Regional Reports-South

Red River

Anglers fishing the Red River in central Louisiana may soon be hooking into some lunkers in those waters, thanks to a $10,000 grant from the Wal-Mart FLW Tour, FishAmerica and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. With these funds, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will purchase about 40,000 Florida-strain largemouth bass fingerlings for stocking into the river. This is good news for Louisiana anglers, as many believe the Florida-strain largemouths grow bigger and faster than native largemouths. Red River bass populations have exploded since 1995 and the creation of five water-control structures spaced along the river from Shreveport to Marksville. The structures created several fertile impoundment-like areas that raised water levels, inundated forests and reconnected many formerly isolated oxbows to the main channel. The best action probably occurs in Pools 4 and 5 between Shreveport and Coushatta. Some honey holes include Little Ninock and Caspiana oxbows, Bishop Point and Young's Point. Anglers launch at Clark's Red River Marina in Elm Grove off U.S. 71, at Stoner Avenue in Shreveport and the U.S. 84 bridge at Coushatta. Contact: Clark's Red River Marina (318-747-2002).