By Connie Silva

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Louisiana is known as Sportsman’s Paradise

Our varied terrain, exotic mix of wildlife and plentiful outfitters all contribute to that distinction. Perhaps th e most-often-enjoyed activity in the Bayou State is fishing. Our location along the Gulf Coast and the multitude of productive rivers and bayous are appreciated by thousands of locals and visitors every year. Drum, speckled trout, red fish, crappie and more fill our waterways awaiting eager (and sometime hungry) fishermen and -women. Though our saltwaters will always be a huge draw, more and more are also looking north to the state’s freshwater lakes and reservoirs in search of those above-the-mantle trophies: bass.

Freshwater Fishing

Louisiana’s bass fishing is known internationally and has received many distinctions and that is why the Louisiana Bass Trail was introduced. A collective effort between Louisiana State Parks and the Louisiana Office of Tourism, each official stop on the trail is located at a Louisiana State Park featuring diverse amenities and overnight accommodations to keep the whole family entertained for the day, weekend or even an extended stay.

Running through eight of Louisiana’s State Parks, fishing the Louisiana Bass Trail takes you on a tour of not only the best fishing in Louisiana, but the best in the country. Toledo Bend Reservoir was selected as the top bass fishing lake in the U.S. in both 2015 and 2016 by Bassmaster. The lake is home to lunker largemouth bass that lure anglers from around the world and you can earn Bassport stamps on it at both North Toledo Bend State Park and South Toledo Bend State Park.

Additionally, six of the top 10 state record largemouth bass have been caught on Caney Lake in Jimmie Davis State Park, another stop on the Trail. Crappie, another favorite catch, is plentiful at Lake Bruin and many of the Bass Trail lakes in addition to the prized bass. Bring the whole family along to Lake D’Arbonne and Lake Bistineau State Parks to enjoy their nature trails and disc golf in addition to the world-class fishing. There are even beaches at Poverty Point Reservoir and Lake Claiborne State Parks for relaxing and catching sunsets after a successful day on the water.

When you fish the Louisiana Bass Trail, you’re in for world-class fishing, plenty of fun and the best scenery in the South. Make sure you come drop a line!

To start your Louisiana Bass Trail adventure, pick up a Bassport at any of the participating State Parks or request one online at LouisianaBassTrail.com. Plan your trips and at each park you fish, get your Bassport stamped and once you’ve fished at least four or more parks, you’ll start earning #LABassTrail prizes! While you’re on the water, be sure to capture your experience for social media using #LABassTrail and #OnlyLouisiana.