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Lake Pontchartrain Fishing

Lake Pontchartrain Fishing

Lake Pontchartrain was formed naturally 2,600–4,000 years ago from the Mississippi River Delta. The evolution of the delta caused alluvial deposits to begin creating the southern and eastern shorelines of Lake Pontchartrain, which actually isn't a lake but an estuary. Lake Pontchartrain is connected to the Gulf of Mexico through the Rigolets strait and the Chef Menteur Pass. The estuary has an oval shape with a max length of 40 miles and a max width of 24 miles. There are shipping channels that are kept deeper than the rest of the estuary through dredging. The world's longest continuous bridge over water crosses Lake Pontchartrain, providing lots of structure to catch fish.

Lake Pontchartrain provides inshore fishing opportunities. With the average water depth is 12–14 feet with a max depth of 65 feet, the types of fish you could catch while Lake Pontchartrain fishing include Atlantic Croaker, Bass, Catfish, Flounder, Redfish, Sheepshead and Speckled Trout. When the spillways are opened, freshwater flows into the estuary, bringing some freshwater species.

Fall and winter are the best seasons for targeting Speckled Trout because they tend to temporarily migrate elsewhere when the freshwater flows in from the spillways. Black Drum, Flounder, Largemouth Bass, Redfish and Sheepshead are other species great to target while Lake Pontchartrain fishing in winter. During summer, common species caught at the estuary include Black Drum, Flounder, Jack Crevalle, Largemouth Bass, Redfish, Sheepshead and Tripletail. If you know where to look, you can still reel in Speckled Trout in the summer too.

The world's largest Sheepshead, weighing in at 21.25 pounds, was caught at Lake Pontchartrain. A record 4.64-pound Ladyfish was also caught at the estuary and holds one of the state records in Louisiana. The largest Speckled Trout hooked from the estuary was 11.99 pounds, holding rank No. 2 in Louisiana.



Top Lake Pontchartrain Fishing Spots

  1. Platform
    1/15/2018 8:54:11 PM - Platform


  2. Obstructions
    5/26/2018 12:24:11 PM -


  3. St. Tammany (east)
    6/4/2012 9:02:45 PM - Artificial Reef Reef site St. Tammany (east) Latitude NAD83 30° 13.455? Longitude NAD83 89° 56.854? Reef type Inshore Waterbody


  4. St. Tammany (west)
    6/4/2012 9:02:46 PM - Artificial Reef Reef site St. Tammany (west) Latitude NAD83 30° 18.348? Longitude NAD83 90° 09.000? Reef type Inshore Waterbody


  5. The Rigolets
    1/14/2018 11:17:47 PM - The Rigolets


  6. Catfish Point
    1/15/2018 5:44:37 PM - Catfish Point


  7. Bridge Span
    1/15/2018 5:43:45 PM - Bridge Span


  8. Rabbit Ledge
    1/15/2018 5:39:17 PM - Rabbit Ledge


  9. Trout Bayou
    1/15/2018 5:33:13 PM - Trout Bayou


  10. 10876
    2/20/2020 2:18:14 PM -



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Lake Pontchartrain Fishing Forecast

Target Species of Fish

Based on historical data for fishing Lake Pontchartrain, you should target one of the following species for this time of year:
  1. Spotted Seatrout

  2. Spotted Seatrout

    There is a 64.64% catch rate for Spotted Seatrout, based on 2365 Spotted Seatrout counted.

    Lake Pontchartrain Spotted Seatrout Counts Chart
    Spotted

    ENLARGE LAKE PONTCHARTRAIN SPOTTED SEATROUT COUNTS CHART


  3. Red Drum

  4. Red Drum

    There is a 10.17% catch rate for Red Drum, based on 372 Red Drum counted.

    Lake Pontchartrain Red Drum Counts Chart
    Red

    ENLARGE LAKE PONTCHARTRAIN RED DRUM COUNTS CHART


  5. Largemouth Bass

  6. Largemouth Bass

    There is a 6.18% catch rate for Largemouth Bass, based on 226 Largemouth Bass counted.

    Lake Pontchartrain Largemouth Bass Counts Chart
    Largemouth

    ENLARGE LAKE PONTCHARTRAIN LARGEMOUTH BASS COUNTS CHART


  7. Sheepshead

  8. Sheepshead

    There is a 5.11% catch rate for Sheepshead, based on 187 Sheepshead counted.

    Lake Pontchartrain Sheepshead Counts Chart
    Sheepshead

    ENLARGE LAKE PONTCHARTRAIN SHEEPSHEAD COUNTS CHART


  9. Black Drum

  10. Black Drum

    There is a 3.14% catch rate for Black Drum, based on 115 Black Drum counted.

    Lake Pontchartrain Black Drum Counts Chart
    Black

    ENLARGE LAKE PONTCHARTRAIN BLACK DRUM COUNTS CHART


  11. Flounder

  12. Flounder

    There is a 2.76% catch rate for Flounder, based on 101 Flounder counted.

    Lake Pontchartrain Flounder Counts Chart
    Flounder

    ENLARGE LAKE PONTCHARTRAIN FLOUNDER COUNTS CHART


  13. Atlantic Croaker

  14. Atlantic Croaker

    There is a 2.49% catch rate for Atlantic Croaker, based on 91 Atlantic Croaker counted.

    Lake Pontchartrain Atlantic Croaker Counts Chart
    Atlantic

    ENLARGE LAKE PONTCHARTRAIN ATLANTIC CROAKER COUNTS CHART


  15. Blue Catfish

  16. Blue Catfish

    There is a 1.39% catch rate for Blue Catfish, based on 51 Blue Catfish counted.

    Lake Pontchartrain Blue Catfish Counts Chart
    Blue

    ENLARGE LAKE PONTCHARTRAIN BLUE CATFISH COUNTS CHART


  17. Longear Sunfish

  18. Longear Sunfish

    There is a 0.87% catch rate for Longear Sunfish, based on 32 Longear Sunfish counted.

    Lake Pontchartrain Longear Sunfish Counts Chart
    Longear

    ENLARGE LAKE PONTCHARTRAIN LONGEAR SUNFISH COUNTS CHART


  19. Gray Snapper

  20. Gray Snapper

    There is a 0.71% catch rate for Gray Snapper, based on 26 Gray Snapper counted.

    Lake Pontchartrain Gray Snapper Counts Chart
    Gray

    ENLARGE LAKE PONTCHARTRAIN GRAY SNAPPER COUNTS CHART


Recommendations above based on 27 species of fish and 3659 fish counted for February around Lake Pontchartrain.

To date, there are 75 species of fish and a total of 138763 fish counted for Lake Pontchartrain and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 1/1/1849 (174 years).

Last Update: 2/1/2023 12:16:23 AM

*** PLEASE NOTE ***
Please check local, state/province, and federal laws before fishing for any species found on this site. All data is based on historical data found for this area, and in some cases as far back as the year 1600.

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Latest Lake Pontchartrain Fishing Reports

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Top Lake Pontchartrain Bait & Tackle Stores

  1. Matrix Shad
    Capt. Chas Champagne is an avid angler, located in Slidell, LA. Capt. Chas owns and operates Dockside Bait & Tackle and also manufactures his own tackle producing the Matrix Shad fishing lure and the Golden Eye jig heads.

  2. Bayou Liberty Marina


  3. Bait Shop II LLC


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Top Lake Pontchartrain Fishing Charters & Guides

  1. Salted Flats Fly Fishing LLC
    Catch Tarpon and Redfish on Fly - Florida and Louisiana Flats Fishing Guide

  2. Fishunter Guide Services


  3. BIGFISH Charter Fishing & Lodging
    Full Day Day of Fishing from Hopedale, LA Big Time Fishing from our 23' Bay Boats or 29' Catamaran

  4. United Charters


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Top Lake Pontchartrain Marinas

  1. Bayou Liberty Marina


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