New Orleans West Basin Report

Posted Dec. 27, 2016

By Richard Fischer
LCBA Communications Manager

With one of the most fertile estuaries in south Louisiana, the New Orleans West Basin is home to a tremendous fishery of redfish and so much more.

Based out of Barataria-Lafitte, fishing favorites such as The Rigollettes, The Pen and Lake Salvador are just about an hour southwest of New Orleans car and boat drive times combined! This basin holds several redfish tournaments annually and is a top-notch choice for outdoor-loving tourists who want a break from the hustle and bustle of the French Quarter. From the quaint scenery to the beautiful south Louisiana marshes, you’d never know one of America’s most desirable cities is a mere minutes away! You really feel like you’re away from it all without putting in the time to get there.

Better yet, many of our captains here are even willing to arrange transportation to or from Downtown New Orleans or the airport to make the trip a little easier for their customers.

In addition to the redfish this area is known for, the trout bite is quite good here also, as is the black drum, flounder and sheepshead. Because this region is more inshore than most along south Louisiana, you can catch some freshwater catfish in the northern portion of this region too.

Fishing really seems to heat up around March and last until the late fall in this region. The hot bite will even continue into the Winter if the weather remains mild, but trout and redfish are accessible 365 days a year out of Barataria-Lafitte.

Thanks to area member captain Craig Matherne 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:

Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve in Marrero (located between New Orleans and where the boats leave from) features trails and canoe tours through bottomland hardwood forests, swamps and marsh. There’s also an Education Center with curriculum-based programming for school groups and a visitor center with a film and exhibits.

Lafitte’s Barataria Museum, located very close to the boats, tells the 200-year story of life in the fishing communities along Bayou Barataria.

Plus, being less than an hour from New Orleans sure doesn’t hurt, where you will never run out of fun things to do. 

Other basin reports:

Central / Grand Isle

Central / Houma

New Orleans East

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