Short Take: 17,280 acres; shallow, flooded cypress, islands, sloughs, hydrilla, and coontail moss. Unless you’ve spent much time bass fishing in the Deep South, places like Snake Island, Cowfight Slough, Sawmill Flats and Hay Meadow don’t necessarily sound like places to launch a boat. On Louisiana’s Lake Bistineau, however, they’re but a few of the many colorfully named landmarks on this unusual 17,280-acre impoundment east of Shreveport—and in this case they’re the names of excellent bass fishing hotspots.
Created in 1938 by a dam across Bayou Dorcheat, Bistineau is a shallow lake (average depth is about six feet) filled from end to end with flooded cypress trees and to some extent, hydrilla and coontail. The water is clear, but it has a blackish tint due to tannin produced by the cypress. At first glance, everything on the lake looks the same, but the sloughs, bayous and various open water ponds all have distinct characteristics as well as their own names. Practically every inch of the 25- mile-long lake has been named by local anglers, and those names appear on most lake maps. Primary Species: Largemouth bass.
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