With the Sportsmans Expo coming up at the Shreveport Convention Center July 19-21, it brought back a fond memory I have of fishing. It also reminded me of some of the best places to fish in the Shreveport Bossier area.

I was 3 or 4-years-old the very first time that I went fishing. My Daddy took me with him that day he was trying out his brand new Zebco rod and reel for the first time.

I watched with amazement each time that he threw the line into the water. Finally, I asked him to let me throw it in. He handed it to me, I held it back and gave it a fling forward just as hard as I could.

There it went, brand new rod and reel right into the water. My Daddy was a good sport about it; we both looked at one another and laughed about it. The water was deep so there was no way to just wade out there and get it back so it was just long gone. He said, "don't worry about it, I can get another one."

That's the fondest moment of my childhood because that was my first time going fishing and he wasn't going to ruin it, even though I threw his new rod and reel away.

That was a wonderful moment, a moment filled with fun, love and understanding, and it has stayed with me all my life. I believe that all children should have a moment like that.


1. Toledo Bend

If you're planning a fishing trip where you'll stay overnight or a few days, Toledo Bend is a great fishing spot.

They have cottages for rent during your stay. Just bring your groceries and personal items - everything else is ready for you!

Besides great fishing all around you, they have everything you need in the area. They have everything for your convenience, Internet - Cable TV, Washer & Dryer, Bar-B-Q equipment, boat launch - about 500 feet away or closer, depending on which cabin you occupy. It's close to gas stations, convenience stores,  restaurants and night clubs.

2. Lake Sam Rayburn
The US Army Corps of Engineers operates six developed parks around Sam Rayburn Lake, each unique, offering different views, opportunities, and experiences. Activities include, camping, boating, fishing, hunting, hiking, picnicking, birding and wildlife viewing. Each campsite is allowed 2 vehicles plus the sleeping unit. An extra vehicle fee of $4 per night is charged for each vehicle over the limit of two vehicles per site.



3. Grand Bayou Reservoir

An upscale resort nestled in the beautiful hills of North Louisiana. Located 20 minutes east of I-49, 45 minutes south of the Shreveport/Bossier Metroplex and 2 1/2 miles southeast of Coushatta off Highway 71.


4. Red River

The river has settled down and is looking great for some early summer time fishing. Most fishing is still in the back waters around the grass and pads, but don't forget about the rocks. Frogs and buzz baits will be a great choice in low light conditions and possibly all day.

5. Cane River Lake

Fishing in Natchitoches Parish is an enjoyable experience with many fishing areas to choose from. Whether you want to stay close to Natchitoches or venture into the outlying areas of the parish around Cane River, there are plenty of places to use your pole.