Central / Houma Basin Report

Posted Nov. 7, 2016

By Richard Fischer
LCBA Communications Manager

Surely, you’ve heard the phrase, “It’s a numbers game.”

Well, our fishery in the Central / Houma Basin certainly wins that game.

With the sheer quantities of fish that are available to be caught in this region, many guides consider fishing out of Cocodrie, Dulac, Dularge and the surrounding areas to be weather-proof. That means no matter what the conditions are, you’re going to come home with something.

There always seems to be a place to catch redfish, trout, black drum, flounder or even bass in some parts of the year, and having the entire basin easily accessible regardless of which dock you’re leaving from allows guides to always have several back-up plans nearby if the first couple fishing spots don’t work out.

April through the beginning of August while trout are spawning is a great time to fish here, as is mid-October through the end of March when the redfish really start to head back into the marsh. You can trust our captains to know where the flats coming off the deep bayous are – home to big bull reds exceeding 40 pounds and 30 inches.

But don’t feel like you’re trapped into only fishing certain months out of this basin. You can catch redfish in ponds year round here.

We also have several offshore fishermen out of Cocodrie who make their way to the bluewaters below Louisiana. Amberjack, cobia as well as offshore favorite red snapper and other species are just a boat ride south of the Central / Houma Basin.

Out-of-towners have surely heard of Cajun hospitality, and that’s one of the many things this region is all about. Our captains here are very friendly with customers and work with fellow guides to create the best experience for their customers. So if you’ve got a large group of people looking to do some fishing, rest assured that the captains in this area will work together to make your experience a great one – even if it means splitting up the pieces of the pie, so to speak.

Thanks to area member captains Mark Richards and Austin Lacour 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:

Southdown Plantation & Terrebonne Museum features tours of the 19th century manor house.

Tours of the Ardoyne Plantation, a grand scale Victorian Gothic sugarcane plantation home, are also available.

The Regional Military Museum is home to vehicles that really run and weapons that really fire, plus Veteran volunteers with first-hand accounts of their service.

Bayou Terrebonne Waterlife Museum honors the economic, social and historical culture of Terrebonne Parish.

There’s awesome Cajun cooking in Houma and the surrounding areas.

This basin's docks are also situated about an hour and 15 minutes to the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport and about an hour and a half to downtown New Orleans.

Other basin reports:

Central / Grand Isle

New Orleans East

New Orleans West 


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