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Fishing in Chandeleur Islands

Join a Chandeleur Islands fishing charter and explore one of Louisiana’s most remote fisheries. You’ll have immediate access to the Chandeleur Sound, as well as the Gulf of Mexico, with plenty of opportunities to hook a trophy-size fish!

These barrier islands are famous for their world-class flats fishing, most notably for Redfish and Speckled Trout. These pristine waters also hold healthy populations of Black Drum, Sheepshead, Jack Crevalle, Cobia, Flounder, and many more. If you’d like to explore deeper waters, you can head to the Gulf and target Amberjack, Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, Red Snapper, and Tuna.

Local charters offer half day, full day, and extended day trips. On a half day trip, you’ll most likely stay inshore in calm waters – a perfect option for beginners or families with kids. Longer trips will see you fishing further offshore, targeting larger species. These trips are great for more experienced anglers looking to fish multiple spots and target a wide range of species.

Some key spots to check out inshore are Shoalwater Bay and the Chandeleur Sound, to the west of the islands. To the east and to the south, you can explore the Gulf and target larger pelagic species. Some other productive spots to include on your list are Redfish Point and Freemason Island. Wherever you go, the fishing is great, so you won’t be disappointed!

Rules & Regulations

If you’re over 16, you’ll need to purchase a Louisiana fishing license. You can buy one online, at a local retailer, or a licensing office. Some species, such as Grouper and Snapper, are subject to seasonality and others have size and bag limits. It’s important to stay up to date on local regulations, so ask your guide if you have any questions.

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Chandeleur Islands Fishing Seasons

January

Start your year off on the right foot and head down to the Chandeleur Sound for some top-notch sight fishing. Your main targets this month include Redfish, Black Drum, Sheepshead, and Flounder.

February

The waters are still nice and cool, perfect for targeting Redfish and Speckled Trout. February is also an excellent time to go after Flounder, Sheepshead, Tripletail, and Black Drum for a tasty treat.

March

Black Drum, Tripletail, and Sheepshead start to show up in high numbers, making this a great time to hook a prized fish. Redfish and Flounder are also still putting up a fight, so bring that elbow grease and get ready for battle!

April

Now is a great time to hop on a charter and target Kingfish and Cobia. Closer to shore, you’ll be able to sight cast for Tripletail, Black Drum, Flounder, and Mangrove Snapper.

May

If you’re looking for Bull Reds, then come to the shallows and get your fish on. You can also catch Tripletail, Cobia, Mangrove Snapper, Kingfish, and Blacktip Shark for a fun-filled day out.

June

Red Snapper season begins and everyone is trying to secure their spot on a charter. Plan your trip in advance and get ready to head offshore for an adventure in the Gulf! You can also expect to catch Red and Gag Grouper, as well as Lane and Vermilion Snapper.

July

Red Snapper is all the rage, so if you haven’t gone yet, book a trip in July. While you’re offshore, why not head to the Tuna grounds and try to land yourself a big Yellowfin for plenty of fun and a tasty treat.

August

Head offshore and target Mahi Mahi, Amberjack, Tuna, and Vermilion Snapper. If you plan on staying closer to shore, you’ll encounter Redfish, Mangrove Snapper, and Spanish Mackerel.

September

Speckled Trout and Black Drum fishing picks back up. You can also target Redfish, Mangrove Snapper, Jack Crevalle, and Sheepshead. Offshore, Mahi Mahi and Amberjack fishing remain hot.

October

Choose an extended day trip and hit the Tuna grounds for some intense action. Using trolling baits or lures when going after Yellowfin are effective. If not, try chumming and they’ll show up hungry, ready to put up a fight!

November

Black Drum and Redfish fishing are great this time of year. You may also see success in targeting Speckled Trout and Sheepshead. Have your guide help you locate inshore structures and you’ll have yourself a productive day of fishing.

December

December is a great time to snag yourself a juicy Grouper. Inshore, Black and Red Drum, as well as Speckled Trout and Sheepshead are putting up a good fight on light tackle.

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Reviews of Fishing in Chandeleur Islands

It was the 5 hr shark trip
9364022182 9. fished with “Go Topless” Fishing Charters on July 1, 2020
There are definitely a lot of fish in Biloxi. You definitely want be disappointed in fish here.
Shawn great Captain
Nedina D. fished with Biloxi Sport Fishing on June 18, 2020
Great time on the water. Nice breeze little or no waves.
Half Day Evening Trip With Captain Terry Boyd
Charles J. fished with Island Time Charters on July 30, 2019
We had an awesome deep sea fishing experience. Captain Terry Boyd is extremely knowledgeable and ensured we had a stress free adventure. We will definitely return next year.
3/4 day with captain brandon
Jacob Y. fished with Shearwater Charters on July 27, 2019
We went on a morning fishing trip and weather was perfect never got to hot
8 hour trip with Captain David
Kevin M. fished with Reel Southern Charters on July 24, 2019
Book with Reel Southern fishing charters. Captain David is amazing!
5 hr. Trip with captain Leo
Jerry S. fished with Big Fish Charters on July 24, 2019
Know what you want to catch and the experience you are wanting and explain that to your charter before going out on water or even at time of booking.
Full day with Capt. Donnie
Clinton L. fished with Tails Up Offshore Fishing Charters on July 5, 2019
Be kind and tip your boat crew!! Bring plenty of drinks!!!
Half Day. Shark trip
Dan F. fished with “Go Topless” Fishing Charters on July 4, 2019
Go Topless Charters. Sit back and enjoy the ride.

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