Hey, Let’s Talk! A “Claire Lake” Fishing Trip

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“Claire Lake” is how we here in DeSoto Parish pronounce “Clear Lake”. It’s right in that same syntax as “Poke Street”, “ByPier”, “Mance-Field” and others. When I first moved back to town a few years back I purposely pronounced “Polk Street” correctly when giving directions and was asked, “Where’s that?”

So, in this column I want to share a fun fishing trip my Dad and I had on our own local Clear Lake. It is a beautiful cypress filled lake full of spanish moss, “Walla-Mocksins”, alligators AND is one of my favorite places in the whole world. Back when I was growing up in the ‘50s and ‘60s it was good for fishing, duck hunting and even water skiing. Created by a dam erected in 1953 on the south end of adjoining Smithport Lake and pre-dating Toledo Bend it was a fun picnic destination and surrounded by camp houses.

So one spring weekend in ’59 or ’60 my Dad told me that we were going fishing the next morning. I usually dreaded these hunting and fishing expeditions because my Dad’s idea of a fun trip was to get up at the crack of dawn, go straight to your destination, maybe eat a small lunch snack, go straight home afterwards and clean whatever you caught or killed …. In other words, lots of fun for a 10 year old who would much rather have stayed home and played around the neighborhood with his friends.


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