WATERBODY & WMA SPOLIGHT-SPRING 2020

John K. Kelly, Grand Bayou Reservoir

Size: 2,500 acres

Maximum Depth: 30 feet

Public Piers Available: 1

Public Boat Launches Available: 1

Artificial Reefs: 1

Common Fishing Species: Largemouth bass, black crappie, redear sunfish, bluegill and channel catfish.

Additional Information: Large pre-spawn crappie between 12-14 inches begin moving along drains leading to spawning bays and flats in late January. As water temperatures climb in late February, most crappie are in 7-13 feet of water. Most spawning activity occurs in March and the first week of April. Some may be found in only inches of water. Emergent strands of cut grass are excellent cover for crappie. Beetlespins, roadrunners and shiners all work well.

LDWF annually stocks approximately 30,000 Florida largemouth bass fingerlings into Grand Bayou Reservoir.  It is not uncommon for multiple double digit bass to be caught each year.

 

Fun Fact

In 2019, six bass between 9 and 11 pounds were caught by anglers, with the largest being 10.66 pounds.

 

 

West Bay Wildlife Management area

Acreage: 59,189

Location: Located in Allen Parish. West Bay WMA is located near Elizabeth. The WMA is  accessible via state highways, parish roads and timber company roads. It is bounded by Louisiana Highway 10 on the north, Louisiana Highway 26 on the south, Turner Road on the west and River Road on the east.

Owner: Hancock Timber, Roy O. Martin, Forest Investment and Rayonier; LDWF manages wildlife and public recreation.

Description: The forest cover is composed of pine plantations with scattered hardwoods along streambeds. There are some pine-hardwood stands on the edge of the baygall areas. The most common hardwood species are water, white, red, willow and cow oak; blackgum; beech; and hickory. Important overstory species include flowering dogwood, redbay, sweetleaf and sweetgum. The understory varies with the timber type. In the baygall areas, some of the more common and valuable species are yaupon, rattan, arrowwood, smilax and deciduous holly. The understory in the pine plantations is primarily blackberry, dewberry, huckleberry, smilax and numerous annual legumes and grasses.

Popular Game Species: Available game species are squirrel, rabbit, deer, dove, woodcock and turkey. The area offers excellent archery opportunities for deer. There are youth deer and squirrel seasons as well as youth and general turkey lottery hunts. Furbearer trapping is allowed during trapping season. There is also a physically challenged season for deer.

How to Enjoy: There are two primitive camping areas on the WMA.

 

The terrain on West Bay WMA is generally flat. About one-third of the area can be considered a baygall habitat and is poorly drained. The remaining area has fairly good drainage. Mill Creek is the only major flowing stream.

 

Additional Information

John K. Kelly, Grand Bayou Reservoir

For more information contact:

615 South Drive

Natchitoches, LA 71457

318-357-3214

www.wlf.la.gov/resources/category/freshwater-inland-fish/inland-waterbody-management-plans

 

West Bay WMA

For more information contact:

Lake Charles Field Office: 337-491-2575

www.wlf.louisiana.gov/page/west-bay

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