Cross Lake Shreveport Fishing Report

Yes, this BIG Catfish was caught on Cross Lake


Most of the fish in Cross Lake are Bass, Crappie, Catfish and Pan-fish.



  1. May 18, 2010 at 12:46 am

    I saw several Gars off the dock tonight, one of them was at least 2 feet long. Wow.

  2. Tommy
    May 25, 2010 at 8:07 pm

    I caught several catfish this morning at around 7:00am by Melvins Marina. Nice size.

    • lonny wayne
      July 25, 2011 at 1:36 pm

      hey tommy. was you in a boat ? i have been drift fishing out there,doing o.k. been going around 6 p.m. to 11 pm

      • bill b
        August 6, 2011 at 5:41 pm

        what area have you been drift fishing// and what kind of bait/would appreciate an answer/// Thanks. BB

  3. mike
    December 19, 2010 at 11:16 am

    this would be pretty cool if it was more widely publicized .

    • December 19, 2010 at 2:44 pm

      Hi Mike, please feel free to write anything that you’d like here about fishing on Cross Lake.

  4. sharon
    March 25, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    what is the size limit on the fish caught in cross lake and how many can you keep

  5. Jeff
    April 3, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    According to a blog on
    “The Lake also has a 14 to 17 inch slot, requiring any bass caught within that range to be released immediately. The daily creel limit for bass is 10, with only 4 “over the slot” fish per person. There is a Lunker Program sponsored by the Bass Life Associates. This program provides replicas for larger bass caught, with a declining cost to the fishermen as the size increases.”

    • Anonymous
      May 23, 2014 at 6:28 pm

      I’m from out of town and looking for places to fish from shore for either bass or cat fish on cross lake

  6. Steve
    May 18, 2011 at 9:52 am

    Do I need a special Tag for my boat to fish Cross Lake and where and how much are they?

    • Charles Pardue
      May 28, 2011 at 9:55 am

      it is just before the public lauch on the south side of the lake at the Cross Lake Patrol Headquarters

  7. bill lawrence
    May 30, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    is bowfishing allowed in crosslake and can u shoot catfish

    • May 30, 2011 at 9:02 pm

      Yes- anything goes – bow fishing or with a 50 cal – the fish need to go, come get em.

      • lonny wayne
        July 25, 2011 at 1:30 pm

        50 cal.. i think we would be seeing you on the news if you started shooting a gun.. in the city limits. you can duck hunt out there with a special permit. good luck

  8. lonny wayne
    July 25, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    yes i was wondering, how would a person find out when they have the water intake on. pumping water into the lake from 12 mile bayou. the reason when it is on a person can throw a cast net and catch shad for bait. off no bait. no bait drit fishing bad.

  9. bill b
    August 6, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    I am getting back into fishing fresh water around of the Shreveport area; are there any reports on the white bass fishing from Cross lake??

    • bill b
      September 9, 2011 at 11:43 pm

      Thanks for the info// have been south for a few weeks and have just pulled up this site/// I really appreciate the info/// It will proberly be the end of Sept before I can get on the lake/// will let you know how I do/// BB

  10. lonny wayne
    August 10, 2011 at 7:46 am

    hey bill. it has been a few weeks. what i would do, go over to the water intake,when it is pumping throw a cast net, load up on shad. the small shad cut down the side bigger shad cut up. thats the trick let the blood flow. nightcrawers work too,seems like you get bigger fish on shad, need 20lb line or so. have a 1.5 or 2 oz weight on the end of your line go up 9” or so come off with a hook go up 12” or so come off with another hook. you will need wind min 5 to 12 mph or so over 15 too rough. go to willow point look up at the bridge look for a call box. it is close to a hwy sign. if the wind is blowing e to w start like 150 ft out from call box blow out or if the wind is from the w to e go out a good ways blow back to the call box. say the wind is from the south start around willow piont blow out. when you get in the fish and make your drift pull up and do it again. that is one of my good spots. i am not going to tell you all of them you need to drift in different spot test the waters.good luck

  11. bill b
    January 15, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    Lonny/// I just got back from Grand Isle, I was not able to use your advise on the catfishing, but intend to do so this spring/// The fishing south was GREAT/// Wife is not feeling well, so I expect to be here for awhile/// have you been doing any fishing this winter?? BB

    • lonnie
      January 18, 2012 at 9:38 am

      hey bill. i have not been back for some time, some of my friends have been out there. white perch fishing, was doing good around the boat house with a jig. myself it will also be around spring before i get back out there. i will let you know when i start pulling them in.. lonnie

    • Anonymous
      May 2, 2012 at 11:45 am

      hey bill, this is lonnie.just wanted 2 let you know the catfish are starting 2 bite. went yesterday from 6pm 9pm couple hundred feet out by the call box on bridge. drifted with the wind,
      ended up with a good mess of fish. oh that was may 1st

  12. February 5, 2012 at 12:57 am

    White perch bitting on mimmows & green & black jigs in the early mornings & late in the evenings lots of fish being caughtGood Luck 5 Febuary 2012

  13. Silky Johnson
    February 7, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    Is the fishing better on Caddo Lake or Cross Lake?

  14. justice pickens
    March 5, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    how has the fishing on cross lake benn lately

    • Anonymous
      May 2, 2012 at 11:36 am

      hey justice the catfish are turning on, get u some nightcrawers,cut shad or some katabu worms…. you will do o.k go out behind bird island dift out there and look and see what area other boats are drifting and you will pull them in… good luck

  15. Ray
    April 21, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    Is there a slot limit for catfish on crosslake?

  16. Jim
    June 13, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    Does anyone know a good place to fish off the bank for catfish ? Me & my father-in-law have been going to the public launch but having no luck. My father-in-law is on oxygen, so he can’t walk too far so that presents a problem. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated !!

  17. Angler Gang
    June 28, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    That’s one fat cat dude!

  18. Robert Casey
    July 6, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    i am looking for a place to bring my dad cat fishing off the bank. He has back cancer and can still get around pretty good but we have to go in the evenings because he cant be in the sun do to his meds. Jim if you have found anwhere or someone suggested you a a location please let me know.

  19. July 9, 2012 at 9:49 am

    Here is a good pic of a bass caught on the west end of the lake

  20. pete lacock
    July 11, 2012 at 2:12 am

    I caught a two pound Northern Corneyed Brown Trout in Cross Lake. Delicious!

  21. jim fuller
    July 20, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    I have always had luck with a super fluke at the southwest end of cross lake but recently the bass aren’t biteing it. The water temp is 88 degrees but the vegetation in this area has changed from years past. Any advice will be appreciated.

  22. bryan artis
    September 9, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    Hey guys im new to the area. Im from Virginia and I’m used to ocean fishing not lake fishing I would really appreciate it if you guys can give good tips and areas to got to.

    • Anonymous
      November 27, 2012 at 12:21 pm

      Does anyone have any cat or crappie fishing reports for cross lake,any reports or suggestions appreciated

  23. Anonymous
    January 10, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    i lunch off from barron landing and went straight across the water under the bridge onto the under side and had a field day of crappie 3pm-6pm

  24. Anonymous
    January 11, 2013 at 9:30 am

    Which bridge did you fish?

  25. Mike Andrews
    January 11, 2013 at 9:39 am

    The perch have been running a little bit different pattern this year but they still are big on wood.

    • Anonymous
      January 29, 2013 at 9:46 pm

      What do you mean “big on wood”

  26. Anonymous
    March 17, 2013 at 9:49 am

    7 Catfish (and one turtle!) caught on Cross Lake yesterday. North side near Squirrel Point. Catfish were especially active after 5:30 pm. We saw quite a few big bass and one gar off the dock at dusk.

  27. aaron
    June 3, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    Where to fish from the bank on cross? Like off of what streets? I need directions. I was thinking about bream fishing. SOMEONE LET ME KNOW PLEASE

    • Brad
      October 15, 2013 at 1:17 pm

      I know it’s a late response, but there is a public landing off of lakeshore drive. Look on the map for Ford Park and you will be in the proximity of the landing. – You can also fish from the bank in Ford Park during daylight hours.

    • November 9, 2013 at 8:12 am

      Cathy,Thanks for stopping by! We don’t delievr at this time (the Caddo Packing pickup is for bulk meat orders only that have been pre-ordered they don’t carry our products, they just process our beeves and hogs from time to time). You can pick up eggs at our ranch in Jefferson. We also keep beef and pork in stock here. You’re on the egg list, and I think I can get you some eggs this weekend if you’re interested! Call me at 903-665-7076.Jerica

  28. Debbie
    September 11, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    Gosh we caught a catfish Monday evening on Cross Lake must have been around 40-50 pounds!! Talking about getting excited;))) Boy friend did good!!! My Brad!!

  29. Brad
    October 15, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    It’s been slow going off the bank and piers.

  30. Christopher
    December 12, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    I love cross lake fishing

  31. Anonymous
    January 17, 2014 at 8:21 am

    Fishing is good in Cotton’s & Clark’s Pocket right now.

  32. Art
    February 15, 2014 at 7:59 am

    Would really like to have a good time crappie fishing on cross, but have so far been disappointed. I have bass fished and done rather well, and catfish are plenty, but I have heard that Cross is great for crappie too. Can someone tell me what to do? I have tried jigs on bobber at different length and different colors around piers and trees, and I tried shiners on bobber and on bottom in the same places. What color should I use? How deep? Where? When? What kind of action? Any and all help will be greatly appreciated.

      February 9, 2015 at 7:50 am

      Unfortunately the Crappie this year this year and last year have been off. The temperature isn’t helping..going up and down. Also the fight with the salvinea throughout the summer, seems to affect the crappie season later in the year. They are slow starting this year, we hope when the weather calms down in the next few weeks and they pick up again.

  33. trey flanery
    May 15, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    hey i was woundering were i can go to fish on cross lake? i have no boat and is bank bound. i would love to know where i could go to catch catfish? also when is the best time of the year for cat on cross? also are they bighting right now?

  34. Steven Alley
    July 10, 2014 at 10:30 pm

    most people call cross lake “The Dead Sea” and think there is no bass in it. I have personally caught 7 over 6 pounds out there but haven’t broke the 7 lb mark. my dad caught a 7.5 last year and between my dad, our buddy, and I we caught 17 over 6 and 3 over 7 just last year. And this year I’ve been busy with tournament trails and have only fished cross twice but have managed 4 over 5 and two over 6 in two trips. My advice would be to throw a V&M wildthang in candybug, blue flex or red bug depending on water clarity. And if they don’t seem too active try a v&m baby swamp hog in the color bamabug. And if the trees and a Texas rig won’t produce fish a v&m bullfrog around pads, grass points, and where trees and grass come together seem to holding points in the late evening. if the topwater action is slow a v&m porkshad work across the top of the water around trees and pads also seems to catch me some good ole largemouth.

    Good fishing, hope this helps!!
    If there’s any questions about the mentioned v&m baits you can contact me at 1-(318)-489-0004 or order online @

    -Steven Alley

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  44. John Hampton
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  45. Steve
    January 9, 2015 at 6:25 pm

    To Mr. Hampton,
    My name is Steve. My wife and I are planning a trip to Shreveport in February, we would like to know a good spot to fish off bank for catfish. Or if you would like some company, we love to go drifting. Lol. Please let me know how the fishing is.

      February 9, 2015 at 7:35 am

      Not sure if you have arrived yet, But some great fishing here is right by the Otto’s Gas station in the outlet on S. Lakeshore Dr. Lots of places to park and walk in..always seem to be biting in that spot. Municiple pier is there also, we don’t get many reports from that location. Cross lake doesn’t have a lot of bank access. Most is private property. ENjoy your stay 🙂

    February 9, 2015 at 7:31 am

    Just came across this site. I’ll post a link on our Barron’s Landing facebook page. We are still waiting on the Crappie to start biting. Good reports on the Yellow Bass. Tournament brought on groups of smaller Large Mouth last Saturday. Largest weigh in was 5 fish at 17lbs. Like our page and Ill spread the word on this one 🙂 HAVE A GREAT FISHING DAY!

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  50. Steve
    July 25, 2016 at 2:25 pm

    I fished Cross Lake on Sunday morning July 18th from 4:00 am til 8:00 am on the south side of the lake. Caught one bass on a jig and one bar on a black spinnerbaits. Temps are steadily high right now. Bass fishing is pretty tough.

  51. David
    August 28, 2016 at 10:14 am

    Any suggestions on what Bass are biting on about now? I see them jumping all around my property but have no interest in what I’m throwing them.

    • Josh
      September 7, 2016 at 8:27 pm

      Have you had any luck with the bass? Would like to start fishing cross but have never fished it. Thanks for any input on it.

      • William Duffer
        October 8, 2016 at 2:14 pm

        Caught five bass right between the piers at the American legion on the 5th. Used the zoom C tail worm black/red glitter. Dragged it across the bottom. Also caught a bunch of blue Gill with worms in the same general area.

    • William Duffer
      October 8, 2016 at 2:20 pm

      Been catching them on zoom C tail worms. Black/Red glitter. Dragged across the bottom. Put it on a circle hook with a bullet weight.

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