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Fishing on the Louisiana Coast

Louisiana Fresh & Saltwater Fishing Guides

Let A Charter Fishing Guide Show You A Good Time Along Louisiana’s Gulf Coast

Locals know it, as do those who have visited Louisiana and wet a line; Louisiana definitely earns its title as “Sportsman’s Paradise”! With more than 3,000 miles of coastline to fish, there are few places in America with a more diverse or robust fishery than Louisiana’s coast.

Along the Louisiana coast, you can enjoy both freshwater and saltwater fishing thanks to our coastal marshes and estuaries. And while it’s easy to find access to launch your own boat, if you want to guarantee a day of fun on the water, the best way is to hire a fishing guide along Louisiana’s Gulf Coast.

No matter what part of Louisiana’s coast you are visiting, you will have no problem finding a local guide who will help you have a memorable trip, whether it’s sight fishing for redfish or chasing yellow fin tuna in deep water. Read on to learn more about the types of fishing Louisiana has to offer and how a guide can help you enjoy any one of them!

Saltwater Fishing with a Guide

Saltwater fishing is the most popular style of fishing along the Louisiana Gulf Coast for obvious reasons, as Louisiana sports more than 3,000 miles of shared coastline with the Gulf of Mexico. And with so many different fishing areas to choose from – all the way from Lake Charles and Calcasieu Parish in western Louisiana to Venice and Plaquemine’s Parish in the eastern part of the state – Louisiana’s coastal fishing guides offer saltwater adventures to suit any taste and budget.

Shallow SaltWater Fishing

When you decide to concentrate on shallow saltwater fishing along the Louisiana coast, some of your catch may include:

  • Speckled trout & white trout
  • Redfish
  • Flounder
  • Croackers
  • Tarpon
  • Tripletail

Typical saltwater fishing in the shallow waters of the many ponds, lakes and near-shore areas would include trips such as:

  • Sight fishing for redfish in estuaries
  • Paddle or kayak fishing
  • Fishing along bridges and piers
  • Fishing in canals and near locks or dams
  • Coastal / beach fishing near shallow points, cuts and structure

Depending on what area you are visiting, your guide will know where to go to catch the most fish at any particular time of the year. Your guide will also give you plenty of advice on the best fishing techniques and can supply you with all of the equipment you need to succeed.

Deep Water Fishing

If deep saltwater fishing is on your radar, you’ll find lots of choices all along Louisiana’s coast. You’ll venture further from shore (sometimes as much as 60 miles), use heavy duty fishing equipment and learn new ways to fish that you may have never tried before.

You’ll also reel in a different set of fish including:

  • A variety of snapper species including red, vermillion, grey & white snapper
  • Other reef dwelling species such as grouper & amberjack
  • Pelagic species such as tuna (3 varieties), sailfish, swordfish, wahoo & many more!

Louisiana Coast Freshwater Fishing

Finding and using a freshwater fishing guide along the Louisiana coast is just about the same as finding and using a saltwater guide. In fact, many guides offer both types of trips. The reason is that much of the great fishing spots along the coast are brackish. This means they will carry both saltwater and freshwater fish.

You might catch a speckled trout in a marsh and a half hour later pull in a “green” trout or the other name for it, a large mouth bass.

Freshwater Fish

You’ll find these fish among the most popular and plentiful when you go out along the coast:

  • Largemouth Bass (both Northern and Florida)
  • Smallmouth Bass
  • Bluegill
  • Sunfish
  • White Crappie
  • Black Crappie
  • White Bass
  • Striped Bass
  • Catfish

Typical freshwater fishing in the rivers, lakes and near-shore areas would include trips such as:

  • Sight fishing in shallow water ponds and rivers
  • Fly fishing in rivers & streams
  • Fishing along bridges and piers
  • Fishing in canals and near locks or dams

Let a Guide Take You to the Best Spots

Louisiana has such a large amount of area to fish that it takes most locals a lifetime to learn just a few. Sure, you can read lots of posts from active fisherman on message boards looking for tips and advice. However if you are coming in for just a day or two, and want to ensure you and your guests have a great time, nothing beats hiring a local Louisiana gulf coast fishing charter guide.

Louisiana’s Gulf Coast fishing guides are often people who have fished a certain area for generations, and have come to have an intimate knowledge of the local area including its water depths, tides, temperature variations by seasons, and of course, the favorite hiding spots of most local species of fish!

They also have invested in acquiring top quality boats and fishing equipment, as well as the necessary safety equipment to make sure you not only enjoy great fishing, but return safely back to the dock.

Click here to browse a complete list of charter fishing guides along Louisiana’s Coast.

Picking the Best Time to Saltwater Fish

Picking the best time for saltwater fishing in Louisiana is easy. With Louisiana’s mild climate, any time is the best time as you can fish year round.

Just remember to be careful. Cold weather fishing requires more caution and more readiness for potential bad weather. You don’t want to be caught out in a driving rain or even sleet at freezing temperatures.

Ask your guide for advice. Your guide will also give you a lesson in changing fishing techniques based on when you fish.

Finding Your Spot

You should not have any trouble finding a good place to freshwater fish along Louisiana’s Coast. Look at the maps and you’ll see many freshwater sources entering a lake, estuary, bayou or canal that is connected to the Gulf. Your fishing guide will know the best places to try.

Do your research online or look at past episodes of local fishing shows. Make a few phone calls to local tackle shops and marinas. You’ll find the guide, you’ll find the spot, and you’ll find the fish.

Image Credits: Louisiana Charter Boat Association

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