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Mississippi River Bottom:

Protected Lakes From North To South:

1. Lake Providence, East Carroll Parish (Lake Providence, LA lies along the south side of the lake): This is an attractive reputed cypress studded lake with the added southern charm of the town. Lake Providence. I suspect "white perch" fishin' should reach its peak in early to mid March.

2.Lake Bruin, Tensas Parish (South ofTallulah, LA): This is an attractive oxbow. Lake Bruin State Park and private facilities provide access to the lake. I suspect "white perch" fishin' should reach its peak in early to mid March.

3. Lake Saint Joseph: This one is near Lake Bruin and should reach its peak in March also.

4. Lake St. John, Concordia Parish (North ofVidalia, LA): This is an attractive Lake. I have not fished this one so I do not know its white perch potential. I suspect "white perch" fishin' should reach its peak in early to mid March.

5. Lake Concordia, Concordia Parish (Northwest ofVidalia, LA): This lake is reputed to be good white perch fishing. I suspect "white perch" fishin' should reach its peak in early to mid March. 6. False River Lake, West Baton Rouge Parish (New Roads, LA is on the upper portion of this lake): This lake is reputed to have some good "sac a lait" fishing under the many piers and boathouses on the lake. Attractive lodging and campgrounds on the lake and in New Roads make this a great launching point for other adventures as well. It is well within driving distance ofRaccourci Old River Lake (Covered in the Unprotected Lake section of this article). Old southern charm homes and southern plantation flavor make the New Roads area & nearby St. Francisville an attractive family getaway. Baton Rouge is about an hour's drive to the southeast. This lake receives a lot of boat traffic on the weekends. I suspect "sac a lait" fishin' should reach its peak in early to mid March.

Unprotected Lakes From North To South:

1. Palmyra Lake, Tensas Parish (South ofTallulah, LA): I have not fished this one. This is a large oxbow and I suspect a good one. I suspect the best fishing generally occurs in April or perhaps May during wet years after the water level has dropped.

2. Yucatan Lake, Tensas Parish (South ofTallulah, LA between Palmyra Lake and Lake Bruin): I have not fished this one. It is a medium sized oxbow within driving distance of Lake Bruin State Park to the southwest. I suspect the best fishing generally occurs in April or perhaps May during wet years after the water level has dropped.

3. Old River Lake, Concordia Parish (South OfFerriday, La): I have not fished this one. This is a fairly large oxbow and I suspect a good one. I suspect the best fishing will occur in April or perhaps May during wet years after the water level has dropped.

4. Raccourci Old River Lake, Pointe Coupee Parish (Northwest of New Roads, La): This is a very good "sac a lait" lake when water conditions are right. 2 pound crappie are fairly common here. 18 feet on the Baton Rouge Gauge seems to be the magic level here. Slightly higher can be ok too in backwater areas. A couple private fee boat ramps are available on about the middle portion of the lake. The closest lodging facilities I am aware of are in nearby New Roads. Private campgrounds are also available in and near the town of New Roads and near False River Lake. I have had good fishing here as early as late March when water conditions were right. I suspect wet years could produce good fishing as late as May when the high water levels finally drop

Lower Red River & Black River/Ouchita River Basin:

1. Lake Larto & Saline Bayou & Catahoula National Wildlife Refuge, Concordia and LaSalle Parishes (East ofPineville, La): This is a fairly complex network of streams sloughs and natural lakes that are in my opinion a category all by itself. Larto Lake is a natural oxbow Lake. It is connected to the Saline bayou complex which forms Saline Lake. A diversion canal connects Saline Bayou with Lake Catahoula.

Little River flows through Catahoula Lake which shrinks dramatically in the dry months. This area is close to the entrance of the junction of the Red River and Black Rivers. When high water occurs, the entire complex has been altered by man to receive water from the Black River and is protected from the high waters of the more turbid Red River. Consequently, much of the cover in this complex is live cypresses and buck brush rather than dead timber inherent to strictly manmade reservoirs. The complex has some really good "white Perch" fishing in the Spring. March is often a good month here.

2. Upper Red River, Black River, and Ouchita River: These have some oxbow lakes that may be a topic for future Uncle Byron features.

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Louisiana..."The Sportsman's Paradise" , has some great deep south hotspots. Call 'em white perch if you are in the northern part of the state. Call 'em sac a lait if you are if in the Cajun country of southern Louisiana. Either way you are surely in for a fishin' treat that can't be beat.