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Hunting & Fishing

Jefferson, much like most of Louisiana, knows how to fish and hunt. Whether you plan to cast from a pier in a quiet country setting or share the day with fellow fishermen, you can experience some of the best fishing in Louisiana. A Sportsman's Paradise with abundant wildlife, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have refuges protected for hunting enthusiasts. Recreational fishing and hunting licenses may be purchased online by visiting or by telephone using Visa or MasterCard. Call toll free 1-888-765-2602. An authorization number for immediate use will be provided and licenses will be mailed to the licensee. A service fee is charged.



The Barataria Preserve of the Jean Lafitte National Historic Park and Preserve; is located just outside suburban Marrero on the west bank of the Mississippi River. This 30,000 acre park allows hunting (permitting is required to hunt on federal preserve).  Hunt  deer, squirrel, nutria, rabbit, feral pigs/wild hogs, migratory game birds and waterfowl.  Hunting in the Preserve opens annually October 1st and ceases mid January.  Barataria Preserve Hunting Brochure provides you with details on full National Park Service dates, rules and regulations as well as permit procedures. You may also contact Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve at (504) 589-3690, ext. 22 with questions.


The Barataria Preserve of the Jean Lafitte National Historic Park and Preserve; is located just outside suburban Marrero on the west bank of the Mississippi River. The Preserve offers a taste of Louisiana's wetlands. Enjoy the serene setting as you fish for catfish, trout, and perch. Fishing is allowed in the preserve with a permit in posted areas.

Nestled in suburban Metairie, you can escape to the serenity of Lafreniere Park. The 20 acre lagoon winding through the park is home to several species of fish. Fishing is allowed in all areas of the park except the Marsh Island, its walkway and the bridges. For information and guidelines, please contact Lafreniere Park Ranger at 504-838-4389.

Lafitte, located in the Barataria region, is rich in culture and plentiful in waterways. One can fish by boat, private charter or atop Lafitte's public fishing pier. This region is still the point of departure for fishermen and their trawling nets filled with shrimp, crab and oysters. Home to several marinas, fishing camps and charter fishing companies, Lafitte is a fisherman's paradise.

Westwego's adjacent 580-acre Bayou Segnette State Park is a great escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. From the boat launch, you may explore many areas not readily accessible by land routes. Both salt and freshwater fishing are available including bass, catfish, bream, perch, redfish and trout.

At the southern tip of Jefferson you'll find Louisiana's only inhabited barrier island, Grand Isle. The Grand Isle State Park features a 400-foot long public fishing pier with a nearby fish-cleaning station. Reports of over 280 species of fish live in the waters around the island. With several marinas, boat charters are readily available for your fishing excursion. Speckled trout can be caught by surf fishers year round, especially in the spring and summer. Redfish venture into the range of the surf fishermen in the fall and winter. Each summer Grand Isle hosts a multitude of fishing rodeos including the nation's oldest, the International Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo. Held over the last weekend in July each year, the Tarpon Rodeo invites you to enjoy the competition, live entertainment and activities.

Lake Pontchartrain, the second largest salt-water lake in the United States, is actually an estuary which connects with the Gulf of Mexico. Two sites to fish or launch are found in Jefferson, Laketown fishing pier and boat launch in Kenner and the Bonnbel boat launch and fishing pier in Metairie.

Several Fishing Charter Companies and accommodations are listed for your convenience in planning your next adventure! 

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A Pelican State Fishing Charters with Captain Dave
  • 4916 Fran Lane
  • Barataria, LA 70036
  • Phone: (504) 578-9795
  • Region: Lafitte

We offer guided Lafitte/Barataria LA fishing charters. We are located at the north end of the Barataria Basin in southeastern Louisiana. You'll have the opportunity to catch red fish, black drum, MORE >>

Barataria Preserve of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park & Preserve
  • 6588 Barataria Boulevard
  • Marrero, LA 70072
  • Phone: (504) 689-3690
  • Region: Marrero

The Barataria Preserve is one of six sites comprising Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve. The Barataria Preserve interprets the culture of people, past and present, who settled the MORE >>

Bayou Segnette State Park
  • 7777 Westbank Expressway
  • Westwego, LA 70094
  • Phone: 504-736-7140
  • Region: Westwego

Bayou Segnette State Park offers the best of everything. Just a thirty-minute drive across the Mississippi River from New Orleans, a multitude of recreational opportunities awaits visitors of all MORE >>

Captain Phil Robichaux's Fishing Charters
  • 1842 Jean Lafitte Boulevard
  • Lafitte, LA 70067
  • Phone: (504) 689-2006
  • Region: Lafitte

Let Louisiana saltwater fishing guide Captain Phil Robichaux, or a member of his professional fishing charter team, take you through historic Lafitte, La., stopping at secret hot spots, where you'll MORE >>

Grand Isle State Park
  • Admiral Craik Drive
  • Grand Isle, LA 70358
  • Phone: 985-787-2559
  • Region: Grand Isle

Grand Isle State Park is 2 miles of beaches with great local fishing; including the last wild beach on Grand Isle. Our pier is the only pier in Louisiana that extends into the Gulf...a 900-foot long MORE >>

Grand Isle Tourist Commission
  • 2757 LA Hwy 1
  • Grand Isle, LA 70358
  • Phone: 985-787-2997
  • Region: Grand Isle

Visit Grand Isle...Louisiana's only beachfront!  The unofficial Fishing Rodeo Capital of the U.S.  Home to the Grand Isle International Tarpon Rodeo.  Come visit our beach, butterfly dome, camp in the MORE >>

H & M Fishing Charter
  • 133 Pine Lane
  • Grand Isle, LA 70358
  • Phone: (985) 258-3632
  • Region: Grand Isle

Fishing charter with a U.S. Coast Guard licensed captain inland and coastal waters in Grand Isle catching Speckled Trout, Redfish, White Trout, Channel Mullet, and other species! Call 985-787-3735, MORE >>

Lafreniere Park
  • 3000 Downs Boulevard
  • Metairie, LA 70003
  • Phone: 504-838-4389
  • Region: Metairie

NOTICE: Park Hours May 19 and May 20, 2014 will be 6:30 a.m. through 7:30 p.m. due to electrical maintenance.Lafreniere Park is a 155-acre park with several amenities including a 2-mile jogging trail; MORE >>

Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation
  • New Canal Lighthouse
  • 8001 Lakeshore Drive
  • New Orleans, LA 70124
  • Phone: (504) 836-2215
  • Region: Metairie

Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation is a non-profit, member based organization established in 1989 in response to the public outcry for the preservation & restoration of the Pontchartrain Basin's MORE >>

Louisiana Charter Boat Association (L.C.B.A.)
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  • Lafitte & Grand Isle, LA 00000
  • Phone: (985) 262-4634
  • Region: Grand Isle

Looking for a Charter Boat Captain on your next visit to Louisiana? Let the Louisiana Charter Boat Association help steer you in the right direction. You've come to the right place! The fishing is MORE >>

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For information on hunting permits and boundaries in Jefferson Parish and throughout Louisiana, visit Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries for details.

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