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Fishing & Boating in New Orleans

New Orleans Fishing and Boating
New Orleans Fishing and Boating
New Orleans Fishing and Boating
New Orleans Fishing and Boating

The Gulf Coast is one of the most popular places to fish in the country, and New Orleans is just minutes from some of the best angling spots you can find. We also have some of the most entertaining and accommodating charters around. Check out our recommendations for fishing around New Orleans and make your reservation today!


Fishing has been a major part of New Orleans culture since the infamous pirate Jean Lafitte created his own ‘Kingdom of Barataria’ in the swamp land near the city. Jean and his older brother Pierre established their ‘kingdom’ in the swamp land and bayous of this historic community, now known as Barataria Bay, which rests 24 short miles from the French Quarter.

New Orleanians and tourists alike have discovered this swampland of the pirate Lafitte, as well as nearby lakes and shores, to be great places to fish!

Best Places to Fish

In addition to Barataria Bay, some of the area’s best fishing locations are the freshwater lakes, which allow you to cast from the shore or from your boat according to your preference. Lake Pontchartrain can be pretty rough during windy conditions, but it’s well known for the amazing array of fish that make their homes in its waters. Find the clearest and cleanest water and stay close to the marshy areas if the wind is high; here, you can catch trout, drums, and reds. Also nearby are Lake Borgne, Lake Salvador, and three wildlife management areas.

Charters and Boats

Local guides offer inshore fishing charters for flounder, redfish, and speckled trout, as well as marlin, red snapper and more varieties for offshore anglers. There are many chartering companies available that excel at targeting specific game fish depending on the time of year.

Some charters will also add frog legs, shrimp, oysters, and crab to their menus, all with the awesome experience of an amazing boat ride given by local experts. So whether you’re a professional angler, or just looking for a new adventure, you’ll want to check out the fishing options that New Orleans has to offer.

Getting There

While some of the following companies provide transportation for groups and private charters, be sure to check with the company before making your reservation. If no transportation options are provided, it’s well worth the trip to rent a car for the day and visit any one of the fishing hotspots!

Browse the options below to decide what you’d like to do on your fishing adventure:

New Orleans Fishing Charters
Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge
(985) 882-2000

Neighborhood: Gentilly/New Orleans East/Chalmette
Attraction Type/s: Fishing Charters

Description: The largest urban National Wildlife Refuge in the United States is located only 15 minutes from the French Quarter. Bayou Sauvage supports over 340 bird species, including wading and secretive marsh birds dependent on the refuge for survival. There are also healthy populations of alligators, turtles, otters, fish, and other wild animal species. Try your hand at canoeing, hiking, or birdwatching as you take in Lousiana's natural beauty.
Big Dog Fishing Charters
Kenal Rd , Lafitte, LA 70067 [Map It]
(504) 416-6260

Neighborhood: Outside Metro Area
Attraction Type/s: Fishing Charters

Description: Lodging and Transportation packages available- contact company for prices.
Captain Phil Robichaux's Saltwater Guide Service
1842 Jean Lafitte Blvd., Lafitte, LA 70067 [Map It]
(504) 689-2006

Neighborhood: Outside Metro Area
Attraction Type/s: Fishing Charters
Fishing With The King
1625 Yscloskey Hwy., Shell Beach, LA 70085 [Map It]
(504) 887-4960

Neighborhood: Outside Metro Area
Attraction Type/s: Fishing Charters

Description: Some of the best light tackle, speckled trout and redfish fishing in Southeast Louisiana. Just 30 minutes from downtown New Orleans is a fishing adventure that you will never forget. Deluxe overnight accommodations on the Bayou.
Jean Lafitte Fishing Charters
4915 Joan Marie Dr., Barataria, LA 700036 [Map It]
(504) 452-1413

Neighborhood: Outside Metro Area
Attraction Type/s: Fishing Charters

Description: Lodging available for 4-16 people.
Louisiana Fishing Charters
2217 Pakenham Dr., New Orleans, LA 70043 [Map It]
(504) 669-1263

Neighborhood: Outside Metro Area
Attraction Type/s: Fishing Charters

Description: Transportation from New Orleans available!
New Orleans Style Fishing Charters
5057 Kenal Rd. Suite 300, Lafitte, LA 70067 [Map It]

Neighborhood: Outside Metro Area
Attraction Type/s: Fishing Charters
Rojas Fishing Charters
2453 Privateer Blvd. , Barataria, LA 70036 [Map It]
(504) 233-1005

Neighborhood: Outside Metro Area
Attraction Type/s: Fishing Charters
Salty Dog Charters
1301 Yscloskey Hwy., St. Bernard , LA 70085 [Map It]

Neighborhood: Outside Metro Area
Attraction Type/s: Fishing Charters
Southern Fly Expeditions
156 Millaudon Street, New Orleans, LA 70118 [Map It]
(318) 458- 6862

Neighborhood: Uptown/Garden District
Attraction Type/s: Fishing Charters

Description: Southern Fly Expeditions is a fly fishing guide service and light tackle sight fishing charter service based in New Orleans, Louisiana. We specialize in shallow water sight fishing for redfish, black drum and many other species found in the Louisiana marsh. Join us for an incredible fishing trip in a world-class fishery! We welcome anglers of all skill levels and provide transportation, gear and instruction. Book your trip with Southern Fly Expeditions today!

*Pricing is based on 1-2 anglers per boat and the deposit to reserve each boat per day is just $100.

$600 - Full Day per boat,$475 - Half Day per boat

To Fish Charters
(985) 960-1709

Neighborhood: Outside Metro Area
Attraction Type/s: Fishing Charters

Description: Transportation options available from New Orleans.
Uptown Angler
601 Julia St., New Orleans, LA 70130 [Map It]
(504) 529-3597

Neighborhood: Central Business District/Downtown
Attraction Type/s: Fishing Charters

Description: In the heart of the Warehouse/Arts District, we are New Orleans' premiere fly fishing shop and guide service. We carry high end outdoor lifestyle apparel and gear from Orvis, Patagonia, Oakley, Simms, Scott, Costa, Hardy, Mtn. Hardware.

Fishing charters with transportation to/from New Orleans are also provided! See website for rates and bookings.

Waterfowl Specialist Guide Service
2104 East Christie Drive, St. Bernard, LA 70085 [Map It]
(504) 258-4431

Neighborhood: Outside Metro Area
Attraction Type/s: Other Attraction, Fishing Charters

Description: We are a duck hunting and inshore fishing charter company that takes pride in customer satisfaction. We shoot ducks and catch fish guaranteed are your money back! We are located in Delacroix Louisiana which is only 35 mins from downtown New Orleans. So come on down and experience with Southeast Louisiana has to offer. We have lodging available on the bayou in St. Bernard. and we offer transportation to and from the hotel if need.
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