Fishing Related FAQ

Can you handle large fishing parties for our office?

YES! We have the ability to provide a complete fishing/office meeting with a large area for dining and for your meetings!

Do you have live bait?

Live shrimp is not available until late May. In most cases soft plastic work very well on Lake Calcasieu

Do you sell fishing and hunting licenses at the lodge?

Yes – We sell resident and non-resident licenses. A 3 day trip licenses with our captains costs $10.00.

How deep is Lake Calcasieu?

Generally Lake Calcasieu is 4′ to 6′ deep in most areas. There are some very shallow reefs in some areas that should be noted.

How many fish can we keep?

Our daily creel limits are very liberal here in Louisiana. You may keep
15 speckled trout over 12" and 5 redfish over 16" and one over 27” each
day. Each fisherman is allowed two speckled trout over 25" each day.

What do you charge for a half day fishing trip?

We do not offer half day trips. We do however offer afternoon trips that
begin at 3:00 P.M. and return to the dock around dark. The cost for
this trip is $650.00 for the boat for up to 3 people.

What kind and how big are the fishing boats?

We will be running 12 boats during the week and 18/20 boats on the
weekends. They are mostly KENNER Center console boats and are 23′ feet
long. All of our boats U.S. coast guard inspected each year for your

What kind of lures should I bring?

If you have a favorite lure bring it along. Your trip includes all of
the artificial lures and your captain will have them on the boat for
you. We use Mirrolure top water baits as well as Hackberry Hustler, DOA
and Mister Twister soft plastic baits.

What should I bring for my fishing trip?

Bring loose fitting clothes, sun glasses, sun screen, rain gear, camera and a cooler to bring your fish home with you.

What time do we leave the dock when fishing?

We normally leave at first light and return 8 hours later (with plenty of fish)

What type of equipment should I bring to fish with?

A medium/light bait casting or spinning rod and reel will work best when
strung with 12/15 pound mono line. We use Fishing Tackle Unlimited rods
and SHIMANO reels strung with BERKLEY big game line. We have found that
this is the BEST equipment on the market. We will have equipment
available for rent for $10.00 for your trip if needed.

When is the best time to come fishing?

When the wind is calm, the water is clear and the fish are BITING LIKE CRAZY.

Will we be wade fishing?

You will be drift fishing over oyster reefs out of the boat. There are
certain times of the year and certain places to wade. If you prefer to
wade let us know prior to getting your fishing license. There is a
$20.00 non-resident per day fishing license for wading.

Hunting Related FAQ

During duck season do you sell ammunition?

YES – We have shot gun shells for sale in our shop here the lodge.

Lodging, Location and Package FAQ

Are alcoholic beverages included in your packages?

We do not sell or include adult beverages in our package. However you
are welcome to bring them with you on your trip. They are welcome
anywhere at our lodge.

Can you accommodate someone with special dietary needs?

YES – Just give us a call before your trip and we can get you taken care of.

How is your lodging for groups set up?

We do not mix parties. Your will have your own private condo for your group.

Where is Hackberry Rod & Gun and how do I get there?

We are located in southwest Louisiana 2 1/2 hours east of Houston and 20
minutes south of Lake Charles on Lake Calcasieu. Click here for a MAP
and more directions.