Fishing at Bienville
Reports from our guests, fishing guides and outdoor media sound like fantasies and fairy tales. However, we are in fact the location where angler’s searching for Florida trophy bass dreams repeatedly come true.
With thousands of acres of mineral-rich waters, Bienville produces incredible numbers of Florida trophy bass, crappie and bluegill. Anglers enjoy stellar Florida fishing from the comfort of their own boat in purchased lease lakes or escorted through our chain of lakes by one of our professional guides. All of our fishing guides are thoroughly tested prior to becoming one of a privileged few. All of our guides are the captains of 18′ to 21′ bass boats such as Skeeter, Ranger, Stratos, Nitro, Gambler and Triton. Our fishing guides are asked not to fish, they are to guide you through the chain of very unique lakes, assist you, locate the fish and teach with decorum.
Bienville trophy lakes are the result of years of phosphate mining, so all lakes vary in size, depth, water clarity, cover and structure. The abundance of Zo Plankton accelerates the food chain in such a way the foraging bass are in a year-long state of gorging. Panfish, or crappie, in excess of 2lbs are not uncommon and the plantation record to date on a trophy bass is a Florida Black Bass that weighed in at 15.68 lbs and was 28″ in length and 24″ in girth.
Our trip to Bienville was absolutely perfect! Our expectations were certainly exceeded!
We arrived to a super friendly staff at the Pro shop and after some introductions and conversation, were directed to our cabin. Our cabin was super accommodating and very well outfitted. We had all the comforts of home in an incredible natural setting. The grounds outside the cabin were perfectly manicured, the tall pines and the green grass below made for a serene setting. We had access to the lake from our cabin by simply taking a few step out the back door, which allowed us some great shoreline fishing for the evening.
The backyard grill was perfect for some enjoyable meals. We fished a full day the first day and a half day the second. We met our guide early in the morning at the Pro shop and soon were on the lake. We couldn’t say enough about how wonderful our guide was; not just as a fishing guide, but as a person as well. He made us feel easy about the entire experience. We had great conversation and shared some memorable humor! Of course we caught fish, it’s Bienville! The first day we caught 40 bass – with the biggest being close to 8 lbs. We had a bunch of 3, 4 and 5 pounders as well. What a day!
We met our guide the second day at the same time and hit the lake early. The weather was a little iffy, but we managed to put another 20 bass in the boat. Our guide kept us safe in the weather and certainly knew his way around the lake. We were always at ease as he continually put us on fish both days.
Our experience at Bienville was nothing short of spectacular; from the people to the accommodations and of course the fishing! We are already talking about our next visit to Bienville. I’m pretty certain it will be an annual trip for us!
Thank you to everyone at Bienville for the incredible memories…. and…see ya soon!
THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO KNOW WHILE PLANNING YOUR TRIP
CAN I BRING MY OWN BOAT?
The only way to bring your boat is to become a Lake Lease holder. We do not offer unguided fishing.
HOW MANY GUESTS DO YOU PUT WITH A GUIDE?
We place 2 guests per boat with a guide.If you are planning a family trip, we make exceptions for families wishing to include a child on the boat.For further accommodations, please contact the pro-shop for information.
WILL I NEED TO TIP MY GUIDE?
Our guides work partially on tips. They strive to offer the absolute best experience for our guests. Guests often ask what is the average tip. On average, guides are tipped $50.00 for a half day and $100.00 for a full day guided trip. Tipping can either be added to the bill or paid directly to your guide if you choose.
HOW MANY FISH CAN I EXPECT TO CATCH AND HOW BIG?
That is a question we get asked all the time. All we can offer is that we sell fishing trips, not catching trips. You can expect an opportunity to catch limited numbers to 40+ per day. This will all depend on many factors. How efficient are you as an angler, the weather, the time of year, etc. The sizes will vary from 2lbs to our current record of almost 16lbs.
CAN I KEEP ANY OF MY FISH?
Bass fishing is catch and release ONLY and you may only use artificial bait.You can use live bait such as crickets, minnows and worms for pan fish and you are allowed 25 per person.Shiners are prohibited from use.
IS THERE ACCESS TO AN ATM?
If you choose to travel without cash, we have an ATM on the property located in the pro-shop.
DO I NEED A FISHING LICENSE?
We do not require you to have a fishing license to fish on our property. However, we do require you to purchase a one time $17 per person onsite permit which is good throughout your stay. This charge is added to your invoice.
DO I NEED TO BRING MY OWN EQUIPMENT?
You are allowed to bring your own equipment and tackle for use on your guided trip.If you would like to travel without your equipment, we have a fully stocked pro-shop and we offer a large array of tackle for purchase as well as spinning and bait casting combos for rent.
WHAT ARE THE HOURS FOR FISHING?
Half day morning trips are from safe light until 12 noon.Half day evening trips are from 1 PM to 5:30 PM.Full day trips are from safe light until 5:30 PM.
Full day trips break for lunch at 12 noon lasting one hour.
HOW MANY LAKES DO YOU HAVE?
Bienville Plantation encompasses over 11,000 total acres of property with over 4000 acres of water. We have 12 guided lakes ranging in size from 20 acres of surface water to 1000 acres of surface water. We have over 1000 miles of fishable shoreline!
WHAT ELSE SHOULD I BRING?
It is recommended that you bring Sun Screen, Polarized Glasses, Bug Repellent, Layered Clothing, Camera, Wet Weather Gear.
DON’T FORGET YOUR HOOKSET!