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.



96 thoughts on “Cross Lake Shreveport Fishing Report

    1. 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

        1. Yes they are. Me and some family bout 4 boats deep went back in there and killed them for about 4 hours st8. Go early 630 and don’t let the green flotilla fool ya get you a long light rod bout 8 to 10ld test and a rainbow assortment of jigs and go to work
          Corks are best or free falling with bb lead they will kill any color. But the.strippers are there too

  1. 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.”

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

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

      1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. 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??

    1. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

    1. 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

    2. 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

    1. 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

  6. 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 !!

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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

  11. 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.

  12. 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

    1. 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.

    2. 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

  13. 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!!

  14. 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.

    1. 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.

  15. 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?

  16. 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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  18. I moved to La. From Texas, I now live near cross lake, So far it has been a tough lake to fish, I have fished from one end of the lake to the other end for white perch catch a few but that is all just a few. Other anglers fishing when I talk too them they are doing no better. I guess I will have to find another lake to try and see if I can do better.

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  22. Going to try some winter catfishing on Monday or Tuesday. Let yall know how it goes. Love the info on this site!!!!

  23. 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.

    1. 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 🙂

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  26. 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.

  27. 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.

    1. 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.

      1. 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.

      2. There are no bass DUE TO TH E AH coming here from outta town on bass tournaments ! After these so called catch and release tournaments I find huge bass belly up! Yeah tournaments! Ah!

    2. 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.

  28. 7/3 – My son came along. No luck. Threw rattle traps, soft plastic, buzz bait. Shallow and deep.

  29. Is that guy in the top photos name Ricky?
    And I’m glad to hear so many people are catching fish here in crosslake.
    However I haven’t yet had so much as a tiny nebble. I’ve come to the conclusion there aren’t any fish in crosslake . Maybe I’m spoiled to the awesome fish I’ve caught and can catch at caddo lake.
    Crosslake is in my opinion a recreational lake, as in sailing tubbing , swimming. But as far as fishing, 🤔 Uh, nope. I live right on the lake on the north side I walk out to my pier and I fish and fish and all I’ve ever got was aggravated and limbs. I don’t want to pee on YALLS parade , I’m just being honest and trying to save y’all some time.

    1. Nice way to get a ” please donate money” and not be called spam. Why would I go to the boat ramp to fish? I live on cross lake I walk outside if I want to fish. And as far as my donation goes, I’d be happy to donate when they stop having fishing tournaments EVERY THURSDAY! I’d like to have a few fish in the lake FOR THE PEOPLE THAT LIVE HERE AND NOT SOME PEOPLE FROM WHERE EVER ! At one of the EVERY THURSDAY TOURNAMENTS! It really pees me off!

      1. Pretty sure all those tourneys are catch n release buddy. Never once known a bass tourney to hurt fishing or the population of a species. Fish reproduce faster than any other species by the way. Just saying

        1. Well I’m surly not a BUDDY! And how do u know?
          like the duck hunters that sat in front of my home shooting ducks and let them fall! NOT ONE ARE RETRIEVED! I’m disgusted by this crap! And I don’t care if the fish are caught and released! They come here by droves polliting the lake I live on! Sorry I’m not as sweet as you are, by the way,,,, where do you live?

    1. I bet catfish are full, due to the 100s of Ducks the duck hunters kill AND NEVER LEAVE THEIR BLINDS TO RETRIEVE THEM. So around mid summer they’ll be bitting again. But as for now they’ve got plenty to eat out in the middle of the lake. I hate to sound like a ol bitter so in so, but I’m disgusted by these hunters that I see with my own eyes leave these beautiful ducks out in the lake to rot! What a shame! I’d love to have them. So sad so wasteful , why kill something you’re not going to eat? They . Kill for fun. AND IM ABOUT SICK OF LOOKING AT THEIR UGLY OLD RAGGED BLINDS THEY LITTER THE LAKE (OUR DRINKING WATER) with. isn’t there A LAW ABOUT REMOVING DUCK BLINDS? PLEASE CONTACT THE CITY OF SHREVEPORTS MAYOR AND FILE COMPLAINTS ABOUT DUCK HUNTERS BEING TOO CLOSE TO OUR HOMES AND TRY TO PUT A END TO DUCK HUNTING ON CROSS LAKE ALL TOGETHER. Thank you.

  30. Well hello all I’m new to the area and trying to find local honey holes to fish. I dont have a boat and am disabled so i do all of my fishing off of the bank. Iv tried 12 mile bayou and caught nothing. I’ve heard people say how they had great luck fishing off the bank on cross lake but I have had no such luch. If anyone has any tips plz help

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