Louisiana Bowfishing Charters

Louisiana Bowfishing Charters

Best Bowfishing Fishing Charters in Louisiana

Louisiana: 13 fishing charters available
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5.0 / 5
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Slidell
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trips from $500
St. Bernard
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Lafitte
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trips from $1,000
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Buras
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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!

Louisiana
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4.6 / 5
Based on 27,705 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

What anglers said about Bowfishing in Louisiana

It’s is still humid and hot after 10am so bring a hat some mosquito repellent just incase.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It’s is still humid and hot after 10am so bring a hat some mosquito repellent just incase.
Mike  P.
Mike P. Simi Valley, CA
september was good but have to watch weather, it rained heavy on us for short period both days. you can bring a cooler to put your cut up fish in, use frozen ice paks and you’ll get through TSA or put on plane as checked luggage. far cheaper than trying to ship
Excellent
5.0 / 5
september was good but have to watch weather, it rained heavy on us for short period both days. you can bring a cooler to put your cut up fish in, use frozen ice paks and you’ll get through TSA or put on plane as checked luggage. far cheaper than trying to ship
James  M.
James M. Ashland, Virginia
Great area of protected water with plenty of options on types of game fish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Great area of protected water with plenty of options on types of game fish.
James  W.
James W. Lutcher, Louisiana
Be sure to have someone who knows their way around and what they are doing
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be sure to have someone who knows their way around and what they are doing
Diamond  D.
Diamond D. United States
Sea trout are the ones that are the best to catch, red fish are better in Oct/nov
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Sea trout are the ones that are the best to catch, red fish are better in Oct/nov
Laurie  B.
Laurie B. Madison, AL
It’s a great atmosphere at the dock! The fish are there, Venice is a hot spot!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It’s a great atmosphere at the dock! The fish are there, Venice is a hot spot!
Shawn  W.
Shawn W. Mont Belvieu, TX
Great fishing! It's warm in July so wear sunscreen and/or cover up. The scenery is absolutely beautiful as well. And inland fishing is great because for those who get seasick, there are minimal waves. Great for all ages and abilities.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Great fishing! It's warm in July so wear sunscreen and/or cover up. The scenery is absolutely beautiful as well. And inland fishing is great because for those who get seasick, there are minimal waves. Great for all ages and abilities.
Julie  K.
Julie K. New Orleans, Louisiana
Get with Captain Tom, he is the only one finding fish in this part of the world right now because of the wind conditions, and is very affordable.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Get with Captain Tom, he is the only one finding fish in this part of the world right now because of the wind conditions, and is very affordable.
Jeffrey  D.
Jeffrey D. Elkhart, TX
If you’re targeting tuna, you’re going to have about a 2 hour ride to the locations, so be prepared for that.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If you’re targeting tuna, you’re going to have about a 2 hour ride to the locations, so be prepared for that.
Nathan  H.
Nathan H. Mesquite, TX
Get a great Captain like Brad who knows the area you are fishing. Be prepared for the heat of July. We made sure to select a Captain with a boat that had shade. Dress appropriately for the sun and heat of July. We had a blast and caught a lot of fish even in July.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Get a great Captain like Brad who knows the area you are fishing. Be prepared for the heat of July. We made sure to select a Captain with a boat that had shade. Dress appropriately for the sun and heat of July. We had a blast and caught a lot of fish even in July.
Chuck  B.
Chuck B. College Station, TX
Get a guide that knows the area is best advice if you are from out of town
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Get a guide that knows the area is best advice if you are from out of town
Brian  S.
Brian S.
Bring lots of water and sunscreen. Fish are always biting so you'll want to be on the water for quite some time.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bring lots of water and sunscreen. Fish are always biting so you'll want to be on the water for quite some time.
Michael  H.
Michael H. Wylie, TX
Make sure you bring sunscreen, hat, polarize sunglasses, and of course snacks !
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Make sure you bring sunscreen, hat, polarize sunglasses, and of course snacks !
Rita  N.
Rita N. Sparta, TN
Great place to learn or exercise your skills. Good place for experienced and novice anglers. You gotta go!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Great place to learn or exercise your skills. Good place for experienced and novice anglers. You gotta go!
James  M.
James M. Orlando, Florida
Bring plenty of water and go with an accomplished Captain like Captain Bradley with Cat 5 Fishing Charters LLC. He walks you through everything you will need and this was our first time as well.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bring plenty of water and go with an accomplished Captain like Captain Bradley with Cat 5 Fishing Charters LLC. He walks you through everything you will need and this was our first time as well.
Ann  S.
Ann S.
According to some of the locals and a couple of captains that I spoke to, the fishing around New Orleans has been tough this year, however I would not have known that, as I had an excellent day on the water and caught a variety of fish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
According to some of the locals and a couple of captains that I spoke to, the fishing around New Orleans has been tough this year, however I would not have known that, as I had an excellent day on the water and caught a variety of fish.
Trevor  B.
Trevor B. Elmira, MO
Great weather, even better fishing. May was perfect time where it was hot, but no bugs out
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Great weather, even better fishing. May was perfect time where it was hot, but no bugs out
Gary  R.
Gary R. Fayetteville, AR
Expect lots of little saltwater catfish to steal your bait. We moved a bit then got our max of redfish within an hour - all 8-15 lbs with frozen shrimp bait.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Expect lots of little saltwater catfish to steal your bait. We moved a bit then got our max of redfish within an hour - all 8-15 lbs with frozen shrimp bait.
Julia  L.
Julia L. New Orleans, Louisiana
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

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