BIGFISH: Month-to-month Louisiana inshore fishing guide

As we head into a new year, we take a look at what fish are most active in each quarter of the year. A little help to target the most likely fish you can catch any time of the year.

If you are done with your year-end reviews and resolutions, let’s talk fishing. The first weekend of 2020 is here only 51 weekends after that.

So let’s look at what fishing peaks each quarter so you can plan a great year on the water.

January, February, and March

The year’s first quarter is prime for offshore fishing, yellowfin tuna, and big wahoo are thick, for the inshore guys, speckled trout slow down but the polar bear of fish redfish, drum and sheepshead are easy catches. 

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April, May, and June

These months are really a magical time. Almost everything comes to life, trophy trout are a best bet, and warming waters have all inshore species hungry. Offshore action stays strong as well. Red snapper season opens and productive tidal rips usually coming closest to our coast.

July, August, and September

These are unique months. Heat, afternoon squalls, and tropical threats affect fishing a lot, high salinity can mean more aggressive fish like sharks as well. But when the weather allows, this is prime time for red and mangrove snapper, and cobia with a few specks and reds on the way home.

Amberjack season opens in August offering great fights and good food.

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October, November, and December

While many people turn to hunting, for the true anglers these are probably the best months of the year.

Specks and reds move eep into marshes close to the launch and can be mixed in with a morning hunt. Offshore, big yellowfin tuna will chase shrimp boats and while this technique requires some skill this is when tuna are closest to shore.

I know you didn’t fish as much this year as you wanted, so let’s change that. I’ll get you what you need to know to catch the fish, so you just have to get out there and do it.

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