BATON ROUGE, La. – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser, the Louisiana Office of Tourism and Louisiana Office of State Parks announce the launch of the Louisiana Bass Trail, an effort bringing together seven lakes at eight state parks. Louisiana’s bass fishing is known internationally and has received many distinctions. The Louisiana Bass Trail highlights these fishing opportunities, encouraging visitors to fish more than one.
“I always like to say, you can fish anywhere but you catch fish in Louisiana,” said Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser. “This Bass Trail showcases the great fishing and State Park facilities we offer to out-of-state visitors, as well as Louisiana residents who are looking to enjoy the outdoors in their own backyards."
“One of Louisiana’s biggest tourism assets here in the Sportsman’s Paradise is our bountiful lakes and waterways,” said Kyle Edmiston, Assistant Secretary of the Office of Tourism. “This Trail enables us to market these phenomenal fishing opportunities along with our State Parks.”
“In addition to the fishing, families can enjoy the park’s overnight accommodations and a variety of activities for the day or weekend,” said Robert Barham, Assistant Secretary of the Office of State Parks. “Our parks offer all of the fun and the amenities that make north Louisiana truly a Sportsman’s Paradise.”
Featuring eight of Louisiana’s 22 State Parks, the Louisiana Bass Trail tours 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 magazine and can be fished from 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. Other participating State Parks include Lake Bruin, Lake D’Arbonne, Lake Bistineau, Poverty Point Reservoir and Lake Claiborne.
To participate in the Louisiana Bass Trail, pick up a Bassport at any of the participating State Parks or request one online at LouisianaBassTrail.com. Once someone has fished at least four stops, they qualify for special Louisiana Bass Trail prizes. Participants are also encouraged to capture their experiences on social media using #LABassTrail and #OnlyLouisiana. For more information, visit LouisianaBassTrail.com.