Lake Calcasieu

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Fishing in Lake Calcasieu

A Lake Calcasieu fishing experience is unique and diverse. It’s connected to the Gulf of Mexico by a 5.5-mile-long stream, providing easy access to offshore fishing grounds. If you’re a newcomer, choose a fishing guide that knows the area well and get ready to explore Bayou Country!

When it comes to fishing in brackish water, “Big Lake” has been a top choice for Gulf Coast anglers for many decades, thanks to the species on offer. This lake is famous for its excellent Red and Black Drum fisheries, as well as Speckled Trout and Flounder. Other target species include Sheepshead, Cobia, and Tripletail.

Fishing guides in the area provide both half day and full day trips. Half days will see you fishing anywhere from 4–5 hours and are perfect for novice fishermen and families with kids. Longer trips are designed to cover more fishing grounds and locate a greater range of species, especially trophy-sized Trout. These trips are perfect for experienced anglers or those looking to spend more hours on the water.

A couple of towns in the area offer excellent guide services, such as Lake Charles and Hackberry. You can approach some great spots from both locations. Places such as Devils Elbow, Black Lake Bayou, and Turner Bay Reef provide great action for anglers of all skill levels. All you have to do is pick a local guide, find your favorite spot, and fill that bucket up with some delicious fish!

Rules & Regulations

All residents and non-residents over the age of 16 must have a valid fishing license. Since Lake Calcasieu is a brackish body of water, you’ll need to purchase both a basic and saltwater license. Residents joining a licensed saltwater skiff charter are covered. If you’re a non-resident, you’ll still have to pay for a 3-Day Skiff Charter License. All freshwater guides require you to buy a basic fishing license before your trip.

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Lake Calcasieu Fishing Seasons

Start your year off in the right way by sampling some excellent inshore fishing. You can expect to target Redfish, Black Drum, Speckled Trout, and Sheepshead.

Now is the time to go sight casting in the shallows. Choose a guide that will take you to the backcountry and target the likes of Speckled Trout, Redfish, Black Drum, and Flounder.

Springtime is approaching and the fishing is about to get real sweet! Stay inshore for some Redfish and Black Drum action or hit the Gulf and go after Kingfish.

Out in the Gulf, you can target Kingfish and many other pelagic species. In Lake Calcasieu, you’ll find solid numbers of Redfish, Black Drum, Trout, and Flounder.

When the salinity gets high, you can target Mangrove Snapper. May is also a good time to go fishing for Cobia, Sheepshead, and Speckled Trout.

June is an excellent time to plan a fishing trip in the Lake Charles area. You’ll be able to target everything from Cobia and Sheephead to Speckled Trout and Redfish.

In July, Tripletail start to show up in large numbers. Other likely catches this time of year include Sheepshead, Cobia, Redfish, and Black Drum.

The weather is really hot, so plan to dress light and be sure to pack some mosquito repellent as well. In terms of fishing, you’ll have lots of options both inshore and offshore.

The fishing remains hot throughout the fall. Cast off with a Lake Calcasieu fishing guide and get ready to explore the productive Turner Bay Reef as well as Mud Lake and West Cove.

Hit the Grand Bayou Weir for some great Redfish action. Here, you can also find lots of Flounder, Trout, and Black Drum.

November is a good time to hit the Gulf and go Tuna fishing. If you’re looking for something more relaxing, you can always choose to stay inshore and target Redfish and Black Drum.

Even though it’s winter, the fishing down in the bayou is always hot. Plan your next holiday vacation on Lake Calcasieu and get ready for some fun inshore action!

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Top Targeted Species in Lake Calcasieu

Redfish

Redfish

Flounder

Flounder

Speckled Trout

Speckled Trout

Black Drum

Black Drum

Sheepshead

Sheepshead

Tripletail

Tripletail

Cobia

Cobia

Catfish

Catfish