Lake Pontchartrain, an estuary formed 2,600–4,000 years ago, offers prime fishing opportunities. Connected to the Gulf of Mexico, it boasts an oval shape with a max length of 40 miles and a max width of 24 miles. Inshore fishing here is a delight, with an average depth of 12–14 feet and a max depth of 65 feet.

Notable Fish Species:

  • Atlantic Croaker
  • Bass
  • Catfish
  • Flounder
  • Redfish
  • Sheepshead
  • Speckled Trout

Seasonal Fishing Tips:

  • Fall and winter are perfect for Speckled Trout, Black Drum, Flounder, Largemouth Bass, Redfish, and Sheepshead.
  • Summer brings Black Drum, Flounder, Jack Crevalle, Largemouth Bass, Redfish, Sheepshead, and even Speckled Trout with the right know-how.

Record Catches:

  • Largest Sheepshead: 21.25 pounds
  • Record Ladyfish: 4.64 pounds
  • Largest Speckled Trout: 11.99 pounds (Ranking No. 2 in Louisiana)

Fishing Forecast:

  • Spotted Seatrout: 65.12% catch rate
  • Red Drum: 11.16% catch rate
  • Sand Seatrout: 6.81% catch rate
  • Largemouth Bass: 4.38% catch rate
  • Sheepshead: 2.67% catch rate
  • Black Drum: 2.15% catch rate
  • Southern Flounder: 1.58% catch rate
  • Hardhead Catfish: 1.13% catch rate
  • Whiting: 1.08% catch rate
  • Blue Catfish: 0.9% catch rate

Recommendations based on 47 species and 20,839 fish counted for November.

Top 10 Fishing Spots:

  1. Platform
  2. Obstructions
  3. St. Tammany (east)
  4. St. Tammany (west)
  5. The Rigolets
  6. Catfish Point
  7. Bridge Span
  8. Trout Bayou
  9. Rabbit Ledge
  10. Wreck-9652

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Note: Check local laws before fishing. Data based on historical records since 1600.

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