North Louisiana is known for its great locations for bass fishing, which is why the Lt. Governor’s Office in partnership with the Office of Tourism and state parks has announced the launch of the Louisiana Bass Trail.
Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser says the trail includes 7 lakes at 8 state parks and he believes this will help attract recreational fishermen from all over.
“We’ve got the number one bass lake two years in a row for the whole United States in Toledo Bend. We like to tell people you can fish anywhere, but you catch fish in Louisiana,” Nungesser said.
Nungesser says this year is the 100th anniversary of the National Park System, and they want to use this as a chance to promote the great outdoors in the Bayou State. The Lt. Governor hopes the trail can also help get more kids involved in the outdoors and fishing. He says kids who embark on the Bass Trail will be given “bassports,” complete with information about all of the stops on the trail.
“They’ve got a place where they can put their state park stamp and log in their catch at each of the state parks,” Nungesser said.
Nungesser says they will have prizes for winners who complete the trail, and they hope to add more stops in the future. He says kids can use an app on their phones to log their catches while enjoying the world class fishing Louisiana has to offer.
“So they can still use that device that they have trouble putting down, but it also gives them an opportunity to pick up a fishing pole and enjoy the great outdoors,” Nungesser said.