Saltwater Fishing in Louisiana

Saltwater Fishing in Louisiana

From our inshore marshes to the deep blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico, enjoy Louisiana's world-class fishing.

Louisiana’s phenomenal saltwater fishing has a lot to do with its unique geography. Thousands of miles of coastal islands and marshes, enriched with nutrients from the Mississippi, Atchafalaya, Calcasieu and other rivers, give the Bayou State some of the most productive fisheries in the nation.

For weekend warriors, pro anglers and families just looking for a memorable getaway by the water, this means that Louisiana offers so, so many opportunities to cast a line in its coastal waters. 

Options abound: Inshore charter boat operators can get you out into the shallows in areas that are just teeming with redfish and speckled trout — two favorites for grilling — on a bay boat or kayak. This is an awesome option for those looking to stay close to the coast, and many charter boat captains are docked within a short drive of Louisiana’s largest cities. The Rigolets, Lake Borgne and Chandeleur Sound are all New Orleans-area fishing destinations where fresh catches end up on French Quarter restaurant menus. Baton Rouge, Lafayette and Lake Charles are also within just a short drive of phenomenal inshore fishing spots.

Small fishing towns like Hopedale and Jean Lafitte offer south Louisiana charm along with charter captains that are experts when it comes to finding where the big ones are biting. And throughout the Atchafalaya Basin region — a massive swath of backcountry that stretches across multiple parishes — you’ll find guides who know just the spot for dropping anchor. 

For a more high-octane adventure, look to such fishing meccas as Venice, Cocodrie and Grand Isle. Full-day and overnight trips are available, meaning that you have more time to reach the depths where massive tarpon, black drum, tuna, grouper and amberjack feed.

Need help planning your trip? Start with the Louisiana Charter Boat Association, whose licensed guides can offer you insider info and logistical tips on everything from accommodations to restaurants, bait shops and more.

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Saltwater Fish Species

Greater Amberjack fish

Amberjack, Greater

Season: Yearlong

Record (LBS):
139.00
Black Drum fish

Drum, Black

Season: Yearlong

Record (LBS):
79.50
Marbled Grouper fish

Grouper, Marbled

Season: Yearlong

Record (LBS):
30.60
Southern Flounder fish

Flounder, Southern

Season: Yearlong

Record (LBS):
13.06
Jack Crevalle fish

Jack, Crevalle

Season: Yearlong

Record (LBS):
57.88
Redfish in Louisiana

Redfish

Season: Yearlong

Record (LBS):
65
Red Snapper fish

Snapper, Red

Season: Yearlong

Record (LBS):
50.25
Tarpon Fish

Tarpon

Season: Yearlong

Record (LBS):
230.00
Tuna

Tuna, Big-Eye

Season: Yearlong

Record (LBS):
197.25
Wahoo

Wahoo

Season: Yearlong

Record (LBS):
139.25

Fish Tales

Whether you're fishing the bank in a coastal Louisiana State Park, kayaking in the marsh or rig fishing in the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico the fish are biting! But you don't have to take our word for it. See what others are catching now.