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New Orleans fishing charters will take you after the many fish that make this city one of the best in the US for seafood. You’ll have just as much fun chasing your targets as you will eating them! For an inshore fishing adventure that’s unparalleled in a city with fascinating history, look no further than New Orleans.

Explore the local bayous, marshes, and estuaries to find some of the Gulf’s most coveted inshore fish. They’re the perfect habitat for Redfish, Speckled Trout, Black Drum, Flounder, and Jack Crevalle. But it’s not all about saltwater fish, either. New Orleans is also home to some of the state’s best Bass fishing lakes.

Thanks to its warm and humid climate, New Orleans fishing charters operate year-round. How long you’ll spend on the water is up to you. A half day trip gives you a taste of the area’s world-famous inshore waters and sees you go home with a few fish. A full day trip is the equivalent of a seafood tower. You’ll have a variety of choice, from the fish you target to the locations you’ll target them in.

Once you’ve decided where to fish, you can bet there’s a marina or boat ramp close by. New Orleans is surrounded by water after all! Lake Pontchartrain, Lake Borgne, and southern waterways such as the Breton Sound and Black Bay are all popular among local and visiting anglers.

Rules & Regulations

Your charter captain will provide everything you need for a successful day – except for your fishing license. All anglers over the age of 16 are required to purchase one before heading out on the water. Bear in the mind that if you plan to fish south of the “saltwater line” you’ll need to obtain a Louisiana saltwater angler’s license, as well as a basic Louisiana fishing license.

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As cold fronts arrive, look for Redfish gathering together at the top of the water column – this will make them easy to find and catch. On warmer days, look for Speckled Trout. Otherwise, fish for Black Drum in Lake Pontchartrain.


February is one of the best times to be in New Orleans. The city is talking about Mardi Gras, but if you want a break from festivities, expect "gin clear" waters and big Bull Redfish. Head to the Delacroix flats for great sight fishing.


Don't miss the Big Bass Fishing Rodeo and Fishtival in New Orleans City Park. If you prefer saltwater fishing, head to the marshes – they're kicking into gear as the weather warms. 


With temperatures in the mid 70s and low rainfall, New Orleans can be very pleasant in April (if a bit humid). Try targeting Redfish with artificial bait in shallow water (3 feett or less).


As the weather transitions from spring to summer, everyone wants to be outside. Which is good, because the bait is moving inshore and the fish come with it. Expect a lot of Redfish and some Speckled Trout.


Temperatures rise, averaging at 89º. Grab a deal at a hotel (it's officially low season) and stay a while! Enjoy explosive action on topwater lures from Redfish, Jack Crevalle, Aligator Gar, and more!


Expect very hot weather with a chance of storms. But don't let that stop you getting out on the water. Speckled Trout and Redfish are biting aggressively. The Delacroix and Black Bay area is excellent at this time of year.


The Breton Sound and Black Bay area is still producing well – look for limits of Speckled Trout around rigs and islands. Most fishing charters will leave before sunrise to escape the heat and catch the best bite.


September is still very hot in New Orleans, making early starts a necessity still. Once you get out, you can find Bull Redfish and big Jack Crevalles – this is a really fun time to fish if you don't mind the heat.


This is one of the busiest times of year for Lousiana Redfish guides. And rightly so – with clear waters and big schooling Bull Redfish, everyone wants to get out and sight fish for these beauties 


The fishing is still very good, with Bull Redfish and Flounder continuing to bite well. As fall transitions to winter, cold fronts push bait out of the marsh. The fish are hungry and feeding up it gets cold.


There's never a bad time to fish in New Orleans, and December proves it. Look for Redfish laid up across the marsh and big Bull Reds in 6–10 inches of water. Expect later starts and a nice variety of fish.

New Orleans Fishing Calendar

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Great trip!
Anna S. fished with Victory Bay Charters on July 5, 2019
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It's good in the morning and possibly evening but once it's hot they stop biting. Hydrate early and often. It was recommended to go October thru January for speckled trout.
Full day fishing with Drake with victory bay charters
Jim F. fished with Victory Bay Charters on June 8, 2019
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Book a trip with captain Drake and victory bay charters
Full Day trip with Captain Clinton
Suzanne S. fished with Get’n Hooked Inshore Adventures on April 3, 2019
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Still a little cold in April on the water. But a fun place to go fishing.
Full day with Captain Clint
John G. fished with Get’n Hooked Inshore Adventures on April 2, 2019
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Dress warm for the morning and bring bug spray.
One Awesome Fish!!
Rick R. fished with Victory Bay Charters on March 1, 2019
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Try Victory Bay Charter’s for a great experience.
Half day trip with captain clinton
Alan H. fished with Get’n Hooked Inshore Adventures on February 17, 2019
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You will need a Louisiana fishing liscense 3 day charter get online
Fishing with Clinton
Toni B. fished with Get’n Hooked Inshore Adventures on December 29, 2018
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we had a wonderful time/caught more than we thought for this time of year-great adventure/experience. Bring a rainsuit just in case.
Full day trip with Victory Bay Charters
Donna L. fished with Victory Bay Charters on December 4, 2018
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Had a better time fishing out of New Orleans, as compared to a destination that is twice as far away.

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