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Guide to fishing for largemouth bass, black crappie, white crappie and bluegill at Lake Bruin in Louisiana.

Lake Bruin, LA

An ox-bow shaped fishing haven in the east-central part of the state, Lake Bruin is a 2,700-acre lake , two miles north of St. Joseph. In all there are about 22 miles of shoreline to explore in search of bass, crappie and bluegill.

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Lake Bruin is situated in northeast Louisiana, near the town of St. Joseph. This oxbow lake, formed by a bend in the Mississippi River, offers excellent fishing opportunities and is a favorite destination for anglers in the region.

One of the most sought-after fish species in Lake Bruin is the largemouth bass. The lake's waters provide a suitable habitat for these prized sportfish, and anglers often find success catching bass throughout the year. With its abundant vegetation and submerged structures, Lake Bruin offers plenty of hiding spots for largemouth bass, making it an ideal place for bass fishing enthusiasts.

In addition to largemouth bass, Lake Bruin is also known for its abundant population of black crappie and white crappie. These panfish species attract anglers looking for a satisfying and rewarding day on the water. The lake's clear waters and favorable conditions make it an excellent location for crappie fishing, especially during the spring and fall seasons.

Bluegill, a popular and easily caught panfish, can also be found in good numbers in Lake Bruin. These feisty fish are perfect for beginners and younger anglers, offering a fun and memorable fishing experience.

This is an ideal lake to bring the family as the kids will have a blast with big bluegills and crappie, while dad tempts the quality largemouth bass that call this home. There is a year-round boat launch at Lake Bruin State Park on the southeast corner of the lake off State Park Road, and another at Netterville Landing on the south shore of the north end of the oxbow. Fishing piers and areas for fishing from the bank are available at the state park.

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Primary fish species residing in Lake Bruin

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Largemouth bass Black crappie White Crappie Bluegill

Lake Bruin Amenities

Marina: NO
Boat Rental: YES
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: YES
RV Hookups: YES
Lodging: NO
Convenience Store: YES
Bait & Tackle: YES
Restaurant: YES

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For those who enjoy boating, Lake Bruin provides plenty of opportunities for leisurely cruises or exciting water sports. Whether fishing from a boat or simply enjoying the scenic beauty, boating enthusiasts will find Lake Bruin to be a delightful destination.

Fishing Boat Rentals

Netterville Marina
Rentals: Pontoon boats and kayaks
318 301-0222

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Lake Bruin State Park Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the southeast corner of the lake, off State Park Road, this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.


Netterville Marina & RV Park
1248 Hwy 606
Saint Joseph LA 71366 US
318 766-4585

Click here for a Louisiana Fishing License.

Camping facilities are available near Lake Bruin, allowing anglers and outdoor enthusiasts to extend their stay and fully immerse themselves in the natural beauty of the area. Camping by the lake provides a unique experience, as visitors can wake up to the sound of lapping water and enjoy stunning sunsets over the lake's tranquil waters. Overall, Lake Bruin offers a perfect blend of fishing, boating, and camping, making it a cherished spot for anglers and nature lovers alike.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Lake Bruin State Park Campground - 318 766-3530

Camp Lake Bruin - 318 766-3530

Lake Bruin LA Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Lake Bruin
Lake Bruin State Park
201 State Park Road
St. Joseph, LA 71366
318 766-3530


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