New Orleans Fishing

An endless variety of marshes, bayous and estuaries surrounding the historic city of New Orleans serve as an ideal habitat to many of Southern Louisiana's favorite inshore quarry, steadily beguiling the traveling light tackle and fly fisherfolk alike. Lined with oak and cypress trees, the marshes offer prolific sight fishing opportunities for the famous Bull Redfish, Sea Trout, Flounder, Black Drum, Sheepshead and many others, depending on the time of year. Rarely a fishing adventure alone, venturing the local waterways is also an opportunity to learn about the area's bustling wildlife, with frequent sightings of Blue and White Herons, Bald Eagles, Nutria, Alligators, Raccons, Egrets and many others. And thanks in part to some of the most generous catch limits on the entire Gulf Coast, a non-stop action on the local waterways is all but ensured, until your arms are completely sore!

Known For

French Quarter, Mardi Gras, Bourbon Street, Jackson Square, Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, The National World War II Museum, Garden District, St. Louis Cathedral, New Orleans Museum of Art, Steamboat Natchez River Cruise, City Park, Preservation Hall, Audubon Zoo, The Cabildo

Rules & Regulations

Anglers 16 years of age or older who take or possess fish in Louisiana waters must possess a fishing license. All recreational anglers fishing south of the “saltwater line” for saltwater species must have in their possession a Louisiana saltwater angler’s license in addition to a basic Louisiana fishing license, except those persons otherwise exempted. An Offshore Landing Permit is required of all anglers, except those anglers on a paid for-hire trip where the captain possesses an Offshore Landing Permit.

New Orleans Fishing Calendar

See what’s biting by month or species.