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Inshore Fishing in the New Orleans-Grand Isle Area

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Looking to make a weekend trip in the New Orleans/Grand Isle area to chase specs and reds. I'll be fishing a 16ft alum bass boat so I'm not looking to go out too far(maybe if there's a platform or 2 that would be accessible and fairly easy to reach) mainly looking for marsh and open water. As of now, I'm leaning towards Fouchon/Grand Isle. Any advise as to areas that can be safely fished in a vessel of this size is greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
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Re: Inshore Fishing in the New Orleans-Grand Isle Area
In a 16 ft boat, I would recommend fishing the marshes between Fourchon and Grand Isle. At the first little bridge you get to before you reach Grand Isle you can launch your boat and have access to some very good fishing that is safe for your boat. If you pay attention to the weather, you can also fish the bay behind the island itself. Any open bays, especially along the coast, can get extremely rough pretty quickly if the wind picks up. If the water is completely calm you could make your way to the beaches of Grand Isle or Elmer's Island too.
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Re: Inshore Fishing in the New Orleans-Grand Isle Area
Thanks Cooperhead. Not risking it to fish the beach or Elmers, at least not until my boat gets bigger. I think I'll fish some spots between GM and Leeville. Looked at some satellite images of the area and it looks like it will offer just what I'm looking for. Marsh and a few platforms scattered about along with the bridges. I'm definitely staying as far inshore as possible. Any information on water depth and current? Canceling my trip for the weekend as the weather looks as if this weekend may bring some showers. Thanks for the info and good luck on your next trip out.
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Re: Inshore Fishing in the New Orleans-Grand Isle Area
CBynum,

Between Larose and Grand Isle is where I do all my fishing and I as well have a 16 ft boat.

I would recommend at this launching at the new public launch in Leeville at the end of old HWY 1 where the old bridge used to be (basically you dont turn right onto the toll bridge and continue straight down) Launching from there gives you good access to fish canals connected to Bayou Lafourche (North or south towards Fourchon). Very close to the launch slightly west is lots of good broken marsh for redfish and heading farther west or east takes you into some open bays to fish for speckled trout. Look for clear water for the trout or somewhere you can see the line of dirty water to clear and fish that.

You can also get into areas in Golden Meadow without having to run across Catfish Lake which can get quite choppy with wind!

Ill be out there on Saturday chasing after some big trout haha. Send me and email if you plan on going then and I'll give you my number and fill you in if I find the fish, or if you have any engine trouble I can lend a hand.

That is if the weather permits!
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Re: Inshore Fishing in the New Orleans-Grand Isle Area
Thanks HFF! Great offer as you can never have enough help and advice on the water from people familiar with the area. I've never fished the area before but my plans are exactly what you described. Using satellite images, it appears there is plenty of marsh, canals and ponds. Plans for this weekend have been rescheduled for next weekend but I'll definitely reach out to you later this week/weekend for any advice. Not looking for honey holes, just safe sound advice. Not a fish story if you cant tell it. Thanks again HFF and good luck to you if you make it out this weekend.
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Re: Inshore Fishing in the New Orleans-Grand Isle Area
Be very careful anywhere east of Leeville and north of the Southwest Canal. Most of that area is private and people do actively patrol it, some areas more than others. There are gates in certain areas but the absence of a gate doesn't necessarily mean you can fish it. You could easily wind up on someone's property without passing a sign or gate. You're usually ok fishing south of the Southwest Canal or the edges of the bigger bays. Just giving you a heads up because it sucks to be catching fish and then be told that you have to leave.
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Re: Inshore Fishing in the New Orleans-Grand Isle Area
Thanks Wilson. Would have never thought about that. Plans to try this weekend.
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Re: Inshore Fishing in the New Orleans-Grand Isle Area
Plans are to fish the area(s) near the new bridge and Marshmasters area. Probably wont run across Lake Jesse to SW Canal or any further south for that. Any info on restricted access in these areas?
Thanks Wilson
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Re: Inshore Fishing in the New Orleans-Grand Isle Area
That area is open ,no restricted areas
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Re: Inshore Fishing in the New Orleans-Grand Isle Area
Thanks AC! I'll be sure to pay attention to the area(s) i'll be fishing for any such things.
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Re: Inshore Fishing in the New Orleans-Grand Isle Area
Good Luck , catch them all
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