Louisiana is made up of more than 65 fresh bodies of water and that’s not including the numerous rivers, lakes,creeks,bayous and of course… the mighty Gulf of Mexico. Needless to say, you don’t have to travel very far to enjoy a day of fishing in Louisiana.
Saltwater Fishing in Louisiana
Saltwater fishing in Louisiana is predominately done out of the southernmost tip of the state where the land interfaces with the Gulf of
Mexico. Although we do see other areas of fishing in LA in brackish waters such as Lake Pontchartrain, most people wanting to catch large, trophy fish go out of Venice LA. For those people, a Louisiana offshore fishing charter is the only thing to scratch the itch.
One of the most exciting fishing trips you can take is to take a fishing charter out of Venice. With highly experienced fishing captains, you are all but guaranteed to catch some huge tuna and other trophy fish. Many non-fishermen fall in love with the sport after a charter trip.
With New Orleans being one of the most traveled to cities in the US, many people travel from New Orleans to Venice to book their fishing charter. With overnight fishing trips and lodging available, the entire southern tip of Louisiana feeds off of tourist and fishermen looking to take advantage of the great fishing in Gulf of Mexico.
One of the most sought-after trophy fish in the world is in ready supply in the Gulf. Yellowfin Tuna, sometimes called ahi, can grow to be over 300 pounds and provide the fight of your life once you get one on the hook. Yellowfin tuna travel in schools with other large fish. They sometimes school with other tuna species and other varieties of smaller fish. Since the charter boat captains go out on a daily basis, they know exactly where to go to make sure you have the best chances of catching one of these monster fish.
In just about every one of these fresh bodies of water fisherman might catch some largemouth bass, several different types of sunfish, two different crappie species and three types of catfish. Not to name all the other types of creatures that may cross a fisherman’s line.
Rivers are to thank for making up Louisiana’s waterways. From the Mississippi River, which harbors some of the biggest catfish in North America. To the Red River which flows 250 miles down across Northwest and Central Louisiana and harbors lunker bass exceeding more than ten pounds.
Rivers of Louisiana
There is also the Pearl River which makes up 119 mile down the border of Louisiana and the state of Mississippi, before entering into marshes near Lake Borgne.
Last but not least there is the 265 mile long Sabine River which separates Louisiana from Texas, flows into Toledo Bend Reservoir and offers up some of the best freshwater fishing in Louisiana. Some might say, even the best in the country. Toledo Bend has more double-digit large mouths than any other lake in Louisiana. Toledo Bend is great for big bass fishing. Along with largemouth bass, Toledo Bend also offers striped bass, blue and flathead catfish, tons of crappie, bluegills and white and yellow bass.
Along with these rivers you will also find fishermen along a number of other rivers, bayous and creeks. Such as, the Black, Boeuf, Amite, Blind, Tangipahoa, Bogue Chitto and the Whiskey Chitto. These Bayous, rivers and creels are home to numerous types of species fisherman love to find at the end of their lines. These are just to name a few. In just about every one of Louisiana’s parishes fisherman have access to some type of lake, river, creek or bayou. Louisiana is a fisherman’s paradise with access to so much water.
Lakes of Louisiana
On to the state’s largest lake. Lake Pontchartrain, approximately 41 miles long and 24 miles wide. Lake Ponchartrain covers about about 630 square miles on New Orleans edge. Marshes along the North and West shoreline are known to have largemouth bass, catfish, and sunfish.
South of New Orleans the 300 miles of wetland know as the Louisiana Delta is known for one of the hottest fisheries in the state. It is known for its largemouth bass, weighing in around 16 pounds.
Lake Cataouatche is 9,280 acres and averages 6 feet deep. It connects to the 44,800 acre Lake Salvador. Lake Cataouatche produces on average 3 to 7 pound largemouth bass but you may be lucky to find on your line one weighing in around 10 pounds. Fisherman love this lake and what it produces, so you will find them hours on end here.
A few other lakes including Lac Des Allemands, Lake Palourde, Grassy Lake and Lake Verret are known for great catfish fishing. These lakes produce numerous flathead and blue catfish weighing anywhere from 40-60 pounds. Some say that south Louisiana has some of the best catfishing in the world.
Along North and Central Louisiana there are many places that offer excellent fishing for catfish, bass, crappie and bluegills
Along this area you will find the beautiful Caddo Lake. Caddo Lake sits on the Louisiana, texas border. The lake is 12 miles wide and about 16 miles long. This lake has been known to produce many largemouth bass, some exceeding more than 16 pounds. Also around this same area is Lake Bistineau which is 17,200 acres of lake. Bass, catfish, crappie and bluegills call this lake home.
Caney Lake and Lake D’Arbonne both produce largemouth bass weighing more than 15 pounds. They also having some of the biggest sunfish in the state. These lakes also offer large crappie, yellow bass, bluegills and catfish.
Rounding out Louisiana’s lakes is Poverty Point Reservoir. It’s one of the newest lakes in Louisiana. It’s 2,700 acres. It began to be filled with water in 1998. It didn’t open for fishing though until 2003. The state stocked this lake with florida bass. Today many fish caught range from 5 to 9 pounds. Some have been known to get to 13 pounds. This lake also produces crappie and channel catfish. Crappie have been weighed in at more than 3.5 pounds and channel catfish near 15 pounds.
In conclusion, Louisiana is a fisherman’s paradise. From rivers and lakes to bayous and ponds Louisiana has endless choices on where to fish. Fisherman will enjoy the beautiful scenery that each one of these locations has to offer. They will also enjoy all the catfish, largemouth bass, crappie and sunfish they get on their lines. These are just a few named places for great freshwater fishing in Louisiana. Come explore much more Louisiana has to offer for freshwater fishing and take in all the beautiful scenery while your at it.