Guide to Inland Fishing Near Houma

In Louisiana, inland fishing regions around Houma especially popular destinations with anglers.

Flats Boat

Catch redfish in the marshes outside Dulac, Louisiana.

Houma Fishing

Drop in a line! You'll be casting for Louisiana's well-known redfish in the inland waters near Dulac, Cut Off and Pointe-Aux-Chenes.

View of Louisiana's marshlands near the coast of the Gulf of Mexico.

Dulac's waterways offer access to Louisiana's expansive coastline and marshes. 

Getting Your Bearings

A maze of rivers and low-lying islands, Terrebonne and Lafourche  are two of the southernmost parishes in the state. The Terrebonne Parish seat, Houma, is named for one of the many American Indian tribes that have fished here for thousands of years, and it’s one of the first areas in Louisiana that was settled by French-Canadian exiles — known today as Cajuns. 

The residents of Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes have been living off the land for many generations, and stories of the region’s rich cultural traditions are told daily at the Bayou Terrebonne Waterlife Museum and Southdown Plantation/Terrebonne Museum, both in Houma. Cajun culture is celebrated at the numerous festivals as well, like Rougarou Fest in Houma.

Get to Know Our Wetlands

Bayous versus swamps versus marshes: Describing South Louisiana’s waterways can turn into a long discussion. In short, bayous are small, slow-moving streams that can cross swamps, which are flooded forests with standing water. Marshes can be freshwater, saltwater or brackish water that contains plant life — prime territory for many popular fish species.

Where to Go Inland Fishing near Houma


The tiny fishing village of Pointe Aux Chenes (French for “Oak Point”) offers fine marsh fishing, as evidenced by the many fishing camps dotting its landscape. It’s well-known by Louisiana anglers as a reliable spot to find redfish, and it has numerous charter boat companies nearby to get you out on the water. There’s also the Pointe-Aux-Chenes Wildlife Management Area, operated by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries, which allows recreational fishing, hunting and camping in this 33,000-acre preserve. Call one of the local charter boat operators for more details.

Cut Off

The first thing you may be wondering about Cut Off is, “What’s with the name?” It comes from a short-cut canal designed to connect Bayou Lafourche with New Orleans, allowing commercial vessels to travel between the communities. This prime fishing location offers perch and rainbow trout, especially within Bayou Pierce, Bayou de la Gauche and Bayou Des Amoreux. For an extra challenge, try your hand at fly fishing in one of these quiet bayous. Call one of the local charter boat operators for more details.


Begin a half-day or daylong fishing adventure like no other in Dulac, a community near Houma that is home to charter boat operators and lots of local wisdom about what’s biting. The bayous of this region are abundant with redfish, speckled trout and black drum in the shallows, and larger fish like cobia, king mackerel and grouper further out. Call one of the local charter boat operators for more details.

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