Calcasieu Lake

14 Fishing Charters

Calcasieu Lake Fishing Charters

Search top fishing charters in Calcasieu Lake

Top Fishing Charters in Calcasieu Lake


A Lake Calcasieu fishing experience is unique and diverse. It’s connected to the Gulf of Mexico by a 5.5-mile-long stream, providing easy access to offshore fishing grounds. If you’re a newcomer, choose a fishing guide that knows the area well and get ready to explore Bayou Country!

When it comes to fishing in brackish water, “Big Lake” has been a top choice for Gulf Coast anglers for many decades, thanks to the species on offer. This lake is famous for its excellent Red and Black Drum fisheries, as well as Speckled Trout and Flounder. Other target species include Sheepshead, Cobia, and Tripletail.

Fishing guides in the area provide both half day and full day trips. Half days will see you fishing anywhere from 4–5 hours and are perfect for novice fishermen and families with kids. Longer trips are designed to cover more fishing grounds and locate a greater range of species, especially trophy-sized Trout. These trips are perfect for experienced anglers or those looking to spend more hours on the water.

A couple of towns in the area offer excellent guide services, such as Lake Charles and Hackberry. You can approach some great spots from both locations. Places such as Devils Elbow, Black Lake Bayou, and Turner Bay Reef provide great action for anglers of all skill levels. All you have to do is pick a local guide, find your favorite spot, and fill that bucket up with some delicious fish!

Rules & Regulations

All residents and non-residents over the age of 16 must have a valid fishing license. Since Lake Calcasieu is a brackish body of water, you’ll need to purchase both a basic and saltwater license. Residents joining a licensed saltwater skiff charter are covered. If you’re a non-resident, you’ll still have to pay for a 3-Day Skiff Charter License. All freshwater guides require you to buy a basic fishing license before your trip.

Calcasieu Lake
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 4.43
Based on 21373 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

January

Start your year off in the right way by sampling some excellent inshore fishing. You can expect to target Redfish, Black Drum, Speckled Trout, and Sheepshead.

February

Now is the time to go sight casting in the shallows. Choose a guide that will take you to the backcountry and target the likes of Speckled Trout, Redfish, Black Drum, and Flounder.

March

Springtime is approaching and the fishing is about to get real sweet! Stay inshore for some Redfish and Black Drum action or hit the Gulf and go after Kingfish.

April

Out in the Gulf, you can target Kingfish and many other pelagic species. In Lake Calcasieu, you’ll find solid numbers of Redfish, Black Drum, Trout, and Flounder.

May

When the salinity gets high, you can target Mangrove Snapper. May is also a good time to go fishing for Cobia, Sheepshead, and Speckled Trout.

June

June is an excellent time to plan a fishing trip in the Lake Charles area. You’ll be able to target everything from Cobia and Sheephead to Speckled Trout and Redfish.

July

In July, Tripletail start to show up in large numbers. Other likely catches this time of year include Sheepshead, Cobia, Redfish, and Black Drum.

August

The weather is really hot, so plan to dress light and be sure to pack some mosquito repellent as well. In terms of fishing, you’ll have lots of options both inshore and offshore.

September

The fishing remains hot throughout the fall. Cast off with a Lake Calcasieu fishing guide and get ready to explore the productive Turner Bay Reef as well as Mud Lake and West Cove.

October

Hit the Grand Bayou Weir for some great Redfish action. Here, you can also find lots of Flounder, Trout, and Black Drum.

November

November is a good time to hit the Gulf and go Tuna fishing. If you’re looking for something more relaxing, you can always choose to stay inshore and target Redfish and Black Drum.

December

Even though it’s winter, the fishing down in the bayou is always hot. Plan your next holiday vacation on Lake Calcasieu and get ready for some fun inshore action!

Calcasieu Lake Fishing Calendar

Loading Fish Calendar!
Please Wait...

Full Day of Fishing with Captain Raymond
Herman K. fished with Gills & Bills Guide Service on September 13, 2019
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Book Gills and Bills Guide Service , True professionals .
November fishing trip
Waylon S. fished with Clark Charters on November 10, 2018
Very Good Very Good Very Good Very Good Very Good
if its windy and cold and the lake is dirty dont go. if its just cold and water is clear go get on some speckled trout, its a blast. flownder are running in november and the redfishing is usually always good. its a big lake and alot of water to cover so i would get a map of the area or fish with someone that knows the area well.
First class Exeperience
Kevin G. fished with Tidal Charters LLC on July 17, 2018
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Be prepared to cook plenty of fish when you leave Hackberry!
June fishing trip
Michael C. fished with Gills & Bills Guide Service on June 8, 2018
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Bring sunscreen, snacks and plenty of beverages. Book your next trip with Gills and Bills.
Redfish, Sheepshead, Blue Crabs
Paul H. fished with Clark Charters on March 21, 2018
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Hackberry was nice and peaceful. There is only one hotel, the Mainstay Suites & it is a very good one great for several days with kitchenette suites. There are no restaurants but the hotel does continental breakfast. They done complimentary light suppers both nights I was there. I went down highway 27 towards the gulf and went crabbing. There are many places to bank fish & crab. There is a store that sells about anything you may need for food supplies and fishing tackle. My experience with my guide, hotel & staff, & some other nice tourists I met was all good. I had a good time visiting. My only purpose was fishing & crabbing. I recommend this for what I done. I would certainly recommend it to travelers who are working there to bring the whole family with them.
2 half day fishing trips with Captain Jordan Ardoin
FishingBooker Member fished with Reel Charters LLC on November 8, 2017
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Bring clothes you can layer if it gets colder or hotter and bring a big cooler if you plan to take home your catch. Lake Charles was great and everyone was so nice and congenial.
Amazing Saturday
Shaman H. fished with Fleur De Lis Charters on June 10, 2017
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Book a good guide. I used Chase Rains and had a great time.
Half Day Trip
George fished with Reel Charters LLC on March 18, 2017
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Definitely book a trip with Reel Charters LLC if you are looking for a great fishing adventure.

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Calcasieu Lake

According to customer reviews, Louisiana Backwater Charters, Waterside Charters, and Fishing Tom Guide Service are some of the most popular fishing charters in Calcasieu Lake. Full list of top fishing charters in Calcasieu Lake.

Louisiana Backwater Charters, Waterside Charters, and Fishing Tom Guide Service all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Calcasieu Lake.

The best way to experience fishing in Calcasieu Lake is to book a private charter with a licensed fishing guide. See the full list of charters available for online booking here: List of fishing charters in Calcasieu Lake.

The top 8 fish species targeted on guided fishing trips in Calcasieu Lake are:

When the salinity gets high, you can target Mangrove Snapper. May is also a good time to go fishing for Cobia, Sheepshead, and Speckled Trout. Check availability for local fishing charters in Calcasieu Lake.