Caney Creek Reservoir named #5 in Central Region by Bassaster Magazine

They don’t call Louisiana “Sportsman’s Paradise” for nothing. Fishing and wildlife opportunities are excellent with the state’s many bayous, swamps, and coastal marshes. Our lakes aren’t too shabby either.

Every year Bassmaster Magazine puts out its list of the Best Bass Lakes in America and once again, Louisiana is well represented. Of special note to residents of Jackson Parish is the #5 ranking in the Central Region of the United States given to Caney Creek Reservoir a.k.a. Caney Lake.

The local waterway was one of three Louisiana lakes that made the top ten coming behind second ranked Toledo Bend and one spot ahead of Bussey Brake, which like Caney Lake, was a destination spot of the “Heavy Hitters” Major League Fishing Tour this past spring. Also earning top 25 designation was Caddo Lake and Lake Bistineau checking in at #11 and #23 respectively.

Bassmasters Magazine description of Caney Lake

[5,000 acres] This little lake in north Louisiana has made a big splash in recent years, and 2023 might be its biggest yet. A five-bass total that’s believed to be a high school national record was caught during the Louisiana High School B.A.S.S. Nation Hawg Fest. Caney Lake, as it’s often called, is home to six of the 10 heaviest largemouth catches in Bayou State history. And with high schoolers catching stringers averaging nearly 8 pounds per bass, it’s easy to see why.

Bassmasters Magazine Top 25 Lakes in Central Region

  1. O.H. Ivie Lake, Texas
  2. Toledo Bend, Louisiana
  3. Lake Fork, Texas
  4. Possum Kingdom Lake, Texas
  5. Caney Lake, Louisiana
  6. Bussey Brake Reservoir, Louisiana
  7. Mille Lacs, Minnesota
  8. Sam Rayburn Reservoir, Texas
  9. Grand Lake O’ The Cherokees, Oklahoma
  10. West Okoboji Lake, Iowa
  11. Caddo Lake, Louisiana/Texas
  12. Lake Eufaula, Oklahoma
  13. Lake of the Arbuckles/Arbuckle Lake, Oklahoma
  14. Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri
  15. Lake Falcon, Texas
  16. Lake Oahe, South Dakota
  17. Lake Nacogdoches, Texas
  18. Bull Shoals, Arkansas/Missouri
  19. Lake Conroe, Texas
  20. Table Rock Lake, Missouri
  21. Upper Mississippi River, Wisconsin
  22. Lake Hudson, Oklahoma
  23. Lake Bistineau, Louisiana
  24. Newton Lake, Illinois
  25. Lake Texoma, Oklahoma/Texas


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