New Orleans East Basin Report

Posted Oct. 14, 2016

By Richard Fischer
LCBA Communications Manager

Our soon-to-be-renamed New Orleans East Basin includes our current Lake Catherine-Lake Pontchartrain Region as well as our current Delacroix-Hopedale-Lake Borgne-Shell Beach Region.

This wide-reaching basin and year-round fishery features great redfish, speckled trout, bull shark, jack crevalle, largemouth bass and flounder fisheries, among others, and its close proximity to New Orleans makes it a hotspot for tourists looking to trade a Jester for a jig during their trip.

Those who launch out of the northern portion of this basin really enjoy the trout and redfish that they can find in Biloxi Marsh as well as the many artificial reefs and fishing hotspots in Lake Pontchartrain.

The bridges in Lake Pontchartrain make for great fishing as the day is beginning and ending, and baits such as shrimp under a cork and spinnerbaits are among the many ways to bring in redfish in the thick, lush marshes of Biloxi Marsh.

Fishermen from the northern portion of this basin will also dabble in the Lake Borgne and Shell Beach areas, where you can use light tackle in the wide open waters or fly fish in the backwaters. Live bait or plastics, you're good either way.

For those who launch out of Hopedale or Shell Beach, the central portion of this basin is excellent for bringing home big fish. Trust our captains to know which seasons and weather conditions to use the right baits and fish in the right places too.

Down in the southern portions of this basin, Delacroix is gem all to itself. Located near the spawning ground for the Gulf of Mexico’s shrimp and finfish stocks, there’s a seemingly endless amount of hungry redfish and trout looking for a meal!

Whether you're using artificial lures or live bait, you're sure to find fish eating them up.

It's easy to get to the outside waters from Delacroix, but if the conditions aren't conducive to getting outside, you can still have an awesome fishing day from the inside waters. You can't go wrong with the options here. You can even chase cobia at some of the shallow rigs!

Many of our basins benefit from the awesome marshland Louisiana is blessed to have, and this basin is certainly one of those.

Check out the embedded video to see for yourself how great the fishery is here. Thanks to area captain Mike Gallo, Dutch Prager and Al Calabrese for participating in this video. Thanks also to area captains Jeff Dauzat, Ron Broadus, Thomas McWillie and Jim LaMarque for contributing to this report.

Click here for a list of our captains in the northern portion of this region, and click here for a list of our captains in the southern and middle portion of this region.

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

For those staying in New Orleans, enough said.

For those staying outside the city, there’s plenty to see in New Orleans’ “Most Historic Neighbor,” including the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park at the Chalmette Battlefield. This is where the Battle of New Orleans in the War of 1812 took place.

The Hurricane Katrina Memorial in Shell Beach is a solemn reminder of the lives lost during the devastating 2005 storm.

The 40 Arpent Wetlands Observatory in Chalmette is a peaceful area for canoeing, kayaking, paddle boarding, fishing and nature observation.

Other basin reports:

Central / Grand Isle

Central / Houma

New Orleans West


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