shiners or jigs around the deep tops in 15-20 foot water. Chinquapins are slow to fair with a few caught on the bottom on cold worms. For more information, call Brown's Landing at 318.259.6649.

CHENIERE LAKE — The lake is down 3 feet. Some bass are being caught on topwater lures and Wobbleheads. Crappie fishing is slow to fair on shiners or jigs. Call the Honey Hole at 323.8707 for more information.

LAKE CLAIBORNE — Bass are fair fishing topwater lures and Shaky Heads with a few in the 3-4 pound range caught. Crappie are gradually improving fishing jigs around the deep tops. Catfishing is good on rods and reels using cold worms or night crawlers for bait. Striper fishing is good when they are feeding on top. Shad imitation lures are working best. fishing is fair with some caught on spinners and soft plastics around the grass in the creeks. For latest information, call Tim Lofton at Kel's Cove at 927.2264.

LAKE D'ARBONNE — Crappie fishing is slowly improving fishing around grass up the creeks on shiners or jigs. Bass fishing has been fair in breaking schools and fishing topwater lures and Wobbleheads around the grass. Bream and catfish continue to bite cold worms fished on the flats. For latest information, call Anderson's Sport Center at 318-368-9669 or the Honey Hole at 323.8707.

OUACHITA RIVER — Bass are fair on topwaters and crank baits. Crappie fishing is slow to fair in the bayou around edges of the the deep tops on shiners or jigs. For current information, call the Honey Hole at 323.8707.

LAKE POVERTY POINT — Crappie fishing is slowly improving around the boat slips as well as the cut-offs on the south end of the lake. The new Bobby Garland Yellow Jacket jig seems to be working best. Catfish continue to bite cut shad. Bass are slow to fair with a few caught on the Zoom Baby Brush Hog, Cotton Candy pattern. For latest reports, call Poverty Point Marina at 318.878.0101.

LAKE ST. JOHN — Catfishing is good on a variety of baits. Bass are best early and late on topwater lures. Crappie are slow while bream are fair. Call Ken Mahoney at (318.757.0013) for latest reports and fishing conditions.

LAKE YUCATAN — The water level is up and down and fishing has been quite slow. A few bass have been caught while crappie are slow. For latest information, call James Lachney at 318.467.2259.