View Full Version : Fishing 12 States in 6 weeks! Please Help!

05-23-2006, 12:51 AM
I wasnt going to post this but WRWEST encouraged me to post it here. Honestly, I have been a little standoffish about posting because of the attitude towards out of state fishermen in the South. But I need a little help. And I hope that I can prove that not all out of state fishermen are rude and inconsiderate.

Im leaving on the 10th of June for some real crappie fishing in Mississippi. I will be gone for 6 weeks and plan to fish in 12 states (I have refined it a little). Most of my time will be spent in Mississippi (Picayune/Slidell) and Texas (Dallas).

Im looking for a little help with information on where to fish on the route listed below. I will spend at least one full day and night in the following states.

Arizona - (Grand Canyon) on 40
New Mexico - Accross 40
Texas - (One Week) From Amarillo through Dallas to Longview.
Louisiana - Shreveport to Slidell (through Lafayette)
Mississippi - (Two to Three Weeks) Will be based out of Picayune.
Alabama - Passing through to Pensacola and again to Nashville.
Florida - Staying in Pensacola-Ft. Walton Beach.
Tenesee - Staying a few days in Nashville.
Kentucky - Passing through SW (Around Murray and Paducah)
Illinois - From Metropolis to Mt Vernon and on to St. Louis.
Missouri - St. Louis to Joplin.
Oklahoma - Poteau/Wister (Near Ft. Smith Arkansas) to OKC/El Reno.
Dallas - Back down to Dallas and will Retrace my steps back to California.

If you live in these areas and could help with information I would be grateful. Ideally Id like to fish with some of you if possible. I know not everyone will be available, but it would be nice to meet up with a few of you.

Im really looking forward to this trip! I have been on this route twice, but it has been over 20 years since the last time (I was 12). Now my oldest is 12 and I want him to experience what I did as a kid. I just wish the gas wasnt so expensive. LOL.

I will be posting many pics and updates of my trip along the way!

Thanks in advance,


05-23-2006, 01:37 AM
Wow that sounds like fun as I hope you and your son have a blast... Be safe and keep us posted... CATCH SOME FISH...

05-23-2006, 04:47 AM
Crappie fishing has slowed down somewhat here in Western Kentucky, but you might want to give it a shot on Ky or Barkley lakes.

05-23-2006, 05:45 AM
I would definitely hit Alan Henry (Lubbock) and Lavon (DFW) here in Texas. Here's the Texas Parks and Wildlife site for more info. http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/fishboat/

In Missouri, Truman, Stockton, Table Rock, LOZ, Smithville, Mark Twain http://www.mdc.mo.gov/

05-23-2006, 05:52 AM
Old Hickory in Nashville does not have the biggest fish but it is a good crankbait trolling alke during the summer.

05-23-2006, 07:34 AM
Will you have a boat?

05-23-2006, 09:56 AM
I will have access to a boat in Dallas and in Mississippi. Thanks for all of the info. Please keep it coming!

05-23-2006, 10:13 AM
odatria.....I can give you a list of good lakes around the Shreveport area, we have many of them. The lakes I'll list are some of the best........

> Caddo Lake, just N.W. of Shreveport.

> Cypress/Black Bayou, North of Bossier.

> Grand Bayou, an hour South of Shreveport.

> Black Lake, 1 hour S. of Shreveport, just South of Coushatta.

>Toledo Bend, hwy 171 South, about an hour + or - to the North end, it's about 80 miles in length.

> Bistineau, 45 minutes east of Shreveport.

> Red River, goes right thru Shreveport.

> Caney Lake, 1 1/2 hour East of Shreveport, just East of Jonesboro.

> Lake Claiborne, 1 1/2 hour Northwest of Shreveport, East of Homer.

> Bayou D'Arbonne Lake, approx. 2 hours East Northeast of Shreveport at Farmerville.

This should keep you plenty busy while you're here. Not having fished these lakes yourself, it might be advisable to hire a guide for a half day if you can afford it. Wish you the best of luck!

05-23-2006, 10:17 AM
In Illinois off of 64 there are several good lake. Rend, Kinkaid, Crab Orchard, and many more. I have fished Rend and Kinkaid, but not this year. Sounds like a great trip.


05-23-2006, 10:45 AM
Sounds like a trip of a lifetime Odatria. I-40 comes right through a bunch of good fishing territory. But since us Southerners are "standoffish", sorry that I can't share any good places with you. Getting a little tired of the Southern bashing thing that is going on in here. FATBOY

Sorry Fatboy, you misread my post. I said "I" was standoffish. NOT Southerners. I LOVE Southerners! lol. I have found that there is no comparison to the polite nature of a Mississipian. That is why one of the goals of my trip is to find a piece of property and fulfil my lifelong dream of moving to Picayune.

With all due respect, If I was a "Southern Basher" I wouldnt have driven accross the country the day the Hurricane hit to help my friends in need.

Here is a pic of our truck loaded with 350 gallons of fuel (There is a 150 gallon tank at the tailgait and a 200 gallon "L" tank under the toolbox), Everything in between those tanks, on top of them, in the toolbox, and inside the truck, is for them. Propane, a BBQ grill, ice chests full of meat, tents, ammo, LOTS of food, hygene products etc... It was the least we could do for our friends.


Here is a pic of a couple of guys that we met in Jackson. We filled up their tank, and gave them $100 so they could make it to Dallas.


So, I assure you, I am ANYTHING but a Southern Basher!

I havent been on this forum long, but I havent read, or taken part in any Southern bashing. In fact, I was quite surprised to read the threads by Southerners regarding out of state fishermen. That was the reason I didnt want to post for help. I didnt want to offend anyone or stir the pot. But I know that cant be how all of you feel. I have always been greeted warmly by locals at fishing spots in Mississippi in the past. And I really want this trip to be the trip of a lifetime. One that my kids will always remember. So after discussing it with one of the other members, I decided to post for some help.

Hope that clears things up a bit. I dont blame you for not wanting to give up your secret spots. And Id never ask you to do so. Im just looking for a push in the right direction.

Best Regards.

05-23-2006, 11:33 AM
Sounds like you will be going right by Eufaula. You really don't want to miss Eufaula in Oklahoma. Fountainhead State Park has a fishing dock. We have taken close to 1000 fish out of Eufaula alone this year and a large amount came from Fountainhead. Another Lake west of OKC and El-Reno is American Horse Lake, close to Watonga OK. This Lake is great for large Bluegill and Redear Get some cricket hooks and some crickets or maggots and hang on. Twin Lakes is great for Saugeye, not far from McCloud Ok, if you have a boat. All these Lakes is along that HWY 40 corridor, just a few miles from the beaten path.

05-23-2006, 12:07 PM
Thanks fish.on! I have fished American Horse before with good results. Im definitely planning to fit it into my trip.

BTW, just so no-one thinks I was talking to myself in the last post. The post I was replying to was deleted. Thanks Admin. Id really like to keep this thread on topic.

Thanks again everyone for your input!

05-23-2006, 12:55 PM
Man hurricanes, I never thought one would hit us hard here on Toledo Bend, but Rita did her thing on us.

I live on Toledo Bend so if you decide to get this far South in Texas shoot me a PM and I can tell you some places here to try and depending on the time, maybe I can tell you the best way at that time, ie. nightstalking, trolling, etc.

Sounds like a great trip, hope you and son have a good one!

05-23-2006, 06:24 PM
Sound like you are going to have one great fishing trip. Have a good time with your boys catching lots of fish, take lots of pictures and keep us posted. Most of all be safe.

05-24-2006, 02:43 AM
dont know what you mean by the out ofstate attitude or the post that you mentioned, but you are welcome around here as far as i can tell from your post you are good people. the only thing that i cann ad to labills suggestion is the red river in natchitoches, st. maurice and montgomrey and maybe saline lake but i wouldnt recommend saline unless you have someone that fishes it alot. it one of those lakes thats hard to fish unless you know it, but it has some of the biggest crappie around. and i think that that was a really kind and good thing for you to do in the picswell have fun and good luck on your 6 week adventureand hope your son catches the big one

05-24-2006, 11:16 PM
A few weeks ago the crappie bite was phenomenal below Truman Dam, headwaters for Lake of the Ozarks (LOZ). Everyone was slaying them from the shore at the top of the no-boat zone on the east side. Everything was working, jigs or bait. I threw a 3" sassy shad and cleaned up on nice white crappie, hybrid and white bass. Saw some big crappie (15"-ers) taken, my best wasn't quite that big. I think any of the tailraces here in SW MO could be good to you, they are all running decent and fairly clear, and a cool spring should keep the fish in shallow for a while yet. Good luck!

06-09-2006, 08:52 PM
Haven't heard from you in a while. How is your trip planning going. Should be about ready to get under way soon. Have fun and keep us posted...

06-10-2006, 06:36 PM
When you get to Nashville, let me know and I will get you in the right spots on J Percy Priest.