Caddo Lake is named after the Caddo Native Americans who called the area home for thousands of years. The flooded forest allows kayak anglers to paddle among towering cypress trees draped in Spanish moss. Bring more than one GPS and plenty of batteries, because it is easy to get lost in this maze of vegetation and water. The dense trunks and channels hide secrets and mysteries: the nearest town is Uncertain, Texas and some people have even reported spotting Big Foot.
CAMPER: Dustin Doskocil, pro photographer www.doskophoto.com.
Campsites consist of a fire ring and a clearing.
CAR CAMPING EVEREST BASECAMP
Camping is less than two miles from the launch.
TOURIST MECCA TOTAL ISOLATION
Don’t expect to see other campers.
TARGET: Main target is largemouth bass. Also catfish, crappie and brim.
METHODS: Jigging the cypress knots produces bass up to five pounds. Spring and fall are the best time to avoid mosquitoes. The area is swampy and choked with salvinia weeds.
LAUNCH: Boat ramp at Caddo Lake Wildlife Management Area.
TACKLE BOX: Heavy-duty line, rod and reel, it’s easy to get hung up out there.
CAMPING KIT: Sun Shower packs small and keeps angler and gear clean. Plus, it saves you from bathing in alligator-infested waters.
DON’T LEAVE HOME WITHOUT: Use short rods when fishing heavy cover around Caddo Lake. Keep rods under seven feet long.
MUST SEE: Barred owls make their homes in the cypress trees and Spanish moss. They are easy to spot during the day and listening to their eerie calls at night will make your blood run cold. Watch out, the owls will attack topwater lures.