West / Lake Charles Basin Report

Posted May 3, 2017

By Richard Fischer
LCBA Communications Manager

The West / Lake Charles Basin features plenty of trout and redfish and short boat rides to find them. That means doing more of what you came to do: fish!

Due to the sizes of speckled trout you can reel in, the “Speckled Trout Capital of the World” resides within this basin.

The redfish can also be pretty large, or “gargantuan,” as you can see in the embedded video.

Catching black drum, sheepshead and flounder are common occurrences out here too.

Within this basin near Lake Charles, Calcasieu Lake (also known as Big Lake) and the surrounding areas are world-renowned for its tremendous inshore fishery.

Within this basin near Lafayette, you’ll enter the self-proclaimed “Most Cajun Place on Earth,” and find the hidden gem of Vermillion Bay and its surrounding areas. Here, speckled trout and redfish are just as prevalent as the Cajun heritage that surrounds the area.

Just like the rest of coastal Louisiana, fishing is good in this basin 12 months per year and great from early spring all the way through the end of the year.

Thanks to area captain Erik Rue for participating in the embedded video.

Click here for a full list of our captains in this region.

For tourists, here's a brief breakdown of some of the attractions in this area:

Some of the best casinos and golf courses you’ll find anywhere reside in the western portion of the region in Lake Charles.

The southwest corner of Louisiana also includes beaches and the Creole Nature Trail with alligators and more than 400 bird species.

For tourists in the eastern portion of this region, touring where Tabasco is made is always a hot thing to do!

The Louisiana Military Hall of Fame and Museum is also near Vermillion Bay in Abbeville, displaying military aircraft, weapons, memorabilia, history and more. It’s free to tour, but donations are accepted.

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