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There are countless reasons why millions of anglers head to Louisiana every year. Boasting access to the Gulf of Mexico, as well as inshore marshes, lakes, and rivers, the Bayou State has something for everyone. Whether you hop aboard a Louisiana fishing charter and head into deep offshore waters or opt to weave through the canals, you’ll quickly discover why it’s known as the “Sportsman's Paradise.”

Let’s kick things off out in the deep. Louisiana is home to some of the finest Yellowfin Tuna fishing in the US. In your pursuit of these delicious fish, you could also encounter Blackfin Tuna, Mahi Mahi, Blue and White Marlin, Wahoo, and Swordfish. Do a little bottom fishing and there’s Red Snapper and a variety of Grouper for the taking, too.

The action inshore is just as exciting. Redfish, Speckled Trout, and Flounder make excellent year-round targets for both beginners and pros. More experienced anglers can also go after Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass in the state’s many lakes. Black Drum, Sheepshead, Catfish, and Perch are just a few others you can add to your list.

Louisiana is covered in productive waterways but the type of experience you’re looking for will dictate which areas you want to explore. If you have time for a full day offshore adventure, don’t skip a trip out of Venice or Grand Isle. For excellent inshore action, New Orleans, Lake Pontrachain, and the Lake Charles areas are a great starting point. A half day trip will do the trick here but, if you have the time, treat yourself to a full day.

Rules & Regulations

All anglers over the age of 16 will need to purchase a Louisiana fishing license. If you’re fishing south of the “saltwater line,” you’ll need to buy an additional saltwater license.

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January

It’s very hard to go wrong when fishing Louisiana at the start of the year. The inshore bite is great near New Orleans, while the offshore Tuna is absolutely on fire.

February

If you happen to be spending February in New Orleans - enjoy Mardi Gras! You can also enjoy some fishing as well, especially if you’re a fan of Redfish and Trout.

March

Freshwater anglers will be flocking to New Orleans City Park for the Big Bass Fishing Rodeo. With a tradition of more than 70 years, it’s a big part of the local angling culture.

April

Any deep sea fishing fan will welcome the opportunity to go up against Swordfish in the Gulf. Inshore, this is usually when Speckled Trout start heading out of the marshes.

May

As summer finally sets in, so does prime season for a variety of offshore fishing. Anything from Mahi Mahi to Marlin and Sailfish is a valid angling target.

June

It’s usually around the start of the month that everybody looks forward to the start of Red Snapper season. How could they not, when it’s so tasty and fun to catch.

July

Like tournaments? Check out Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo if you’re up for going up against a Silver King. It won’t be easy, but it’ll be more than worth it if you’re successful.

August

The weather is still hot, and so is the fish bite! Plenty of huge Redfish can be found all over, while Marlin, Snapper, and Amberjack will be making the rounds offshore.

September

September is Redfish month in Louisiana, especially when it comes to Grand Isle. If you’re itching to go out to the rigs, you have a good shot at some huge Cobia.

October

The Redfish bite is stellar as ever, making it a very busy time for fishing guides all around the country. With schooling Bull Reds in clear water, nothing less can be expected.

November

As fall turns to winter you can expect to see Venice offshore fishing heat up. This is probably the best time to go after Wahoo, and Yellowfins are plentiful as ever.

December

It’s said that there’s no bad time to be fishing over at New Orleans - and it’s true! Nothing brings a smile to an angler's face as a Bull Redfish in 6 inches of water.

Louisiana Fishing Calendar

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Linda J. fished with Platinum Fishing Charters– Calcasieu Lake on May 30, 2021
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Right now,our Weather condition is horrible.
Full Day of Fishing with Captain Raymond
Herman K. fished with Gills & Bills Guide Service on September 13, 2019
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Book Gills and Bills Guide Service , True professionals .
Great Bachelor Party!
Robert M. fished with Jean Lafitte Harbor Charters - 30' on July 27, 2019
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Take sunscreen or wear long sleeve shirts. Be prepared for weather.
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 with Capt. Donnie
Clinton L. fished with Tails Up Offshore Fishing Charters on July 5, 2019
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Be kind and tip your boat crew!! Bring plenty of drinks!!!
Joe is the Best!!!
Chris B. fished with Captain Joe's Angling Adventures on June 21, 2019
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Fresh water is in the area heavy but the fish are still there you just have to find them.
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
Fishing with David
Rockne A. fished with Big Dog Fishing Charters – 24' Boat on June 8, 2019
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Boat was top notch. Captain Josh was a fish whisperer. Knew exactly where they were and how to get them on a hook.

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Louisiana

According to customer reviews, A Fishing Fool (coastal charter), Chasen’ Limits, and Louisiana Backwater Charters are some of the most popular fishing charters in Louisiana. Full list of top fishing charters in Louisiana.

A Fishing Fool (coastal charter), Chasen’ Limits, and Louisiana Backwater Charters all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Louisiana.

The best way to experience fishing in Louisiana 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 Louisiana.

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It’s usually around the start of the month that everybody looks forward to the start of Red Snapper season. How could they not, when it’s so tasty and fun to catch. Check availability for local fishing charters in Louisiana.