To say that the shallow-water coastal fishery in the area surrounding New Orleans is unique would be an understatement. It would be like saying that the food in New Orleans is "pretty good" or that Mardi Gras is a "decent" party. The various independent guides that we work with throughout this area of Louisiana specialize in sight fishing shallow water flats for redfish and numerous other species in the area’s ever-changing maze of bayous, bays and ponds. The fishing in Southeast Louisiana rivals any saltwater sight fishing anywhere, and this area is clean, oil-free, and just as good as it’s always been.

Typical Length of Stay

Trips of all lengths can be accommodated - from single day trips to multi-day packages. Please call Yellow Dog for more details.

Accommodations and Lodging

Woodland PlantationThere are literally hundreds of lodging options throughout the New Orleans and Southern Louisiana area. Please feel free to contact us here at Yellow Dog and we will be happy to make suggestions or help in any way with recommendations and logistics.

For anglers fishing in the Plaquemines or Venice area, Yellow Dog highly suggests the Woodland Plantation. For multi-day packages, Woodland Plantation is the perfect spot to relax at the end of the day. This is a classic, historical operation that is sure to be as much a part of your experience as the fishing. Nestled on the banks of the Mississippi River, the plantation welcomes guests with the classic look and feel that one would associate with old plantation living. At Woodland, they’ve taken the term “Southern Hospitality” and made it their mission statement. You will eat well, drink well (if you choose), laugh well and sleep well during your stay. The setting of the plantation alone will immediately take away all of your worries. You will be treated like family, and by the end your first evening, you will know everyone there by name and everyone will know you. Enjoy sitting in rocking chairs on the porch before and after meals with a cup of coffee or an adult beverage to sip, sharing in the history of the Woodland property as well as the memories made that day on the water. Single occupants can then find their way to their private rooms at their leisure and double occupants to their shared quarters. The double occupancy rooms do, of course, have multiple beds, and each room features its own bathroom with a private shower. For an image of Woodland Plantation, grab a bottle of Southern Comfort. The famous Plantation has graced the label since 1934.

Food and Beverages

All meals in the area are on your own. The number of restaurants and dining option throughout the region is endless and the cuisine is some of the best in the world! For multi-day packages at Woodland Plantation, breakfast each day will feature a full Southern-style offering with fresh fruit and coffee as well. Lunches will be simple but tasty sandwiches packed as boat lunches. Dinners will be authentic Cajun cuisine including dishes such as fresh-shucked oysters on the half shell, homemade gumbo, fried gulf shrimp, blackened Redfish, bread pudding with whiskey sauce and many other fresh delicacies, depending on what’s in season in Southeast Louisiana.

Fishing Information

Louisiana RedfishSince we know from experience that finding the right flyfishing guide in the area can be a challenge, we are proud to recommend a handful of guides through the New Orleans area; guides that we have known and worked with for years. They are first-rate professionals who know their area, their techniques, and the seasons! When looking to book days in the New Orleans area, we suggest contacting any one of the guides listed below directly about possible fishing dates. While they do tend to book up fairly quickly, they can usually find some excellent dates. Please feel free to call Yellow Dog with any questions.

When contacting any of the guides below, be sure to mention to these guys that Yellow Dog sent you along and referred you. Often times it helps with securing dates during the busy months and popular seasons:

Alec Griffin – Louisiana Flywater
(504) 430-4222
Plaquemines Parish, LA

Woodland Plantation
(800) 231-1514
West Point a La Hache, LA

Miles LaRose – Shallow South Guides
(985) 264-7556
Hopedale, LA

Preston Sutter – Shallow Water Expeditions

Capt. Dave Yoder – Saltwater Fly Guide
(305) 304-4449
Hopedale and Shell Beach, LA

** All Louisiana guided trips arranged through Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures, LLC are operated under a number of different Louisiana Captains, each number based on the Captain handling and physically guiding each trip. Please contact Yellow Dog for a full list of Captains and guides that we work with in the New Orleans area.

As New Orleans and its surrounding marshland continues to emerge as a world class fly fishing destination, there is a mystique about the city itself, the waters surrounding the "Big Easy" and the game fish that inhabit those waters. To say that the shallow-water fishery just south of New Orleans is unique would be an understatement. It would be like saying that the food in New Orleans is "pretty good" or that Mardi Gras is a "decent" party. No matter which way you cut it, the shallow-water site-fishing for redfish in Southeast Louisiana rivals any sight fishing, anywhere. Whether you are an "old salt" or just venturing out of the cold water creeks for the first time, the marshes of Southern Louisiana boast a wealth of angling opportunities for anglers of all skill levels. The guides that Yellow Dog works with offer individuals and groups the opportunity to fish, eat and enjoy Louisiana life during your stay just like they do year-round. The guides live in Louisiana, fish in Louisiana, love Louisiana, and can't wait to share it with you. From the time you step off the plane until the time you step back on, you'll be catered to with an unmatched level of Southern Hospitality that includes luxury transportation, plantation lodging on the banks of the Mississippi just minutes from the fishing grounds, and authentic Cajun cuisine that rivals anything in the area. Oh yeah. Did we mention that this also includes year-round world-class saltwater fly-fishing?

Although the primary target and major draw to Southeast Louisiana for fly fishing enthusiasts is the red drum or “redfish,” other species such as speckled trout, black drum, sheepshead and even Jack Crevalle can be targeted in the in-shore waters of this amazingly versatile fishery.

All guides that YDFA recommends specialize in sight fishing shallow water flats. Your days will start early so that you can be on the flats as the redfish begin their morning patrol. You will fish a variety of water as the interior marsh is an ever-changing maze of bayous, bays and ponds, most of which will hold redfish year-round. It is not uncommon that on any given day, you will be fishing water that is shallower than two feet and sometimes as shallow as five to six inches. Often, the redfish will put on a great show by “tailing” as they search the marsh bottom for food. In this act, they hunt nose-down, exposing their tail above the water’s surface, a phenomenon that can be easily seen by the angler. At times, when in extremely shallow water, you will see the entire back of the redfish as he patrols the “skinny” edges of the flat. The local guides call these fish “crawlers” as the fish appears to be almost crawling across the shallow marsh bottom. Most of the time, however, you will be looking for fish that are swimming just beneath the surface. Much of this fishing is at very close range and 20, 30 and 40 foot casts are much more common than 50, 60 or 70 feet casts.

Aggressive, accurate casting is the key and these close quarters encounters are extremely exciting. If your knees don’t start knocking when you see a big redfish bearing down on your fly less than 20 feet from the boat and then see the white of the inside of his mouth when he opens up to eat your fly, then maybe you should take up golf!

Boats and Equipment

Stalking the FlatsAll of the guides fish out of premium flats skiffs including Hell’s Bay, Dolphin & East Cape brand boats. The guides also fish premium fly tackle including Sage, Scott, Tibor, Lamson, Hatch Reels and more. If you choose not to bring your own tackle, you’ll still be fishing with the best gear out there. There are times of year and situations that can call for use of tackle ranging from 6 weights through 10 weights, but 8 weights are definitely the most versatile year-round rods for inshore Louisiana. We recommend weight forward lines with rather aggressive front tapers, ideal for loading a rod quickly and turning over large flies. Once again, accuracy is key – not distance! You will most likely be fishing a variety of fly patterns imitating various forms of bait fish, shrimp and crabs. Heavy tippets are common, and rarely will you use less than 16 pound tippet. (All leaders and flies will be provided by your guides.)

Non-Angling Activities and Options

New Orleans and the surrounding area offers an incredible number of non-angling activities and options. Whether it’s walking the grounds at Woodland Plantation to enjoy the scenery, wildlife and historical remains, or spending time in New Orleans to enjoy the Big Easy, the opportunities are endless. Shopping, great restaurants, walking the French Quarter, visiting museums, taking in a professional sporting event, and enjoying great music. New Orleans has it all!

How To Get There

Guests fly into the New Orleans International Airport (Airport Code: MSY)

Arrival and Departure Details / Times

If driving on your own to the Woodland Plantation from New Orleans, take Hwy. 90 Business West across the Crescent City Connection (Mississippi River Bridge). Take the Terry Pkwy. exit shortly after coming off of the bridge. Stay on Terry Pkwy. until it intersects with Belle Chase Hwy. (there is a Chase bank on the other side of Belle Chase Hwy. on the right corner). Take a left onto Belle Chase Hwy. Once you pass the Naval air station in Belle Chase on the right (Blue Angel Jet out front - can't 'miss it), Woodland Plantation is 23 miles down on the left side of Belle Chase Hwy.
*Belle Chase Hwy. is Hwy. 23

2012 Fishing Rates

Price is for 1 or 2 anglers. Rates may vary between guides and change depending on time of season and type and location of trip.

Full Day Trip ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- $550.00
Half Day Trip ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ $400.00

* Remember that Yellow Dog's services are completely free! When you book a trip with Yellow Dog, you never pay more than when you book directly with the lodge or outfitter.

What's Included

  • Guided fly fishing (light tackle available upon request)
  • A cooler lunch an all non-alcoholic beverages (soda, water, Gatorade, etc.)

What's Not Included

  • Airfare to and from New Orleans
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Lodging and overnight accommodations
  • All meals
  • Transportation to and from the airport and your hotel
  • Louisiana fishing license
  • Gratuities for your guide

Travel Arrangements

Yellow Dog has a full in-house travel and reservations system, and can assist with airline tickets, hotels, transfers, and all travel logistics for every destination that we offer. Contact us at 888-777-5060 or info@yellowdogflyfishing.com for more details on airfare ticketing, travel services and trip insurance.

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