The Caddo River flows from the Ouachita Mountains down to DeGray Lake, with 40 miles of fishing. The Caddo is particularly known for its superb smallmouth and spotted bass fishing, but it offers many other species including white and largemouth bass; stream-running walleye; crappie; and several species of sunfish; plus channel, flathead, and blue catfish. March and April in particular are excellent months for fishing white and hybrid striped bass in the waters just above the river’s the entry to the lake.
There are three stretches of the Caddo River with distinctive fishing features. First is the 8 miles from Norman to Caddo Gap. The best area is the gravel-lined pools near Collier Creek. The second section is Caddo Gap to Glenwood, which has a deep pool, serpentine riffles, and rock gardens where smallmouth bass swim. The third section is from Glenwood to Amity, where deeper pools and boulders are found. Big fish swim along this stretch.
The best way to fish these sections is by float fishing. Use light tackle with watermelon baby brush hogs as bait. The Caddo River has both calm waters and rapids, and it’s best to check the water level reports before heading down the river. If it’s a good day to float, there are sandbars where you can stop and rest along the river’s edge, but don’t venture too far off the path as most riverfront property is privately owned.