Lake Bistineau

Shreveport, Louisiana 71115

Lake Bistineau

Lake Bistineau Professional Review and Guide

"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."

Lake Bistineau Reviews

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7/4/2011
Hiked the Pintail Loop today for the 1st time. 1.2 miles overall plus about 1/3 mile hike back to the truck at the trail head. Trail was very nice and seemed to be maintained. Very little trash along the trail. Some very slight slopes but no real hills to speak of. Some dips along the trail. Trail is well marked and easy to navigate. Saw and heard some nice birds and saw some tracks for other wildlife. There is also a 3 1/2 mile, 4/10 mile, and a 10 mile trail available as well. Nice place for beginners such as myself and my wife.
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Shreveport
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Best March through October
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Lake Bistineau State Park
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Jul 2018