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

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

  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. wreck-9652
    4/12/2019 11:49:22 AM -

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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 47.29% catch rate for Spotted Seatrout, based on 7518 Spotted Seatrout counted.

  3. Atlantic Croaker

  4. Atlantic Croaker

    There is a 16.17% catch rate for Atlantic Croaker, based on 2570 Atlantic Croaker counted.

  5. Red Drum

  6. Red Drum

    There is a 11.7% catch rate for Red Drum, based on 1860 Red Drum counted.

  7. Hardhead Catfish

  8. Hardhead Catfish

    There is a 9.49% catch rate for Hardhead Catfish, based on 1508 Hardhead Catfish counted.

  9. Gulf Menhaden

  10. Gulf Menhaden

    There is a 3.31% catch rate for Gulf Menhaden, based on 526 Gulf Menhaden counted.

  11. Flounder

  12. Flounder

    There is a 2.18% catch rate for Flounder, based on 346 Flounder counted.

  13. Sheepshead

  14. Sheepshead

    There is a 2.11% catch rate for Sheepshead, based on 336 Sheepshead counted.

  15. Black Drum

  16. Black Drum

    There is a 2.08% catch rate for Black Drum, based on 330 Black Drum counted.

  17. Gafftopsail Catfish

  18. Gafftopsail Catfish

    There is a 1.71% catch rate for Gafftopsail Catfish, based on 272 Gafftopsail Catfish counted.

  19. Largemouth Bass

  20. Largemouth Bass

    There is a 1.02% catch rate for Largemouth Bass, based on 162 Largemouth Bass counted.

Recommedations above based on 39 species of fish and 15897 fish counted for September around Lake Pontchartrain.

To date, there are 69 species of fish and a total of 139472 fish counted for Lake Pontchartrain and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 1/1/1849 (173 years).

Last Update: 9/22/2022 7:00:37 AM

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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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
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  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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