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Fishing in Louisiana

Louisiana is home to Mardi Gras, New Orleans Saints, National World War II Museum, Boudin, and incredible Louisiana fishing charters! You can stay close by, and fish for Flounder, Redfish, and Speckled Trout, or you can head 15 miles out to the rigs and catch Wahoo, Blue Marlin, and Mahi-Mahi!

Not looking for your typical rod and reel option? Louisiana guides offer trips for incredible bow fishing and fast-action wildlife tours on an airboat.

With soo many bodies of water, fishing strategies, and fish species available, we have done our best to inform you of some of the top fishing spots in Louisiana and what you can expect.
  • Best Fishing in Louisiana

    Venice Fishing

    • Venice, Louisiana, is located right where our nation's great Mississippi River meets the Gulf of Mexico and is one of our nation's top fishing destinations. Many people in this area were affected by Hurricane Katrina but quickly rebounded, and so have the wildlife. Deep-sea fishing, inshore fishing, bay fishing, inland fishing, and offshore fishing are all thriving.
    • Yellowfin Tuna is one of them, and this is a fish that will give you a run for your money, one of the more athletic fish there is. The yellowfin thrive off a mix of flying fish and squid. The fishing charters in this area offer packages for a day of fishing that includes the unique southern Louisiana charm. So book your deep sea charter today!

    Port Sulphur Fishing

    • Enjoy a Louisiana Fishing Trip near one of the 6 state parks in the area for some excellent camping and fishing. It's not always about heading miles out for some blue marlin, this area is an attractive destination for some shallow water redfish trips.

    Grand Isle Fishing

    • If you know what you're doing here, you can fish from a pier or the beach and catch one of the fantastic 280 species of fish. However, if your new to the area or fishing Grand Isle, then hop on board a guide's boat and gain some knowledge on the many fishing trips offered in this area.

    Hopedale Fishing

    • Catch the fishing hotspots in this area by following the birds, tide, and bait. This is an excellent spot for some speckled trout. So try some areas near or in Bay Lafourche, Four Hours, Pato Cabello, or Bay Shallow.

    New Orleans Fishing

    • Freshwater fishing the countless fishing spots in and around New Orleans and the gazing upon the cypress trees is a terrific experience. Check out the Mississippi River and enjoy reeling in some of the biggest catfish in this great country.
    • The Red River is another area to check out and has produced many of the states' biggest catfish. The Red has been named in the Top 50 by Bassmaster. All that's left is to book a trip with an expert fishing guide and reel a largemouth bass that would make your buddies jealous.

    Other Fishing Spots

    • Caddo Lake, Toledo Bend, Henderson Lake, Atchafalaya Basin, Barrier Island, and Lake D' Arbonne
  • Licenses and Regulations

    If your 16 or older, you will need a Basic Fishing License to fish in Lousiana. Saltwater fishing requires an additional Saltwater License. Those who are 15 and younger or residents of 6 months and who were born before June 1, 1940, are not required to possess a Lousiana Fishing License.

    A Basic Fishing License Costs $9.50 for residents and $60 for non-residents. If you're visiting this great state and are headed out for a one day adventure, then you can purchase a 1 Day Non-Resident Basic Trip for $5 and/or a 1 Day Non-Resident Saltwater License for $17.50.

    You can purchase a Louisiana Fishing License at any of your major outdoor retailers or online through Lousiana Wildlife and Fisheries.

Fishing Calendar for the Best Times to Fish in Louisiana


Where: Venice

Species: Yellowfin Tuna


Where: Poverty Point



Where: Toledo Bend

Species: Largemouth Bass


Where: Dulac

Species: Redfish


Where: Venice - Inshore

Species: Speckled Trout


Where: Barrier Islands

Species: Speckled Trout


Where: Venice - Offshore Rigs

Species: Red Snapper


Where: Venice - Offshore

Species: Amberjack


Where: Venice

Species: Cobia


Where: Interior Marshes

Species: Speckled Trout


Where:Caney Lake

Species:Largemouth Bass


Where:Venice - Offshore

Species:Yellowfin Tuna


Where is the saltwater line in Louisiana?

Due to being very flat and below sea level at some points. The southern part of Louisiana extending all the way from Texas to Mississippi, and then as far north as Lake Pontchartrain is considered Salt Water. Anything above this line is deemed to be freshwater.

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