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The best fishing for redfish in Louisiana begins around the end of Winter in early Spring, through the Summer and into the Fall season. This is when fishermen travel from all over the country and some from around the world to enjoy this fantastic fishing experience. Redfish, Specks, Flounder and Black Drum and my personal favorite, Flounder (which are excellent table fair) start showing up in large numbers around March, April as they move into the Bayous and Marshes. This is when fishing for the smaller “slot” size fish is very productive.
Spring brings with it, warm weather, bait and tons of slot fish. This is the best time of year to catch numbers of Redfish in Louisiana. The big fish are still here but start to move out to deeper waters as it warms. By the end of June when run-off from upper tributaries subside and incoming tides penetrate farther north bringing higher salinity levels, bait and nutrients reach up into upper East and West Cote Blanche Bay and eventually up into the Weeks Bay and Fearman Lake area.
These changes signify the beginning of the Summer season and you begin to see Jack Crevalle crashing Mullet while Ladyfish and Flounder can be found feeding on Glass Minnow pods up and down the lush marsh grass, Oyster reefs, bayous and canals of south Louisiana inshore saltwater marshes. The fishing is hot during the Summer but so is the temperatures and humidity so we fish early and late that time of year.
When Summer weather patterns fade and Fall approaches the best fishing can be found during tidal changes. As the tide rises, we fish on the outside further out on the edge of Oyster beds outside Vermilion Bay near the deeper waters of the Gulf. When it falls, we fish the shallow water toward deep holes and points and creek openings in the marshes.