Welcome to the Sportsman’s Paradise – Louisiana! This stunning state is a dream come true for all outdoor lovers, especially those hooked on fishing. Brace yourself for a fishing experience as we take you through the top spots in Louisiana that are bursting with fish and charm. Whether you’re a pro angler or just dipping your toes into the fishing world, South Louisiana has got you covered. Get ready to reel in your biggest catch as we dive into this state’s best fishing spots.

With over 700 boat launches, the possibilities for fishing are endless. I stumbled upon some fantastic articles highlighting the best fishing spots in the state. As a self-proclaimed fishing enthusiast, I’ve cast my line in a few of these hotspots. But fret not; there are still undiscovered gems waiting to be explored. Let’s dive in and uncover the secrets of South Louisiana’s fishing extravaganza!

Venice, Louisiana

Venice is a place I have been to over the years, fishing the “Wheel” and Tarpon Rodeos. Over the years, the landscape has changed with multiple hurricanes, but that has not stopped anglers from heading down and chasing a wide range of fish. Check out these launches if you are making a trip or looking for a charter, Cypress Cove Marina and Venice Marina.

Venice, located at the southernmost tip of Louisiana, is a renowned inshore and offshore fishing hotspot. It’s known for its world-class charter fishing opportunities. It is particularly famous for its trophy-sized redfish, speckled trout, and a wide range of offshore species, including tuna, marlin, and snapper. The Mississippi River Delta creates a nutrient-rich ecosystem, making Venice a prime destination for avid anglers.

Lake Pontchartrain

Lake Pontchartrain is another place I have fished and continue to fish today. You can drop your boat in at The Pointe Marina of Slidell,
South Shore Bait & Marina or Rigolets Bait & Seafood to name a few.

Lake Pontchartrain is situated just north of New Orleans and is the largest inland saltwater body in the United States. The lake offers fantastic angling opportunities for various species, including speckled trout, redfish, flounder, and sheepshead. The Lake Pontchartrain Causeway provides easy access to the lake, and numerous fishing piers and marinas dot its shores

Toledo Bend Reservoir

Unfortunately, this is a great spot that I have not fished at all. As one of the largest man-made reservoirs in the country, Toledo Bend Reservoir spans the border between Louisiana and Texas. This massive body of water is a haven for bass anglers, boasting an abundance of record largemouth and smallmouth bass. Additionally, catfish, crappie, and various sunfish species can be found in its clear waters. Since Louisiana and Texas share Toledo Bend, boat launches can be found in both states. Check out these: North Toledo Bend State Park, Pirates Cove Marina, or Willow Oak Boat Ramp.

Grand Isle

If you are in South Louisiana and fish inshore or offshore, then you know of Grand Isle. Like Venice, Grand Isle is hammered by hurricanes but always resilient and rebuilt to continue being a great fishing spot. This barrier island in the Gulf of Mexico offers some of the best surf and pier fishing at the State Park or Elmer’s Island. Remember the incredible offshore fishing Grand Isle offers, with Charters and boat launches such as Bridge Side Cabins and Marina or Grand Isle Marina. Anglers can expect to catch redfish, speckled trout, flounder, and a wide variety of Gulf species such as Tarpon, Tuna, and Marlin.

Atchafalaya Basin

The Atchafalaya Basin is the largest swamp in the United States, covering over 2,200 square miles, and is a unique and captivating fishing location. This vast, interconnected network of waterways teems with catfish, crappie, bass, and other freshwater species. Kayaking and canoeing are popular ways to explore the basin, allowing you to fish amidst the cypress trees and abundant wildlife. The Atchafalaya Basin is such a vast area; there are boat launches all over, and you can reach one no matter what direction you are coming from. Check out one of these launches: Atchafalaya boat landing, Krotz Springs Boat Launch, Pigeons Landing Boat Launch or Lake Dautrieve Boat Launch.

Lake Calcasieu

Lake Calcasieu, also known as Big Lake, is located in Southwest Louisiana and is famous for its exceptional speckled trout and redfish fishing. Anglers often experience success with both artificial lures and live bait. The lake is easily accessible, with many fishing charters to guide you to the best spots. Check out Davis Hebert’s Marina, Hackberry Fishing Camp & Marina, or Calcasieu Point Landing for your next fishing trip.

False River

You probably went to False River if you fish or like boating and grew up in Baton Rouge. As I was growing up, my dad and I would head there for a quick fishing trip to fish the grass beds for bass or all the camp piers for bream and sac-a-lait. It is a serene and picturesque fishing destination located in Pointe Coupee Parish. This oxbow lake is surrounded by scenic homes and parks, making it ideal for a relaxing day on the water. Bonaventure’s Landing is long gone, but you can launch at Morrison Park Public Launch or LA Express Boat Launch.

Louisiana’s diverse and abundant fishing opportunities make it a top destination for anglers worldwide. Whether you prefer freshwater or saltwater fishing, inshore or offshore, this state has something for everyone. From the marshes of Venice to the open waters of the Gulf, Louisiana’s fishing spots offer bountiful catches, stunning landscapes, and unique experiences. So, pack your tackle box, grab your fishing rod, and head to the Sportsman’s Paradise for an unforgettable fishing adventure. Remember to check local regulations and guidelines, and respect the environment as you enjoy the natural beauty of these remarkable fishing spots.

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