Plan a Trip - to the Coastal Marshes, Offshore, or Inland!
There are a variety of options for fishing from New Orleans. The closest areas to fish are Lakes Borne and Ponchartrain and their tributaries, which is mostly a brackish inland lake area.
Ratherbe-Fishing Adventures (4601 Hopdale Hwy., St. Bernard, LA. 70085, (985)640-0569) offers guided fishing trips to these areas.
The Gulf Coast saltwater marshes are a part of the ecosystem for a variety of fish. These, shallow, sandy/muddy waterways are made up of winding creeks, sloughs, and flats that change dramatically with the incoming and outgoing tide.
Spartan grass lines the sides and “runoffs” provide for the best fishing. In the larger waterways, shipping, including shrimp and petroleum vessels, are common sights. Most of the fishing activity is controlled by tides. As the tide moves in and out, these flats and bars change their look and become either wet or drier.
In warmer weather, the larger redfish, sheep head, trout, and flounder will be found back in the headwaters of these creeks. This is their feeding ground. As the water moves out, the fish will move out as well, and head for deeper water in the larger creeks.
In cold weather, the larger reds and flounder move to deeper water. The flats will be populated with the juvenile fish, usually smaller than any legal size limit. Often, they will move onto the flats at high tide on a sunny day looking for warmth. Often, in winter, there is good fishing to be had, but only once the sun warms things up a bit.
Fishunter Guide Service
offers inland and offshore guided fishing trips. It also offer overnigh accomodations.
Strike Zone Charters
(225-279-3800) offers both inland and bluewater (offshore) charters.
This guide to Louisiana Charter Services
may also be helpful in the identification of what service may work best for you!