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.
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St. Tammany (east)
6/4/2012 9:02:45 PM -
Reef site St. Tammany (east)
Latitude NAD83 30° 13.455?
Longitude NAD83 89° 56.854?
Reef type Inshore
St. Tammany (west)
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Reef site St. Tammany (west)
Latitude NAD83 30° 18.348?
Longitude NAD83 90° 09.000?
Reef type Inshore
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There is a 43.13% catch rate for Spotted Seatrout, based on 6512 Spotted Seatrout counted.
There is a 20.94% catch rate for Atlantic Croaker, based on 3162 Atlantic Croaker counted.
There is a 13.17% catch rate for Hardhead Catfish, based on 1989 Hardhead Catfish counted.
There is a 7.8% catch rate for Red Drum, based on 1177 Red Drum counted.
There is a 5.09% catch rate for Flounder, based on 768 Flounder counted.
There is a 2.78% catch rate for Sheepshead, based on 419 Sheepshead counted.
There is a 2.73% catch rate for Black Drum, based on 412 Black Drum counted.
There is a 2.57% catch rate for Gafftopsail Catfish, based on 388 Gafftopsail Catfish counted.
There is a 0.56% catch rate for Largemouth Bass, based on 84 Largemouth Bass counted.
There is a 0.32% catch rate for Blue Catfish, based on 49 Blue Catfish counted.
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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 1939..
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