Fishing in Louisiana

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Louisiana is covered in water, most of which is loaded with fish. Between the hundreds of miles of coastline touching the Gulf of Mexico and the many lakes and rivers full of trophy bass, anglers have more options than there is time to fish.

Redfish have become the fly angler?s favorite pursuit in Louisiana, and with a wealth of marshes, bays, and estuaries along the Gulf coast, the options for chasing reds are nearly endless. Just about any brackish marsh along the coast will hold redfish, but some of the favorite locales are in the bays and marshes directly south of New Orleans, including Golden Meadow, Port Fourchon, and Grand Isle. In many of the same places you find redfish, you?ll also find other popular inshore species like speckled trout, flounder, and black drum. Near the mouth of the Mississippi River, the town of Venice is known as one of the best jumping-off points for world-class deep sea fishing in the Gulf, with yellowtail tuna being the primary target. But it?s the annual migration of tarpon and bull redfish that draw fly anglers to the area.

Heading inland will take you through Cajun Country and into the heart of some of the best bass fishing the South has to offer. Sharing the border with Texas, Toledo Bend Reservoir was named the number one bass fishing lake in the country, and is where bass in the 10-pound class are frequently caught. A short drive east from Toledo will bring you to the Red River, another famous bass fishery. Within these same waters, along with the hundreds of other lakes, ponds, and rivers, loads of other warmwater species can be caught with a fly including bluegill, crappie, and gar. Louisiana anglers benefit from a year-round fishing season, and though it gets quite hot in the summer, there are always fish biting somewhere.


LA Department of Fish & Wildlife
2000 Quail Dr.
Baton Rouge, LA 70808
P: (225) 765-2800

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6 Winter Flies to Never Leave Home Without

Posted on February 12, 2017

It’s winter time and if you’re like me then you’re probably daydreaming of warmer weather and being on the river. You’re also probably behind the vice tying up dozens of flies for the months ahead....

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Choosing the Proper Fly Rod

Posted on January 21, 2016

Proper fly fishing gear is essential. Along with the reel, flies and line, the most important gear is the fly rod. Fly rods may vary in length from 6 - 12 feet and come in different weights, colors,...

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The Scout & Cast Story

Posted on February 10, 2015

My whole life has been filled with various trips to the lakes & rivers in search of fish. As a kid growing up in “Lake Country” Minnesota, it was practically a sin not to be a fisherman. I would...

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