Louisiana freshwater fishing information – guides, tips, and info

Unforgettable Freshwater Fishing Excursions

Along Louisiana’s Gulf Coast

Louisiana’s coastal freshwater fishing is not only known the world over for its bounty, but also cherished by locals as well. If you talk to any Louisiana natives who grew up here, you are likely to hear stories about fishing as a child from banks and docks along the bayous and lakes which dot Louisiana’s coast.

Fishing along Louisiana’s Gulf Coast can yield a variety of catches, as the waters which flow from our freshwater lakes and streams often connect to the salty water of the Gulf of Mexico. This type of “brackish” water offers unique opportunities to target both freshwater fish and saltwater species. There are plenty of places where you can fish in the marshes for redfish and catch “green trout,” a Louisiana term for largemouth bass.

For those who are freshwater fishing enthusiasts, there are countless places to wet a line and chase your favorite species…just read on for the details!

Freshwater Species You Can Target

You can find a wide variety of freshwater fish along the coast of Louisiana waiting to be caught including:

  • Largemouth & Smallmouth Bass
  • Bluegill
  • Sunfish
  • White Crappie
  • Black Crappie
  • White Bass
  • Striped Bass
  • Catfish

The Best Places to Fish on Louisiana’s Coast

You can catch freshwater fish all along the coast both in brackish water and in freshwater. Just take a look at a map of the Lake Pontchartrain area, and you will see all sorts of freshwater entering into the lake from bayous, smaller lakes, canal, and rivers. Those blended areas along the perimeter of Lake Pontchartrain make for great fishing just minutes from the shore, or in some cases you can actually fish from the shore without a boat.

Move your eyes south on a map to Lafitte, LA and then scan over west to the Atchafalaya Basin and you’ll find some of the best freshwater fishing in North America. Some of the same guides who can take you into speckled trout territory can also root out those largemouth bass for you.

There is also plenty of freshwater fishing in west Louisiana near Lake Charles, both south and southeast. If you fish north of the Intracoastal waterway, you only need a Louisiana freshwater fishing license to fill your boat with fine freshwater fish. You can even bank fish at any one of the fine parish parks in the area.

For a complete list of freshwater fishing access & boat ramps – click here

No matter what part of the state you are in, you can find good to excellent freshwater fishing nearby. It is always a short drive to the best spots along the coast.

When to Fish the Louisiana’s Coast

Freshwater fish have different tolerances for water temperature. Some are more active at certain times of the year depending on the water temperature. You can almost never go wrong fishing from April to June in Louisiana either early in the morning or late afternoon.

In Louisiana, however, due to the relatively mild climate you can freshwater fish year round if you know where to do it and how to fish for your favorite catch. You may catch fewer fish, but you’ll still enjoy a productive day of fun and fish.  Additionally, some waterways with deeper water may still produce good catches even during colder months.

Freshwater Fishing on Your Own

As an experienced outdoorsman, you know that going out on your own to fish offers its own challenges. First is safety, of course. If you don’t know and practice boating safety, you probably should not venture out. If you do, make sure you are covered and know those precautions well.

We still read about tragedies on the water that could have been avoided. Above all, make sure people know where you are going and make sure you can communicate with shore. You know you need life preservers, a horn, fire extinguishers, and so on. Make sure you have running lights that work.

You can find out what tackle you need and you can probably bring most of it from home. If you don’t know what you need for Louisiana freshwater fishing, just do a little research. Likewise, you can easily find places to fish nearby no matter where your visit takes you. You can even bank fish and do well.

If you do decide to venture out in a fishing boat in the winter, take all of the necessary precautions and then some. You don’t want to wind up completely drenched in 40 or 50 degree weather.

If you go out on your own, it is still a good idea to have a friend along. He or she will keep you company and laugh at the ones that get away.

Using a Guide

If you don’t know Louisiana waters, using a guide is a better idea. Any good businessman knows when to hire professionals and the same is true for leisure activities. You may not just have a better day with a guide but you may pay less per fish brought home than without one.

Finding an experience guide in your chosen fishing zone is easy. Just browse our list of fishing guides by area, call the marinas, or even ask the concierge at a hotel for advice.

So, don’t wait. Plan your Louisiana freshwater fishing trip today.