Fishing in Louisiana

A gracious host to over 3000 miles of shoreline, a winning selection of trophy game and some of the most liberal catch limits in the entire US, it's an unending fisherman's Mardi Gras on the waters of Southern Louisiana. A broad expanse of the famed coastal marshes as well as dozens of saltwater bays and estuaries attract everything from Black Drum and Sheepshead to armies of Flounder, Tripletail and Croakers. But to thousands of light tackle and fly enthusiasts alike, sight casting for Bull Redfish and topwater fishing for Speckled Sea Trout remain two of the most sought-after inshore objectives along the Pelican State's barrier islands. Add to that the unrivaled wildlife variety patrolling the lower Mississippi Delta or hiding among the oak and cypress trees, including dolphins, gators, pelicans, bald eagles, herons, racoons and many more, and you also got yourself a crash course in Louisiana's unique marine and natural potential. And while Tarpon fishing may not be the coastline's primary pursuit, let's not forget that the oldest fishing tournament in the US is still being held annually at the famous Silver King fishery of Grand Isle, with a 175lbs behemoth taking the crown just last year. And just in case that doesn't get your arms completely sore, it might be a good idea to try pulling baits where the final miles of the Mississippi River caress the Gulf of Mexico, dominated by Yellowfin and Blackfin Tuna, Wahoo, Mahi Mahi, Amberjack, Kingfish, Cobia, Grouper, Snapper and many others!

Known For

Mardi Gras, Avery Island,  Houmas House Plantation and Gardens, Boudin sausages, USS Kidd and Veterans Memorial, New Orleans’ French Quarter, Sci-Port Louisiana Science Center, Gator and Swamp tours, The National World War II Museum, Jackson Square, Cajun Country, Jazz and Zydeco festival, Bourbon Street, Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve

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.

Louisiana Fishing Calendar