Central / Grand Isle Basin Report

Posted Feb. 17, 2017

By Richard Fischer
LCBA Communications Manager

With the ability to head offshore or stay inshore, the Central / Grand Isle Basin affords fishermen a well-rounded fishery.

This region’s close proximity to the Continental Shelf as well as nutrients from the Mississippi River, creates tremendous offshore fishing opportunities from these ports.

Better yet, it’s location allows charter boats to reach non-pressured areas that still benefit from the Mississippi River’s nutrients.

Species like wahoo, mahi mahi, cobia and marlin are seasonal, but there’s an excellent year-round tuna fishery that southeast Louisiana is known for. Depending on the time of year due to government-imposed seasons, amberjack and red snapper are also fan favorites.

There’s always enough species options that customers can go home with a box of fish 12 months per year.

As for fishing inshore, this area is blessed with year-round opportunities also.

Louisiana’s liberal limits for redfish and trout make our state an attraction for tourists from around the country, as well as the world, and the marshes in this basin are right up there with any of them. Trout and redfish are a dime a dozen, and sheepshead, flounder and giant black drum can also help fill up the box.

Thanks to area member captain Ian McGowan for participating in the embedded video.

Click here for a full list of our captains in this region.

For tourists, here’s a brief breakdown of some of the attractions in this area:

Grand Isle and Fourchon are home to two of the rare beaches in Louisiana. Between the beaches, restaurants and camps for rent in this region, there are plenty of lodging options and plenty of things to do if your spouse or children would rather stay behind for the day relaxing in the sand.

Attractions on Grand Isle include a Butterfly Dome with native butterflies and plants as well as a Birding/Nature Trail with five bird-watching locations. Grand Isle State Park and Elmer’s Island Wildlife Refuge are also favorites among tourists.

Other basin reports:

New Orleans East

Central / Houma

New Orleans West

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