Louisiana Bowfishing Charters

Louisiana Bowfishing Charters

Best Bowfishing Fishing Charters in Louisiana

Top Bowfishing Fishing Charters in Louisiana

Bowfishing in Louisiana

It’s time for your Robin Hood moment! The bowfishing Louisiana has to offer is legendary. You don’t need experience to bowfish, just plenty of enthusiasm to learn and a strong shoulder to pull the bow back. It will be challenging, but you’ll feel fantastic once you hit your intended target. 

What to Catch

Once the sun sets and you’ve had a chat regarding bowfishing safety, you’ll be ready to target Redfish, Black Drum, Sheepshead, Catfish, Flounder, Garfish, and more. The limit on Redfish is five per person, with a minimum length of 16 inches.

Where to Go

Southern LA offers the best places to bowfish. There are plenty of marshes here for boats to head into – these waters are shallow enough for bowfishing.

Port Sulphur Marsh

Port Sulphur is located along the west bank of the Mississippi River. This is an awesome place to go bowfishing due to the variety of bays, channels, and bayous to choose from. Charters here specialize in bowfishing. Large Redfish is the top catch you’ll want to aim for, although you’ll also have Alligator Gar, Catfish, Flounder, and others to keep you busy, too.

Saint Bernard

An hour-and-a-half north of Port Sulphur is Saint Bernard. The bayous and channels here are perfect for bowfishing. You’ll likely reach your limit of Redfish before the trip is through – don’t worry, there are still plenty of other species to target.

Grand Isle

Grand Isle is an area of bayous, bays, and marshes that are on the edge of the Gulf of Mexico. This area is great for bowfishing – you’ll find all the top bowfishing species here, such as Flounder, Redfish, and Sheepshead. From here, you can easily access the productive waters of Leeville, just 30 minutes north via the LA-1 N.

Plaquemines Parish

A short 30-minute drive south from Port Sulphur will bring you to Plaquemines Parish. This is where the Mississippi River meets the Gulf of Mexico – and this saltwater fishery offers great opportunities for bowfishing. Luckily, the boat you’ll be fishing from will have plenty of lighting underneath, to brighten up these waters.

LA Bowfishing Tips

  • There are some species you must not shoot! In LA, these include Stingrays, Bass, and other animals, such as ducks, dolphins, and alligators. Don’t forget, bowfishing is a very permanent type of fishing! Always head out with an experienced guide, so you can avoid shooting a protected species.

  • Generally, children will use bows that have a draw weight of 20 pounds. Bows for adults can have double that. Guides in LA will have the necessary gear on board.

  • Due to the reflection of the fish in the water, you’ll need to aim lower than you think you should. Your guide will give you instructions and a safety briefing before the trip begins.

  • You will need to purchase a license before beginning your trip. Visitors to Louisiana will need a 3-day Charter Fishing License. Locals should purchase a Basic Fishing License and a Saltwater License.

When to Go

Bowfishing is a great type of fishing as it’s possible to do all year round. However, bowfishing always happens in the evenings, after sunset.  

It’s time to experience fishing in a whole new way. Louisiana is a sportfishing paradise, and bowfishing in Louisiana waters is just as exciting as casting lines. Even if you’ve never picked up a bow before, you’ll be a fishing Legolas before you know it!

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What anglers said about Bowfishing in Louisiana

Ask the research living accommodations and ask the the Captain about living accommodations Ask about fishing license
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Ask the research living accommodations and ask the the Captain about living accommodations Ask about fishing license
Vincent  M.
Vincent M. Humble, TX
Be sure to apply lots of sunscreen, wear a large brimmed hat, and long sleeve fishing shirt to protect from the sun. If you have issues tolerating extreme heat, bring shammies.
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Be sure to apply lots of sunscreen, wear a large brimmed hat, and long sleeve fishing shirt to protect from the sun. If you have issues tolerating extreme heat, bring shammies.
Shawn  O.
Shawn O. United States
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.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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
Fresh water is in the area heavy but the fish are still there you just have to find them.
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Fresh water is in the area heavy but the fish are still there you just have to find them.
Chris  B.
Chris B. Denham Springs, LA
Boat was top notch. Captain Josh was a fish whisperer. Knew exactly where they were and how to get them on a hook.
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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.
Rockne  A.
Rockne A. Mesquite, Texas
Fish midweek if possible. We went on a Tuesday, and Ryan had access to all of his honey holes.
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Fish midweek if possible. We went on a Tuesday, and Ryan had access to all of his honey holes.
Michael  N.
Michael N. Baton Rouge, LA
The time of year may have been a factor. We didn't catch many fish at all.
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The time of year may have been a factor. We didn't catch many fish at all.
Marquis  B.
Marquis B. Overland Park, KS
Lagniappe Chaters and Captain Scott Pelas is my top choice and he should be yours!!! Tight Lines
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Lagniappe Chaters and Captain Scott Pelas is my top choice and he should be yours!!! Tight Lines
Ronnie  T.
Ronnie T. Orlando, FL
Try to pick the right day weather-wise. Listen to the captain's tips. I'm a long time fisherman but not at this type of fishing. Don's knowledge was very helpful.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Try to pick the right day weather-wise. Listen to the captain's tips. I'm a long time fisherman but not at this type of fishing. Don's knowledge was very helpful.
Vernon  M.
Vernon M. Morganfield, Kentucky
we had a wonderful time/caught more than we thought for this time of year-great adventure/experience. Bring a rainsuit just in case.
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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
If it's in December make sure you're dressed for it if your going out in the morning.
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If it's in December make sure you're dressed for it if your going out in the morning.
Kary  Z.
Kary Z. Myakka City, FL
Please call Captain Shaw!! He will treat you RIGHT! We are avid fishermen and were very pleased! Courtesy and professionalism go along ways!
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Please call Captain Shaw!! He will treat you RIGHT! We are avid fishermen and were very pleased! Courtesy and professionalism go along ways!
Rhonda  V.
Rhonda V. Ruidoso Downs, NM
Had a better time fishing out of New Orleans, as compared to a destination that is twice as far away.
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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.
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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
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.
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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.
Waylon  S.
Waylon S. Lake Charles, LA
I loved fishing this area. Beautiful scenery and calm waterways. Very different than fishng the NJ coast as I'm used to.
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I loved fishing this area. Beautiful scenery and calm waterways. Very different than fishng the NJ coast as I'm used to.
Steven  S.
Steven S. Pensacola, FL
If you are a beginner this is not the trip for you. But if you know how to fish this is a wonderful trip. Captain Dominic was awesome.
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If you are a beginner this is not the trip for you. But if you know how to fish this is a wonderful trip. Captain Dominic was awesome.
Louis  H.
Louis H. Metairie, LA
It’s all what you make of it, we chose to sight fish in shallow, clear water with artificials and had dozens of shots at fish.
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It’s all what you make of it, we chose to sight fish in shallow, clear water with artificials and had dozens of shots at fish.
Zan  G.
Zan G. OCEAN BRZ PK, FL
Overall fishing is New Orleans is fun and your going to catchy something some days are better then others.
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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
Definitely use a guide service. Captain Dave read the water and weather conditions and kept me in the fish.
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Definitely use a guide service. Captain Dave read the water and weather conditions and kept me in the fish.
Mark  S.
Mark S. Corryton, TN

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