Louisiana Saltwater Fishing: March Recap / April Outlook

Posted April 1, 2017

By Richard Fischer
LCBA Communications Manager

Less than three months into the year, LCBA captains can boast their first blue marlin of 2017!

Fishing out of the South / Mississippi River Region, Colin Byrd and Billy Wells of The Mexican Gulf Fishing Company caught and released a beautiful blue marlin.


These are the experiences charter captains and customers dream of, and we’re so proud that offshore fishing off Louisiana’s coast is one of the few places where famous fish like the blue marlin can be had!

Offshore fishing will only get better as the weather warms up, and if an early blue marlin is any sign of what’s to come, 2017 is the year to book your Louisiana offshore fishing trip with one of our experienced captains!

You may know who you may see at the dock during your trip.

In fact, Cowboys quarterback and north-Louisiana native Dak Prescott spent a day out on the water with his member captain Marty LaCoste in March.


Fishing out of the Central / Houma Region, Dak’s accuracy with a rod and reel was as good as it is with a football, bringing in reds and trout.

Lake De Cade, Lake Merchant and Lost Lake are the spots in this region at the moment. The trout are on the move early because the shrimp are on the move, indicated that spring fishing conditions are in full swing.

A few miles east, the Caminada Pass jetties within the Central / Grand Isle Region are producing wonderful specked trout results. As for redfish, anglers have been opting for Golden Meadow or Bay Rambo.

Over in the New Orleans East Region, Bayou Bienvenue proper is hot right now, producing plenty of 13-to-15-inch trout. Lots of redfish and bass are privy to the area as well.

Out West in the West / Lake Charles Region, the triple-play of catching a redfish, a trout and a drum in a single day can easily be done as usual.

In many inshore areas, our captains are hoping the unstable weather of March stops, as it usually does, to make way for our exciting April fishery. But if it doesn’t, our guides know what to do.

Many of our captains had to exhaust plans B and C to make trips worthwhile for their customers, but the great part about Louisiana is that plans B and C and even D, E and F all actually exist. Sometimes it takes a little patience, but our guides always find the fish. That’s why going on a chartered trip is so much more reliable than trying your luck on your own.

The unseasonably-warm temperature has also changed fishing patters in south Louisiana to the point that some anglers are wondering if trout have begun spawning already. Many caught trout have been found to have eggs in their ovaries, and although the presence of eggs does not necessarily indicate imminent spawning, it’s not a usual occurrence for this early in the calendar.

In the New Orleans West Region, our captains have noticed this and have begun following the trout migration in North Barataria Bay. They’re on their way to the beaches for the spring spawn, and our guides have been intercepting some of them.


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