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Hunting & Fishing

Louisiana is known as the Sportsman’s Paradise. The Heritage Area offers choice sites for hunting, from American woodcock to alligator, and fresh and saltwater fishing, from crawfish to sea trout.

 

Hunting 

Hunting is a popular seasonal sport enjoyed by hunters on public lands. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) manages about 1.4 million acres of Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) and Refuges throughout the state, many of which are in the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area. These public lands consist of a wide variety of habitat types. LDWF manages these lands and organizes deer hunts with the goals of setting quality examples of Louisiana habitats; insuring viability of these lands' wildlife populations; and providing the opportunity for quality outdoor recreational (and commercial when compatible) experience.

In addition it is not uncommon for a family to have a hunting camp on privately-owned land or on land leased for that specific purpose. Turkey, migratory bird and waterfowl including snipe, woodcock, teal, dove, duck and geese are popular prey, as are resident game and animals such as quail, rabbit, squirrel and deer. Less traditional prey includes bullfrogs (Rana catesbeiana), pig frogs (Rana grylio), alligator, Alligator snapping turtles, Diamondback terrapins and box turtles.

Click here for hunting education, regulatory & licensing information

Fishing

One third of the state’s public freshwater boat launches can be found in the heritage area. Among the freshwater fish populating lakes and bayous are black, white, yellow and striped bass; bowfin; bream; buffalo; drum; channel, blue and flathead catfish; crappie, paddlefish, shad and sturgeon, all of which are popular with fishermen. The Atchafalaya Basin, the Lake Verret-Palourde Area, the Lake Fausse Point-Dauterive Area, False River and Spanish Lake are favorite fishing destinations.

Recreational crawfishing using set nets or recreational wire traps is a popular seasonal pastime and tied closely with cultural traditions. The several Wildlife Management Areas encourage crawfishing as a family activity.

The several marinas located in the coastal parishes of the heritage area are frequented for seasonal saltwater fishing. Common coastal species include black and red drum, southern flounder, striped mullet, sea trout, cobia, king and Spanish mackerel. Marlin, sailfish, swordfish, tuna, shark, snapper, mutton, triggerfish, amberjack, hogfish, redfish and sea bass are popular offshore finfish species. Other forms of seasonal, recreational saltwater fishing include cast-netting and trawling for shrimp and crab and harvesting oysters. The estuarine environment (the area where salt and fresh water mix) is where oysters grow in abundance. Oysters can be found naturally in dense aggregations called reefs both in the intertidal and sub-tidal environment.

Click here for seasonal, boat registration, licensing and regulatory information

Click here for a list of public freshwater boat ramps

Click here for a list of public marine boat ramps

Search for a boat launch by parish, waterway or GIS


 

Coastal Zone Area Charter Fishing Services

Contact directly for arrangements.

  • Blu Dog Charters  Charter
    7209 Hwy. 182 E, Morgan City, LA 70380
    Phone: (985) 384-2070    
  • Action Greg's Guide Service
    128 Kettle Ln., Houma, LA, 70360
    (985) 209-9872 
  • Airboat Charters 
    2253 Brady Rd., Theriot, LA 70397
    (985) 872-0989 
  • Avid Angler Fishing Charters
    112 Cottonwood Dr., Houma, LA, 70360
    (985) 855-5909 
  • Backwater Charters, LLC
    305 Laurel, Houma, LA 70360
    (985) 790-3655 
  • Bayou Guide & Charter Fishing Service
    208 Woodburn Dr., Houma, LA, 70364
    (985) 851-6015 
  • Beachcomber Guide Service
    9203 Diamond Head Ct., Houma, LA, 70363
    (985) 876-4153
  • Boo Too Charters
    137 Alamo Dr., Houma, LA, 70360 
    (985) 876-0921
  • Boudreaux’s Charter Fishing
    8250 Hwy. 56, Chauvin, LA, 70344
    (985) 594-4568 
  • C&B Charter Fishing
    6830 Hwy. 56, Chauvin, LA, 70344 
    (985) 594-2414
  • Cajun Fishing & Hunting Charters
    118 McAllen Dr., Houma, LA 70360
    (985) 857-8552 
  • Captain Ryan Folse
    106 Pier 56, Cocodrie, LA 70344 
    (888) 648-2626 
  • Captain Gene Foret
    106 Pier 56, Cocodrie, LA 70344 
    (888) 648-2626  
  • Captain Mike Ledet's Charters
    6830 Hwy. 56, Cocodrie, LA, 70344 
    (985) 594-2414
  • Captain James "Cuda" Scheer
    6830 Hwy. 56, Cocodrie, LA, 70344 
    (985) 876-0425
  • Captain Lance “Coon” Schouest, Sr.
    106 Pier 56, Cocodrie, LA 70344 
    (888) 648-2626 
  • Captain Lance “Lil Coon” Schouest, Jr.
    106 Pier 56, Cocodrie, LA 70344  
    (888) 648-2626 
  • Captain Lee Schouest
    106 Pier 56, Cocodrie, LA 70344  
    (888) 648-2626 
  • Captain Joe Schouest, Jr.
    106 Pier 56, Cocodrie, LA 70344  
    (888) 648-2626 
  • Captain Blaine Townsend
    6830 Hwy. 56, Chauvin, LA, 70344 
    (985) 594-7772
  • Coastal Charters
    407 Parkwood Ave., Houma, LA, 70360 
    (985) 232-3684
  • CoCo Marina - Charter Fishing
    106 Pier 56, Cocodrie, LA 70344 
    (888) 648-2626 
  • Cocodrie Charters
    7309 A. Hwy 56, Cocodrie, LA, 70344  
    (985) 594-6200 
  • Cocodrie Inside Charters
    6830 Hwy 56, Cocodrie, LA, 70344
    (800) 906-5484
  • Custom Charters
    102 Parnell Dr., Houma, LA, 70360 
    (985) 851-3304 
  • Capt. Tommy Pellegrin. 
  • Dulac Charters
    9228 Park Ave., Houma, LA, 70363 
    (985) 563-2843
  • Light Tackle Charters
    Bayou Dularge Rd., Theriot, LA 70397
    (985) 688-1715 
  • Marsh Madness
    816 Mire St., Houma, LA, 70364  
    (985) 688-4495 
  • SALT Charters 
    106 Pier 56, Cocodrie, LA 70344 
    (888) 648-2626 
  • Sea Creature Fishing Charters
    107 Trosclair Ln., Dulac, LA, 70353  
    (985) 563-2531 
  • Sportsman's Paradise
    6830 Hwy. 56, Chauvin, LA, 70344  
    (985) 594-2414
  • Top Water Charters
    7725 Hwy. 56, Chauvin, LA, 70344  
    (985) 594-9074 
  • Capt. Bryce Michel: (985) 855-0707 • topwaterlodge.com
  • Capt. John Pellegrin: (985) 852-9560 • topwaterlodge.com
  • Capt. Joey Seeber: (985) 804-7637 • topwaterlodge.com
  • Capt. Chad Chaisson: (985) 688-4536 • topwaterlodge.com
  • Capt. Coby Esponge: (985) 804-1518 • topwaterlodge.com
  • Capt. Rob Chauvin: (504) 253-0493 • topwaterlodge.com

 

Coastal Zone Area Marinas

  • Bayou Black Marina
    251 Marina Dr., Gibson, LA, 70356 • (985) 575-2315 
  • Boudreaux’s Marina Dulac & Cocodrie
    8250 Hwy. 56, Chauvin, LA, 70344 • (985) 594-4568 • boudreauxsmarina.com 
  • Coco Marina
    106 Pier 56, Chauvin, LA, 70344 • (800) 648-2626 • cocomarina.com
  • Cocodrie Clubhouse
    8239 Hwy. 56, Chauvin, LA, 70344 • (985) 594-6765
  • Downtown Marina
    Houma, LA 70361 • (985)873-6428 • tpcg.org/eco_dev/marina.asp
  • Falgout Canal Landing
    1868 Doctor Beatrous Rd., Theriot, LA, 70397 • (985) 872-1636
  • Harbor Light Marina
    8239 Hwy. 56, Chauvin, LA, 70344 • (985) 594-7208
  • Pointe Aux Chenes Marina
    4266 Hwy. 665, Montegut, LA, 70377 • (985) 594-4654
  • Sportsman’s Paradise
    6830 Hwy. 56, Chauvin, LA, 70344 • (985) 594-2414
  • T-Irv’s Marina
    9499 Grand Caillou Rd,, Dulac, LA, 70353 • (985) 563-4295

 

Atchafalaya National Heritage Area


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