As April approaches, area focus turns to Major League Fishing Event on Caney

On April 24th – 28th, Caney Lake will be the site of the Heavy Hitters Major League Fishing Tour Event. Just in case you don’t know how humongous it is in the sports world that this is taking place, then here are a few analogies.

Having the worlds greatest bass anglers fish the crown jewel of Jackson Parish is like:

(1) Hosting a Major League All-Star game
(2) Hosting an NFL Pro-Bowl game
(3) Hosting an NBA All-Star game

Think that is exaggerating things? Not really when taking things into comparative context. Each of the above events include the best of the best in their respective sport. So does this one. Not only that, and this is not the opinion of local’s but the actual participants who just so happen to be the best angler’s in the world, Caney Lake is one of the best, if not the best lake they have ever fished a tournament on. And that was just from one day’s experience last year. This time around the MLF will be here for five days. 

While there is still roughly a month to go before the tournament starts it is important to make plans now. With that in mind, Jackson Parish Watershed Commission Vice President Gary Joynor has provided a very nice Pre-Tourney Announcement. 

To All:
The Jackson Parish Watershed Commission, Jackson Parish Tourism Board, The Jackson Parish Recreation Department and Jackson Parish Chamber of Commerce are excited to announce, that Major League Fishing is coming back to Caney Creek Reservoir with the Heavy Hitters, April 24th-April 28. This event includes the “All Stars” of Major League Fishing.

A very special thanks to: Discover Monroe-West Monroe and the Louisiana Office of Tourism for hosting the event. For more information go to:…/bass-pro-tour…/

The anglers will be launching from the Spillway Launch site that week. According to the tournament director, the professional anglers will be arriving 6:00am to 7:00am each morning and the daily ceremony will start at 7:30am in which the national anthem, prayer and angler announcement and send off will begin. Anglers will start fishing at 8:00am and stop at 4:00pm. They will start arriving back at the spillway launch site shortly after 4:00pm.

The spillway parking lot and spillway boat launch will be closed April 24th-28th for safety of the professional anglers, event staff and spectators. Parking will be available on the Hooks Marina Side in the grass area and Levee side on the grass area behind the spillway parking lot as well as down the spillway road.

We will make parking accommodations for special needs each morning and evening of the event. (Shuttle’s Will be Provided to and from Vehicles if needed). Just let us know when you check in at the “Welcome Tent”. The “Welcome Tent” will be set up at the entry to the parking lot. Everyone, please register at the “Welcome Tent” to be included in the daily door prize drawings. Boaters are welcome to dock at the spillway site and register as well. You do not have to be present to win a prize.

The Caney Lake Community, Jackson Parish residents and MLF fans showed great support and enthusiasm toward the MLF Knockout Round event held February 9th, 2022. The anglers and event staff appreciated the support so much they decided to come back for (5) days this year. With that said, we need your help to make this year even bigger than last year as we are expecting many kids, young adults and adults over the (5) day event.

We are seeking donations for our daily door prizes from anyone willing to donate. Any monies donated will be used to buy gift certificates/cards at local businesses. Any individual or local business who is willing to donate money or prizes should please contact, Sharon Dousay a local Caney Lake resident and artist who will be coordinating the drawings and gifts.

Everyone that donates money or items will be recognized for their contribution. If you would like to donate you can Private Message her on Facebook or tag “Sharon Creed Dousay”. Another option is sending an email to and the information will be relayed to Sharon. You can start donating anytime now so we can prepare for this amazing event held on our beautiful Caney Creek Reservoir.

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