Lake Pontchartrain

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Lake Pontchartrain: 16 fishing charters available
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(107 reviews)
New Orleans
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trips from $525
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(93 reviews)
Slidell
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trips from $475
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(312 reviews)
New Orleans
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trips from $500
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(48 reviews)
Slidell
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trips from $500
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(35 reviews)
New Orleans
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trips from $475
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(40 reviews)
New Orleans
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trips from $550
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(72 reviews)
New Orleans
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trips from $500
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(22 reviews)
Slidell
trips from $450
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(11 reviews)
Slidell
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trips from $700
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(1 review)
Slidell
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Frequently Asked Questions about Fishing Charters in Lake Pontchartrain

According to customer reviews, Speck Dat Charters LLC, A Fishing Fool (Coastal Charter), and Get’n Hooked Inshore Adventures are some of the most popular fishing charters in Lake Pontchartrain. Full list of top fishing charters in Lake Pontchartrain.

The average price for a private 4 hour Lake Pontchartrain fishing trip is $569, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $704 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

Speck Dat Charters LLC, A Fishing Fool (Coastal Charter), and Get’n Hooked Inshore Adventures all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Lake Pontchartrain.

The most popular fish species you can target are Redfish, Flounder, and Black Drum. Top fishing techniques include Light Tackle, Spinning, and Bottom Fishing. Inshore fishing, lake fishing, and nearshore fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

If you’re looking for a well-known fishing spot nestled right next to bohemian New Orleans, then fishing on Lake Pontchartrain is something you should try. This estuary’s brackish waters are the playground of many different fish that are hungry all year.
 
Excellent Speckled Trout fishing is what put Lake Pontchartrain on the angling map, and for years, this species has reigned supreme in these waters. As the water conditions on the lake are changing, Trout fishing has taken a hit, but you can still find your share of lunkers if you know where to look.
 
Going after Redfish is another favorite pastime of local anglers, especially because you can hook a real trophy and catch your limit. Flounder, Black Drum, Catfish, and Sheepshead are also on the list of most common catches, along with Tripletail and Largemouth Bass.
 
If you’re going fishing with a local captain, you’ll find both half day and full day trips on offer. Half day excursions are excellent for fun family outings, while full day expeditions will allow you to cover more fishing spots in one go and possibly catch more fish.
 
Whether you’re coming from New Orleans, Slidell, or Saint Bernard, there’s plenty of fishing spots to explore on different sides of the lake. Artificial reefs, bridge pylons, and piers could all hold plenty of fish at different times of the year.
 

Rules & Regulations

Fishing with a local guide makes your life easier because you won’t have to worry about where to go and what to bring, but you’ll still need to buy a Louisiana fishing license. Every species has a daily limit that you can keep, and your guide will keep you in the loop of all the regulations you need to follow.
 
Fishing on Lake Pontchartrain is a relaxing and fun experience that will be a treat for anglers of all levels and appetites!
Lake Pontchartrain
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Based on 26609 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

January

If you’re looking for a place under the sun in the cold winter months, Lake Pontchartrain should be your next destination. Redfish are biting in January, as are Sheepshead and Black Drum.

February

There’s a mixed bag you can target on the lake and surrounding marshes in February, with Speckled Trout, Flounder, Redfish, and Sheepshead particularly susceptible to live shrimp.

March

Whether you’re on the water to chase Flounder, Redfish, or Speckled Trout, you’ve got good chances of finding them at the end of your line in March. Sheepshead and Largemouth Bass are also known to make an appearance.

April

The bite is starting to stabilize, especially when it comes to Specks, and Redfish, Sheepshead, and Bass are following closely behind. Jigging is a foolproof way to get the fish’s attention, especially when you pair it with a slow retrieve.

May

It’s starting to get warm on the water, but that doesn’t mean that fishing is any less productive. It’s a good time to go after Sheepshead, Flounder, Speckled Trout, Black Drum, and of course, Redfish.

June

Get on the water early in the morning to avoid the heat, and enjoy excellent Tripletail and Sheepshead action. Redfish and Specks are also out there, you just have to be a bit patient.

July

Come July and its high temperatures, your best chance of finding fish is to hit deeper waters of the Rigolets in search of Trout and Redfish. Seasonal species like Jack Crevalle and Tripletail are also in the cards.

August

One thing is for sure – August in Louisiana is hot! Cast your lines in the cool deep waters of the Unknown Pass to entice anything from Trout and Redfish to Flounder and Black Drum.

September

As the fall approaches, head out to the shallow waters of Biloxi Marsh to look for Largemouth Bass and Redfish, and you can also go after Sheepshead, Flounder, and Black Drum.

October

Just about anything bites in October. This is a very productive time for Catfishing, especially when it comes to Blue Catfish that are more present in the lake during the fall and winter.

November

Spend your November on Lake Pontchartrain, going after all the local favorites like Speckled Trout, Redfish, Flounder, Sheepshead, Black Drum, and the list goes on. Catfishing is still more than decent.

December

With New Year and colder weather just around the corner, December is still a good period to prowl the lake for Speckled Trout, Flounder, and Sheepshead. The Gulf Intracoastal Waterway is a good spot for targeting Redfish.

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Bring a friend! You are going to catch a lot of fish. And bring something to eat and drink for trip!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bring a friend! You are going to catch a lot of fish. And bring something to eat and drink for trip!
Casey  W.
Casey W. El Paso, TX
My 1st fishing Lake Pontchartrain and Slidell was perfect place to fish from. Sleep Inn puts you about 7 minutes from their docks, nice area, perfect guide service with Right Side Charter.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
My 1st fishing Lake Pontchartrain and Slidell was perfect place to fish from. Sleep Inn puts you about 7 minutes from their docks, nice area, perfect guide service with Right Side Charter.
Carol  B.
Carol B. West Monroe, LA
Go see Wicked tours you will not be sorry we caught so much in a short period of time
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Go see Wicked tours you will not be sorry we caught so much in a short period of time
MARGARET  P.
MARGARET P. Stroudsburg, PA
Make sure you find a good guide like captain Clinton who's eager to share generational fishing knowledge, clean and bag all the fish, and be ready to have a great time. In addition, don't forget the sunscreen protection.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Make sure you find a good guide like captain Clinton who's eager to share generational fishing knowledge, clean and bag all the fish, and be ready to have a great time. In addition, don't forget the sunscreen protection.
Anthony  B.
Anthony B. St. Peters, MO
Be prepared for fun while fish with Cpt Mike. He knows the waters and scouts to make sure you get to catch what you. Remember it's not the ocean. Different areas.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Be prepared for fun while fish with Cpt Mike. He knows the waters and scouts to make sure you get to catch what you. Remember it's not the ocean. Different areas.
Paul  B.
Paul B. Peoria, AZ
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.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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.
Anna  S.
Anna S. New Orleans, LA
we had a wonderful time/caught more than we thought for this time of year-great adventure/experience. Bring a rainsuit just in case.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
we had a wonderful time/caught more than we thought for this time of year-great adventure/experience. Bring a rainsuit just in case.
Toni  B.
Toni B. Riverton, VA
Had a better time fishing out of New Orleans, as compared to a destination that is twice as far away.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Had a better time fishing out of New Orleans, as compared to a destination that is twice as far away.
Donna  L.
Donna L. Baton Rouge, LA
Dress appropriate which is what the captain recommend. Glad we listened because it was chilly! Don't let that stop you from having a great time. 1st time won't be the last time with Victory Bay Charter.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Dress appropriate which is what the captain recommend. Glad we listened because it was chilly! Don't let that stop you from having a great time. 1st time won't be the last time with Victory Bay Charter.
Kristina  L.
Kristina L. New Orleans, Louisiana
Overall fishing is New Orleans is fun and your going to catchy something some days are better then others.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Overall fishing is New Orleans is fun and your going to catchy something some days are better then others.
Anthonel  R.
Anthonel R. New Orleans, LA
Redfish were biting... We took a lot home and they are great on the grill!!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Redfish were biting... We took a lot home and they are great on the grill!!
Bob  O.
Bob O. Pensacola, FL
Book with Captain Jim Bryan at High Tide Charters and request Dalton to be your deck hand.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book with Captain Jim Bryan at High Tide Charters and request Dalton to be your deck hand.
Richard  S.
Richard S. New Orleans, Louisiana

A Fishing Fool (Coastal Charter)
A Fishing Fool (Coastal Charter)
Fishing charter in Slidell
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(93 reviews)
Mike provided a memorable experience for our family. He is knowledgable and works hard to make sure you have a good trip!
Jennifer  K.
Jennifer K. Metairie, Louisiana
Wicked Fishing Charters
Wicked Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in New Orleans
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(35 reviews)
Great trip the dude knows what he's doing. Great time definitely worth the money.
Dave  Z.
Dave Z. St. Clair Shores, MI
A Fishing Fool (Coastal Charter)
A Fishing Fool (Coastal Charter)
Fishing charter in Slidell
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(93 reviews)
Captain Mike showed us a wonderful time!! The boat ride was enjoyable and we had the opportunity to catch multiple varieties of different fish. Captain Mike was very helpful and knowledgeable about all the fish and areas on the lake. He has great music taste as he played tunes while we traveled from each fishing location. Overall, it was an amazing time and highly recommend him!!
April  N.
April N. Cedar Bluff, VA
Wicked Fishing Charters
Wicked Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in New Orleans
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(35 reviews)
Great trip! Very knowledgeable about where to go! Super helpful. We had the best time! We will definitely be back!
Shelby  S.
Shelby S. New Orleans, Louisiana
Reel As It Gets Charters
Reel As It Gets Charters
Fishing charter in Slidell
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(22 reviews)
Had an incredible day fishing with Capt. Fredrick! Caught tons of fish and was a great man to spend a morning on the water with! Highly recommend him and look forward to fishing again!
Patrick  K.
Patrick K. Martin, LA
Wicked Fishing
Wicked Fishing
Fishing charter in Mandeville
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(19 reviews)
My family and I had a fantastic time fishing with Captain Mackie. He was great with our two young kids and we caught a boat load of fish!
Brenden  C.
Brenden C. Mandeville, LA
Speck Dat Charters LLC
Speck Dat Charters LLC
Fishing charter in New Orleans
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(107 reviews)
First off, Brad rocks. We had a perfect morning boat-riding and fishing at the guidance of Captain Brad. Brad has the perfect personality to do what he does - genuine, relaxed, patient, helpful, and a sense of humor to boot. Never a dull moment. Never an awkward moment. Only fun and good times. Highlight of our weekend.
Jared  L.
Jared L. New York, NY
Get’n Hooked Inshore Adventures
Get’n Hooked Inshore Adventures
Fishing charter in New Orleans
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(312 reviews)
Captain Clinton is a secret gem: extensive knowledge of fish behavior, super secret fishing holes and banks, super boat and tackle and great jokes. Oh well 3 outta four ain't bad! For beginner or experienced pro you MUST nook with Captain Clinton and you will walk away a better fisher. Took my catch to Pceana Grill in NOLA for a your catch we cook Cajan style blackened bull red fish. 32 inches!!!!!
Randolph  K.
Randolph K. Toronto, ON
Drum & Co. Fishing
Drum & Co. Fishing
Fishing charter in New Orleans
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(40 reviews)
Had a great time fishing! I’m not a experienced fisherman and captain put me on all the fish and taught me many things. Caught 4 different kinds of fish. Very knowledgeable!
Andrew  K.
Andrew K. Kingman, AZ
Right Side Charters
Right Side Charters
Fishing charter in Slidell
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(48 reviews)
Captain James put us on fish right away. I caught two keeper trout my first two casts. We were catching fish every 10 - 15 minutes so we caught a bunch of fish. It was a very enjoyable morning of fishing and he helped my daughter quickly get back her unused casting skills with kind words of encouragement. We would definitely use captain James on our next trip. Thank you Captain James of Right Side Charters
Carl  F.
Carl F. Traverse City, MI
Speck Dat Charters LLC
Speck Dat Charters LLC
Fishing charter in New Orleans
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(107 reviews)
Very friendly and knowledgeable about the area and where the best spots are so you can be successful
Robert  B.
Robert B. United States
Wicked Fishing Charters
Wicked Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in New Orleans
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(35 reviews)
We went out for a half day trip and absolutely loved it! Captain Mackie was extremely knowledgeable and well versed in all types of fish in the area. Would recommend him to anyone who loves fishing experiences. I wish we had booked to stay out for the entire day!
Bradley  K.
Bradley K. Sahuarita, AZ
A Fishing Fool (Coastal Charter)
A Fishing Fool (Coastal Charter)
Fishing charter in Slidell
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(93 reviews)
Fantastic trip. My son and I had a great time and made some great memories catching fish. Mike was a great teacher, patient and knowledgeable. My son and I ended up catching the biggest fish we’ve ever caught. I would definitely go again.
David  L.
David L. Beckley, West Virginia
Speck Dat Charters LLC
Speck Dat Charters LLC
Fishing charter in New Orleans
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(107 reviews)
We had a wonderful day out with Captain Brad. It started out slow but boy did it pick up. I treated my Sons to the fishing trip and Brad made it a memorable trip. The ride was exciting and the views were beautiful. Nice open water and very few boats. I strongly recommend Spec Dat for anyone looking to charter for the day.
Larry  M.
Larry M. Evesham, NJ
Speck Dat Charters LLC
Speck Dat Charters LLC
Fishing charter in New Orleans
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(107 reviews)
Family trip with my wife and grown kids. Captain Brad was incredible. Everybody caught fish, we all had a great time. Highly recommend.
Steve  A.
Steve A. Little Rock, AR
Wicked Fishing Charters
Wicked Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in New Orleans
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(35 reviews)
My fiancee and I chartered Captain Mack and had a wonderful time! Neither one of us have any fishing experience, and we caught enormous fish. Several big fish with Captain Mack's help. Captain Mack is handsome, very friendly, supportive, and a wonderful instructor! We will be back for sure. Worth every penny!
Casey  W.
Casey W. El Paso, TX
Speck Dat Charters LLC
Speck Dat Charters LLC
Fishing charter in New Orleans
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(107 reviews)
Great day fishing! Many miles, lots of information, excellent fishing tips even for experienced fishermen. Brad was great especially keeping us catching fish in between storms. We look forward to coming back as soon as work allows. Highly recommend
Seth  C.
Seth C. Benton, KY
Right Side Charters
Right Side Charters
Fishing charter in Slidell
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(48 reviews)
Capt Fred was a top notch guide. From booking trip until heading home was one of my most enjoyable guided trips. Capt James contacted me quick and was helpful throughout the trip. Was my 1st time fishing Lake Pontchartrain and wouldn't consider fishing with anyone else. Price was very reasonable and Fred & James knowledge of area gave me a memorable trip & an ice chest full of fish to bring home. If your considering fishing there Right Side Charters are the gentlemen to call.
Carol  B.
Carol B. West Monroe, LA
Get’n Hooked Inshore Adventures
Get’n Hooked Inshore Adventures
Fishing charter in New Orleans
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(312 reviews)
Capitan Clinton was prompt, polite and very accommodating from the begging. He was very knowledgeable, informative and provided everything we needed for a day of fishing. We had a great outing, and caught more than enough fish for a great meal!
Nick  S.
Nick S.
Get’n Hooked Inshore Adventures
Get’n Hooked Inshore Adventures
Fishing charter in New Orleans
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(312 reviews)
We booked an half-day trip with Captain Clinton and it was one of the best life experiences we ever had! He called us the day before and made sure we had everything ready with our fishing licenses and directions. During the trip, he made sure to take us to the best spots where we caught 11 fishes total. We had a blast talking, learning and soaking in the natural beauty. Captain Clinton’s customer service is unmatched and we will definitely be booking with him again.
Cristina  B.
Cristina B. Madison, MS