A guide for area anglers:
BLACK BAYOU — Crappie are slow to fair on shiners and jigs. Bass have been best fishing the grass with jigs and soft plastics. Contact the Honey Hole Tackle Shop at 323.8707 for latest information.
OUACHITA RIVER — The water is still too high with lots of current. No fishing reports this week. For latest information, contact the Honey Hole Tackle Shop at 323.8707.
LAKE D’ARBONNE — Despite the cold windy weather, some good catches of crappie are being made. Most are coming from the 20 foot flats fishing shiners or jigs 10-18 feet deep. Bass are trying to move shallow with a few to 6 pounds caught around the grass on soft plastics and Sinko lures. Bream have not yet started but if you can stand the cold, you can catch catfish on cold worms fished on the flats and off the banks. For latest reports, call Anderson’s Sport Center at 368.9669 or Honey Hole Tackle Shop at 323.8707.
LAKE CLAIBORNE — One of the best ways anglers have been catching crappie this week is on yo-yos baited with shiners. A few are coming from the deep water out from the dam with best fishing continuing to be below the spillway on shiners and jigs. Bass fishing has starting to improve slightly with best catches being made fairly shallow around the grass on spinners and soft plastics. Some catfish are being caught on trotlines using chunks of soap for bait. No report on bream or stripers. For latest information, call Tim Loftin at Kel’s Cove at 927.2264.
CANEY LAKE — While some crappie are still biting jigs and shiners in deep water out from the dam, some are starting to move mid-range indicating when weather conditions permit, they’ll start moving to shallow coves to spawn. Bass are also starting to move shallow with a 10 pounder caught. Best lures are Chatter baits and Rat-L-Traps. No report just yet on chinquapins or catfish. For latest information contact Bateaux on Caney Lake at 259-6649, Hooks Marina at 249.2347, Terzia Tackle at 278.4498 or the Honey Hole Tackle Shop at 323.8707.
LAKE POVERTY POINT — Crappie fishing has slowed a bit but some big fish to over 3 pounds have been caught on shiners and Bobby Garland jigs. Bass to 7 pounds have been caught on soft plastics and jigs. Catfishing has been fair. For latest reports, call Poverty Point Marina at 318.878.0101.
LAKE ST. JOHN — High water is expected to result in the lake being closed to boat traffic. For information, call Ken Mahoney at (318.757.0013).
LAKE YUCATAN — The water is still very high and nobody is fishing. For information, call Surplus City Landing at 318.467.2259.
LAKE BRUIN — The crappie bite has slowed with a few fish caught on shiners. Bass have been fair on Shaky heads and Chatter baits. No report on catfish or bream. The marina is featuring a Spawn Special during the month of March. For marina discount details, contact Seth at 318.766.0075.