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Gone Fishin’: Get Outside on the Louisiana Coast

A phrase you’ll often hear in Louisiana is, “You can fish anywhere, but you Catch Fish in Louisiana.” Amazing opportunities are around every corner for every style of fisherman. We at the Louisiana Coast want to make sure you have the best fish story, so below are some hot spots to check out.

Houma, Louisiana’s Bayou Country

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If variety is the spice of life, Houma’s fishing scene is spicy! Within just a short drive, the avid angler can choose from many outdoor options. Spend a day casually casting in our lakes and bayous for bass and perch. Drive just a bit south to our coastal marshes to launch a kayak and fight for redfish. Just off the coast of Cocodrie, the Gulf of Mexico’s water’s dive very deep, very quickly, making the perfect day for sport fishermen, reeling in cobia, amberjack and red snapper. Whether you choose to bring your own boat, rent a kayak from our suppliers, or chartering an expert fisherman to guide your way, you will certainly have a fishing story to write home about.

 

Lake Charles, Southwest Louisiana

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Opportunity abounds when it comes to fishing in the Lake Charles area. Freshwater fishing, brackish or saltwater fishing, pier fishing, and surf-fishing on the beaches, if you have a boat or if you’ve hired a guide, go fishing in the Gulf of Mexico or deep in the marsh. Along the Creole Nature Trail, variety is the spice of life and the options are pretty much endless. Anglers can chase everything from bass and crappie when fishing in freshwater, or redfish, speckled trout, and flounder – otherwise known as the “Cajun Grand Slam” – when inland saltwater fishing.

Iberia Parish

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Waterways make up nearly half of 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 (bike rentals available), New Iberia City Park and the Church Alley bike trail. 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. For more information, visit IberiaTravel.com

 

Jefferson Parish
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Jefferson is a sportsman's paradise. Whether it's a quiet get away fishing, an adventurous deep water excursion, or hunting for buck that you seek, come Visit Jefferson Parish

The diverse region of Jefferson allows you the ability to explore nature yet remain close enough to the action of the city. You can fish within minutes of your hotel at Lafreniere Park or in the serene setting of Lafitte, a fishermen's delight. Cast from a charter boat off the coast of Grand Isle, home of the Annual International Tarpon Rodeo; or hunt and hike in the Barataria Preserve of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve

 Fishing, just like in many Louisiana coastal communities, is a 365-day adventure in Jefferson and with our liberal limits there will be plenty for you to bring home. Each season brings about new challenges for anglers. Whether saltwater or fresh — Jefferson has the perfect "fishing hole" for you!

Adventure awaits in the 580-acre Bayou Segnette State Park. A great escape from the hustle and bustle of the city, located just minutes away. Nestled on the banks of Bayou Segnette, the park's extensive grounds comprise the most popular state park in Louisiana. Spend the day swimming and splashing in the wave pool, then, spend the night camping along the banks of Bayou Segnette in their new floating cabins. Or, perhaps you prefer a night beneath the stars along the beach of Grand Isle State Park. Head over to Elmer's Island beach and see the largest single coastal ecosystem restoration in CPRA history which includes 13 miles of gorgeous white sand beach! Hiking and nature trails abound throughout the parks and are waiting to be explored.

Louisiana's Cajun Bayou, Lafourche Parish

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Lafourche Parish is also a haven for fishermen. It’s one of the few places in the world where you can find freshwater, brackish, and saltwater fishing all within an easy drive or boat ride of each other. Local fishing guides are ready to take visitors out to find speckled trout, redfish, flounder and dozens of other species. The fish are plentiful and limits are high in Louisiana, so even a novice fishermen will likely find success on our waters.

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