“You can fish anywhere, but you catch fish in Louisiana” Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser

It is no surprise that the Louisiana Coast is the paradise of outdoor adventurers. With access to freshwater ponds and lakes, coastal wetlands and the Gulf of Mexico, fishermen have access to some of the best and diverse fishing opportunities in the country. Additionally, our unique environment allows for unforgettable opportunities to take in nature. Below are just a few of the excellent experiences you can have on the Louisiana Coast.

Cajun Coast

Laced by a network of waterways, the Cajun Coast offers a plethora of fishing and recreational opportunities throughout the year. Anglers will find saltwater fishing on inside waters and offshore, including speckled trout, redfish and flounder.  To the south, you'll find some of the world's best shallow water marsh fishing in the 25 miles from the Intracoastal Waterway to the Gulf. The Gulf of Mexico due south of the Cajun Coast offers fishermen the opportunity to fish for Red Snapper and offshore species. Freshwater fishing is quite plentiful and one of the easiest accessible forms of fishing on the Cajun Coast.  Either by car or by boat and only minutes to fishable waterways, bass fishing is our most popular form of fishing.

The Cajun Coast is the southernmost gateway to the Atchafalaya Swamp Basin, one of the last great wonders of wilderness, according to the US Corps of Engineers and the largest overflow swamp in the United States encompassing over 800,000 acres.  The basin is home to over 163,000 acres of wildlife management areas, 64,000 acres of aquatic habitat and 100 species of fin fish and shell fish. The Basin produces spectacular bass fishing, a variety of pan fish such as bream and sac-a-lait, as well as an abundance of catfish. The Cajun Coast has hosted FLW Tournaments, Bass Master, Bass Federation, Fishers of Men, Crappie USA and numerous regional, charity and local tournaments. 

Beyond fishing, the Cajun Coast offers outstanding opportunities in birding with the America’s Wetlands Birding Trail and over 14 paddling trails including the National Water Trails System – Bayou Teche Paddling Trail.

Houma Area

In one of Louisiana’s largest parishes, which happens to be 75% wetlands, outdoor adventure is abundant. From fishing to swamp tours, the Houma area is the perfect place to get outside and discover your wild side.

Within a short drive, the avid angler can have every experience he or she desires. Looking for a relaxing day of casting? Try out one of our lakes or bayous for freshwater fish. When you are ready to up the adventure, travel down to the coastal wetlands of communities such as Montegut, Dulac and Dularge where saltwater meets freshwater and the redfish that live in these marshes will give you a challenge. For the true adventure seeker, make your way down to Cocodrie for an offshore fishing charter. Just of the coast of the Houma area, gulf waters get very deep, very quickly which allows for anglers to find red snapper, cobia and tuna. You’ll be going home with a “fish story” and the photos to prove it!

For the nature lover, get ready to explore Bayou Country. To get deep into the swamps, take a slow moving pontoon boat out to see great blue herons, bald eagles and alligators. Get a closer look at the flora and fauna on the Mandalay National Wildlife Refuge hiking trail. This one mile walk will take you beneath cypress and tupelo gum trees and ends with an observation deck that is the perfect vista of open water. To truly immerse yourself in nature, take a walk at LUMCON (Louisiana University Marine Consortium). Here you can walk through the Barataria Terrebonne National Estuary to see wading birds and marine life.

Iberia Parish

Waterways make up nearly half Iberia Parish, including 24 lakes with interesting names like Oyster Lake and Tigre Lagoon. If you’re looking for a place to launch your boat, you can take to the water from any one of our 15 public boat launches. Some favorite fishing spots include the Atchafalaya Basin, Bayou Carlin Cove, Spanish Lake, New Iberia City, Park, Lake Fausse Pointe, Cypremort Point, Vermilion Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. If you want to hire an expert guide for the best spots, go with one of our experienced charter captains. Browse our calendar of events to take advantage of annual fishing rodeos.

Launch your canoe from Loreauville’s floating dock and paddle down Bayou Teche’s National Paddle Trail or launch from Bayou Carlin Cove in Delcambre and boat down Bayou Carlin to Vermilion Bay. You can also paddle from Delcambre to Lake Peigneur and Avery Island, and compete in the Tour du Teche kayak race in October. Kayaks can be rented through Bayou Teche Experience, which also offers guided kayak tours.

Other outdoor adventures include bountiful hiking, biking and wildlife sightings opportunities at Lake Fausse Pointe State Park, Jungle Gardens of Avery Island and New Iberia City Park. Rip Van Winkle Gardens also offers beautifully-landscaped trails leading from scenic Lake Peigneur to the Joseph Jefferson Home amid tropical plants, oriental statues and other rare finds from the owner’s trips to Asia. Swamp tours are available at nearby Lake Martin.

Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou

Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou in Lafourche Parish is full of unique opportunities to experience a grand adventure in the great outdoors. No trip along the coast of Louisiana is complete without time spent in the swamps and fishing. For those visitors who don’t mind getting close to nature, hop aboard Airboat Tours by Arthur Matherne and travel deep into the swamp and sometimes right up onto the shore to get a closer look at wildlife and fauna. These tours are a fast paced and adventurous way to explore lily pads, birds, and reptiles that make themselves at home in the swamp.

Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou is also a true playground for anglers, offering countless waterways and a seemingly endless quantities of fish in both fresh and salt water. Leave out at sunrise on a guided charter fishing trip where the captain will take you to the best fishing hot spots. This part of the country is known for everything you’ll pull from its waters, from catfish and redfish to the shrimp and crabs that factor into so many Cajun dishes.