The Red River drains a large area and can have a swift current. Boaters should be careful while fishing this river. There are many submerged stone dikes and revetments.
The stone structures can do a lot of damage to fishing crafts, boats, and barges in the event of collision, they can also harbour a lot of debris.
LA N32° 04.043 W93° 25.140 has its source in New Mexico and flows easterly across the Texas panhandle, along the boundary between Texas and Oklahoma into Southwest Arkansas. The river then turns southeasterly across Louisiana for a total distance of about 1,208 miles, to a junction with the Atchafalaya River, approximately 5 miles upstream of Simmesport, LA.
Pools 4 and 5 from near the Shreveport- Bossier Port, just south of Shreveport, south to Lock no. 4 near Coushatta, LA. just south of Shreveport, LA have hosted major bass tournaments including B.A.S.S., Anglers Choice and the F.L.W. tours. There are no lodgings, fuel or restaurants along this stretch of the river so you will have to bring with you all your own provisions.
Avoid navigating close to pile or rock structures. It is also hazardous to navigate immediately upstream or off the end of dikes. Some dike ends are partially submerged and are not visible. Land your craft upstream when operating in the current of the river. Downstream landings are dangerous in swift current and could swamp a bass boat.
You'll find Channel Catfish and Greenbacks (walleyes) it's what this area is famous for.
Shad patterned crankbaits work well along the rocks. White spinnerbaits are the go along the edge of the flats. A Texas rigged Reaction black neon gator pups and a 7/16 oz. tipped with pork, Black / Blue Southpaw Jig work well along the edges of the ridges and along the deeper bank lines in the timber. The best depths seem to be 6 to 8 feet.