New Orleans Catfish Fishing

New Orleans Catfish Fishing
New Orleans and deep-fried catfish dinners are as classic a combo to residents of the Big Easy as peanut butter and jelly. Anglers heading to the Crescent City have a range of options in their pursuit of the enormous fish in the swamps and bayous. Several fishing guides and charter operations arrange catfish trips in the waters around the city. All anglers need a valid Louisiana fishing license, which can be purchased at sporting goods stores or through the state's online portal.

Bourgeois Fishing Charters

Bourgeois Fishing Charters operates trips in the swamps and bayous around New Orleans and offers a "No-fish, No-pay" guarantee: If you don't land one, the outing is free. Charters include bait, tackle, boat service and guide. Among the boat options are kayak, swamp boat or air boat, and the choice depends, in part, on whether you want to go bayou or swamp fishing. Assistance with fish cleaning is provided. Anglers should bring a sunhat and sunglasses, long-sleeve shirt, lunch, drinks and a camera. While out on the charter, you may spot alligators and birds, including the rare and once-thought-to-be-extinct ivory-billed woodpecker.

Bourgeois Fishing Charters
2783 Privateer Blvd.
Barataria, LA 70036

Jean Lafitte Fishing Charters

Jean Lafitte Charters offers a range of options, including swamp charters, for catfish. Be prepared for hot and humid conditions. Bring plenty of bug-spray, a sunhat, sunglasses, camera, cooler with ice, lunch, drinks (no glass containers,) and wear soft-soled shoes. All fishing gear, tackle and bait, guides and boat service is provided. A fishing license is included with charter fees. Refreshments are offered during trips. Alligators and a variety of birds are frequently spotted during catfish swamp trips.

Jean Lafitte Fishing Charters
Barataria, LA 70036-4735

New Orleans City Park

If heading out on a charter or with a guide isn't your cup of chicory (a popular substitute for coffee in New Orleans), you can head to the New Orleans City Park and drop a line. The New Orleans City Park system contains 11 miles of lagoons and waterways. Anglers will need to have a valid Louisiana Fresh Water Fishing license with them when fishing in the park. The Louisiana Fish and Game Department has information on the catfish and rules regarding fishing for them.

New Orleans City Park
1 Palm Drive
New Orleans, LA 70124

Article Written By Eric Cedric

A former Alaskan of 20 years, Eric Cedric now resides in California. He's published in "Outside" and "Backpacker" and has written a book on life in small-town Alaska, "North by Southeast." Cedric was a professional mountain guide and backcountry expedition leader for 18 years. He worked in Russia, Iceland, Greece, Turkey and Belize. Cedric attended Syracuse University and is a private pilot.

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