Jazz Fest Fishing in New Orleans

by | Apr 8, 2024

Here we are at the end of April, which means it’s Jazz Fest time! Two weekends of fun, Music, and good food. It’s also a great time to come out to the bayou and do some backwater fishing for redfish and speckled trout. This time of year, the weather is beautiful, and the fishing is good. If you’re in town and would like to get out on the water, we would be happy to have you aboard.

May Redfish Fishing Catch

This month we have mostly been fishing for reds since we’ve had a couple of late-season cold fronts that have stirred up the bays and kept us off the specks. Fishing for reds has been good, and we’ve been putting good numbers of them on the dock. Primarily fishing the backwaters in about 2′-3′ of water with popping corks with market shrimp has produced the best results. As May approaches, the fishing is only expected to get better as the waters get warmer and we get more baitfish. If you’re planning to visit New Orleans in May, you don’t want to miss the opportunity to go fishing for redfish!

To catch the most redfish in May, you’ll want to plan your fishing trips for early morning when the water temperature is cooler. As the day heats up, the redfish tend to move into deeper water. In terms of bait, you’ll want to use live shrimp or soft plastic lures with a slow retrieve. When using live shrimp, make sure that you present the bait naturally by allowing it to drift along the bottom with the current. In May, you’ll find the redfish in shallow water near grass beds and other structures. Pay attention to the tides and look for feeding birds or baitfish jumping out of the water, as this is a good sign of active fish.

Our fishing guides are experienced and knowledgeable about the best spots for catching redfish in May. We have top-quality equipment and insider knowledge that will give you the best chance of catching your limit. Our guided fishing trips are designed to be fun, educational, and safe, and we pride ourselves on providing a personalized experience that meets your unique needs and preferences. Whether you’re a seasoned angler or a first-time fisherman, our guides will ensure that you have a successful trip.

May Redfish Fishing Catch

May is a great time to go fishing for redfish in New Orleans, and our experienced guides are here to help you make the most of it. Whether you’re looking for a fun day out with friends or a solo trip to unwind and enjoy nature, our guided fishing trips will provide a memorable experience. Book your trip today and come catch some red fish in May! To book a fishing trip with us, visit our website or give us a call. We offer a range of packages to suit your needs and budget, and we are happy to customize your trip to meet your specific requirements.

I would like to thank everyone who has trusted us as their fishing guide while in New Orleans. It’s been our pleasure to meet and fish with y’all. For my repeat customers, y’all are the backbone of this business, and I can’t express my gratitude enough for your continued business and friendship. I look forward to many more years with y’all.

I’m booking trips daily so feel free to give me a call with any questions or to schedule your 2023 fishing charter today.

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I’m Captain Jason Shilling, owner and fishing guide of New Orleans Style Fishing Charters. I fish the bayous of Lafitte, Louisiana for red fish and speckle trout. Located just 40 mins south of New Orleans, Lafitte is home to some of the finest inshore fishing the New Orleans area has to offer. I’ve been fishing these waters my whole life and know how to show y’all the true meaning of southern hospitality, good times, and lots of action.