Tanya Jinks had her hands full with this big trout she hooked and boated in West Cove on the west side of Calcasieu Lake while fishing with Hackberry Rod & Gun.

From the Lousiana Sportsman

West Cove is where the specks stack up

March 22, 2024  -Don Shoopman

Kirk Stansel has seen enough of Calcasieu Lake since he’s been guiding as a teenager to know the hot spot for speckled trout fishing in April.

The 65-year-old Stansel heads to West Cove along the western side of Calcasieu Lake and south of Hackberry Rod and Gun. Stansel and his brothers, Guy Stansel and Bobby Stansel, are veteran charter boat captains who started guiding as teenagers, leased the operation in 1996, then bought Hackberry Rod and Gun from the late Terry Shaughnessy in 2004…

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Amazing times at Hackberry Rod & Gun in Southwest Louisiana!

We are the largest and most respected hunting and fishing lodge on the gulf coast!

Originally founded in 1975, Hackberry Rod & Gun boasts some of the best light-tackle saltwater fishing and duck hunting on the entire Gulf Coast. Situated in the southwest corner of Louisiana, the small town of Hackberry has become known as the “Speckled Trout Capital Of The World”. Famous with sportsmen from all over the United States, Calcasieu Lake and the food rich fertile marshes, offer an opportunity to experience an unequaled fishing or duck hunting trip of a lifetime.

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Our inland and near-shore saltwater fishing for speckled trout, redfish, and flounder takes place out of Lake Calcasieu and the Gulf of Mexico.

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Guided duck hunts (with retrievers) are available. Season dates are usually set in mid-August which begins our bookings.




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“Hackberry Rod & Gun’s long term success is based on three basic elements…Excellent food, outstanding lodging, competent guides, and what many, myself included, consider to be the finest redfish and speckled trout fishing to be found anywhere.”

Larry Bozka,
Coastal Conservation Association

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“Anytime you can find world class water fowling and fishing in the same area, then reach over the side of the boat for all of the oysters you can eat, there is something inherently special about this Eden. We won’t even get into the gumbo, etoufee (a-to-fay) or roast duck served at the lodge”


“If you like chunking a top water plug and watching blow-ups of Big sow trout and Redfish, There’s plenty to interest you.”



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