Hopedale Redfish

A short drive from the bright lights and festivities of New Orleans is a small fishing community called Hopedale, Louisiana. Hopedale has a dusty and dirty character, but like most communities on the water in Louisiana, it’s all about fishing. The drive down to the marina provides a glimpse into Hopedale’s long history of fishing. Large, rustic fishing boats tied to the dilapidated docks along Bayou la Loutre canal remain ready to target shrimp, oysters, and blue crabs. At the end of the road sits Breton Sound Marina, rebuilt again and again in the wake of storms. This is where we launch the skiff for your day’s adventure. This location is the ideal jumping-off point for the waters we fish, known as the Biloxi Marsh.

The brackish waters of the Biloxi Marsh provide a rich and abundant supply of forage for gamefish, allowing them flourish and providing anglers with some of the best year-round action for redfish, black drum, and sea trout in Louisiana. Water temperature is the most important factor when fishing the Biloxi Marsh, which is why it fishes best during the winter months, typically December through March. This is when NOLA Guides offers trips in this area. As the water cools, it begins to clear up, making for extraordinary sight fishing for giant redfish and black drum. When it all comes together, Hopedale is one of the finest places to catch truly giant, aggressive redfish.

Regional Map

Species

PRIMARY:REDFISH

Secondary:Black Drum / Sheepshead / Speckled Trout

Characteristics

Salt Water Flats Fishing

What to expect

Sight Fishing to redfish in 1-8′ of water

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What To Expect

Best Time of Year

December-March

Fish Size

Fish Range in the 15-40+ pounds

Flies

We fish weighted streamers and the occasional popper

All our skiffs are outfitted with casting platforms & poling platforms for fly fishing. We can also accommodate anglers with conventional gear requirements, as some of our associate guides have bay boats for trout fishing, etc.

Our service includes picking you up at your hotel in New Orleans. We stop for you to buy breakfast & lunch along the way, and we return you to your hotel after the day is over.

When fishing with a guide in Louisiana you must purchase a trip ticket that is good for 3 days. This is very easy – just call 888-765-2602.

Have a paper and pen ready along with a credit card and driver’s license. It will cost you about $8.00.

Experience the most authentic fishing trip in Louisiana. Good food, great fishing, and an amazing guide.

Start Your Adventure

testimonial-nick

“The fish were big, they were dumb, and Captain Al put me right on top of them.

A great trip for a first time salt angler.”

nick hoover

We fish when they eat

You can find us on the Biloxi marsh when the monster Redfish come in to feed in the warm, shallow, Gin clear waters. It’s the best time of the year to hook up with big bulls.