The best fishing in Louisiana

It has been acclaimed as one of the best inshore fishing spots on the entire Gulf Coast. It's terrain vaunts a vast area of inside bays and Gulf-bordering sand, shell, and marsh islands. Isle Denieres, big barrier islands to the extreme south of Cocodrie, punctuate the Gulf's coastline, acting as a stalwart defense line to its delicate interior. It is a haven where pelicans, seagulls, and skimmers ceremoniously swarm the beaches, awaiting the call of daybreak to garner the overflowing sea life. Cocodrie is also the gateway to the well-known Lake Pelto, which lies just west of Terrebone Bay. Lake Pelto's western border is composed of mazelike marsh islands that reach down to touch the central backside of Isle Derrieres, which forms the southern boundary of the lake.

Further west is Caillou Bay, also bordered on the south side by the western portion of Isles Derrieres. Rich marshland forms the northern border of both bodies of water.

The famous Isle Derrieres runs approximately 19 nautical miles from end to end. And for reference purposes, this article will imaginarily divide it into eastern and western portions; the designated split being centrally located Whiskey Pass–one of several entrances to and form the Gulf of Mexico. Other openings along the barrier island chain yield shallow water that might not be navigable with deep-draft boats. However, Wine Island Pass, located to the extreme east, and Raccoon Point to the extreme west of the island, offer other alternatives around the barrier island chain.

The Atchafalaya River, like the Mississippi to the east, strongly affects the brown, inshore waters that may extend some 20 miles seaward. Here the bottom is comprised mostly of sand and mud. In comparison to other locations along Louisiana’s shores, the blue water zone is relatively far offshore.

In both bays and near shore there are many gas and oil platforms that pepper the scenery, making for ideal bait holding grounds that draw all types of predator fish like speckled trout, sheepshead, and redfish (red drum).

The main navigational canal for this area is the Houma Navigational Canal (H.N.C.), which from the Cocodrie launches can easily be accessed from Bayou Petit Caillou. Heading south down the H.N.C. will put you into Terrebone Bay.

The fish you can expect to find in Cocodrie

Speckled Trout

The most popular fish caught in Cocodrie is the speckled trout. We fish for specks year round but the summer months are the prime time. We normally catch school trout from 3/4 to 2 lbs. Occasionally we will catch some specks that will go up to 5 lbs or more. During the summer we catch sand trout with the specks.

The next popular is redfish. We catch redfish year round. In the marshes the reds will range from 1 lb to about 12 lbs. In the bays and near the islands the bull reds can get as big as 40 lbs. Black drum are caught along with reds inland and at the islands. They can get over 50 lbs.

A variety of other fish are also caught in Cocodrie. We may catch flounders, croakers, catfish, mackerel and tripletails.