I had to work in Monroe last week and I brought a kayak just in case there was down time. Unfortunately there wasn’t much down time and I was only able to get out for a few hours one day. I elected to spend that time on Caney Lake, launching from Jimmie Davis SP. It was chilly post-front conditions that day which resulted in some quality time paddling and no time reeling in fish.
Although I didn’t catch any fish, I did see a few deer, a beaver, and several nutria. I had no idea they were on freshwater lakes too, but Caney was ate up with ’em.
I fished a lot of good looking water, maybe it was a case of right place, wrong time, or maybe I have no idea what I’m doing, it was my first time fishing Caney so I wasn’t too bothered to not catch anything. This is a lake known for big bass and I could see why, even if I only explored one branch of the lake.
The rest of my time in Monroe was spent working, but I did make it a point to stop by Flying Tiger Brewery one night to see how the local beer scene fared. I went in with low expectations just based on where I was and maybe a breweries location shouldn’t matter, but I don’t typically expect to get great beer from anywhere in the bible belt. I came away pleasantly surprised as they had several quality beers. The saison, IPA, DIPA, and milk stout were all very well done, enjoyable beers. On top of that the building was fantastic with a great big outdoor seating area too. I’d recommend a stop in there to anyone heading to Monroe.
On my way home from Monroe I did manage to fit in another short fishing outing, this time on Lake Rosemound. I had to make sure I could still catch fish and I’m happy to report back that I can.
I’ll just need to work on catching bigger fish now.